Distance Learning Art Projects

Students were tasked with completing an art packet. Here are a few examples.

Amarie - Grade 5

Glick - Grade 5

Noah - Grade 5



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 the students.

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 also believe it is important to integrate science, history, math, and technology as well as other subjects in 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!

What Can You Expect In The Art-Room? Students and parents can expect there to be learning about a variety of artists and art making processes in every grade level as well as the integration of technology and other subjects for a well rounded and engaging curriculum.

Art – Summer 2020 

I hope each and every one of you is having a safe summer and also finding some time to continue making arts and crafts! The world is full of many uncertainties right now and whether we come back to school online or physically, there will be changes and adjustments to make. However we come back, your education is extremely important and so is everyone’s health and safety! 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

Ms. Jennifer Smyczynski 


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 grades use a variety of media and visuals. Technology, through individual internet assignments and classroom use of the internet, enables a more thorough experience. Field Trips are also utilized for grades K - 8.

The formal elements of art, along with the post-modern theory of art, are combined to create a traditional, yet contemporary curriculum. The formal elements of art and storytelling through art are emphasized in Pre-K to grade 3. This will build a foundation for the thematic and cognitive aspects of grades 4 - 8. 4th grade will focus on historical and contemporary artists from around the world and the local Buffalo area as well as inventions and techniques in art. 5th grade will have an emphasis on an art, science and ecology curriculum. There will be experimentation with materials as well as appreciation of nature and ways of reusing and recycling to be less wasteful in the art room.In this grade, writing about art will be introduced. 6th grade will familiarize themselves with the various styles throughout art history, particularly modern and contemporary art. 7th and 8th grade will have the opportunity for more extended projects. In class projects may be supported by out of class research papers and field trips. In the past, we have also received grants for ceramics, photography and a video project.

Miss. Jennifer Smyczynski – Art





Ms. Jennifer Smyczynski - Art