Dear Parents and Caregivers,  

As the holiday season draws to a close, students have been busy creating artwork and performances with a holiday theme. Now, they will be shifting their focus towards learning new art techniques and drawing inspiration from the winter landscape. The upper grades will be moving into the painting studio, while the younger grades will be diving deeper into painting and taking care of our art materials. All third to fifth-grade students will explore winter landscapes, whereas kindergarten to 2nd-grade students will explore our winter landscape by looking at snowmen and creating landscape collages.   

Rigorous Instruction 

Instruction is customized, inclusive, motivating, and aligned to the Next Generation Standards. High standards are set in every classroom. Students are actively engaged in ambitious intellectual activity and developing critical thinking skills. 

Units of Study

Kindergarten-2nd Grade  

First and Second Grade:   

Students will create a landscape collage using painted paper, exploring new painting techniques and the anatomy of landscapes, including foreground and background. They will also learn how to care for their painting materials.2nd-grade students will read Snowmen at night and create their winter landscape with snowmen silhouettes and a chalk pastel background. 


Students will use air-dry clay to create melted snowmen while learning different clay techniques, such as creating slabs and spheres and being introduced to forms. 


Third Grade - Fifth Grade  

Students will be entering the paint studio, where they will learn all the rules and procedures of the paint studio. Students will learn the anatomy of a complex landscape and how to create depth in a landscape. Fourth and Fifth graders will expand on this topic by learning painting techniques to create texture and shading. 


I look forward to all the fantastic art our little artists will make in the New Year and am even more excited to share their masterpieces with you on class dojo! As always, check out the end of the art newsletter for some fun drawing videos! 


 Strong Family-Community Ties & Collaborative Teachers 

School leadership brings resources from the community into the school building by welcoming, encouraging, and developing partnerships with families, businesses, and community-based organizations. 



Drawing Videos: 

Note the drawing videos by grade are just a suggestion. Feel free to try any of these with your young artists!  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email or direct message on Class Dojo.

Teachers Contact Information

Teacher: Ms. Smith, Visual Arts Teacher

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“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso