Weaving club was fantastic!
Thanks to all who practiced, improved, and created beautiful woven masterpieces!
Thank you for continuing to support your creative student at home and school :)!
Ms. Wilson worked as an “artist in residence” this week, weaving our school mural in the Greenland hallway!
She fielded questions, visited 4K classrooms, and worked on the background woven textile for our collaborative project.
Summit is proud to announce we will be hosting an artist-in-residence this year working with our students to create a mosaic mural for the chess/checkerboard in the courtyard. Denny Berkery, the artist-in-residence, will be visiting our school throughout the week of October 30th-November 3rd.
During the artist-in-residence we will need parent helpers to help students cut glass, carry mosaic art to large mural outside, grout tile(instruction will be provided) and sort glass by warm/cool colors. Please sign up by Monday, October 16th. Click here to sign up to help with our Artist-in-Residence.
Thank you for supporting the Art Checkmate/Summit School Mosaic Mural Project and a special thanks to Summit P.T.O., Wisconsin Art Education Association, Artsonia, OHS Construction Club, Char Cota, Lonny LaPaz and Brinkmann Construction for making the project possible.
If you are interested in more information about mosaic glass making or our artist Denny Berkery, please check out his website and business @ https://www.vineryglass.com/.
Feel free to contact Ms. LaGrange if you have additional questions.
Kindergarteners kept everyone warm with their patterned Hats and Mittens in December. The book “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” was a hit in January! We learned about Primary colors and created our own “Primary Dust Bunnies”. We read about the “Grouchy Ladybug” and created our Secondary Ladybugs. Since we didn’t have enough snow in February to make a snowman, we created our own Snowmen out of paper. With our warm spell, spring is on our minds so clay bugs, and “Monets” water lilies were a hit.
After learning about the color wheel the first graders had a hoot creating warm or cool colored painted owls. Their creativity stood out when they made snowmen out of paper and added their own personal flair. What great designers we have when it came to creating original ice skate designs. February was filled with kindness as we created a popsicle frame and added a heart made of model magic. Using our hand as a template to create a clay bowl will fill you with happiness.
The third and fourth graders continue to study American Artists. If you are hungry for sweets we created a delightful display of deserts made from Papier Mache. After watching a video on Wayne Thiebaud we learned that art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Simple displays of beautiful objects can be seen as art. Have you heard of Faith Ringgold? She is an artist and author, one of my favorite books is “Tar Beach” where anyone can fly. Quilts were the theme for our printmaking projects. Third graders used string and cardboard eventually turning their printing plate into a work of art. While fourth graders used styrofoam to create multiple prints using two plates and complementary colors. Our third grade clay fish are underway and fourth grade clay pencil holders are in the works.
The art room is in full swing with Kindergarteners adding buttons and video screens to their cut paper “Robots”. After reading the “Hungry Caterpillar” students used primary colors and mixed the secondary colors to create their own caterpillars, along with healthy paper fruit to fill up those hungry caterpillars.
Fall is in the air with our first grade friendly scarecrows hanging in the halls. They reviewed how to use water color paints and the primary and secondary colors while being introduced to the neutral colors. Our famous Park Lawn turkeys are being created. Learning how to turn two dimensional paper into a three dimensional Turkey sculpture is a fun challenge.
Second graders used their passports, suitcases, maps and have traveled to Mexico and Brazil. We are now exploring the Continent of Africa and are heading to Kenya. We will be studying about different designs and colors native to specific African tribes. After Africa we will cool off in Antarctica and learn about the wildlife that is native to this Continent.
American artists are where it’s at for third and fourth graders. Third graders created beautiful collages in the style of artist “Charley Harper” while fourth graders used tempera paint to create flat paintings in the artist’s style. Our Wisconsin artist “Georgia O’Keeffe” has inspired our third graders to create realistic watercolor flowers with black glue to emphasize the form. After watching a video of Georgia O’Keeffe explaining her art, fourth grade students are choosing the subject of flowers, cityscapes or cow skulls for their blended oil pastel pictures. Papier Mache is next as we create sweet treats in the style of Artist Wayne Thiebaud.
Amazing third grade work! Awesome fourth grade work!
Hi Summit Families,
I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I've created a classroom project request through DonorsChoose.org, an award-winning charity.
Donations of any size will help my kids. Right now, any contribution you make to my project will be doubled by Herb Kohl Philanthropies. Your donation will brighten my students' school year, and you'll get heartfelt thank yous from my class and photos of your gift in action.
Here's my classroom request:
Summit Super Hero Artists Create Art with IPads
To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, just make a contribution on that project page - donations will be doubled automatically, but only while funding lasts.
If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. My students and I greatly appreciate your support.
Thank you, Jill La Grange, Summit Art Educator
HUMPTY DUMPTY RETURNS TO SUMMIT SCHOOL, by Brian Stuckey
Have you noticed the painting of Humpty Dumpty hanging in the cafeteria? Humpty Dumpty was a part of a large mural of nursery rhyme characters that was painted in 1919 on the walls of the Pabst Building of the old Summit School. When the original Summit building was being torn down in 2003, the Oconomowoc Historical Society hired fine arts conservator Chris Luedke to remove portions of the mural. The Historical Society made an agreement with the school district that they would get to keep the paintings, but one mural would return to the new Summit to be displayed. The rest of the paintings are currently hanging in the Historical Society, but this past summer Mr. Stuckey chose Humpy Dumpty to be permanently displayed in the cafeteria. The painting is prominently displayed in the lunchroom so that Humpty Dumpty can watch over all of the boys and girls each day as they are eating like
Top Dogs. A special thank you to art teacher Ms. LaGrange for making the frame over the summer and to former Summit teacher Jolayne Lindberg for helping bring Humpty Dumpty back home!
Greenland's New Art News!
My name is Kristin Bunker and I am the art teacher at Meadow View and Ixonia Elementary Schools.
I graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Art Education from UW-Milwaukee. This is my 9th year teaching art; I have experience teaching at all grade levels, but have a passion for working with elementary students!
My husband and I have a 2 year old named Jack (who keeps us running!!!) and a cat named Emmett. In my free-time, I paint abstract watercolor and acrylic ink paintings. I sell my work on Etsy as well as do commissioned work. I also play the piano, enjoy reading, wakeboarding/surfing, traveling and going on adventures with Jack-Jack!!
I feel that every student has the ability to succeed in the art room and to create something beautiful and meaningful. My classroom is a safe-space to let that expression and creativity run. I give my students every opportunity to explore multimedia to aid in their own self-expression. I look forward to my student’s creations this year as we learn more about the history and techniques that art has to offer!
My name is Jennifer Looser and currently teach elementary art to students at Park Lawn and Ixonia. I have lived in the Oconomowoc area for most of my life and everyone in our family is an OHS grad! My husband and I enjoy visiting our two children, Josh in New Orleans and Ayssa in Denver, whenever we get the chance.
I received my art education from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Carroll University. My Masters Degree is in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University, Chicago.
Cooking is my latest joy and visiting new museums and galleries keeps my creativity alive. I enjoy painting and sculpting in my art studio at home and never run out of ideas, just time.
I believe that creating visual art is an instinctively human form of communication. I feel this should be cherished and children’s skills should be developed to their highest potential. Through the curriculum all art disciplines are explored using a variety of media. Building grade level skills, learning art related terminology, developing personal expression and gaining an appreciation for the arts are the core elements of my philosophy.
Jill La Grange
Jill La Grange has been an art educator for the past 28 years. La Grange is passionate about
nurturing within students a lifelong love of art and learning and encouraging them to find joy
and a personal voice through their art making. Jill LaGrange’s student art experiences, reach
beyond the traditional “four wall” classroom environment. Students are encouraged and
challenged to integrate their art forms and appreciation of art into school, community, state
and national art venues. Her students have created an all-school gallery, known as art(CADE), a
Nature and Fitness Trail, a 35’ by 40’ mosaic labyrinth, community art gallery (Gallery 113), an
interactive map mural and have won various local, state and national awards.
Moreover, she has been recognized as the Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year.
I strive to create a creative space where students feel comfortable taking risks, trying new ideas, and practicing new skills to continue improving as visual communicators. We will be thinking like inventors, designers, and artists in class... and hopefully outside of class! I encourage student to develop skills to problem solve and challenge themselves while learning techniques to create and decode art and design. From our Kindergarten student-artists to our wise, artist mentors in 4th grade - every student will be exploring, expressing and learning about historic and contemporary artists and designers, how colors inuence how you feel, how form inuences function, how to improve our realistic/observational drawing, and, of course, experience the joy of creating.
Visit Summit's on-line gallery here!