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Line, shape, color, value, texture, form and space are the elements of design. Artists learn how to utilize these elements in order to create advertisements, graphic and product design, architecture, painting and so on. These examples of the elements were created by fifth grade students.
The seventh grade students' one-point and two-point perspective drawings were displayed for Open House. Their optical illusion drawings will be displayed during the art show in April. 
The eighth grade students made small clay votives. These little sculptures symbolize individual prayer intentions and may be given as offerings for prayers that have been answered or kept as reminders to pray.
Check out my photo albums to see more first grade penguin sculptures! The penguin sculptures will be displayed in the first grade classrooms during Open House. 
The second grade students' paper neighborhoods make up a winter village. Check it out in the short hallway of the old wing (Seton).

Brazee Street Studios

Brazee Street Studios in Oakley will host an open house and holiday gallery Friday, December 11th. The opening is from 6 to 9 pm  and is free. Families are welcome to visit artists' studios, talk with artists, browse and shop for holiday gifts. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to meet and talk with artists in their studios. Contact me if you'd like more information. 

Earlier this year fifth grade students completed a unit about the solar system and during art class they learned about the elements of design. Now they are merging this information as they create illustrations of planets. They are using the elements of value, form, color, texture, and space as they illustrate each distinct planet.
Sixth grade students designed and constructed their own stamps. Now they are using printmaking ink to create papers full of patterns.

Welcome to the new school year!  Starting school in August is always a challenge but it is also a blessing.  While preparing two classrooms for 370 eager students can sometimes feel overwhelming I often try to reflect on why I’ve chosen to teach.  Every day I get to be immersed in one of my favorite things, art.  It brings me great joy to introduce your children to what makes art meaningful and how it touches all of their other studies.  Art after all is a form of communication, just like literature.  Likewise paper, clay and ink have chemical properties and a history all their own.  

I’m in a fortunate and unique position that I get to see each of your children for nine years.  It is an amazing transformation to see a tiny kindergartner grow and succeed and be ready for their high school journey.  I’m honored to be on this journey with them and consider it a great blessing to have the opportunity to teach each of them.  Good luck on what I’m sure will be another fruitful school year!