St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

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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. 

Meet Me At The Museum!

Van Gogh: Into The Undergrowth is a special exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum. This exhibit includes twelve of Vincent Van Gogh's pieces including early work as well as one of his final paintings. The exhibit also includes several pieces by Van Gogh's comrades and artists that he admired. These priceless paintings were lent from European and Asian museums. The theme of this collection is nature. All the featured artists, especially Vincent Van Gogh, were fascinated and called back to the woods again and again. 
 
Since I can't take the entire school to see this fascinating exhibit, I'm extending a special opportunity especially to our junior high students and their families. On Saturday, December 31st at 1:00 PM, I'll be at the front desk of the museum with two free adult tickets and eight free student tickets. The museum is free to the public but the Van Gogh exhibit is only free to museum members. Adult tickets cost ten dollars, student tickets are five dollars and children five and under are free. 
 
Please email me if you are interested in meeting me at the museum on December 31st!