Mrs. Renken's Art Class
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2018 Art Exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum! We had over 300 people walk through the doors. It was wonderful to see the excitement in the faces of the students as they looked for their work. They all worked hard for 2 months to get their pieces ready. A job well done!!
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
This month in the artroom is Bob Ross month!! Students will learn about the life of Ross, watch an episode of his show “The Joy of Painting” and view a great documentary! Middle school students may even get a lesson on making “happy little trees.” We will also be starting some fun spring multimedia projects and grades 3-5 will be heading to the museum for an afternoon of art in late April.
Art Club has been a blast this year! Both groups of students have been making some pretty awesome projects. 5th and 6th grade have been working on milk carton birdhouses and a string art project. 7th and 8th grade have also been working on a string art project … the hammering is loud but the students concentration is wonderful!!
5th and 6th grade – Wednesday April 18th, Wednesday May 2nd & Wednesday 16th.
7th and 8th grade – Wednesday April 25th, Wednesday May 9th & Wednesday May 23rd.
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 Month
This month students will learn about the infamous Bob Ross. It is amazing to me how many students not only know his name, but have seen his show, “The Joy of Painting.” Students will fill their sketchbooks with pictures and facts about Ross. We will watch an episode of his show as well as a documentary about him. I love Bob Ross and am so excited to see the students excitement over him!!
The art room is always in need of Clorox wipes!! Your donations are ALWAYS greatly appreciated!! Thank you in advance 🙂
2015 SMCS Art Show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
This is my 4th year teaching Art at St. Mary Catholic School. I have been married for 19 years and have 2 children who attend St. Mary. My daughter will be in 5th grade this year and my son will start PreK. I have lived in Hagerstown and now Clear Spring for most of my life … although I was born in Kansas and lived for a year in Maine. I am an alumni of St. Mary and I attended from K-8th grade. I have a Bachlors Degree in Education from Shepherd University. I love animals, camping and the beach. I have always been a very artistic and creative person and I feel that teaching art is a perfect fit for me! I am extremely excited for another year teaching and learning from your wonderful and creative children!Mrs. Renken