Students in grades 2 and 3 celebrated International Dot Day a day early yesterday, Wednesday, September 14th. International Dot Day, celebrated on or near September 15th each year, developed in recent years in celebration of the book The Dot by author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. Dot Day has grown into a world wide movement encompassing many fans of the book, art teachers and young artists in multiple countries. The children watched a 3 minute video retelling of the book and then watched a 6 minute video of the author himself, discussing his book and demonstrating his artistic technique. After the videos the students learned about circular mandala paintings and began work on their own mini mandala/dot inspired art using small paper plates, black Sharpie pens and watercolor paints. Look for the finished colorful designs in the lunchroom in the coming weeks. As one of my students said yesterday "Mrs. Quigley, we should celebrate Dot Day here at our school because we are St. Dot's!"
Thank you to all the parents who sent in styrofoam egg cartons. The first graders had fun creating their caterpillars today in art class. Some of the children even gave their caterpillars names. It was a nice way to show the children how to recycle for art. Look for photos of these cute creatures on this page soon.
Thank you also to those parents who sent in tissues and wipes. All your donations are very much appreciated.
On Thursday, March 30,2017, Saint Dorothy School will participate in the regional Archdiocesan Showcase of Excellence in the area of art. Selected artwork from students in grades 1 through 8 will be displayed at the showcase, to be held at the Connelly Center at Villanova University from 4-7:30PM. Much of the artwork has been selected from the schoolwide display which has been on view in the lunchroom since the Catholic Schools Week open house in January. Althought it would be wonderful to be able to take artwork from every student, space at the showcase is limited. All students in grades 5 through 8 will have the opportunity to display a piece of artwork at the end of year concert on June 1st in the gym. Collaborative projects which will include all students in grades 1 through 4 will be on view in the gym for Grandparents' Day in May.
Welcome back to art class for the 2016-2017 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer.
Students in grades 1 through 4 were asked to bring in a set of Crayola watercolor paints, either the 8 or 16 color set.
Students in grades 5 through 8 were asked to bring in a set of Crayola watercolor paints, either the 16 or 24 color set.
If this request was not listed on your classroom supply list and you do not have a set of watercolor paints for the first week of art class, try to bring them in within the first couple weeks of school.
(AC Moore and Michaels craft stores frequently have sales on Crayola products and also offer weekly coupons.)
I know that you have been asked to bring in many supplies for your regular classrooms. However, if anyone wishes to donate tissues, baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, or hand sanitizer for art class, your donations would be greatly appreciated.
There are some new activities in the free choice center area this year for when you finish a class art project early, thanks to the art fund set up by our Home and School Association. These include puzzles of famous artwork from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Classic Tangoes game, Connectagons and Constructagons building pieces for creating architectural sculptures, Extreme Dot to Dots for the older students, and new dice drawing games for all grades. These new activities will be introduced in the coming weeks.
Enjoy your Labor Day holiday weekend and see you in art class!
Art Splash is back! Visit the Perelman Building this summer and enjoy Philadelphia’s place for creative play. From July 1 to Labor Day, families can discover Creative Africa through daily gallery explorations, studio art creations, interactive activities, and other imaginative programs. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.
Pay What You Wish Family Festivals
First Sunday of every month
Bring the whole family to enjoy art making and fabulous performances.
Just a reminder for you. Each year I continue to expand the center area in art for students who complete projects ahead of other students in the class. If anyone has the following items at home and your children have outgrown them, we could reuse these items to develop architectural concepts in art class:
foam blocks (good for perspective drawings)
any other kind of construction toys.
I am also looking for sports equipment that is no longer being used to teach a variation of still lifes.
Any items you are willing to donate can be sent in with your child during the first week of art classes in September.
If you just have a few pieces here and there, that will work too.
Feel free to contact me with any questions and
thank you for your continued support.
Many of the students have asked for the recipe for the salt dough we used to make the Christmas ornaments in 4th through 8th grades. The recipe is:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix flour and salt in a bowl. (If making a large batch, ie. doubling or tripling the recipe, you might want to wear rubber gloves while mixing. The salt can leave your hands chapped.) Add water. Mix well with hands and knead for a few minutes until a soft dough. More water may be needed. If adding more water begin with a tablespoon and add additional tablespoons as needed mixing in between.
Salt dough items can be left to air dry which takes about a week, turning once a day.
Salt dough can also be baked in the oven. Recipes vary but most say to bake at 250 to 275 degrees F for 2-3 hours, turning once during the baking process.
There are some wonderful art related websites for children. One website with fun drawing tutorials of famous characters is www.artforkidshub.com. The 2nd and 3rd graders followed a drawing tutorial from the website, along with teacher guided instruction, to create their Elf on a shelf drawings.
For older students the website www.circlelineartschool.com has some advanced drawing tutorials.
The 8th grade learned to draw an impossible triangle in the style of MC Escher.