1st Grade Self Portraits

The first project for every grade this year was focused on creating a self portrait. Each grade created one in a different way. It has been really exciting to see how students can show their identity in completely unique ways.

For first grade, we studied secondary colors by reading the book Mouse Paint. After reading the book, the students practiced mixing primary colors to make the secondary colors. We drew three mice and added the color puddles under their feet, just like the book! The next week students worked on color mixing again, this time painting a larger piece of paper. Once the painting was finished, we read Todd Parr’s book It’s Okay to be Different and discussed all the ways we are different from one another and why that is a wonderful thing! The students then used their painted paper to create a collage portrait of their selves. They turned out so awesome and make me smile every time I look at them. Check out our process below and try to stop by the board outside the art room to see all of them hanging together!


Primary Art Club

This past Tuesday was the first meeting of Primary Art Club for the year! It was so awesome to get to start my day with kids who were excited to spend an hour making wonderful works of art. We had three stations set up and the artists were able to choose what they wanted to create. At one of the stations they could use fabric and paper to create a costume or outfit for a paper doll. The second station was full of pieces of nature that the students could use to create a nature collage. The third (and most popular) station was where artists could use sticks and other odds and ends to create a fairy or gnome house! All of the creations turned out so cool and the stations were such a hit that the students requested we do them again next week so they can try something new! Check out the pictures below to see some of the amazing work our youngest Art Clubbers came up with.


Greetings, 2016-2017 School Year!

It’s hard to believe that summer has come to an end and school is back in session! I am so excited to welcome students, old and new, back into the Art Studio in anticipation of creating some amazing works of art. This blog will serve as the primary way for me to share information, updates, and photos of projects with the Kilgour community..

This year, your artists will be creating exciting works of art and will also have the opportunity to participate in multiple art shows, competitions, and events. My goal this year is to give our students as many opportunities as possible to show their amazing art work. Many parents ask me when their student will be bringing their art work home, and the answer is, at the end of the year! We work all year on creating works to be placed in a portfolio and brought home safely once all art work is completed. Trust me, seeing your student’s hard work all at one time is pretty wonderful and the students are so proud to see their pieces in their very own portfolio. Along with this portfolio, your artist will be photographing each completed piece and uploading it to an online art gallery where you can browse your student’s work and order keepsakes with their art work on it. 20% of the sales feeds directly back into the art program here at Kilgour! More information about this will be given in a future blog post.

If you are interested in donating any supplies (such as recyclables) or volunteering to mat/hang art work, document art work, or share a special skill you may have with the class, check out the section to the right of the blog for more information!

I am looking forward to a wonderful year full of creativity, friendship, and memories. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at clybure@cps-k12.org.