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.

Banner for KSBA

Several months ago, Superintendent Hawkins asked Simmons to create a banner that would represent Woodford County Schools at the annual Kentucky School Board Association conference.  The banner needed to follow the theme:  College/Career Readiness: Kentucky’s Real 2012 Olympics. 

Most school districts in Kentucky would also be participating in creating a banner.  Woodford County has a lot to offer students and I wanted our banner to reflect those possibilities.  I worked with Mr. Clark’s 5th grade class to paint our wonderful banner.  The students worked on the banner for approximately three weeks, and finished adding the details today.  They did an AMAZING job!  The banner shows the fencing found across Woodford County, the learning steps on the path of education, and future opportunities in several countries.  I am so excited to share Simmons’ talents with the rest of the state!

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.

Fall Fine Arts Night

Please join us on Wednesday, October 5th at 5:00 for a wonderful hour of music, art, and light refreshments provided by the FRC.  Mrs. Bowmer’s Friday music classes will perform on various instruments, including recorders and keyboards.  There will be a student art exhibition featuring all grade levels on display in the hallway.  Come support our wonderfully creative students!


Welcome Back!

The art room has been a great place to be for our first weeks of school!  The students have really grown as artists over the summer.  I am so excited to see what they 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 certainly put them to good use.  You can send these supplies in any time and we will continue to need them throughout the year.


  • Cleaned Egg Cartons
  • Baby Wipes
  • Newspapers
  • School-friendly magazines
  • Q-Tip Cotton Swabs

Thank you for all of your support!


The fifth grade have been working on making papíer maché masks.  They have been studying West African cultures and we learned that masks were often worn during dances and celebrations.  West African Cultures often showed animals on their masks, hoping that the wearer would have that animal’s special qualities.


The third grade has been learning about Van Gogh’s self-portraits.  They learned about Van Gogh’s thick painting style called impasto.  They learned how to draw realistic self-portraits and add realistic color.  They used oil-pastels “brush strokes” to give their artwork Van Gogh’s impasto texture.