November has been quite a busy month for the school's art classes.
The third graders did geometric "art deco" turkey drawings. The 3rd grade started learning how to use rulers and how to follow a step by step directed drawing.
Next, the 6th grade class did dye turkeys. This project entailed coloring coffee filters with washable markers then sprayed with water to let the colors bleed. Once the filters were dried, we created turkeys and attached them to the "feathers".
We started the month with the 4th grade class doing tissue paper "stained glass". After each window was created, the student was asked to research a saint and attach an index card with information on the said they had chosen. You can look for these beautiful projects in the windows of the entrance of our school during conference night this upcoming Thursday.
It's Turkey Lurkey Time for our 5th graders who did a step by step drawing of a turkey, these turkeys are spotlighted this month outside of the art room on the main art bulletin board.
Getting in the spirit of fall harvest and Thanksgiving, our Kindergarten class created Indian corn. We learned what Indian corn was and how it differs from the corn we consume.
Our showcase is filled with art projects from October. Which is still in spooky mode until after conferences.
In art classes we are celebrating Spanish Heritage Month which runs from September 15- October 15. Our 6th grade class was busy making “Papel Picado” to dress up our classroom for Halloween witch is the day before “Dia Los Muertos” which translates to “The Day of the Dead”. For us as Catholics, that is “All Souls’ Day” which both are celebrated on November 1st.
Papal Picado is a craft in which one cuts shapes into tissue paper then the panels are hung as banners during holidays and celebrations in Mexico. (This time honored craft is much like how we cut snowflakes out around Christmas time).
A recent movie you can see this beautiful craft represented in “Disney’s Pixar Coco”.
"This week we welcome the first official day of fall on September 22nd. Our 8th grade class at Saint Joseph School gladly welcomed fall by doing colored pencil pumpkin cameos. This project was executed by using colored pencils on black construction paper then a pumpkin "cameo" was glued on top of the drawing to showcase the students fall scene."
Last week and this week the school in Art Class has been working on a project called "Getting to Know You". These projects have several components working together to create one piece. All of which is mostly a mixed media art piece that consists of watercolor, marker and tracing of their own hand, creating their name in a bubble font that they then cut out and glue to a piece of paper they have divided into sections. Each section has one positive saying or fun fact about the student on it that makes each individual unique, such as "I am good at math" or "My favorite color is Orange". This project is to help students get more acquainted with me as their new art teacher and to their friends in class and at St. Joseph School.