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Eighth Grade Art Book Assignment: Homework
 
Every eighth grade student needs to bring a book for the art book project. Bring your book to class Monday, September 11th. Keep in mind that you will be painting, writing in and marking up this book throughout the school year. It will become your own personalized work of art. 
 
Select a hardcover book such as a novel, cookbook or children's book. Cover and personalize the book cover with duct tape, fabric, or collage paper. If you use paper, you must put clear packaging tape over it to ensure that the paper will not tear off. 

Art Class Update

The kindergarten students studied dinosaurs and then sculpted their own dino models. Now they are making paper prisms and cylinders which they will use for imaginative sculptures. First grade students listened and then discussed a book titled The Squiggle. They are creating unique art inspired by this story. The second grade students designed, sculpted and painted vases and vessels. Third grade students completed their dream and memory paintings inspired by Marc Chagall. The fourth grade students drew realistic trees and now they are designing tree houses. Fifth grade students are illustrating forests inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. The sixth grade students are designing meditative mandalas (math, religion, social studies and art). The seventh grade students are glazing their ceramic tiles and completing their paper sculptures. Eighth grade students are completing their paintings. All students will be putting their art portfolios together soon. We've learned a lot this year!

Every sixth grade student designed a church that was comprised of five classic architectural styles. After completing their drawings, students created metal and foam printing plates. The above photo shows a drawing, uninked printing plate, inked printing plate and metal church design.
Currently the eighth grade students are creating monochromatic acrylic paintings. The first assignment required each student to mix tints and shades of one color. In the above example you can see one painting has tints of red and the other one illustrates red shades. The second assignment asks each student to choose a subject and then use monochromatic colors in addition to black and white. The third painting assignment encourages students to apply what they've learned and to expand their palette as well. 
Check out the eighth grade students' completed artwork inspired by The Harris Burdick Mysteries. This amazing illustration is by Lily. You will find all of the illustrations in my photo gallery. 

Wow! February flew by and now we're embarking on the third trimester. Here's what's happening during art class:
 
Kindergarten students are reading and illustrating Eric Carle's Rooster's Off To See The World. In this counting book, Rooster meets several animal friends along the way. The students are enjoying illustrating the animals and talking about this preposterous story.
 
First grade students are making paper puppet animals and creatures of all sorts. 
 
Second grade students completed self-portraits and winter landscapes inspired by The Snowy Day. It seems like our dreams of a real snowy day will have to wait until next winter. 
 
Third grade students viewed whimsical art by Marc Chagall. His art is based on memories, folklore, religion and his life. Students are now drawing their homes, memories and dreams. 
 
Fourth grade students are drawing unique symmetrical creatures. Every drawing has a hidden name times two.
 
Fifth grade students used irregular shapes to draw unusual creatures, plants, objects and whatever their imagination conjured up. Now they are trading their pencils, pens and markers for colorful wire. Most students haven't worked with sculptural wire so as they create, they are also problem solving, experimenting and revising. 
 
Sixth grade students have been introduced to the ancient temple architecture of Greece and Rome. They've learned how these temples influenced the earliest churches and how we can still see these elements in churches today. As students continue to learn about architectural styles, they are adding elements of each style to their own church designs. Every completed church design will feature examples of Ancient Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
 
Seventh grade students are designing optical illusions. Additionally, they are collaborating on a seventh grade city illustration that will be auctioned during the Titan Madness Event. 
 
Each eighth grade student chose one of Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations from his book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The students are using Van Allsburg's detailed, sometimes surrealistic drawings as inspiration for their own illustrations and stories.

In case you haven't heard, Open House will be held at both campuses this Sunday. Please bring your friends and families to see the amazing artwork and evidence of much growth and daily learning in our Catholic school. St. Andrew will be open from noon until two o'clock. The Seton Campus will be open to visitors from one to three o'clock. 
As you are visiting our elementary and junior high campuses, I hope you'll take a little time to explore both buildings and notice the abundance of creative learning that is taking place. Our students are challenged to stretch their minds, express their thoughts and make important learning connections. Thank you for supporting our school community and our young people.