From the Art Room 

Artist Miro's artwork called The Red Sun

Be Ready to Celebrate the Arts!


Dear Families,

 Welcome back to school! With great projects planned for the school year, we’d like to take this time to let you know about the special art exhibitions and celebrations that all of our students will have an opportunity to participate in during the school year.

 At some point during this school year, your student will bring home one of the following messages from art class: an invitation to an art show in which your student has artwork being shown; information about a special local exhibit in which your student has artwork on display; or, a certificate letting you know that your student has been selected as Art Student of the Week. These events begin in November and continue through April. It is our hope that when your child’s invitation or certificate arrives, your family will be able to visit the exhibition.

 Examples of the art shows that we participate in are: Silver Maples, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), Chelsea Community Hospital (CCH), and the Annual Chelsea School District K-12 Art Extravaganza.

 Local exhibition venues are the Chelsea District Library and the Washington Street Education Center (WSEC) Board Room.

 A certificate of excellence is awarded to one student each week in each grade level, K-5. The Art Student of the Week exhibit is outside of the art room at North Creek and outside of the main office at South Meadows.

So, in addition to the on-going display of artwork in each building throughout the school year, every Kindergarten through 5th grade student will participate in one of the three events described above!

Thank you…

 Our Elementary Art Program continues to thrive because of the tremendous support we receive from our families. Thank you in advance for considering one of the following ways to help us out.

 Donations Needed:

  • Paper grocery bags (can be sent in anytime throughout the school year!)
  • Texture Tools (items which, when pressed into clay, will make cool textures…kitchens and garage sales are good resources for these!)
  • Stencils (fancy or not, we will use these for printmaking)

 Volunteer opportunity:

Picture Person Program is an outreach of the art department. Family and community volunteers visit a 1st-5th grade classroom for 20-30 minutes once a month and lead a discussion about artwork from the masters using themed packets of posters. There is no background in art necessary and we hold a “training” or information meeting in the fall. Please come see us at Open House and we will describe the program in more detail.

 Please feel free to contact us:

 Penny Olsen (K-4th grades) polsen@chelsea.k12.mi.us and Rachel Brander (5th grade) rbrander@chelsea.k12.mi.us