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.

West African Masks

The second graders have been learning about 3-D masks.  They looked at West African masks, which are used in celebrations.  The students created a 3-D mask celebrating the changing of seasons.  Students designed a mask to show a season and added tissue paper “beads.”


The first grade learned about Wayne Thiebaud’s dessert paintings.  They learned how he showed rows of desserts, neatly lined up and painted.  They also studied functional art: art that can be used.  They looked at quilts that show patterns and created their own quilt patterns.

Go Green+Art Club

The 5th grade Art Club has teamed up with the Go Green Club to help make recycling easier at Simmons.  The Art Club has started painting a “Green Zone” mural that will help students organize their recycling into the appropriate bins.  We are excited to see more murals happening at Simmons, so please stop by to get a look.

The mural is complete!  It is fantastic! 

Academic Team is Regional Champ

On Saturday, March 19th, the Simmons Academic Team competed in the Regional Tournament with six other districts.  The competition was challenging, but Simmons took 1st place Overall and 2nd place in Quick Recall.  Mrs. Tincher and I are very proud of all the hard work the Academic Team students have put in this year.  Congratulations on a job well done!

Art Classes for Adults

The newly formed Lexington Art Academy offers adult art classes in a variety of exciting art forms.  There is a great group of experienced artists as instructors.  Ms. Baird will be teaching an upcoming Intro to Acrylic Painting class.  New classes are added often, so check back frequently.