St. Ann Students develop an appreciation of art through a developmentally appropriate art program. The Art teacher meets with the PreK-8 students once a week in our art room. The students are challenged to use their creativity to produce works of art from various mediums. An introduction to works of art by famous artists is also a part of the art curriculum. Most importantly, the students will recognize that God is the creator of all beauty and the art they create should reflect this.
Student’s art work is displayed around the school and also entered into contests sponsored by the diocese and the community.
The following are some examples of lessons by grade level:
Students will learn about the elements of art as they work on projects designed to develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. Students will become familiar with many famous works of art and the artists that created them.
Students will learn many things is the art room. The projects we work on have been created to help develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. The students will be able to use a variety of materials as they explore the following elements and principles of art: line, shape, color, texture and pattern/repetition. The students will also learn about famous artists and become familiar with some great works of art.
The year begins with a review of lines and animal drawings. Students will create sunflowers in the style of famous artists. The children will learn how to draw a face in proportion and will learn about the rain forest by creating a rain forest book of animals. They will explore the works of artists like Mary Cassatt and Vincent Van Gogh and create art work in a similar style.
Using line and structure, students begin the year making a book about trees. They will learn about owls and create their own owls using oil pastels. There will be a lesson about Pablo Picasso and portrait drawings. In the spring children will learn about George Seurat and make their own pointillist pictures. Tangrams are explored and students will create animals using the seven tangram shapes.
We begin the year with line, shape, and color projects in chalk as well as shape landscapes in watercolors. Children will review still life drawings, and learn how to draw a still life using geometric shapes, as a guide to creating organic shapes. Later we will study Paul Klee and do stitchery. Students will then create seascapes in the style of Edward Hopper.
Students start out learning about Japanese Ikebana and will make paper collages. They will look at the works of Claude Monet and create their own impressionistic landscapes. In January they will work on their paper dragons and their famous American portraits in oil pastels. They finish with weaving and bird drawings in the style of James Audobon.
- Weaving an Indian medicine bag in the style of the Navajo
- Still life unit featuring artist Paul Cezanne
- Sports figure drawings
- Greek vase and columns projects
- Design projects with initials
- Calligraphy – psalms
- Architectural unit – design your dream home
- One and two point perspective projects
- Georgia O’Keefe oil pastel flowers
- Animal Kingdom drawings – students choose an animal to draw within the confines of a 4inch circle and identify it by it’s scientific name
- Glass mosaics
- 1/2 drawings of famous Americans
- Mandalas – design on a curve
- Japanese painting of cherry blossoms
- Retalbo Paintings – paint a Saint of their choice in the style of the Hispanic Southwest
- Printmaking Unit
- Stained glass designs – students will study the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, and other artists and create their own design using tissue paper & black construction paper