5th Grade

Ms. Sendy, the art room student teacher introduced the students to the buildings by created by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Students then created architecture inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Students were asked to design a building of their choice that would be specific to LeRoy, IL.

5th grade students were very interested to hear about Mrs. Bataoel's summer trip to the state of Alaska, and asked if they could create artwork inspired by what they saw and learned.  Students had many choices with subject and supplies, and their finished products are on Artsonia, they are definitely worth checking out!!

2016-2017 (4th Grade)

Fourth grade students will be introduced to the coil hand-building method with clay.  They will create a coil pot and incorporate their name or initials into the construction by adding clay, subtracting play, or carving in their idea.  
Using the Brushes Redux app on the iPad, students superimposed their blue-dog art on their heads, and put themselves in a new location! This is a super fun and challenging project that introduces a new way to create art on the iPad.  You can find their finished artwork on the Artsonia student gallery, or by clicking on the link below.

For Chinese New Year, forth grade students learned about the importance of FISH.  The word fish in Chinese sounds very similar to "abundance'" and is used as a symbol for Chinese new year.  Students were taught how to make their own three dimensional fish using construction paper, oil pastels, and scissors.

4th grade students studied five different Holiday Celebrations from Around the World and investigated why these Holidays are celebrated, who celebrates them, what those cultures do to celebrate, and what images might represent these holidays. The holidays included Dwallii, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and St. Nicholas Day. Now, the students are creating “stained glass” designs inspired by what they have learned.  Artwork will be on display in the elementary school entryway for the winter music celebration on Dec 20.

Students just finished up a unit for Veteran's day, and an opportunity for them to learn about the meaning of Poppy flowers as a symbol for Veteran's Day.  First, we read the poem, "On Flanders' Fields" by John McCrae, the poem that inspired the world to make poppies the symbol for Veterans.  Next, we looked at different examples of poppy flowers in art, and discussed the many ways they have been used throughout history.  Finally, students created their own poppy artwork using a variety of supplies of their choice.  The artwork was hung in the hallways and entry way for the Veteran's Day Assembly that honors our local veterans.  Below are some of the examples of what the fourth grade students made for this special day.


Landscapes for Original Works Program:


Fourth grade students were introduced to landscape art and the many components that make up a landscape.  Students created their own landscape, either abstract or realistic, using crayon and watercolor.  Landscapes needed to include a foreground (items in the front of the landscape), middle ground (items in the middle of the landscape) and background (items farthest away in a landscape).  Students also needed to have a horizon line (where the sky meets the land) and show they understand perspective and overlapping techniques.  
This lesson is when they are introduced to living artist, Harold Gregor.  Harold Gregor lives in Bloomington, and creates many types of landscape art, both realistic and abstract.  On October 17, fourth grade students will take a field trip to Downtown Bloomington to visit Harold Gregor's Gallery and they will get a chance to meet him!  Students will also meet two other local artists at their galleries, Angel Ambrose and Janine Baird.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn why artist create what they do, and what inspires them to make their art.  Here are some photos from our trip!


For the first project of the school year, fourth grade students were introduced to Spanish Artist Joan Miro. Miro was known for making abstract paintings using LINES, SHAPES and COLORS.  He also gave his paintings very unique titles!

Students then created their own Miro inspired artwork by first rolling a dice to find out the shape or line they should draw on their paper.  Students were also given a choice on finishing their artwork with Markers, Crayons, Sharpies, or watercolor paints.  This was a very successful first project to get their creative juices flowing again! By creating an ABSTRACT work of art, the students did not have to worry about making it look a certain way, because any way they created their design was correct!

To learn more about Joan Miro, click here

2015-2016 (3rd Grade)

Third grade students are finishing their unit of study learning about the art and life of French artist Claude Monet.  He is most known for his waterlily paintings in the impressionist style.  Students learned how he did not paint details, just mostly "blobs" of color to give the "impression" of whatever he was painting: a bridge, a sunset, a garden...

Students then worked on their own impressionist painting, using oil pastels, tissue paper, tempera paint, or a combination of the three!  These will be sent home with the Original Works program, and families will be able to order this artwork on a variety of different items including magnets, mugs, and trivets.  This is one of my favorite lessons that I teach to third grade, and once again, these growing artists did not disappoint me!

Click on the links below for artwork created during previous years in the art room.

In second grade, students created digital art on a sketchbook app on the iPads after learning about artist Wassily Kandinsky and his circle art.  

In first grade, students created still life art on a drawing desk app on the iPads after learning about artist Paul Cezanne who was known for painting apples and other fruit on tables.