4th gr.- Fall Artwork

The 4th grade has been learning about radial balance, symmetry, and pattern.  They have also been learning about Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstract artworks.  We created flower paintings using texture, cropping, and complementary colors.


Welcome Back!

School is back in session and in full swing!  I apologize for the delay in posting, but this year is promising to be delightfully busy.   The art room has been a great place to be for out first few weeks of school!  I am so excited to see what Simmons students will create this year.

I would like to thank all the families who have generously donated supplies to the art room.  If your family has or could save any of the following supplies, we will put them to good use.  You can send any of these supplies in at any time.  We will continue to use them throughout the year.

-Cleaned egg cartons

-Baby wipes

– School-friendly magazines

-Q-Tip Cotton Swabs

-Styrofoam plates

-Paper towels

Thank you for all your continued support!



April Art Contest

Get published!  Win prizes!

Any student in grades K-12 can enter for free.  Contest Divisions are grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12.

Any art that can be digital photographed can enter (painting, drawing, collage, sculpture).

Parents can enter you online at www.celebratingart.com.  Do not mail artwork.

The contest deadline is April 3rd, 2012.

This contest also had a December deadline.  Simmons had two students get published in the artists book: Emma Goh, 2nd grade, and Morgan Elmore, 4th grade.  We would love to see more Simmons students earn this wonderful honor.

1000 Dolls with Transylvania University

Ms. Hanna Leatherman, a former Simmons student, worked with our 4th grade to create 100 clothespin dolls.  These dolls are part of the 1000 Dolls project lead by Transylvania University’s Community Engagement Through the Arts class.  The dolls will be placed outside around Lexington’s North Limestone area to be found by the community.  The goal is to bring people together in making the dolls and finding the dolls. 

More information about the Community Engagement Through the Arts program is available at:   http://communityengagements.blogspot.com/.

The dolls wil be exhibited in a gallery at the Kentucky Theatre from April 4th-9th.  The grand opening of the exhibit will be at 7:00 pm on April 4th.  The opening will be held with potluck style food and local bands playing throughout the evening.  We hope to see you there!

2011-2012 Yearbook Cover Winners

We are very proud of the participation for the 2011-12 yearbook cover contest.  So many students created beautiful artwork.  The top 5 covers were placed in the library and 3rd-5th grade students voted for the winners:
On the front cover, 1st place winner: Jose Ochoa– 5th gr.
On the back cover, 2nd place: Christan Bishop– 4th gr.
On the back cover, 3rd place: Kaylee Dugan– 5th gr.
On the back cover, 4th place: Emily Ross– 3rd gr.
On the back cover, 5th place: Anna Haury– 4th gr.
Congratulations to our winners!  To pre-order your yearbooks now, please see Mrs. Tincher.

Winter Fine Arts Night & Snowflake Feast

Thank you for all who joined us for the Winter Fine Arts Night on December 7th and the Snowflake Feast on December 8th.  The students did a fantastic job preparing for both events.  All grade levels have artwork in the show and 5th through 1st grade created decorations for the Snowflake Feast.  Our students are so talented and take pride in seeing their artwork on display.  Stop by and see what your students are creating.


Art Contest

Get published!  Win prizes!

Any student in grades K-12 can enter for free.  Contest Divisions are grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12.

Any art that can be digital photographed can enter (painting, drawing, collage, sculpture).

Ms. Baird can photograph your work and enter you online or parents can enter you online at www.celebratingart.com.  Do not mail artwork.

The contest has two deadlines:

November 29th, 2011 and April 3rd, 2012.

***If you are having Ms. Baird photograph & enter your work online, artwork is due to Ms. Baird by November 18th, 2011.

Students can enter one piece of artwork in each contest.


In February, all K-5 classes participated in painting murals illustrating four content areas: math, science, language arts, and social studies.  The  students were involved at every step, including drawing, painting, and finishing the murals with a clear coat. I am so proud of all the students who worked very hard to help complete the murals. We are so thankful for the support of the Specials team, the PTA, Mr. Caudill, Mrs. Goh and Mrs. Mogge.  They helped make the murals possible.

We look forward to more mural painting experiences!