Warm Wishes and Happy Holidays from the Art Room!

Thanks to everyone who helped and participated in Family Art Night! It was so wonderful meeting and talking to our wonderful families- I loved seeing everyone creating art together! If you were unable to make it this year, we will have another Family Art Night next year-

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Here is what our Kindergarteners have been busy learning in the art room:

Students learned about paper manipulation- from accordian folds to curling paper, cutting fringes and spirals, they learned how to make paper three dimensional. These artworks were sent home.

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We learned about symmetry by painting and folding paper, creating a print. Students chose several colors and white to mix. The next week students cut out a shape and used colored papers for the features and created a beastie, after listening to a fun book showing interesting creatures.

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First graders continued with our architecture unit and painted a city scape learning about foreground, middle and background. They used an interesting technique of chalk pastels dipped in starch making a vibrant color paint stick that does not smudge when dry.

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Second graders finished their Adinkra influenced relief prints. They made multiple prints to evoke repeat pattern fabric. They are hanging up in the art room-

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Students learned about the illustrator and author Eric Carle who painted his own papers for his beautiful collages. Students thought about what animal they would like to make as a collage and painted paper, mixing colors and creating patterns with special rollers. They will cut out the animals in parts to overlap and create depth.


Third graders created a self portrait collage learning the proportions of the face. They used patterned papers and yarn for hair and clothes capturing their individuality.

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Fourth graders finished learning about face proportions and created mixed media self portraits. They painted faces with any colors they liked and later drew their features with charcoal or color pencils on collage pieces, arranging them on their painted faces. They are hanging up in the art room and are unusual and beautiful.

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Fifth graders learned about the fascinating artist Andy Warhol and the Pop art movement. Students chose an everyday object and are drawing a large image on paper and then painting them using bright and interesting colors.

They also finished their organic sculptures influenced by the work of Henry Moore and will be taking them home soon.


Thank you for visiting the art blog! Please come visit again and when you are at school enjoy the art that is displayed around our campus- in the office, the library and of course, in the art room!

Jenni Bahrt

WT Art Teacher




Our Art Studio is Overflowing with Creativity

Hello and thank you for visiting our Wade Thomas Art Blog! Students are creating amazing art work in this art room/studio. They are comfortable to express themselves and learn new concepts. Returning students are building on prior knowledge and kindergarteners are open to learning and creating.  It has been a pleasure to get to know our new to Wade Thomas students.  A big thank you to those of you who have volunteered in our classroom- I hope to meet many of you as the year continues. I would like to invite you to our annual Family Art Night on November 17th. Parents and students create art together in the art room- a fun opportunity to visit our wonderful room and share your child’s love of art. There will be a sign up soon- We will keep you posted! Kindergarteners -2nd grade can make art 5:30-6:30 and 3rd grade-5th grade at 6:30-7:30.  I hope to see you there…

Kindergarteners are learning so much in the art room and I am enjoying getting to know them- what a wonderful group of students this year!

Students have already explored printmaking, oil pastels, tempera paint, and collage.

Students created their own “Wild Thing” after I read the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. They used oil pastels and learned how to show texture and layer colors. They could make their creature fierce or funny or anything at all. They painted the background with tempera cakes, which are similar to watercolors. Here are some examples:

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We talked about shapes in the art room adding to their study of shapes in their classroom. I read Mouse Shapes and Color Zoo inspiring lots of ideas!

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First graders studied the art of Georgia O’Keefe. We talked about color mixing and students finished a close up of a flower in two classes, exploring warm color and cool color. We have created several projects celebrating nature.

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Students created an imaginative animal- We looked at the book Dragons, Dragons illustrated by Eric Carle- It has many humorous poems about imaginary animals. Students thought of a few animals to combine into one new one and are naming them and drawing them with oil pastels. I am hoping to collaborate with their first grade teacher and have students write about their animal in class.

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Second graders finished their oil pastel molas. Here are their beautiful art works:

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They began a new printmaking project influenced by Adinkra cloth from Ghana. They are creating their own symbol and using pattern to make their printing plate and will be making multiple relief prints.


Third Graders finished their texture landscapes. There are some in our office to see- take a look if you are at school. They are beautiful-

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Students began a collage self portrait using a variety of papers. We looked at and discussed a series of artists’ self portraits in many different media and styles. We talked about proportion to determine where eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth fit on the face.


Fourth Graders finished their cave drawings. They are hanging up in the art room if you have a chance to stop by.

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They also completed a relief/ collagraph print. They used many different textured recycled materials to create a cityscape. We used brayers to ink corrugated cardboard, lace, textured papers, printing foam, and burlap. They have a mysterious quality with the silver ink on black paper. Here are some examples:

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Fifth Graders have finished their Dream Animals mixed media art works. Combining paint, printmaking and chalk pastels, the animals are wonderful and full of texture and design.

Here are some examples: These are hanging in the library if you have a chance to take a look-

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They just began a sculpture project using wire coat hangers, a stocking and gesso.We talked about what made a sculpture a sculpture and we looked at and discussed the artist Henry Moore. We also  talked about organic shapes and abstract forms.


Thank you again for supporting YES and the Wade Thomas Art Program!

Hope to see you soon!

Jenni Bahrt

Wade Thomas Art Teacher



Welcome Back to the Art Room for the 2016-17 Year!

Greetings and welcome back to our art room blog! It has been wonderful to see all of the smiling faces of my returning art students and to meet many new students too- What a great group of Kindergarteners! We have new students in all our grades and it has been a delight- We started right in creating journal covers in all grades. Students were enthusiastic to start making art!


Just a reminder that student artwork will be returned at the end of the year. Occasionally work is sent home throughout the year but we like to keep work for displays in our community, around the school and District Office and for Open House. It is wonderful to look through all of your child’s artwork at the end of year and see the progression of each individual artist. Please feel free to come visit the art room as a volunteer or just to take a peek at what we are doing. A great opportunity to see the art room and experience what our art program is all about is at Family Art Night- our annual event early evening on Thursday, November 17th- Parents and students visit the art room and create art together- I will have a variety of art materials set out to explore with your child- More information will follow in our newsletter and our online signup will be available soon- I hope to see you there!

Here are the drawing journals created by our Kindergarteners:


We talked about different kinds of lines and patterns after reading the classic book The Dot and the Line- Students used crayons and watercolors to create a watercolor resist-they keep their journals in the art room and draw in them when they are finished with our art project for the day.

We will be exploring printmaking over the next two classes. Students painted a background of either warm or cool colors- They tried to create as many colors as they could with their paint colors and white- We read the book Mouse Paint- a great introduction to color mixing- Next week we will print on top of the paintings with bubble wrap, jar tops, boxes and paper tubes.



First Graders used line and patterns incorporating their initials and names creating a watercolor resist-


We started a nature unit with an interesting leaf print, observing the veins and shape of each leaf. Students learned about a ghost print-(a second print done without adding more ink)- Students will add color around the leaves with chalk pastel-

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Second Graders created radial designs, building on art concepts learned last year for their watercolor resist journal covers-

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Third graders created recycled paper collages after looking at the work of Jasper Johns-they will be glued to their journal covers.

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They also began a study in texture by creating texture charts. Students had a variety of natural objects on their table to study close up and were told to paint what they saw- they will be beginning a landscape painting using what they learned from their observations-

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Fourth Graders explored a new material and technique, metal tooling- they are so beautiful! These will be their drawing journals for the year.

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We began a cave drawing project after watching a virtual tour of the Lascaux caves in France. They will be choosing an animal that they will draw on kraft paper after wrinkling and smoothing to look like a cave wall and will be using chalk pastels and charcoal pencils- Here are some examples in progress:

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Fifth Graders created a multi media art work making a tissue paper collage and then printing on top of them- they had to make a multiple print with their small individual foam printing plate- they remind me of stained glass-

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They are starting a mixed media art work incorporating printmaking and drawing – they will be looking at aboriginal art for their Dream Animals and creating texture and pattern in their work. Students practiced printing with sticks and cardboard which they will use for borders and texture within their animal. They will use chalk pastel over their painted lines.


I will usually post our art blog once a month and hope you will follow us to learn about what is happening in the art room, to learn more about our art program and to view and support our incredible artists at Wade Thomas!

Thanks and looking forward to exploring art with your children!

Jenni Bahrt

Wade Thomas Art Teacher


What a busy and art filled year

The end of the school year is approaching and we have had a wonderful time in the art room. The students have been developing their creative and technical skills and have immersed themselves in many different media/materials. They have talked about art, thought about art and created art!


The Kindergarteners have explored many new concepts and materials. Here is what we have been looking at and creating in the art room:

Students looked at illustrations of Eric Carle and his method of painting his own papers for his collages. They made their own painted paper with rollers with different patterns and then cut organic shapes the next week for a collage.

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Students brought in their favorite stuffed animal and drew them- (with a lot of love…) They added a painted background using tempera cakes which create bright, beautiful colors similar to watercolors.

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First Graders learned about radial design and we talked about different examples in nature and more-

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We talked about geometric shapes and organic shapes and abstract painting. Students created a shapes painting with the primary colors. The next week they used black and white paint for designs and a variety of lines to highlight shapes and areas of their painting.

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Second Graders created beautiful landscapes using torn papers in a collage. They learned to overlap their pieces and “paint with paper”-

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Third graders learned about a new printmaking technique- collagraphs. They created a collage with a variety of textured papers/materials and then glued them on a backing. They covered the collage with gesso paint to seal their printing plate. Black  ink was rolled onto the plate the next week – Here are the beautiful prints- The printing plate is next to it-

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We talked about architecture and looked at a variety of books of buildings throughout history and around the world. Students created a charcoal drawing postcard of an existing building or a building from their imagination. They also created  their own postcard stamp after looking at the work of Donald Evans.

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Fourth graders finished a painting influenced by the artist Frank Stella and Minimalism. We looked at work by Mondrian and students responded with thoughtful observations to the works shown.

They began with a square piece of paper and a ruler dividing the space in an interesting way and then cutting parts out of the paper. We will be painting them with color later- learning about analogous and complementary colors as well as shades and tints.

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Fifth graders completed their acrylic paintings. They concentrated on texture and layering colors-

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Students learned about Pop Art and the interesting artist Andy Warhol. They had a choice of a multiple print or a large painting of an everyday object influenced by his work.

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Thank you for a wonderful year!  All student work will be coming home next week-enjoy sharing it all with your child/children-  I have so enjoyed working with them this year! I look forward to seeing everyone in August- Happy Summer!


Creativity in our Art Room

It was so great to see everyone at Open House! There were so many parents and friends and students supporting our Wade Thomas artists. It is an amazing sight to see my students’ work hanging up-showing such creativity, individuality and personal expression. I know they were excited to share their art with all of you- Remember that all of their art work (aside from their clay projects) will be returned all together at the end of the year.

Here are some photos of our Pop Art Food Sculpture and Recycled Chairs displayed at Open House:

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Here is what we have been creating in the Art Room this month:

Kindergarteners created a self portrait relief print. They were excited to learn about a new printing technique. They draw on foam plates with a pencil, then apply ink with a roller and use a barren to rub the printing plate on to the paper.

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We also celebrated spring with a painting of flowers after reading the book Planting a Rainbow. Students mixed colors and thought about shapes and line when creating their flowers.

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First Graders created blueprints after  hearing the wonderful book Iggy Peck Architect. They used blue paint and pieces of cardboard to create their lines on graph paper. They were excited to imagine their buildings/houses/castles…

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They will be starting a tissue paper collage in warm or cool colors and create a line painting with a nature theme-


Second Graders have been learning about Chinese brush painting and have created a painting overlapping a watercolor wash. They learned a new technique using bamboo brushes and ink and painted a branch capturing it’s beauty…

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Third graders learned about the artist and architect Hundertwasser who used spirals in his paintings to symbolize life- they are learning more about mixing colors and creating a spiral painting of their own.

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Fourth graders are creating a two color relief print of an animal showing texture and line- it is a two part process and develops a deeper understanding of the printing process.

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Fifth graders have just begun an acrylic painting on a canvas board. They will be showing texture and learning more about color mixing through exploration of a new painting medium.

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Happy Spring! Thanks for visiting and hope to see all of you soon!

Jenni Bahrt

WT Art Teacher




What’s Happening in the Art Room

We have been creating with clay, clay, clay in the art room! Animals, dinosaurs, African masks and Pop Art food fill every flat surface- Take a peak inside the art room to see the wonderful creative clay work!


I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our Open House April 7th. Fourth and Fifth grade art will be displayed in the art room and other grades will have their art work in their classroom. We also have art work displayed at the Fairfax Library this month and there is Wade Thomas art work in the display case at Red Hill. (through next week)

Kindergarteners painted a heartfelt family portrait in black and white.

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Students used the letters in their name in a graphic way in an oil pastel and watercolor resist. We talked about hiding the letters and making thick, thin, fancy, upper and lower case letters.

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First graders created a clay octopus for their tide pool studies in their classroom. They glazed them and will take them home next month.

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We also started an African mask painting influenced by examples of masks from West Africa. We talked about how masks have been used in various cultures. Students looked at and created symmetry within their mask. They will be filling these in with color over the next two classes.

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Second graders are studying dinosaurs and created their own unique dinosaur with clay. We will be glazing them in the next couple of weeks.

They also completed their family portraits and had fun mixing colors. I love this project because I learn a little more about each student…

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Third grade students are studying an animal and writing a report in their classroom. In the art room students created a clay sculpture of their animal. These animals have a lot of personality! They will be glazing them over the next few weeks.

We began a chalk pastel and glue project that reminds me of stained glass. Students chose an animal and used Elmers glue to create lines on the black paper. When the glue dries students fill in all the areas with colorful chalk pastel. The glue lines appear black and resemble lead.

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Fourth graders spent several weeks sewing their own original soft sculpture. Many students took their creature home. They were so fun and students were very enthusiastic about their creations. The art room was busy every lunch time with fourth graders. ( I open every day during lunch time for students to work on their art)

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Students learned about Pop Art and looked at many artists including Andy Warhol, Claus Oldenberg and Wayne Thiebaud. They chose a food to create in clay and will be glazing them soon.

Fifth graders created clay masks influenced by images of African masks. Many students chose an animal for their subject- They used techniques learned throughout the years and also learned new techniques.

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Students started a recycled chair project- We are using different wires, cardboard, fabric, old slides, wooden pieces and various other materials. I showed them a chair contest from Design Within Reach where artists and designers make a chair from the cork, wire, and foil of a champagne bottle. Google it- really fantastic pieces.

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See more creative chairs at Open House!

A reminder that all of your student’s art work will come home at the end of the year. Usually three dimensional work comes home when finished, but I am saving clay pieces for Open House.  Please feel free to come into the art room whenever you would like to see what we are doing!  See you soon-


Jenni Bahrt

Wade Thomas Art Teacher




Warm thanks to Wade Thomas Parents and Art Students

We had a very busy and fun Family Art Night last week! Thank you to everyone who attended- it is my favorite night at our school- What could be better than seeing parents and children making art together and letting their imagination and artistic sensibilities go wild?! Thank you to all my fabulous helpers who made set up and clean up easy- I appreciate all the kind words I have received about the evening and all the support for our art program- With the many, many families in the art room I know that art is considered an important part of your child’s education. If you missed it, we will be having another Family Art Night next year-

Here is what we have been doing in our weekly art classes in Kindergarten:

Students learned about ceramics and created a pinch pot. They are in the kiln for their first firing and students will be glazing them next art class. They will take them home in the next couple of weeks. They were very excited to explore this new medium and had time to just play with the clay as well  as learning the pinch pot technique.

Here is a before and after of the first bisque firing- Glazing is next!

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We learned about Matisse and his colorful paper collages created in his later years that he called “Drawing with Scissors”. Students used scissors to cut out interesting organic shapes and learned about overlapping shapes and colors to create an interesting collage.

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First graders are learning how to sew on burlap. They learned the running stitch and are sewing on patches of colored burlap to their background piece. They are also learning how to attach beads to create an interesting sampler.


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Second graders continued and finished their Eric Carle inspired collage animal. They are hanging in the office now- Hope you can take a look!

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The second graders just began a family portrait painting after looking at a wonderful book showing photographs of families around the world. They will be filling them in with color.

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Third Graders just completed their Self Portrait collage- I can tell who they are even without their name!

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Fourth Graders completed their Self Portraits. They combined painting, collage and drawing, both charcoal pencil and color pencils. They also learned about proportions.

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Fifth graders are working on a mixed media self portrait combining a watercolor background and a self portrait print. They are then free to use any medium to express their dreams, thoughts or interests. It has been wonderful to see these art works develop.

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Until my next post…Have a wonderful winter break and Happy Valentines Day from the Art Room!

Jenni Bahrt

WT Art Teacher