Art to Remember 2016- Ordering


Students have completed their Art to Remember artworks. They look fantastic! I can’t wait!

Important dates:

  • Thursday, April 7th– Order forms sent home
  • Friday, April 15th– Online/phone orders due

Please make sure your Art to Remember order form has your student’s name and artwork on it. Each form is personalized, so it is very important that you have your student’s order form. *If you have another student’s order form, please return it to me (Ms. Baird) and I will get you a new one. 

This year, Southside is using online or phone orders only. Directions on how to order are on the back of your order form. Please do not send completed orders, checks, or money to school.

If you have any questions, please contact me at:

Thank you!

Landscape Artist: David Hockney

Subject Matter- Landscape

There are three types of subject matter: landscape, portrait, and still life.  We’re learning that landscapes show nature, portraits show people, and still lifes show objects.

David Hockney, Mulholland Drive
David Hockney, Mulholland Drive

Our landscape artist is David Hockney.  He’s an English artist who is known for painting landscapes and using bright colors. Here is a video showing Hockney’s artworks and he’s speaking on the importance of making art. (Studio Habit of Mind- Observe, Stretch and Explore, Express)

Student artworks: Artists drew landscapes showing distance. Then they chose warm or cool colors to create imaginative landscapes.

3 & 4 grades Art Contest: Greetings from Kentucky

“As part of  an ongoing effort to bring increased awareness of the legislature to the people of the Commonwealth, the Kentucky State Senate is sponsoring what we hope will be an annual back to school event for our youngest citizens, the first annual “Greetings from Kentucky” poster contest.”

  • Who: 3rd & 4th grade students
  • What: Poster showing Woodford County during your favorite season on 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper, parent permission form
  • Where: through mail-in entry
  • When: Now- November 24, 2015 (This is the day before Thanksgiving break.)
  • Why: Your artwork could be shown all across the state and online. You and our school will receive special recognition from your senator and Senate President.

This contest is not available online. Please see Ms. Baird for parent permission forms and paper, if you need it.

K-5 Art Contest: Doodle4Google

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Google is holding its annual Doodle4Google art contest. This year’s theme is: What Makes Me…Me. Click on the image for more information. The basic information:

  • Who: Kindergarten- 5th grade (and all the way up through 12th!)
  • What: Doodle4Google artwork ON the official entry form and 50 word description of your artwork
  • Where: Online or through mail-in entry
  • When: October 19- December 7, 2015
  • Why: Your design could be the Google logo for a day! Additional prizes: a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 Google for Education grant for our school, a trip to Google headquarters in California.

Need some inspiration? Here are videos sharing the creative process of Google’s Doodlers, the artists who create Google’s special logos.

Step 1: Imagine

Step 2: Create

Step 3: Share and Collaborate

Please see Ms. Baird if you’re interested in this awesome art opportunity!

3rd gr.- Adinkra Cloths from Ghana

The third grade has been learning about art from other cultures.  We will learn about textile (cloth) art from Ghana, which is a country on the African continent.  Can you locate Ghana?

We will learn that adinkra cloth is a type of textile art that uses symbols.

Here are Ghanaian artists showing us how to make adinkra cloths.  Follow the video link: Adinkra Symbols


Student examples (yours will look different):

Day 1:

  1. Fold your paper in half, like a hamburger. Fold it in half again, like a hamburger. Open it up. Write your name on the back.
  2. Flip over your paper, trace over the boxes with oil pastel. With oil pastels, draw a different line or shape pattern in each box. Make the patterns colorful and interesting. Look below for some ideas. Paint your boxes.

Day 2:

  1. Start thinking about which symbols you will use for your “cloth.” Click the image to make a digital adinkra cloth. The symbols can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal.Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 10.38.07 PM2. Watch these students printing adinkra cloths. Click the image. Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.06.53 PM3. At the purple table: Call up quiet students first. Choose 1 adinkra symbol. This will go in one set of your “twin boxes.” Your symbols should represent who you are or what is important to you. Print your symbols in neat lines with black paint. Be careful not to move the stamps while you print them, they’ll smudge.

4. When you’re done using 1 symbol, return it to the correct spot in the egg carton. Get another symbol and print your two remaining “twin boxes.” If you need a symbol that someone else is using, be patient for your turn.




3rd gr.- Monet Collage


The third grade will learn about impressionist artist, Claude Monet.  Monet is famous for his “smudgy” painting style and subject matter.  This is Linnea, she and Mr. Bloom visit Monet’s garden and artworks in France.  This is a great introduction to Monet’s artworks, life, and inspiration.

Monet frequently painted the same things multiple times to show how sunlight changed in nature. Learn about The Japanese Footbridge:

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How does color change the mood of these artworks?

We will use mostly cool colors to create a collage based on Monet’s waterlilies.

2015 Superintendent’s Holiday Card Contest

Our Superintendent, Mr. Hawkins, is inviting you to participate in his 2015 Holiday Card Contest. Each year, Mr. Hawkins sends holiday cards to people all over Woodford County. Your artwork could be on the cards! Here are the contest rules:

2015 contest infoThis contest is optional and to be done at home. Please see Ms. Baird if you need a sheet of copy paper or a paper copy of the rules.

3rd gr.- Elmer Elephants

The third grade will learn about my favorite elephant, Elmer, who is patchwork.  Elmer thinks the other jungle animals are teasing him, so he changes himself to fit in.  At the end of the story Elmer learns that being patchwork is a part of who he is and is one of the reasons his friends love him.

We will create Elmer elephants using different lines, shapes, and patterns.  Here are student examples:


  1. Fold paper in half 4 times. Fold neatly.
  2. Gently unfold paper. Count your boxes, you should have 16.
  3. Lay your paper sideways, not tall-ways.
  4. Choose a crayon. Trace over all the folded lines.
  5. Starting in the top LEFT corner, number your boxes from 1-16.
  6. Write your name in box 6 AND again in box 14.
  7. Choose a new color of crayons.
  8. Draw a curved line in box 1 and box 4.
  9. Trace over the lines for box 14.
  10. Go to the line in between box 11 and box 12. Trace the line down to the bottom of your paper.
  11. Use that line to be the back of your letter “D.”
  12. Draw the belly of the letter “D” from the top of the line you just made down the the bottom. This will be his trunk.
  13. In box 16 draw a curved line. This will be the edge of his trunk.
  14. Cut all lines.
  15. SAVE your box 14. We will need that for his ear.
  16. Fold your Elmer in half, put box 14 inside. Place in folder.

K-5: Big, back to school, collaborative project

I’m so excited about our first project of the school year.  The whole school will participate in one big, back to school, collaborative project.

What’s a collaborative project?  It’s when you work with other people to create an artwork.  For this project, each student will create one artwork that we’ll put together to create one large artwork.

Here is an example of a collaborative artwork.  Each student made one heart, then all the hearts were combined to make one large artwork.  What types of lines and colors do you see?  Do you have a favorite square?

We’re going to take inspiration from our school’s theme of superheroes.  What better way to remind us that we’re all superheroes than by creating an artwork together?

Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade: If you were a superhero what would your shield look like?  What types of lines, shapes, and colors would you use?  How would it show who you are?

3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade: What is your real-life superpower?  Are you a kind friend?  Great at math?  Wonderful at helping others?  A fantastic teammate?  How would you depict your best qualities on a cape?