Welcome back to Saint John Fisher’s art program. I am looking forward to having another great year with your student, and hope you are too! Our art program is studio based so there will be lots of drawing, painting, sculpting using clay and other materials, and creating collage. We will be learning about famous artists, while experimenting with watercolors, tempera paints, oil and chalk pastels. Most of all, my goal is for every student to realize their creative side through the projects we will be doing.
Art is vital to an elementary level education for so many reasons. Research has proven over and over again that students that are involved in the arts are at a great advantage. Their tests scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking are all enhanced through the arts. Art literally encompasses all areas of study, from math to language arts, history and geography. Art is not just a fun class but one that really helps prepare our students for the future.
Pre-K has art every week, while students in K-8 come to art every other week. We split the classes with library. Grades 6-8 will be given grades on Power School. The students will be evaluated in the Successful Learning Traits (SLTs) in 16 different categories. My expectations for each student is to come to class ready to listen, eager to work on their art project, and above all, respect his/her fellow students as well as the teacher. I expect all students to finish their project whether they are absent or not.
All students have an online art gallery though Artsonia. You can access the website right on our SJF website under the Art link, or go to artsonia.com All the art work students create stays in their own gallery year after year for you to see and share with friends and relatives near and far. They also have a gift shop where you can purchase items with your student’s artwork on it. Items like t-shirts, coffee mugs, key chains, etc. are available. Should you purchase anything, 20% comes back to our school! So it is a great way to brag about your student artist as well as support our school. If you haven’t already, please check it out. All our students do amazing art work!
I am excited and eager to start creating wonderful works of art with your student! Let’s all of us together make this the best year ever!
Please never hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Welcome back!