Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall Trees

Students used branches of trees as a source of inspiration. They used markers to create hatching and cross hatching to give the illusion of bark on a tree. The backgrounds were painted with pastels.

Harvest Drawings

Using their photography still life images as a source of inspiration, students used oil pastels to make a contour line drawing. They painted their composition with watercolors and used chalk pastels to show highlights and shadows.

Photography... looking at COMPOSITION

Third and Fourth graders discussed what goes into making an interesting composition, looked at a power point, and took digital photographs to inspire their "harvest drawings".

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sky Colors

3rd & 4th graders  
created landscapes
inspired by the book
Sky Color
by Peter Reynolds
(The Dot, Ish…)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Herds of elephants seen at WCS!

Based on the book

by David McKee,

3rd and 4th graders explored a variety of

and celebrated
what makes each of them unique!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


2012 Vermont Be Money Wi$e Poster Contest

Every year the State Treasurer’s Office and the Vermont Bankers Association hold a poster contest to celebrate April as Youth Financial Literacy month. This year’s theme was “Managing Money is not Magic”. Of the 230 posters submitted, WCS had THREE artists recognized for their artwork.

Full House 7th grader, Nate Shanks received THIRD PLACE in the Middle School division. Equinox 4th grader, Storm Rushford received 1 of 13 Honorable Mention awards. Equinox 3rd grader, Charlotte DeSantos was awarded FIRST PLACE in the Elementary School division and along with cash prizes for herself and WCS, she will go on to represent Vermont in the national contest.

On Thursday, April 12th, these artists will be recognized in a special State House ceremony in Montpelier.

Congratulations artists!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Art Storm

Chittenden South Elementary and Middle Schools are participating in a fundraising even at CVU. Students form these schools used a water drop shape as inspiration for their work. Ceramic plates and other artwork will be available for a donation, which will go to flood relief. This project allows students to make a positive contribution to the world by helping those who have been impacted by Hurricane Irene.

Equinox 3rd and 4th graders, as well as Full and Sterling House middle school students have either made or glazed these wonderful water drop plates.

Please come to this event on
Wednesday, March 14th
from 6-7:30PM
in the CVU Cafeteria

Painting with Crayons and Blow Dryers

"Shake Rattle and Roll... Moving and Grooving at WCS"
This year for Theme Week I teamed up with Cris Milks to shake things up! We offered students the chance to rattle their imaginations by rolling out canvas and crayons. Blow dryers melted the wax and students used a variety of media to create a piece of truly unique art.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Clay Cupcakes!?!

Inspired by Ashley and Callahan's love of cupcakes, third and fourth graders
created cupcakes out of clay! They look good enough to eat! The top is actually a frosting inspired rattle that fits on top of a clay "cake" bowl. We will be celebrating by having a pastry chef come in and show us some artistic ways of decorating real cupcakes!

Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year was January 23, 2012. It is the most important of all the traditional Chinese holidays. It is also called the Spring Festival. It is the 1st day of the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year, it is the year of the DRAGON! Inspired by dragons and the New Year, students created "Something out of Nothing". It is one of my favorite Art Room games. Students were given a doodle and used their imagination to turn "nothing" into a dragon. Students used water colors and oil pastels to create a unified composition.