Welcome to the month of April. There is a lot to look forward to this month! Middle School Art Club is on Tuesdays and takes place between the weeks of March 14th and April 21st. Middle school students in grades 5-8 are currently working on their own self-directed projects and learning more about the artistic process. 

UPK students have made secondary color themed projects and are now working on seasonal art projects that are related to art concepts. They made symmetry butterflies by painting one side of a paper butterfly and folding it in half to make a print on the other side. They are also currently working on paper rainbow mosaics with small paper tiles. 

Kindergarten and First grade students are learning about abstract art, painting, and color mixing through the artwork of Hilma af Klint, Alma Thomas, and Helen Frankenthaler. They created color wheels to learn about color mixing and are making paintings on both plain white paper and on colored construction paper to express their emotions as well as experiment with art materials

2nd Grade students are learning about Paleoart in the Dinosaurs and Fossil Art Unit. In this unit, students will be making connections to art history, science, and pop culture! After creating various prints, students will then cut, tear, and paste their separate art all together to create a mixed media collage with a dinosaur and fossil theme. 

3rd Grade students are finishing a Warm and Cool Color Hand project where they traced their own hands and created fun patterns and using lines that have the art principle of movement. They have started to use colored pencils to color in the hand with warm colors and the background with cool colors. After completing their project they began to learn about tertiary colors through the character design in the movie, Encanto, as well as a color wheel activity sheet. 

4th Grade students have been working on a Self-Portrait Unit that has been helping students to learn how to draw faces and how to represent themselves. The focus for our lesson is on the artwork of Pablo Picasso and contemporary artist, Al-baseer Holly. One half of their portrait will be more realistic and the other half will be abstract and colorful! After completing their portrait they began to learn about tertiary colors through a color mixing worksheet. 

5th and 6th grade students are working on the Character Design Unit where they are designing their own characters and deciding what story they would like to tell. They have been going step by step in the character design process and have now begun creating their own concept art. While doing this they are also working on developing their stories even more!

7th and 8th Graders have been working on their journals for the Character Design Unit where they are designing their own characters and deciding what story they are going to tell. Students have completed their concept art and have now begun drawing their character expressions with different emotions inspired by the art style of Disney animator, Jin Kim. After the Easter break,  we will begin working on the final project paper and typing up the stories to go with the character they designed.


Art Overview:

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