Ms. Jenifer Lake

Art Teacher
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What's Happening in Art


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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!

Hooray for the new school year!

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Hello everyone!

I am super excited to get started this year!  We’ll be jumping right in & creating lots of fantastic projects.  Keep an eye out in the Wednesday envelope because our after school art workshops & clay club information plus sign ups will be going out very soon!  I am looking forward to seeing you all at back to school night as well.

We are going to have a superb 2017-18 year!


spring happenings!

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K – drawing plants & watercoloring, painting like seurat, learning about frida kahlo

1 – making robot prints, learning about mark rothko

2 – finishing new year dragon puppets, & making gustav klimt collages, learning about louise bourgeois

3 – finishing louise nevelson assemblages, & beginning a new project on kehinde wiley

4 – andy warhol portraits, & working on our prayer mandalas

5 – learning about sandy skoglund & making clay installations

6 – finishing up our life ladders & will begin niki de st phalle clay sculptures soon

7 – working on our cindy sherman photos & next up will be a clay project on giacometti

8 – continuing to forge ahead with our self portraits!

what’s going on in the atelier!

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hi all!

a quick update of the projects we are working on currently —

K: spooky pasta skeletons & watercolor forests

1: mr bones skeleton hanging & kandinsky paintings

2: dia de los muertos drawins

3: sumi-e cat & spider paintings + color wheel review & drawing exercises

4: clay totem poles

5: drawing skills unit

6: finishing up our chair sculptures & beginning japanese tea bowls

7: finishing up picasso plate sculptures & beginning cindy sherman

8: finishing up clay viola frey figures & beginning our self portraits

welcome back!

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hello everyone!

i am super excited to get started this year in our new atelier!  pop by & say hi & see the awesome new space we’ll be having our art classes in.  Keep an eye out in the Wednesday envelope because our after school art workshops & clay club information plus sign ups will be going out soon.

we are going to have a superb 2016-17 year!


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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