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!
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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.
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