Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Students' artwork from all over Frederick County will be on display at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in downtown Frederick from March 3rd to April 1st. The opening reception is Saturday, March 3 from 3-5 pm. 3 students from WKMS are involved in this wonderful opportunity. Visit for more information and directions. We are very excited!

Take a look at these pieces...WOW!!!

Watercolor Chinese Scroll Painting (6th Grade)

Paper Mache Gargoyle (7th Grade)

Impressionism Self Portrait (8th Grade)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

6th Grade Egyptian Canopic Jars

In Egypt, it was custom to put the organs of mummified bodies into separate jars called Canopic Jars. My 6th graders designed their very own Canopic Jars using Oil Pastels. The results (in progress) are quite impressive! Take a look! Stay tuned for finished projects.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

INCREDIBLE Art Contest Opportunities!

Opportunity #1
Do you want to show off your creative side? Maybe win some money? Recognition? Fame? DOODLE FOR GOOGLE! Students in grades k-12 are invited to redesign GOOGLE's homepage banner. Winners will be chosen by guest judges like Katy Perry and Jordan Sparks. The National winner will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. homepage. The top 10 doodles from MD will be on display at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. See Ms. Neel in room 110 for details and other great Art contests! Don't wait! Let's show off the talent at WKMS!
*Click on the link below for details.
Doodle For Google GUIDELINES (Read Carefully)

Deadline for submissions is March 23rd.

Opportunity #2
Science and Engineering Fair Cover Contest. The winning designs at each level will be displayed on the covers of their divisional fairs. In addion winners will be mentioned on Channel 18 and invited to the ceremony on March 24th.

Deadline for submissions is March 9th.

Entry Design Requirements:
  • All entries shoudl be black and white, good quality, and submitted on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
  • Actual art work is to be no more than 7 1/2 x 10 inches allowing at least a half inch border around the entry.
  • All artwork must be in portrait (vertical) format rather than landscape (horizontal).
  • All entries must include the words "31 Annual Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair."
  • All entries must include artwork depicting a science, mathematics, or engineering theme. (A combination of these are encouraged).

Please submit your entries to Ms. Neel BEFORE the deadline.
Opportunity #3
Fair Housing Poster Contest. Theme: Fair Housing Lives in Maryland
Official Poster Rules:
  • Posters must be in landscape format (horizontal) 8 1/2 x 11.
  • Posters must be produced in color.
  • Any materials can be used.
  • All entries MUST display the REALTOR and Fair Housing logos (please see Ms. Neel for a copy of these logos) and the theme. (Theme: Fair Housing Lives in Maryland).
  • All entries must be labeled on the back of the poster (please see Ms. Neel for necessary forms).
Deadline for Entries is Feb. 17th


Saturday, February 4, 2012

A few pieces of my own...

This is what I like to do in my spare time. Watercolors, acrylics, and a bit of pen and ink. My students all know I LOVE stippling (the rooster is an example of this). The VALUE unit is coming up toward the end of February for all grades. GET EXCITED! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

As promised, updated pictures of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade projects.

Look at the variety of 6th grade HOPI kachina dolls! Although it may be hard to see, the detail is incredible!

7th grade Gargoyles are allllllllmost finished. A couple layers of paper mache' left and we will be on our way to stone spray paint. These are the drawings our ideas orginated from. (Below)

Every day, 8th graders get closer to finishing their parody paintings. Another day or two and these paintings should be finished and ready to be displayed for the whole school to see. (Below)

Unfortunately, the proportions are a little off after rotating the image (a little scrunched). I apologize and hope to continue to get better at organizing this blog.

Hope you are enjoying the students' artwork!