News From the Art Room

November 10th - 14th

All Parents

A New Quarter at Riverview

This past week marked the end of Quarter 1 and the beginning of Quarter 2. I told this to a first grader this past week by saying that the school year was already "one quarter over," to which he replied, "...I don't get it." I thought of another way of putting it and told him that if the school year were a dollar made of four quarters that we'd only have 3 quarters left. His eyes focused on something far in the distance as he said, "Whoa. Time is really flying." Truer words were never spoken!

So long to Woody's, Zey's, Johnson's (1st Graders), Merchant's (1st Graders), Schultz', Dessin's, Matanich's, Partida's, Eschle's, Doffing's, Bussmann's, Erbes', Holmstrom's, Hughes, Titusdahls, and Menglekoch's classes. See you all again in January!

Hello to Jensen's, Hinz', Lukasezck's, Miller's, Foster's, Schneider's, Rodman's, Needham's, Dubbels', Schlosser's, Sell's, Dufon's, Johnson's (2nd Graders), Merchant's (2nd Graders), Garofalo's, and Sailors' classes!

New Sketchbook Challenge!

For the uninitiated, the Sketchbook Challenge is totally optional and more akin to a fun rainy (snowy!) day activity and/or an opportunity to show off your art skillz. No actual sketchbook is necessary--printer paper or notebook paper work just fine.

This week's Sketchbook Challenge is inspired by our 5th graders' look at Typography and the art of creating and arranging letters. For this Sketchbook Challenge students and parents will choose a word (or words) and create a new font for them. Play around with different styles of lettering, try different shapes and sizes, and even play around with how the letters are arranged. Check out the examples below!

Looking for some inspiration for your sketchbook? is a website that has tons of fonts available for download (all mal-ware free and legal and whatnot). Great place to look for inspiration when creating your own!

Holiday Card Fundraiser!

Each year at Riverview we hold a contest to see which students can come up holiday card designs. The winners take their designs and paint them and Mr. Stanley has those scanned and printed professionally. These cards are sold as a fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds funding our art program.

Q. How much do cards cost?

A. Cards are sold in packages of 25. You can choose 25 of the same card or a variety pack that has one card of each design (25 total). One package of cards is $15. Also, some extra cards will be printed and sold individually at the front office for $1 per card. Checks are preferred but cash is fine as well. Sorry, no bitcoins just yet.

Q. Do the cards come with envelopes?

A. Sure do!

Q. How do I order my cards?

A. Below is a link to an order form. Download it, fill it out, and get it to Mr. Stanley. The easiest way might be to take a picture of it with your phone and email it to with your name and your child's name(s).

Then it's just a matter of getting the money for the order in. Checks/payment can be sent in with a student or can be dropped off at the front office.

Q. How do I order a multipack/sampler of cards? Your order form is lacking this feature.

A. It certainly is! Our Order Form Development Team is being reprimanded for this as we speak! If you'd like to order a multi-pack of cards (25 different cards) just write "multipack" or "sampler" on the order form under "Card Number".

Q. When do I pick up my cards?

A. Orders that are placed and paid for by Friday, November 21st should be ready for pick-up on Tuesday, November 25th.

Q. When are order forms due?

A. Order forms and payment are due back to me by Friday, November 21st.

Q. Can we order cards for Grandpa and Grandma, too?

A. No.

Just kidding. Please do! Share this page with friends and family if they're looking for a cheap way to get cute cards for the holidays whilst also supporting their public schools and their local artists.

Holiday Card Order Form

Need a copy of the order form? Click here!

1st Grade

1st Grade Color Theory

The first graders are starting off their time in Art learning about colors. We've introduced the Color Wheel and looked at how it can be broken into two groups--the warm colors and the cool colors. Students looked at a handful of examples before choosing warm or cool colors for their art. Next we will be soaking our artwork in water to diffuse and mix the color--should make for an exciting day in art!

2nd Grade

Tertiary Colors and the Color Wheel

The 2nd graders are starting their quarter of art learning about the Color Wheel and how all of the colors are related to each other. Students are also learning that there are more to colors than just the Primary and Secondary colors that they learned about in first grade. This week 2nd graders will be learning about the Tertiary colors and will be building their own 12-color color wheel.

3rd Grade

Value, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Gradients

The 3rd graders are kicking off their time in Art by looking not at just Color, but at Value. Students are learning that Value in Art is one of the Elements of Art and that it's a word used to describe how light or dark a color is. This is being enforced by a lesson on Georgia O'Keeffe and Gradients. Gradients are smooth transitions from one thing to another--in our case, from one value to another or from one color to another. Can't wait to see these hanging up around the hallways!

4th Grade

Lines, Lines, Lines

The 4th graders are starting off their learning in Art with a close look at the Element of Art Line. Students are learning about how lines are used in Art and will be using this knowledge to create an abstract composition made solely out of lines. This will be an exciting project for the 4th graders as the materials they will be using are a bit out of the ordinary for what they expect from Art: aluminum foil, hot glue, and India Ink.

5th Grade


The 5th graders are kicking off their quarter learning about the art of Typography, that is, the artistic creation and arrangement of letters. In this project students will be creating each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower-case) along with punctuation for a combined total of 94 characters, all within their designed style. When completed, students will be receive a TrueType Font file (.ttf) that they can keep and load where they choose, allowing them to type in their own font.

Mr. Paul Stanley

Don't hesitate to let me know if you ever have any questions, comments, concerns, etc. Give a call or drop me an email or swing by when you're in the neighborhood!