Art News

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

This year our school’s theme is: “Sailing the C’s to Success!”  The C’s stand for creative and critical thinking, communicating, collaborating, quality character, and becoming a global citizen.  We will do many thematic art projects centered around ocean life, seascapes, water, and nautical subject matter.  Here’s a link to some projects I have in mind:

There are many ways that students can get involved in art.  Consider participating in the following:

1.  PTA “Reflections” Program



2.  PTA “Square 1 Art” Fundraiser



Parents can also get involved by donating supplies.  Here’s a list of items needed in the art room:

nature & food magazines, baby wipes (to clean hands), cardboard egg cartons (please no styrofoam), toothpicks & mini marshmallows, Q-tips, eyedroppers, washi tape, ziploc bags (sandwich, quart, & gallon sizes), buttons, acrylic gems, glitter glue, pony beads, solid wood building blocks, playdoh, legos, kinetic sand, smooth river rocks, Zentangle coloring books, spirograph, rock salt, wide masking tape, spin & paint art kit, marble run maze, & magna doodle drawing board


Spring 2019 News:

We ended the school year working on various owl-themed art lessons in preparation for a school-wide collaborative art project in memory of our former librarian, Mrs. Diane Strait.  Students learned cool facts about owls, including: owl anatomy, how owls have been depicted in art history across the world, owl sounds, & various ways to draw owls.  Students also looked at the art of John James Audubon who traveled around North America drawing & painting owls and other birds.  Check out their progress:

Fall 2018 News:

A warm Springer welcome to my VCU student teacher, Katy Rickards.  She will be working with us until mid October, and we are excited to have her share new lessons!

Main hallway displays:

Gelati Celesti display:

January 2018: Students are kicking off the new year with so

me cool projects including(click on the blue links to see a photo gallery of projects!)

Fall 2017 :

School Beautification Project Nov. 4th

Join us for an afternoon of fun & creativity in the S.P.E.S. art courtyard on Saturday, November 4th from 2:00-4:00PM. Faculty, staff, parents, & students are invited to paint river rocks that will be used to decorate the S.P.E.S. gardens.  “Be the change” by decorating rocks with inspirational words & pictures.  Bring your own rocks to contribute if you can.

March 2017Art News: Celebrate “YAM” (Youth Art Month)!  Each year we recognize the importance of visual art education programs in schools & recognize the accomplishments of student artists.  Here’s a list of some special events and exhibits:

*”Groovy Art Display” of K-5 art at the Twin Hickory Area Library in the children’s section from Mar. 1st-31st.

*”Groovy Fridays”: March 3rd- dress up as an art career,  March 10th- dress up as your favorite artist,  March 17th- wear your favorite color(s), March 24th- mismatch pattern day, March 31st- dress up as a famous work of art

Congratulations to the following students who will have art on display in various exhibits during the month of March: “Cubist Picasso Face” created by Lily N. in Mrs. Moore’s 4th grade clas for the SunTrustBank Exhibit, “Robot Wolf” created by Beau N. in Ms. Heiberg’s 3rd grade class for the School Board Exhibit, & “Abstract Design” created by Kaylee B. in Mrs. Waters’ 1st grade class for the C.O. YAM Exhibit.

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February Art NewsCongratulations to the following students who had art on display at Central Office during the month of February: “Groovin’ at the Park: Peace, Love, & Happiness” by Ciara R. in Ms. Atkins’ 5th grade class in honor of Black History Month, and “Mr. Seahorse” inspired by Eric Carle, created by Carter J. in Mrs. Bryants’ & Waters’ 1st grade class in honor of Exceptional Education Month.






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Please join me in welcoming my student teacher, Miss. Bell, from VCU’s School of the Arts and Department of Art Education.  Miss. Bell will be teaching lessons about printmaking, weaving, painting, and drawing.  Kindergarten and first grade students will be exploring self-portraits with warm and cool colors.  Second and third grade students will be weaving on individual looms plus collaborating on a community project incorporating their “wish.”  Fourth grade students will be exploring their identities through “hair portraits” inspired by the contemporary artist, Lorna Simpson.  And fifth grade students will be practicing gesture drawing and the human figure.




























Congratulations to Emily C. in Miss. Staib’s 5th grade class whose “Sea Creature Silhouette” was selected to represent our school in the elementary art exhibit at the General Assembly!







December Art NewsThis month students created works of art about ice cream!  KG/1st grade students made a TALL waffle cone with up to 6 scoops and added yummy toppings!  1st/2nd grade students painted 1-3 cones with a variety of flavors and added shadows for a 3-D effect.  4th grade students painted snowman ice cream cones surrounded by snowflakes, and select pieces of art are on display at Gelati Celesti in the Gold’s Gym Plaza.

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October/November Art News:

ReflectionsThank you to all the students who participated in this year’s PTA Reflections Program.  Thank you to the PTA Chairwoman, Kimberly Campbell, for organizing all the entries and displaying the visual art & photography in the main hallway by the cafeteria for everyone to see & enjoy.  There will be a ceremony at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 7PM to recognize all of the participants and announce the winners.

Bao's artCongrats to Bao T. in Mr. Whitehead’s 5th grade class.  His “Daylily” watercolor painting was selected to represent our school in the “Elementary Student Art Exhibit” at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  His art will be matted, framed, and displayed in the Robins Visitor Center from October 28th, 2016 through February 1, 2017.


EagleScoutProjectThank you to the Eagle Scout, Thomas C., for completing his project for school beautification in the art courtyard.  Students and teachers are enjoying the new picnic tables, raised box flower beds, and freshly painted bench outside.  We appreciate all his hard work and dedication!


SpruceUpDayIn addition, thank you to the School Beautification Committee, teachers, and students who volunteered to “Spruce Up” the school grounds.  Despite the rainy weather, the team managed to clean up the front garden, library courtyard, and art courtyard after school a few days.  Thank you to the Landscaping Chairwoman, Cathy E., for picking up new flowers and herbs to plant in the gardens.


Gelati CelestiCurrently on display: Select ice cream drawings created by second grade artists are at Gelati Celesti Ice Cream in the Gold’s Gym Plaza!



’16-17 School Theme: “Groovin at The Park-” Celebrating 20 Awesome Years!

Congratulations to the following students whose artworks were published in the Virginia Art Education Association’s Winter News Magazine:  Farrah S. (2nd gr./ Nguyen) “Egyptian Mummy Sarcophagus,” Thomas G. (3rd gr./Newton) “Tar Beach,” & Nathan M. (4th gr./Moore) “Self Portrait.”  You can view their artwork in the “Student Gallery” on pages 14-15 online at:

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January 2016:

Welcome back students & parents for the New Year 2016!  Students have been working on the following art projects: 

KG &1st grades- Snowmen Collages, Paper Snowflakes, and Pop Hearts (inspired by Jim Dine)








2nd & 3rd grades: (2nd)Egyptian Mummy Sarcophagi + Bamboo Brush Paintings, (3rd)Tar Beaches (inspired by Faith Ringgold), and Fiery Fall Leaves (ceramic w/ acrylic paint)

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4th grade: Fruit & Vegetable Faces (inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo), Winter Birch Tree Landscapes, & Abstract Nature Drawings (inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe)







5th grade: Wire Figures (inspired by Alberto Giacometti & Alexander Calder) & Pop Portraits (inspired by Andy Warhhol)












November 2015:

Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s PTA Reflections Program.  I was impressed by the quality of projects relating to the theme: Let Your Imagination Fly!  Thank you to the PTA Chair, Kendra Holeman, for displaying the visual art & photography entries in the main hallway by the cafeteria for everyone to see & enjoy.  There will be a ceremony at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 7PM to recognize all of the Reflections participants and announce the winners.

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Art Exhibits: Please visit the Twin Hickory Area Library during the month of November to see an exhibit of K-5 student artwork in the children’s section. Also, there’s a display of 2nd & 3rd grade ice cream drawings at Gelati Celesti Ice Cream located in the Gold’s Gym Plaza on Broad St.  


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Congrats to Lily D. in Mrs. Lang’s KG class.  Her owl collage was selected to represent our school in the elementary art exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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Reminder: Mrs. Cogbill is collecting aluminum can tabs again this year for “Ronald McDonald House Charities.”  Feel free to drop them by the art room anytime.






Looking ahead: The “School Beautification Committee” and PTA Landscaping Committee will probably host a “Spruce Up Day” in the spring of 2016.  We would love to your help with weeding, planting, and mulching in the gardens!  Please let Mrs. Cogbill know if you’d like to help out, or contact the PTA Landscaping Chair, Michele Powers, at:

Attention: Watch D.O.G.S. are needed to help display art throughout the year.  If you’re interested in assisting then please fill out a volunteer from & sign up.  Thanks to Mr. Smith for being the first Watch Dog to help this year!

Donation Request:  Please consider donating nature magazines, kleenex tissues, hand/baby wipes, mild foaming hand soap, and hand-sanitizer to the Art Room.     

March 2015:

S.P.E.S. had an exhibit of K-5 student art work  at the Twin Hickory Area Library in the children’s section in celebration of Youth Art Month!  Projects included:  Monet’s Water Lilies, Paper Snowflakes, “Day of the Dead” Skeletons, Egyptian Mummy Sarcophagi, Greek Vases, Woven Landscapes, Chinese Dragons, & Fall Leaf Illustrations.

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