Fifth Grade Metal Repousse




Fifth Grade created these mixed media projects using metal tooling foil and metallic markers on black paper for the mat.  Students had to use components of composition and good design in the planning stages.  Metal repousse and chasing  is a metalworking technique in which the metal is  shaped by using tools from the top and reverse side to create a design in low relief. The students were encouraged to create a lot of texture in their piece.


Picasso’s Three Musicians (minus two)


By Wylie Mc Bride

Inspired by Picasso’s Three Musicians, First graders created collages using construction paper scraps and some hand painted papers.  Students focused on shapes and creating a face with free form shapes.  They loved making a music stand and drawing the music on it too.

Students chose a variety of musical instruments.  We had guitars, flutes, horns and many other instruments.

Cool Days, Warm Hands


Kindergarten has been working on using pattern in an artwork and learning warm and cool colors.  The result?  Warm colored mittens covered in a zentangle-ish pattern and backgrounds painted in cool colors, using plastic wrap to create an icy texture.

Enjoy these paintings by Hallie and Zach.



Fly, Soar, Flutter, Squirm, Zoom…


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    Second Grade Flying Insect Collages, with verbs….except for the kiddos who didn’t make a flying insect…except for the few who chose a preposition or adjective.  Haha!😂 The focus in class was on using lots of recycled materials around … Continue reading

Summer Fun: Liquid Sidewalk Chalk

Try this fun recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots:

Liquid Sidewalk Chalk
1 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
food coloring (any colors you desire!!)
Mix the water and cornstarch together until combined. I then separate the mixture into cupcake tins or those smaller plastic cups you find in the paper products aisle of Target or Wal-Mart. Then, get our your food coloring and add a few drops to each tin or cup and mix well. As a side note, for all of you that only have the basic red, yellow, and blue on hand, you can mix ’em up for some more color choices:
yellow + red = orange
red + blue = purple
blue + yellow = green
****and don’t forget just the basic white you already made!****

CD Weavings


Just a quick photo of our fourth grade weavings.  I had been given (and kept!) many old CD’s.  This was the perfect lesson for them.  I used a lesson based on one from sallgood’s Make It… a Wonderful Life blog.  She has a wonderful tutorial.  Here is our version.

Students who finished early learned to sew beads onto the weaving to give it more textural interest.

Enjoy these weavings from Mila, Zoe and my demo.

Guest Post by Emma Smith Puffinpalooza!

Guest Post by Emma Smith, 4th grade artist from Wilder Elementary

“This is a puffin I painted.  You might ask “why did she decide to paint a puffin?”  Well, I thought not many people make art of puffins or penguins.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a penguin and a puffin.  A puffin has a big orange beak and the body is shaped differently.  My puffin is from the artic and she does not have a family.

I liked making this art piece because I did it on my own and I used different techniques with the watercolor like salt and rubbing alcohol.

This is one of my most favorites!  I hope you like my painting.”

Guest Post by Grace Benedict “Sunset Landscape”

This is a guest post by a fifth grade student here at WIlder, Grace Benedict.  Here is what she has to say about her artwork:

“My artwork is about the beautiful sunset glowing over the hills.  There is a long swirly trail and tall trees in my piece.  I like making this art work because it was a fun experience.  Before, I thought my picture would be pretty simple but now I think that artwork can be original and spontaneous.”

As a fifth grader, I am a leader, a gymnast, and best of all – an artist!”

Carousel Creations










Fourth grade students designed, painted and created carousel animals (or in some cases, reptiles, dinosaurs, birds or fish).  We looked at folk art as our  inspiration, studying hand carved examples.  Particular deatil was paid to adding a fancy saddle.  Sometimes it was difficult to find a way for a particular animal to wear a saddle, like a hammerhead shark, but students used their creative problem solving brains to figure it out!  In addition to painting and cutting out, students embellished thier carousel animals with metallic paints and sequins and rhinestones.

Enjoy Maggie’s giraffe and Tyler’s Chicken.