Summer Art Camp with Ms. Walker

Summer Art Camp


Ms. Walker!

Why spend the summer bored at home?  Come hang out in the art room and expand your creativity instead!  Spend a week exploring drawing, painting, printmaking, and more!



Session 1:  June 8th – 12th 9:00AM to 11:30AM

Session 2:  June 15th – 19th 9:00AM to 11:30AM


Middle School Session:  June 8th – 12th 1:00PM to 3:30PM

Space in each session is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All sessions will be held in the OMIS Art Room.



Cost: $150 with a $25 supply fee.

Checks (totaling  BEFORE MAY 21ST $165 AFTER MAY 21ST $175) should be made out to Leigh Walker.

If you are interested click on the PDF link below and fill out the forms!  You can return them by email to Ms. Walker or to the OMIS office.

Summer Art Camp 2015 PDF

School Wide Art Show!!!

You’re invited to the annual

OMIS School-Wide Art Show!

Wednesday, April 22nd

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

OMIS Cafeteria

Come see artwork created by our talented students and celebrate their accomplishments!  Each child will have one piece that they have selected on display!    Bring your friends and family!  You don’t want to miss this special event!


Frame Sale!

  • At the art show we will also be selling quality frames with mats so that you can take your child’s framed artwork with you and proudly display it at home or the office!
  • We will also be offering framed, high-quality prints of your students work!  Framed artwork makes a great gift for grandparents, friends, or other family members!
  • You can also purchase blank frames!  The frames fit any standard 9” x 12” artwork.

How can I purchase a frame?

Attend the art show on Wednesday, April 22nd and purchase your frame after you’ve checked out the show.  We will be accepting cash or check.


If you are unable to attend on April 22nd you can pre-order a frame.  Simply fill out the form below and send with payment to your child’s homeroom teacher.  The cost is $29.00 cash or check.  Pre-orders will be accepted through Wednesday, April 22nd. Frames can be picked up after the show.

If you’re missing your flyer that was sent home with the children you can email Ms. Walker for a copy or pick one up from the office!

Dream Factory Contest

Design Your Own Dream Factory Contest


Hosted by: The Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Architects


Theme: Design your own factory!


What does this mean?  It means you would draw the inside workings of your own imaginary factory…  What would it make? Something real or imaginary?  What sort of tools would it need?  Would there be conveyer belts, slides, extruders, machines, buttons, pulleys?


If you want to enter here’s what you need to do:

  1.   Get a piece of paper from Ms. Walker. (It needs to be  11” x 17”)
  2.   Make a finished, full color version of your finished factory design. It should take up the whole paper!

3.  Write ONE or TWO SENTENCES explaining your factory on the back.  (You can have mom or dad help you spell check this!)

4.  Bring it to Ms. Walker by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH!!!

Art Play Day

When classes earn 40 points before the last week of the semester on their team scoreboard they earn an art play day for their class!  On art play day they get to enjoy fun art activities like art dominos, art match, famous artist Go Fish, pattern blocks, Izzi, ArtQuadrant, free draw, and origami.  We also have a station to check out and classic new illustrators and their books.  Here are a few pictures from our awesome times… (As always we’re not big on showing faces here on the blog for safety reasons but they were smiling and laughing!)

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Adaptive Art

This year I was fortunate to be able to have a space I could use to create an adaptive art class to better serve the needs of some of my students her at OMIS.  In the adaptive class I gear projects to help students  build on their basic art construction skills, expand their experiences with different materials, and give a chance to express themselves creatively.  I also try to incorporate some occupational therapy and sensory stimulation into each lesson!  Check out what we’ve been making so far…

Jellyfish with fingerprint bubbles…

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Students used watercolors to paint their jellyfish.  They also pelled and placed sparkles to give their jelly a little something extra.  For their background, students used their fingers to make fingerprint bubbles.


Sensory Spiders and Webs…

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Students felt different types of pipe cleaners then laced them through their spider’s body and added eyes.  Students also learned about where the spider lived and drew a web for their spider.

Fall Trees…

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Students added branches to their trees then created leaves with tissue paper.  They practiced using the squeeze glue and identifying the colors of fall leaves.

3 Dimensional Stuffed Pumpkins…

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The students crunched and stuffed newspaper into brown lunch sacks to make their pumpkin.  After their bags were tied off with a pipe cleaner they laced  beads and leaves onto their pumpkins’ vines.  They then painted their pumpkins by holding onto the stem!  Don’t they look fantastic?

Monsters in a Setting…

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The students created a squishy “Big Green Monster” then chose and added different paper pieces to create a face for their monster.  Then they drew a setting to show where their monster was.

Over the Mountain Journal

It’s time to enter the Over the Mountain Journal’s Holiday Card Contest!

Who Can Enter? Any OMIS 4th and 5th grader can turn in artwork

Who’s judging? The staff of the Over the Mountain Journal Newspaper

(Each year they choose between 5 – 10 cards from each school!)

Where do I bring my entry? To Ms. Walker’s basket at OMIS

When is my entry due? Friday, November 21st

(the last day before Thanksgiving break)


  1. Draw your card on an 8.5” x 11” unlined sheet of paper. NO NOTEBOOK PAPER.  A sheet of printer paper is perfect!
  2. DO NOT FOLD YOUR PAPER!!! You’re designing a picture for the front of a card, not an actual card.
  3. You must use your own artwork and do your own drawing

4. ON THE BACK in pencil, clearly print:

First and Last Name

Oak Mountain Intermediate School

____ Grade

Want a better chance at being chosen?  Here’s a few tips:

– Use the whole paper!

– Don’t scribble scrabble and use full color!

– Do your best work!

-Spell your words correctly!

Good luck!  I can’t wait to see what you bring in!

Hundertwasser Landscape – 5th Grade

5th graders started their new project by reviewing warm and cool colors and creating textured paintings in these two respective color schemes.  They then learned about Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and discovered his art and interesting take on creativity.  He loved bright colors and natural forms, like spirals, waves, and rounded shapes.  He viewed painting and drawing as a way of dreaming while you were awake and believed that an artist should be totally consumed with their work when they were creating.  He also got involved with functional art because he felt strongly that it was an artist’s duty to spread beauty throughout the world and make the world better through aesthetics.

Students are going to be interpreting Hundertwasser’s ideas and creating a landscape!  We’ll also be utilizing one of his oft repeated forms (an abstract flower/tree/lollipop/balloon/hypnotizer depending on which of my students you ask) and adapting it for our artwork!

We’ll post pictures as we get further along!

Panamanian Molas – 4th Grade

4th grade students are currently studying molas made by the Kuna Indians of Panama.  They started by learning where about Panama, where it was and how it became significant in the world culture. We then learned about the Kuna Indians of Panama’s San Blas Island chain and their tradition of making molas through applique and reverse applique.  We looked at how long it takes and the complexity of layers, as well as the interesting colors and subjects of the molas.

Since we’re not expert seamstresses, nor do we have a hundred hours to sew a beautiful mola, we are making our molas out of colorful construction paper.  We’ll post pictures as we progress!

Finished Chuck Close Portraits!

It may have taken us a little while, but I think what the fifth graders learned on this project, combined with their work effort, and finished product make our time totally worth it!   Words are not enough to express how proud I am of our portraits!  Here are a few of the ones that were done!  They are many more wonderful portraits to be seen!

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