Visual Arts

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Art instruction encourages students to deepen their appreciation of God’s gifts to the world and to develop skills to express their own gifts and talents. In Pope John Paul’s Letter to Artists, he emphasized the role of the artist and their ability to “captivate the hidden power of sound and words, colors and shapes” which “…echo the mystery of creation.  God as the sole creator of all things” desires to associate with the artist. It's with this tenderness in thought that the Holy Spirit visual arts program has been developed to guide children to recognize beauty. It's through God’s beauty that we develop our relationship with the divine and each other.

The spiritual and visual arts content are integrated in the K-8 program involving four content areas: art history, art production, aesthetics, and art criticism. Students develop an understanding and application of art vocabulary essential for competence in discussing and investigating diverse styles of art. The visual arts are an opportunity to authentically bridge content and reinforce the interconnectedness between disciplines that is natural and meaningful. Critical thinking, decision making, and creative expression is cultivated throughout classroom interactions that are age appropriate, structured, and engaging. Holy Spirit provides every child the opportunity to flourish through human expression in the visual arts.

Kindergarten:

  • Basics of the color wheel
  • Drawing skills
  • Shapes and lines
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Simple clay formation
  • Art History: Wassily Kandinsky

1st Grade:

  • Advanced color wheel
  • Drawing and painting-crayon resist
  • Shapes, lines and design
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Clay pinch pots
  • Art History: Edvard Munch

2nd Grade:

  • Drawing and painting
  • Warm and cool colors
  • Shapes, lines and design
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Clay Holy Water Font and ladybugs
  • Art History: Georgia O'Keeffe

3rd Grade: 

  • Warm/cool and complementary colors
  • Drawing and painting
  • Shapes, lines and design
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Clay leaves and name plates
  • Art History: Claude Monet

4th Grade:

  • Drawing and painting
  • Shapes, lines and design
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Clay Coil Pots
  • Art History: Vincent Van Gogh 

5th Grade:

  • Optical illusions
  • Drawing and painting
  • Shapes, lines and design
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Clay Castles, Dragons, and MyPlate Food
  • Art History: Bridget Riley

 6th Grade:

  • 3D Drawing
  • Drawing and painting
  • Claymation and stop motion animation
  • Faith-based holiday art
  • Clay slab mugs
  • Art History: Andy Warhol

Middle School Electives:

  • 1st Quarter: Drawing and Painting
  • 2nd Quarter: Set Design
  • 3rd Quarter: Sculpture (3-D)
  • 4th Quarter: Architecture