Welcome to Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Art! My name is Mrs. Jennifer Aldrich and I look forward to sharing my love of Art with the students.

My personal Art Philosohpy:
Art is all around us. It fosters the development of learning about ourselves and those around us. My philosophy involves the understanding of student learners, child development, artistic development and how students learn differently. As a result, I feel that all students have the ability and capability to succeed in and outside of the classroom. I believe that it is important to integrate other disciplines such as science, music, social studies, technology, and other subjects as they all relate to the area/world of art. Lastly, students need to learn art history, art aesthetics, art criticism and studio art to be well rounded as artist.

What Can You Expect In The Art-room? As a student and parent you can expect that they will learn about a variety of artists as well as art making processes.

Art For The Month of May:

Pre-K and Kindergarten have been introduced to Japanese folklore for kids. They will be making kites in celebration of Children's Day which takes place on May 7th in Japan and other Asian countries.

First graders had the opportunity take a field trip to the Albright-Knox Museum and view artworks of French artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. Students will be creating artworks based on these artists.

Second graders have been introduced to the artist Pueblo Picasso. They will be creating fun self-portraits based on the cubist style of the artist.

Third and Fourth graders will be having a visitor from the Herschel Carousel Museum. Students will be designing their own mini carousel animals. Afterwards, they have the opportunity to see their animal on an actual small carousel as they will be taking a field trip to the museum.

Fifth and Sixth grades will have visitors from the Darwin Martin House. The visitors will not only be focusing on the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but what inspired him to design the house which is based on Japanese architecture and culture. Students will create prints based on Japanese block printing and taking a field trip to the Darwin Martin House.

Seventh and Eighth grade girls are continuing to work hard on their beautiful Huichol yarn paintings based on artists from South America.

Seventh and eighth grade boys will be looking at the meaning and technique of mosaic art. They will then be able to create their own intricate mosaic art piece.



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.  Fieldtrips 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 be setting off on an around the world art and culture adventure.  Students will create a passport journal where they will record their visits, while creating art influenced by the places we visit. 

5th grade will focus on an art, science and ecology curriculum.  We learn how to express nature in art.

6th grade will familiarize themselves with the various styles throughout art history, particularly modern art.  In this grade, writing about art is introduced.

7th and 8th grade have the opportunity for more extended projects.  In class projects are supported by out of class research papers and field trips.  In the past, we have received grants for ceramics, photography and a video project.  We also end the year with our school-wide "Art Tours", where the 7th and 8th graders show their work and act as docents for our school community. 





Mrs. Jennifer Aldrich - Art