Mrs. Renken's Art Class
Wow this year seems to have gone fast!! We are wrapping up mosaic projects and doing a lot of directed drawings in between the crazy May school schedule. Portfolios will be coming home in the next 2 weeks along with sketchbooks. Please take time to look at you child’s artwork. They did an amazing job this year!!
Welcome to ART!!
Why is Art important?
Art stimulates our minds. Art informs, educates, entertains and enlightens us. Art allows us to express ourselves when we can’t otherwise. Art allows us to explore life. Art allows us to be creative. Art gives everything around us meaning. Studies actually show that art makes us smarter! As one student said last year … “without art our lives would be colorless and boring” 🙂
This Month In ART
In our final month of art classes we are finishing up Mosaic projects, making fun paper crafts and doing a lot of drawing. I am also in the process of getting all of the artwork out of the storage bins and packing up student portfolios. My room is overflowing with projects and it will feel good to send everything home!
Our final Art Club meetings will be May 10th and May 24th. We will be working on props for the photo booth that we will set up for fun night. Art club will also run a craft table that night. Thanks to all of the parents who sent in snacks this year and also those who donated to our first ever bake sale.
Elementary Art ClassesElementary art classes will be focused around learning and understanding the Elements of Art. Students will learn about and then demonstrate their understanding of each element though different art projects. Our first element will be color. Students seem to enjoy mixing their primary color paints to make secondary ones. This is always a hit with the younger students!! In between element of art lessons, we will be working on projects for Square 1, the auction Christmas and Catholic Schools week. In February each class will do an artist study. While learning about the artist, they will produce 2 projects reflecting their artist’s style or work. These projects will be used in the spring for our art show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
Middle School Art ClassesMiddle School art classes will focus on learning about the Principles of Art. These principles will build on the elements that we learned about last year. In some cases, art projects will combine a principle of art with an element to help students draw a connection. Students will learn about balance, rhythm, emphasis, proportion, variety and pattern. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through various projects. In addition, students will complete projects for Square 1, the auction, Christmas, and Catholic Schools week. In February, students will do an artist study. They will complete 2 pieces of art based on that artist’s style or work. These projects will be used in our art show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in the early spring.
Artist of the MonthDuring the months of April and May, students learned about London based artist Emma Biggs. We have spent the past few weeks making out own mosaics using many different materials which include paper, beans, handmade salt dough tiles and real tiles ceramic tiles with grout. We have produced some wonderful projects!!
The art room is always in need of Clorox wipes!! Your donations are ALWAYS greatly appreciated!! Thank you in advance 🙂
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2015 SMCS Art Show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
About me …. This is my second year teaching Art at St. Mary Catholic School. I am married with 2 children … Madelynn, who attends SMCS, and Samuel who will in a few years. I have lived in Hagerstown most of my life … although I was born in Kansas and lived for a year in Maine. I attended St. Mary Catholic School from K-8th grade. I have a Bachelors Degree in Education from Shepherd University. I love animals and camping. I also love the beach. I have always been a creative and artistic person so this is the perfect place for me! I enjoy working with all grades and seeing what wonderful things they can do. I am excited for another year teaching and learning from your wonderful and very creative children!Mrs. Renken