STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. When we started out on our STEM journey last school year, STEAM was a thing you heard about but a true designation was not available. Since then, the A for Arts has been added in an official designation title, but only after we had already begun our STEM application. With that being said, St. Joe’s has no intention of ignoring the important aspect that the arts play in the development of students. In a recent class with 3rd grade, the students learned some important vocabulary about circles and were introduced to a tool to help them create perfect circles- a compass! The students learned how to use the compass to make small and large circles, overlapping circles, and circles that went off the page. Keeping the compass in place and spinning it at the same time was a challenge, but the students quickly got brave enough to use paint to create circle masterpieces. Here are some pictures of this fun day in the art room!
During the 3rd quarter in the Art Room, we are focusing on using different mediums to make artwork. The students in K and 1 will have opportunities to use their fine and gross motor skills to work with traditional art materials such as crayons, markers, clay and finger paint. In grades 2-4 we began the quarter by working on some valentine projects and will continue by exploring form and space in a work of art. In grades 5-8 the students will be working with watercolor pencils and clay over the next several weeks, as well as reusing materials to create new pieces of art. The effort and engagement I see in the art room each week inspires me to challenge myself as an artist and as a teacher. It is truly amazing what the students create when they are given the opportunity to be curious, collaborate, have an open mind, and show resilience, even in the art room!
The students in grades K-8 have spent the beginning of the school year studying some of the elements of art. The projects have focused on color, line, and shape and each project asks the students to incorporate some prior art knowledge into their finished product. Here is a rundown of what you may have seen or will be seeing from your students:
Color Wheel Creatures (grades K-2), Warm/Cool Initial Project (3-5), Warm/Cool Colors Magic Eye Effect Project (6-8)
Silly Hair People/Types of Lines (K-2), Jackson Pollack Line Landscape (3-5), Continuous Line Experiment (6-8)
Using shapes to create non-traditional jack-o-lanterns (K-2), organic and geometric shape collages (K-4), Tesselations based on the art of M.C. Esher (6-8)
Here are some samples of art from our SJS students. Also, please note- if your child did not receive a project back, it may be being held for our school art show during Catholic Schools Week in January/February. It is noted in Gradelink as well.