Welcome to a new school year in the Art room! There is a lot to look forward to this year but first we have to start with the basics. All classes are going to begin with learning the art classroom expectations, rules and procedures, and discussing our CAWB art community. Something we are going to do this year is try to work more collaboratively! Each grade level will add to the same collaborative projects to decorate the halls as well as learn about similar artists and themes. The first collaboration I have planned is to make posters inspired by the Art Affirmation we have in the art room. Three different posters will say “We Are Kind”, “We Are Smart”, and “We Are Amazing Artists” and each will have drawings and designs from every class.
UPK will begin by learning about the classroom rules and what to expect in the Art classroom. Students will work on following directions and I will begin to look at their fine motor skills through various coloring activities and themed projects.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade’s first project will be inspired by The Dot by Peter Reynolds. International Dot Day is September 15th so this is the perfect project for the beginning of the year! In the book, the main character, Vashti, initially thinks that she can’t draw until her Art teacher encourages her to start with a mark on the page and see where it takes her. Vashti gains confidence in her abilities and discovers her artistic talent.
2nd and 3rd Grade will also be having The Dot read aloud to them in class and be creating a project by starting with a dot and seeing where it takes them!
4th Grade students will be given an “About the Artist” worksheet to complete about their favorite colors and hobbies and also what they’d like to learn in Art this year as well as anything else they would like to share. They will then begin a Zentangle inspired cactus project using crayons and watercolor paint. This project will have a focus on the Element of Art: Line and the Principle of Art: Pattern.
5th and 6th Grade will start the year by creating an “About the Artist” page about themselves. This will include information about their favorite colors and hobbies and also what they’d like to learn in Art this year as well as anything else they would like to share about their personalities. Students will be encouraged to think creatively while designing their own papers.
7th and 8th Grade will also start the year by creating an “About the Artist” page about themselves. This will include information about their favorite colors and hobbies and also what they’d like to learn in Art this year as well as anything else they would like to share about their personalities. They will then start to learn about the elements and principles of Art and how to notice and apply them to their own artwork.
The Art curriculum at Catholic Academy helps to develop personal expression, an application of diverse art styles and art history, plus an understanding of art in our lives and as a career. All grade levels use a variety of media, visuals, and art mediums to create artwork. Art this year will have an overall theme of self-expression and focus on various themes in art. Students will be learning about art techniques, elements and principles of design, art history, and contemporary artists working today!
The Art Google Classroom for each grade level will be important for students to communicate about art class, however, virtual learners will need to post their work online here as well. If the school ever needs to switch to virtual instruction there will be projects, homework, quizzes, and response questions posted there to be completed at home and submitted by the posted due date.
If a student is learning virtually, google slides, links, and videos are likely to be posted the day we have class and we will do zoom calls during the class time. If there are any questions on an assignment, any week day during school hours would be the best time to email me with questions or to schedule a zoom conference.
My Art Teaching Philosophy:
The arts are an essential part of the curriculum and visual art is present in everything we do. Artistic practice is beneficial in the art room as well as other subject areas and aspects of life. Art allows for creative thinking and problem solving in addition to building knowledge of art and art history. I believe that through art, students can express themselves, have a creative outlet, and find new ways of questioning, thinking, and learning. I believe that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. For me, it is important to integrate science, history, math, and technology as well as other subjects into lessons and projects because of art’s connection to multiple disciplines. My philosophy also includes the understanding of child development, artistic development, and the different ways in which students learn. While I want students to learn the foundations of art, above all, my goal is for students to be in a safe environment where they are encouraged to learn, explore, and hopefully have some fun along the way!
Miss. Jennifer Smyczynski
Ms. Jennifer Smyczynski - Art