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About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.

Greek Columns in Water Color

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Upper elementary has just completed an eight week unit studying Greece. One of the things they learned about was Greek architecture. They became familiar with the three different kinds of columns; doric, ionic and corinthian. They created these water color … Continue reading

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Printed Squirrels

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One of my favorite art blogs is called ‘That Artist Woman’.  Upper elementary students used her technique to create these delightful squirrel mono prints. Here are a few examples of student work. I love their fluffy tails.

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Mixed Media Turtles

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3rd -5th grade students created these fabulous, mixed media, compositions. Cut outs of turtles were decorated with painted paper in mosaic style. Painted paper was also used to create seaweed.

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Study of the Eye in Pencil

3rd, 4th and 5th grade took on a challenging project in art during September. They were asked to draw a closeup picture of an eye. This required careful study of each other’s eyes! Shading was another skill they practiced. The … Continue reading

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Color Theory with 1st and 2nd Grade

1st and 2nd graders began the school year in art class reviewing color theory. Students were shown the color wheel and created pictures with primary and secondary colors. Through experimenting with paint they learned about the relationship between colors. Here … Continue reading

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Footprints on the Beach

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School is back in session and the students were eager to return to the art room. What could be better than remembering the lazy days of summer with a beach inspired painting! Students first had to divide their paper into … Continue reading

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3D Metal ‘Steampunk’ Butterflies

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What better subject for an art project than butterflies to mark the beginning of Spring. Enjoy these one of a kind creations from the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  

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Fantasy Planetscape

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3rd, 4th and 5th graders have been studying the planets during science. So an art project exploring otherworldly aspects of the solar system was a timely option for the students. The first step was for students to create their background. … Continue reading

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Under the Sea Tints and Shades

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2nd grade spent last week in the art room learning about tints and shades. Mrs. Wenzel combined art theory with a great art project to help students see the value of blending colors from dark to light.

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Bridges in Perspective

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As part of the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade unit study on bridges, students were challenged to draw a bridge in perspective. They really experienced what it was like to be an engineer as they had to use their math … Continue reading

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