St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
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Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

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

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!!

Upcoming meetings;

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 Classes

Elementary 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 Classes

Middle 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!!

Classroom Needs

The art room is always in need of Clorox wipes!!  Your donations are ALWAYS greatly appreciated!! Thank you in advance 🙂

Links

https://www.facebook.com/mrsrenkenart

 

2015 SMCS Art Show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Classroom Photos

Enjoy your summer!

Boy did this year seem to fly by!  I have enjoyed all the time I have spent with the students and I am looking forward to seeing them again in the fall. I don’t think my mind ever rests when it comes to new ideas and projects for art.  I hope everyone has a fun, relaxing and safe summer and that you all do some drawing!!  I am excited to see how many students take me up on my drawing challenge.  Stay... read more

Happy New Year!

Welcome back!  Whose ready for SNOW?! Just when I thought I had successfully made it through a busy fall/December in the art room and could breathe, I looked at my plans and winter and spring look just a crazy and packed!!  Oh well, it wouldn’t be fun of it was boring... read more

Busy, busy, busy!

We have had a few busy months in art class!  Students completed many projects including one for our school’s auction and one for our Square 1 fundraiser.  Thank you to all who purchased gifts through Square 1 and those who bid on art projects! The students did an awesome job!! We worked on several projects for fall and also made portfolios to bring our artwork home in January.  I think the Artist of the Month has been a success. Students seem interested in learning about new artists and their sketchbooks are getting filled with some amazing drawings! We also made 3 trips to the museum this fall. Students saw some wonderful exhibits and were able to spend a good bit of time doing some hands on activities. Museum trips for the spring are being planned as well as out art school’s art exhibit.  We will be switching gears and working on some great projects for winter, for Catholic schools week and for our museum exhibit... read more

Square 1 Art fundraiser

Every student in Kindergarten thru 8th grade has spent the last few weeks working on an art project for this fundraiser. I am happy to say everything is ready to ship out tomorrow! A flier came home last week letting parents know a little about the fundraiser.  In a few weeks, all students will receive a package with their art and an order form allowing families to purchase products with their students artwork on it. These make great gifts for the holidays.  This is also a great way to showcase your child’s art while helping to support the... read more

Off to a smooth start!

Well, we are in week 3 of art classes and we seem to be off to a smooth start!  Students in elementary school spent the last 2 weeks working on some wonderful self-portraits and middle school students worked on creating identity grids.  This week we will set up our sketch books with 3 sections and begin our “Artist of the Month” lessons.  I am very excited about this art history portion of the class.  We will also begin our monthly drawing lessons.  First up will be a still life including miniature pumpkins and the head of a sunflower … perfect for fall!  Keep and eye out for information about our Square 1 Art fundraiser.  Students will begin working on this project in the coming weeks.  Lastly, thank you for all of the art room supply donations!! They are immensely appreciated... read more

One week to go!

There is less than a week to go and the art room is finally coming together! I am excited to see everyone. I am also excited to see if anyone took my summer drawing challenge. read more

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

Art Teacher, St. Mary Catholic School



Famous Artist Quotes

“Every child is an artist.” Picasso