Ms. Jenifer Lake

Art Teacher
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End of the year projects & art show super success!!

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Our 2018 art show was so fantastic!  It was a wonderful showing of so many pieces of art from all of our students; I LOVE doing it every year & I get so proud of our awesome artists.  A hearty thank you to all of my parent volunteers giving their time & donations to help make the show such a success.

Currently we are starting to wrap up the year but have some great projects still to work on!

K- Learning about Henri Matisse & working on our paper cut collages

1st – We are beginning our summer torn paper flower collages

2nd – Making clay frames & self portraits, then making portraits of St Francis

3rd – We made yarn flower bouquets for mother’s day & we are going to make some bird scratch art

4th – Finishing Sheila Hicks weavings

5th – Painting Thiebaud paintings

6th – Beginning architectural dream homes

7th – Free clay days

8th – Banksy street art stenciling

We are excited to round out our school year with great projects!


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We have been busily working in the atelier!  Kindergarten is currently working on their spooky pasta skeletons & self portraits.  1st grade is busy on their halloween skeleton project as well.  2nd grade is learning about the day of the dead & 3rd grade is finishing their Henri Rousseau mysterious jungle drawings.  4th grade has started their Native American headdresses (tablitas) after finishing up their Andy Warhol inspired portraits.  5th grade is learning all about drawing skills from real life & 6th grade is starting on their extended self portrait chair sculptures.  7th grade is working on their Bal de Paris project & their Pablo Picasso sculptures.  8th grade is currently working on their ceramic figures after the artist Viola Frey.  We are having a terrific autumn so far!


Curriculum K-5

K --  Georges Seurat, Frida Kahlo, Halloween themed art, Winter themed art, New Year themed art, sculpture unit, printing unit, self portraiture, mixed media collage, holiday artworks, Henri Matisse, religious themed projects. 

 1st --  Self portraiture, sculpture unit, Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, watercolor units, Guatemalan art, Wassily Kandinsky, printing unit, seasonal themed projects, holiday themed projects, color wheel unit, paper collage, clay unit, religious themed projects. 

 2nd --  Gustav Klimt, Vincent van Gogh, Chinese new year art, Alexander Calder wire art, sculpture unit, seasonal themed art, holiday art, self portraiture, Dia de los Muertos unit, ceramic unit, religious themed projects.

 3rd -- Josef Albers, Henri Rousseau, Aboriginal art, Modigliani, renaissance painters, japanese sumi-e painting, ceramic sculpture unit, winter art, sculpture unit, printing unit, Louise Nevelson, holiday art, native american art, religious themed projects.

 4th --  Andy Warhol, Kai Chan, Chilean indian art, greek art, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, native american ceramic & drawing art, printmaking unit, ceramic sculpture unit, watercolor unit, holiday art, religious themed projects.

 5th --  Southern clay face pots, Susan Skoglund, Wayne Thiebaud, pacific northwest indian art, Japanese origami, Georgia O'Keeffe, drawing unit, religious themed projects.

 In addition to these artists & units all grade levels are exposed to a multitude of mediums including but not limited too:  chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, paint, printing, clay, color pencils, charcoal pencils, sculpture, drawing, paper art, collage art, & mixed media art.

 *Philosophically I believe in the excitement of creating art, knowing the how & the WHY as to making & looking at art, & in knowing how to take pride in one's own creations.  I believe students should be able to speak about their works as well as make their art.  I think children should have a great time in expressing themselves in my classroom!

Art expectations for 3rd, 4th, 5th grade

‪Curriculum Overview 6-8

6th gr:  Japanese tea bowls, self portrait as a chair, life ladders, Niki de St Phalle, Architecture...

 6th gr syllabus link

 7th gr:  Pablo Picasso, Andy Goldsworthy, Sarah Sze, Kara Walker, Cindy Sherman...

7th gr syllabus link

8th gr:  Frida Kahlo self portraits, Viola Frey clay sculptures, Miranda July public art pieces, Street art unit...

8th gr syllabus link

*Philosophically, I believe that in middle school it is imperative that my students be able to talk about their work.  I strive for them to not only understand the process, but also how to be a creator -- & more importantly, to be able to think critically & discuss the reasons WHY we make art.  I want them to be aware of contemporary artists & artwork & know that art is a viable & important part of being a human being on the planet!  Of course, I also wish for them to have an enjoyable time in the creating of their artworks!  

Art expectations for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade



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