Looking back….Art 2018-2019

Wow! What a fun and creative year in art!! From working with clay in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, to metal tooling in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and perspective in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. We also learned about the elements of art, pointillism, abstract art, op art, tessellations, paper quilling, and calligrams and artists George Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent VanGogh, Andy Warhol, Gustav Klimt, Robert Indiana, Claude Monet, and Romero Britto to name a few.

A tradition at St. Joseph Parish School happens towards the end of the year when the 8th graders research a famous artist, present a keynote about him/her and then paint a ceiling tile inspired by their artist’s works. Enjoy the pictures of this year’s projects!! Also, have a safe, happy and creative summer!!!

Student Art Show at Amherst Public Library


Student Art Show at the Amherst Public Library

The Amherst Public Library will host their annual Student Art Show beginning April 29 and continuing through May 19 during regular library hours — Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. They will host a special evening reception on Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Make sure to stop in and see all the fabulous artwork from St. Joseph School and other area schools!

Valentine’s Day in Art Class!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Our 5th grade students learned about the artist Robert Indiana and created these fabulous 3D “LOVE” letters (which were inspired by his LOVE sculpture) to help celebrate our day!








The first graders also created these gorgeous masterpieces which were inspired by the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his famous work (Color Study – Squares with Concentric Circles). Instead of circles though, we used hearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Art Show!!

Please be sure to visit the St. Joseph School Art Show in the MPR during our Open House on Sunday, January 27th from 12:00 – 1:30. I am so proud of our students and their hard work creating their beautiful masterpieces!

For unto us, a Savior is born!

The 8th graders created these fabulous pictures of the Holy Night when Jesus was born…inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.”

Kindergarten artists!

Our kindergarteners were getting into the spirit of the season and made these beautiful nativity scenes using paint and q-tips. We talked about how Jesus should be our focus just as He is in the picture they painted and that He is the reason for the season!

We also learned how mixing colors can give us new colors. It was a lot of fun mixing paint colors and seeing what new colors we could make.

Fall Beauty

First graders recently learned how to blend oil pastels to make these beautiful sunflowers while 7th grade reviewed perspective and created some picturesque apple farms.

What’s happening in art?

Second graders created a birch tree landscape using a masking tape resist technique with watercolors. Here are a few of their masterpieces!

The first grade class learned about the primary colors and created superheroes made out of shapes cut from red, yellow, and blue construction paper.

I read the poem “The Crayon Box That Talked” by Shane DeRolf to the Kindergarten class. The last stanza of the poem reads, “We are a box of crayons. Each one of us is unique. But when we get together the picture is complete.” We talked about how each one of us is our own special person but when we are together as a class, or even as a school community, we are just as special together and make a great team! The students then created a portrait of themselves on a jumbo cut-out crayon.

“We are St. Joe’s”

During the first week of school, each student traced and cut out an outline of their hands. They wrote their names, grade, and several things about themselves that they enjoy or like. We then turned their handprints into a giant tree in the hallway outside the art room. The point is that while each one of us is unique at St. Joe’s School (just as our handprints are), we all make up one giant school family…and how lucky we all are to be here in this very special place together!

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome back, students and St. Joseph School families!! I’m so excited about taking on the new role as art teacher, and I’m looking forward to a fantastic year in art class!!