Friday, December 7, 2012


                                                                                        FINE ARTS NIGHT
DECEMBER 17th, 2012

On Monday December 17th Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students and their families are invited to Fine Arts Night!  Ms. Metz,  Mrs. Glover and Mr. Wrzesinski will be holding workshops to introduce the families of Coonley to the different elements of Art offered this year. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kindergarten Matisse Projects!

The Kindergarten students have been looking at Matisse art-work for the last couple weeks.  We learned the word "mimic" and copied shapes that Matisse used in his art-work.

After drawing the Matisse mimics we worked on emulating the cut paper work by Matisse.  Together, the Kindergarten classes made large scale art-work.  The students did a great job with their shapes and learned how impressive their art-work can be when they collaborate!

Fall Trees

1st grade Fall Trees, made with construction paper.

Gustav Klimt

The second graders looked at a painting by Gustav Klimt and then emulated his style in their own painting.

My Many Colored Days

The 3rd grade students read Dr. Seuss' book "My Many Colored Days" and then created a painting in the same style as the illustrations.
Each painting depicts the many different emotions we have through color.

4th-6th grade self portraits

The 4th through 6th grade students have been working on proportional drawing, and have just finished their self portraits!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day of the Dead!

To celebrate "Day of the Dead" and to add artwork to the 1st grade performance all of the 1st graders made skulls.
The students made their artwork with paper mache and crayons.
1st grade parents...Be sure to look for your students artwork outside of the gym tomorrow during the performance!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Andy Goldsworthy!

The K, 2nd and 3rd grade classes learned about artist, Andy Goldsworthy over the past two weeks.  Andy Goldsworthy creates artwork with natural materials. As a class, we focused on creating lines, shapes patterns and other designs with natural materials. This past week we had a great time creating natural art installations in the rock garden at Coonley.  Enjoy our pictures!

  These Kindergarten students created shapes
Some students used natural elements to highlight or bring attention to parts of the rock garden that would normally go unnoticed.

 Students worked together to create larger pieces of art, such as this leaf line which was over 25 ft. long!

 Natural materials were used to show the students understanding of pattern.

 Some students made recognizable shapes, like this apple!

With each design, a great amount of creativity and fun was shared :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pinwheels for Peace

This past Friday, September 21st the students of Coonley honored International Peace Day by "planting" their pinwheels in the rock garden. Their pinwheels housed messages of peace and personal goals about being peaceful students this school year.
Despite the rain the installation still looked great! Let's hope for a sunny international peace day next year :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Coonley Cranes

Hello! I am honored to begin the Coonley Art Studio blog for the 2012-2013 school year. My name is Mrs. Glover, and I am excited to get this school year started.

To kick off the school year, all of the art classes have spent their period going over introductions and expectations in the art studio.  Each student was presented with the Coonley Artist Pledge, which spelled out these expectations. The students signed this pledge and then folded the pledge into an origami crane.  The origami cranes will be hung around the art studio, as well as the school to symbolize all of the Coonley artists.  During the open house, or during your next trip into Coonley, keep your eyes open for the 600+ origami cranes!

I am thrilled to be the new Coonley art teacher, and am looking forward to meeting everyone in the Coonley community. 
See you soon!
Mrs. Glover

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Learning to Mix Secondary Colors as a Team!

Students in Grades K-1 created a final project in pairs where they learned how to mix secondary colors from primary colors.  At the same time they learned more about pattern and repetition. 

First, each student drew a shape of their choice on a piece of cardboard. Next, they cut out their shapes and then together, decided on a repeating pattern that they could make using those shapes.   They traced their shapes many times to achieve a pattern. 


Next, students painted their shapes using only primary colors.  Once the shapes were painted, they mixed the two primary colors they were given, together in the egg carton.  By doing this they created a secondary color! This was a pretty magical moment. 
The pairs then worked together to paint their secondary color in the background behind their shapes. 

As a final step, students were given all the primary colors, and could add other colors and shapes at will, in order to make their collective painting what they wanted it to be.