Distance Learning Art Projects
Students were tasked with completing an art packet. Here are a few examples.
Welcome to Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Art! My name is Ms. Jennifer Smyczynski and I look forward to sharing my appreciation of the arts with all students. This year art will be a bit different but students will still learn about and participate in the arts in an engaging way. Art will be push-in, meaning that instead of coming to the art room, I will be visiting each grade level in their classroom. It will take some time to adjust to all the changes happening at the school but we will!
We will have a student teacher from Buffalo State from the end of January until mid-May. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us and we’re looking forward to having her begin soon!
In the Winter, students participated in the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC) Community Heroes Poster Competition. 3rd and 4th graders completed their posters and sent them in for the contest if they were interested in competing. Winners were recognized in March during a virtual award ceremony and one of our third graders received a second place honorable mention! This Spring we have also been very fortunate to have a great student teacher from Buffalo State. Ms. Young has been teaching PreK-4th grade and will begin taking over middle school classes after the break. There is a lot to look forward to for the remainder of the school year in art class!
PreK has been working on a scissor safety and cutting unit. They started with a symmetry name project, a Picasso abstract shape portrait, and are currently working on drawing and cutting larger geometric shapes.
Kindergarten completed 3D line sculptures and have also been working on a scissor safety and cutting unit where they have created Picasso inspired shape portraits. Later on this Spring both PreK and Kindergarten will be making spring themed projects as well as a model magic animal sculpture.
1st and 2nd grade have been learning about Salvador Dali and have done a draw along of surrealist elephants with extra long legs. They also discussed the difference between real vs. surreal. For example, a piece of pizza is real but a talking piece of pizza is surreal! The next step will be painting the elephants with cool colors and the background with warm colors, using a watercolor-crayon resist technique. Later, students will be learning about foreground, middle ground and background to make landscape projects.
3rd and 4th grade have been working on a Basqiat/Warhol unit where they began with creating their own Basquiat inspired crowns and graffiti/scribble background. They are now making a symbolism project inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art style and Jean-Michel Basquiat's use of symbols. Students are using characters that are in pop culture right now and are drawing symbols that represent themselves, they will then color these in with bright colors inspired by pop art. Later, we plan to be making Earth day agamographs and other fun projects.
5th-8th Grade will complete their Character Design Unit that has been focused on the art of storytelling and designing their own original characters. We looked at examples from various media and artists to learn about what goes into designing a main character. Along with their final drawing, students will also be writing a character biography and summary of the story that goes along with their picture.
Once Ms. Young begins teaching middle school, 5th graders will be participating in the Buffalo News Editorial Cartoon Contest, 6th grade will be working on a project inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, 7th will be working on a project inspired by Earth day, recycled materials, and the environment and 8th grade will be doing landscape paintings inspired by Bob Ross and paint alongs.
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 grades use a variety of media and visuals. Technology, through individual internet assignments and classroom use of the internet, enables a more thorough experience. Art this year will have an overall theme of self-expression and focus on various themes in art while learning about elements and principles of design.
Grades K-8 will all have sketchbooks that they will use as not only a sketchbook but a journal as well. Students will use these sketchbooks in class and at home for art prompts and assignments. In addition to the sketchbooks, there will be a plan to have a way for students to create regular art projects as well. Google classroom will be extremely important and there will be homework, quizzes, and response questions posted on there to be completed at home and submitted by the posted due date.
If a student is learning virtually, google slides, links, and videos will be posted and we can do zoom calls during the class time. If there are any questions on an assignment, Wednesdays 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