Welcome Back!

Welcome back, Sharks! I am so happy to see you in the art room this year. We are able to use our art centers, which will include: drawing, collage, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, clay, and architecture. We will also have visiting art centers, such as collaborative projects, mask-making, and wearable art. We’ve had a great first week with the drawing center and can’t wait to open more centers!

Click the image to take a virtual tour of our centers!

Click the image to visit our virtual classroom and centers.

Minecraft Pixel Portraits

Have you ever heard of or played Minecraft? What did you notice about how the images or graphics look? Minecraft graphics are made up of pixels, which means they are are designed with visible block shapes instead of smoother lines.

Today, you’ll create a portrait using pixels. A portrait is an artwork of a person or an animal. Take a look at the video, then begin your portrait.

  1. Choose a person to draw- is it a real person, someone you know, is it yourself?
  2. Find the middle line. Use the middle line to help you add facial features, such as eyes, mouth, head, hairline, neck, and body.
  3. Add details.
  4. Trace lines with marker (it doesn’t have to be black).
  5. Add color. Take you time, have fun!

2021 Doodle for Google Contest

2020 Doodle for Google Winner- 5th grader from Texas

It’s time for the 2021 Doodle for Google Contest, the theme is “I am strong because…”. Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inner strength means to you. 

What is the “Doodle for Google” contest? Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on Google.com, as well as win some great scholarships and tech packages for their schools.

Doodle Examples 

Need more information? Click the image below to learn more about the contest.

Link: Entry form

Link: Enter your Doodle online

Link: Rules

  • One student= one entry
  • Original artwork, no copyrighted or trademarked characters, images, or logos (like Mickey Mouse)
  • Submit your entry two ways: online by Friday, Feb. 26 OR give to Ms. Baird by Wednesday, Feb. 24.
    • Submitting your own artwork online by Friday, February 26. Take a high quality photo with good lighting or scan your artwork. Complete the online entry form and upload your photo here: Enter your Doodle online
    • If you’d like Ms. Baird to turn it in for you, complete an entry form and turn in your artwork and entry form by Wednesday, February 24. Grades K-2– bring entries to school and ask your homeroom teacher how best get it to me. Grades 3-5– bring entries to the Sandersville front office, let the office staff know it’s for me.

2020-2021 Youth Art Month Contest- Due Dec 1st

Youth Art Month is coming up and Kentucky is getting ready! Youth Art Month will be held in March and encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Visual art programs help develop skills including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

Art shows, special exhibits, and school and community activities take place annually, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12.

Kentucky is holding a flag design competition which is open through December 2, 2020.


  1. Designs must be in color.
  2. Designs must include the Youth Art Month logo AND the name and shape of the state of Kentucky (shown above and in entry form).
  3. Designs must illustrate the 2020 Youth Art Month theme “Art Connects Usand include these words in the design.
  4. Entries must be submitted on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of copy paper (no lined paper).
  5. The contest entry form (see form shown below) must be glued to the back (no staples). Entry form needs to be in a horizontal format (sideways).
  6. Information on completed entry form must be typed or printed clearly.
  7. Submit an Artwork Photography Release Form (see form shown below).

Entry Form and Artwork Photography Release Form (download to fill out & print)

**For entry form: find your state legislators here

If you would like to participate, drop off your artwork with your completed entry form attached to it at Sandersville by Dec 1, 2020. There will be a state-wide winner and 1st-5th places winners for elementary, middle school, and high school. Winners will be announced by December 18, 2020.

Art + Food

What is your favorite meal? Why? Artists have been inspired by their food since the very beginning of art. Why do you think artists are interested in making art showing food?

Here are examples of how artists have shown food throughout history. What do you observe in these artworks?

We are taking inspiration from these artists and their artworks. You will make an artwork that shows your favorite meal or food to share with the people in your house. How will you create your meal or food? What art materials will you use? What will your favorite meal or food tell about you?

Artists Collaborate: Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat

Andy Warhol was known for his colorful portraits of famous people.

Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe, 1967
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat was known for his portraits, but they were not realistic.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960 – 1988
Untitled, 1981
Oil stick, acrylic, and spray enamel on canvas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Here’s a photo of the artists together.


Here’s an artwork they made together.

Jean-Michel Basquiat & Andy Warhol, Olympic Rings, 1985
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 81 ⅛ × 183 ½ inches (206 × 466 cm)
© 2012 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, New York;, © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York