Art Education

Welcome To St. Dominic School’s Visual Arts Program

I’m Ms. Kelly, and I am so pleased to be able to work with this year’s amazing group of students.

A conversation with your child will reveal that we have been learning so much more than how to use art materials in our time together. We have been learning about author/illustrators, the lives of artists, connections to other class work, and events and cultures throughout history that shape the image of art around the world.

We had a magnificent school year, as you have been able to tell by the bulletin boards filled with samples of student work. Be sure to ask your student about the stories behind the projects.

You may have also noted an expanded Art offering which now includes the Pre-School classes as well as all Middle School students. I am working toward an alignment with the school district’s scope of learning and sequence of information for each grade, while still maintaining a separate and unique identity in the work. I will continually update the list of projects your child will be working on in my class below by age group:

Projects for Pre-School:
• Lines make Lions: The shapes of lines can create features of a face, and the mane of a lion!
• The Shape of Things: Geometric and organic shapes make everything around us!

• Where Rainbow Fish Lives: Intro to an author/illustrator, color mixing study & drawing ocean habitats.

• The Life Cycle of a Very Hungry Caterpillar: Author/Illustrator, egg to caterpillar to chrysallis to butterfly, plus, favorite foods, texture, folding & symmetry.
• Button Mosaics: Answers how can we make patterns and designs with something as common as a button?
• My Many Colored Days: How can we describe our feelings with color? can we feel more than one way at a time?

Projects for Kindergarten:
• Harold and the Purple Crayon: Introduction to author/illustrator, use of line as storytelling device in art.
• Shapes all Around Us: What are geometric and organic shapes? What can we make when we combine them?
• Rainbow Fish’s Cousin Pattern Fish: author/illustrator, incorporating pattern into our fish designs, collaging torn paper for background, and cut paper for ocean plant habitat for our fish.
• Scratching a Few of our Favorite Things: We made our own scratch paper by layering colorful craypas and solid black craypas, using a stylus to reduce the surface to reveal color, “drawing” our favorite things.

Projects for First Grade:
• Harold and the Purple Crayon: Introduction to author/illustrator, use of line as storytelling device in art.
• Shapes all Around Us: What are geometric and organic shapes? What can we make when we combine them?
• Where the Wild Things Are: Author Illustrator, Large scale group collage, texture study.

• Woven Pattern Towers: What are patterns, how many can we create? Solid colors are then woven between our pattern “sticks” to create an interesting continuous checkerboard tower unique to its artist.
• Free-standing Self Portraits: What are our facial features, where do they really belong on our heads? Cutting, color layering and  folding.

Projects for Second Grade:
• Miro’s Line Scapes: Introduction to artist/surrealism. What is a line? How many ways can it be drawn?
• Radial Designs: Organic and Geometric shapes, repetition and pattern, center-oriented art.
• Tar Beach Quilts: Introduction to Artist/Illustrator, tiles of a paper quilt, drawing our dreams and wishes.
• Block Heads: Self Portraits from many angles! Folding, shading, color blocking.

Projects for Third Grade:
• Miro’s Line Scapes: Introduction to artist/surrealism. What is a line? How many ways can it be drawn?
• Tessellations with MC Escher: Mathematics meets Art through Translation, Rotation, Reflection and repetition.
• My Magic Pebble: Introduction to Artist/Illustrator, Illustrating our dreams and wishes.

Projects for Fourth Grade:
• Abstract Names: What does abstract mean? How can something as simple as the letters of our name become a colorful, geometric abstraction?
• Drawing with Scissors, just like Matisse: Introduction to Artist/technique, storytelling with scissors, paper, glue.
• Adinka Webs: Introduction to Ghana’s Ashanti tribes, their folktales, art, and culture. Describing our lives, interests and our attributes through symbols and color. (And a taste of Fair Trade chocolate from Ghana, which has adinkra symbols on it’s wrapper.)

Projects for Fifth Grade:
• Abstract Names: What does abstract mean? How can something as simple as the letters of our name become a colorful, geometric abstraction?
• Drawing with Scissors, just like Matisse: Introduction to Artist/technique, storytelling with scissors, paper, glue.
• What if Mondrian met Pollack?: Introduction to Artists/techniques, geometry, drawing, pure color and form versus free form, splatter painting, and color layering. This project would have driven both artists crazy!!!

Projects for Middle School:
• 8,4,2,1: How can a person learn to draw something with a single line? And, how much detail can one line contain? With Picasso as inspiration and chairs as subject matter, the work is fun! Introduction to an artist/technique.
• When Picasso met Warhol, a Study of Shoes: Introduction to artists/techniques, color blocking, layering of papers and continuous contour line drawing.
• geometric versus Organic Still Life: study of form in everyday objects, breaking objects down into simplest form then building back up with detail and color. Layering, shading, proportion.

(course discontinued until third quarter)

And, finally, there are a few art contests coming up that students from select grades will be able to participate in during the coming months. I will let the classroom teachers know as I get them set up. I am also collecting pieces of work to be included in the 2010 All School Annual Art Show.

If you ever want to contact me about your student, project ideas, material donations, or even to volunteer in my classroom on a Monday or Tuesday, just let me know at my extra long school e-mail address: kellylynnstanton-nutt@school.churchofstdominic.org.

Thank you for sharing your children with me each week!

Ms. Kelly