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Mrs. Patricia Newman, Art

Hello! My name is Mrs. Patricia Newman. This is my 15th year here at St. John Fisher, and I’m excited to be working with your child in Art class this year. I have been working as an art teacher for 30 years. I have taught in the Chicago area and as far away as the West Indies, on a small island called Montserrat. I love art, specifically painting, and my goal every year is to help students find a love and appreciation of the arts for themselves. I have a husband and three married children, and so blessed to have 4 grandchildren!  We are going to have a terrific year! 

May Art!

Posted on May 15, 2019


                  Molly D. 8th grade



                  Samantha F. 5th grade



                       Brennan A. 1st grade



                  Aiden C. 1st grade



                    Cate S. 1st grade



                      Ella M. 8th grade


                  Sam G. 8th grade


                    Lily H. 8th grade


                    Maddie M. 8th grade

Art Makes You Smarter! From a New York Times Article

Posted on Apr 30, 2019



Save the date!

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

St. John Fisher School art show will be Tuesday, April 9th! 

You don't want to miss it!  Every student in the school will have an art work on display.  Please come and see what awesome artists we have here at SJF!  The art show will be from 5:30-7:30 pm in Kane Hall.  See  you there!!!

Spring Art!

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Mia_preK                Cormac_preK

Mia C., preK                                                Cormac, preK

drew_1st       Jade_kinder

Drew Mc.,  1st grade                                                          Jade, Kindergarten

Kailey_2nd                       Cate_1st

Kailey, 2nd grade                                               Cate, 1st grade


Cormac L., 6th grade

February Art

Posted on Feb 13, 2019







Josephine, Gr 1  


      Niamh, Gr 1   



Aaron, Gr 2




Kailey, Gr 2

Confirmation 2019

Posted on Feb 08, 2019


Great work by our 8th grade artists!  God bless the class of 2019 as they make their Confirmation this weekend!


Happy 2019!

Posted on Jan 22, 2019


4th grade Stitching

5th_weaving5th grade Weavings

Merry Christmas!

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

Ruby_Such   Molly_Z  Nora_Zmich

                                                   Artists of the Week!











Awesome ceramic work by 7th and 5th grade students!

Rita_Stalla       Sara_Winters

               Rita S.                                                           Sara W.


Shea_OMalley      Emmie_Greer

                  Shea O'M.                                             Emmie G.

Ivy_Harris       Margot_Spreitzer

               Ivy H.                                                         Margot S.


           Molly F.                                                            Rachel R.

Emma_Elfayer        Arianna_Nelson

                     Emma E.                                                   Arianna N.


        Charlotte S.


Hello from our busy art room at St. John Fisher School!  
Since the Christmas shopping season has officially begun, I thought I would send a gentle reminder about Artsonia and our wonderful student art work!  Giving and receiving a one of a kind present from your favorite artist is such a wonderful gift for mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, godparents, babysitters...the list goes on!   If you can't think of something unique and from the heart for a special person in your child's life, why not check out Artsonia and see what they can do with your child's fabulous art work?  I guarantee you will not be disappointed!  Just go to the gift shop at
Remember also that 20% of the sales come back to our school!  It's a great way to buy a special gift but also support our school.  Thank you for supporting our art program and Merry Christmas!!

“The arts inform as well as stimulate; they challenge as well as satisfy. […]This is, perhaps, the largest lesson that the arts in education can teach, the lesson that life itself can be led as a work of art. In so doing the maker himself or herself is remade. The remaking, this re-creation is at the heart of the process of education.” 

Quote from Dr. Elliot Eisner, a professor of Art and a professor of Education at Stanford. He was a leading mind in the field of education, winning numerous awards throughout his lifetime.


Art in November

Posted on Nov 02, 2018

                                                       Artists of the Week!  

Josephine   Maggie                                                                      

    Josephine Mc., 1st grade                                Maggie B., 1st grade


Neila_R.                    liam_f

Neila R., 7th grade                                                  Liam F., 6th grade



margot               Natalie

Margot S., 5th gr.                                             Natalie S., 7th grade


Maura_P    hannah

          Maura P., 7th grade                                   Hannah B., 6th grade



October Art! Fall is here!

Posted on Oct 04, 2018


4th grade Ceramic Trees




Artists of the Week


Tony R., 5th grade



                                 Sarah O'., 8th gr.               Beth G., 8th gr.

67315433       Casey_Martin June_Fitzgerald

Emma W., Kindergarten      Casey M., 2nd grade       June F., 1st gr.




Liza_Karstrand  Jimmy_Crowley  Abby_Olsen

Liza K., 8th                               Jimmy C., 8th gr               Abby O., 8th gr.



                                                 Marty C., 8th gr.



Coiled Clay Fall Trees by 4th graders.


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We've had so much fun creating landscapes, beautiful fall leaves,  and clay projects all with a fall theme.  We've learned about artists Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch.  We are studying line, space, color and value. Beautiful work!


Artists of the Week!


                                                      Erin A., 3rd grade



                                                     Nathan L., 2nd gr.

                                 Finley       Michael_Spadoni

                                        Finley E., 3rd gr.                Michael S., 3rd gr.


                                 Shannon_Flynn      66758288

                                  Shannon F., 3rd gr.                Alyson C., 3rd gr. 



                                                            Maryn K., 2nd gr.




September Art

Posted on Sep 13, 2018

Artists of the Week


Sadie_4th_grade        Libby_S_2nd_grade


                             Sadie, 4th grade                              Libby, 2nd grade         



Paddy Mc, Kindergarten                  Ava D, 1st grade



Abstract Designs using alcohol and ink.

8th grade students.  So fun!

Welcome back to the "New" Art Room!

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

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 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!