Current Projects by Grade

MARCH -
Kinders - As the school celebrated Dr. Seuss Day, the children drew their own Dr. Seuss style fish. They also created a background by painting either red or blue stripes on a large piece of paper. They added glitter for a little pizzaz! They are coloring their fish and will mount it on the striped paper this week. 
First Grade- First Grade also drew Dr. Seuss fish and are in the process of coloring them for Dr. Seuss day. 
2nd Grade - 2nd grade worked hard this past week painting their frogs, printing their castles with sponge painting and working on their backgrounds to finish up this Rapunzel project. This week is Ash Wednesday and there is a school wide retreat so we will finish up our project next week! 
3rd Grade - 3rd grade worked on geometric hearts, Mary Blair project and/or Dr. Seuss houses. They also received a homework assignment to design a fun hospital gown for a child in the hospital. Scholastic is running a contest that our 3 & 4th graders will enter. For each entry, Scholastic will donate a book to a hospitalized child! A win-win for all! All entries are due back to Mrs. Ferreri by 3/11. If you need more time because of the Science Fair, please just let me know. You may find out more about this project, along with activities on http://www.scholastic.com/mystarlightgown/
4th grade- 4th graders finished their marble paper and will draw their columns today. Will they choose Ionic, Doric or Corinthian? The 4th grade is also participating in the hospital gown contest - see 3rd grade for info. 


FEBRUARY - 
Kinders - This week we took a break from our wolf art and Mrs. Scannell's class made clay penguins. They're currently drying and the children are looking forward to painting them. 
Ms. Checker's kindergarten played a drawing game for Catholic Schools week. We'll continue working on our wolves this week. The children will outline their work with oil pastels and cut out their wolves. They then will mount on colored paper and add some splatter paint to their project. You will find our wolves hanging in the gym!

1st grade did some print making using a sponge dipped in red and black paint. They stamped their background to look like brick. This week the rest of the class will complete their background and all will work on adding clothes, shoes, hats, etc. to their pigs. 
They finished their pigs and they're hanging up in the gym. 
2nd grade is still working on their Rapunzel project. They formed and made their Rapunzel head or some made frogs. This week they'll work on print making (sponge painting their castle) and also paint their frogs. 2nd grade finished painting their frogs, stamped their castle and worked on their backgrounds. They only now have to put it all together! 2nd grade is enjoying all the different processes in this project. Look for the finished art pieces on the website in March! 

3rd grade- About 1/2 of our 3rd graders finished their OP art zebras. You can see them displayed on our bulletin board. This project was done in several steps. They first painted their zebra stripes on a plain white paper. The 2nd step was using their ruler and math skills to break down the zebra into parts. The background was done with chalk to have a sunset effect background. They glued their zebras down and they look great! 
3rd graders made geometric hearts using oil pastels and watercolors. They used their math skills to remember all those shapes! While some finished up their hearts, some children worked on Dr. Seuss houses while others worked on a project after the famous Disney artist, Mary Blair, and used the same process as the geometric hearts. One piece of Disney art that Mary Blair is known for is "It's a Small World" ride in WDW. 
4th grade - Ms. Puzo's class is finishing up their tessellations, but we also began working on our next project. We are working on a "marble" background for our Greek and Roman columns. They looked at some Greek & Roman artwork and learned about the 3 types of columns, Doric, Ionic & Corinthian. To make the marble paper, we used shaving cream, added drops of color and swirled the color into the shaving cream. The children then dropped their paper into the shaving cream and scraped off with a popsicle stick to see the marble paper. Half of the class worked on their tessellations while the other half made the marble paper. Next week, the children will reverse. Ms. Lyon's class did not have art today. The children all finished their marble paper. 



More JANUARY - 

Kinders- We are tying in our STREAM Builder's Project with Art for this next project. The whole school listened to the story of the 3 Little Pigs and learned about working hard, or hardly working! The entire school is working on building different buildings throughout the school.  We are painting "The Big Bad Wolf".  We will also read a 2nd story about a wolf, Peter's Wolf and listen to the orchestra sounds that go along with each character! The first week we did a directed drawing of the wolf's head! 2nd week we will paint using the double dip method adding white and a touch of black to our wolves. 
First Grade - Just finished our 3D snowmen (look for them in our art gallery) and we will be also connecting to our "Builder's Theme". The first grade will be making one of the pigs from the 3 Little Pigs.
2nd Grade - Just finished our MLK, Jr. Collaborative Art Project! Wow! Come to school to check it out! The children each received a piece to work on and once we put it together, they were amazed! We will now also be tying into our Builder's Project. We will be making a Rapunzel art project to go along with the castle they are building. They will be using several mediums in this project. We'll be using clay, fiber arts, printmaking and putting it all together to make a tower. 
3rd grade - Still working on Zebra OP art - Victor Vasarely, artist, is the inspiration for this Optical Art Zebra. Google his famous zebra- did he paint the white or the black? 
4th grade - No class week of MLK, Jr. When we return for Catholic Schools week, we will continue our tessalations. Famous artist, MC Escher! January 28th, Ms. Lyon's 4th grade finished their tessalations.  Check them out online in the art gallery. They are also displayed in the front lobby. It was student appreciation day today, so after they finished their tessalations, we played a drawing game. The children wrote down some unusual drawing prompts and they had 30 seconds to draw it. We had a raffle at the end and Allison Manduca won a llama mirror! Mrs. Puzo's class missed art class today to watch a movie for student appreciation day. 


JANUARY - Happy New Year! Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a healthy and happy New Year!
Kindergarten started their mitten project. We will be reading "The Mitten Tree" to the class next week. The first week the children painted a background mixing blue and white tempera paint.  They then painted the cuff and tip of their mittens white and repainted with another color. They then used a tool to scratch off some of the top color to make the mittens looks like they were knit mittens.  The 2nd week they added two pine branches which they will "hang" their mittens from. They are enjoying the process and having fun with painting and mixing colors. 
Our first graders began their 3D Snowman project. This week they traced 3 different sized circles and cut them out. They then used oil pastels around the edges to give some dimension to their snowman. They added eyes and a coal mouth. They also drew snowflakes and swirl designs with white crayon on white paper for the background. Next week they'll see the magic of color resist as they paint their backgrounds. They will also cut scarves, hats, a carrot nose and some stick arms to add to their project. Ask them how they'll make their project 3D. 
2nd grade just finished their Nutcracker project and will be starting something new next week. 3rd grade is finishing up their Nutcracker projects and will be working on an Op Art project next week.
4th grade began working on their tessalation project right before vacation.  Let's see what they create!

DECEMBER - Kindergarten drew some cute reindeer and then decorated them with oil pastels. They added their own special hats and red glitter noses! They were all ready for Santa.  They also drew a baby Jesus using a directed drawing video. First graders made stockings and added their own cut paper decorations and then they drew their own large sized Nutcracker! Check out the pictures of their Nutcrackers in the art gallery. 
2nd and 3rd graders made a Nutcracker scene. They decorated Nutcracker characters with their own spin using markers, sequins, and gel pens. They used bubble wrap and white paint for their snow, added some glitter and some trees. They learned about symmetry and perspective when gluing and making their trees. Some of the 3rd graders drew and painted their trees on their backgrounds. With a few missed classes practicing for their Christmas concert, they are just about finished with their projects. You will find them soon in the art gallery. 
4th graders had so much fun drawing and painting their Christmas cars. They used oil pastels on a half sheet of paper and had fun rubbing the imprint to finish their drawings. They then painted them with liquid tempera and decorated to their liking. They came out spectacular! Merry Christmas to all of you! 



NOVEMBER
- Happy Thanksgiving to all our families! We are truly blessed at HFS! 
Our 4th grades drew their cornucopia and we're hoping to have them painted and returned home before Thanksgiving! 
2nd graders in Mrs. Keenan's class drew and designed some gratitude feathers today! They are hanging up in our school lobby.  They were super busy with Jr. Achievement lessons taught by the Holy Trinity students all day so we were lucky to have a short break for art! 
We've had a few Thursdays off so the 3rd grade will finally be completing their sugar skull drawings. 
The kindergarten classes will both be making a name tag/place card turkey for their kindergarten feast on Monday! 
First grade will be drawing and painting their own turkeys. 



OCTOBER
Our Art Work is Something to CROW about! 
The kindergarten named their elephants and they're hanging up across from the Art room. Check them out if you're around, or they're online in our art gallery! 
Kindergarten- Most finished their crows!  They are practicing their tracing and cutting skills. They made a background using texture plates and crayons! They enjoyed the design magically showing through! Week of 10/25, Miss Checker's class had fun drawing a cute and scary monster at the same time! They should have brought it home, so make sure you check it out! It was challenging, but they pulled through!

We read The Beautiful Oops  to most classes! They learned that it's okay to make a mistake and you can look at a mistake as an opportunity to make something beautiful!



First Grade - 1st grade just finished their line & pattern turtles and will be drawing and painting their own pumpkin face! Can't wait to see their unique designs! Their first step is finished and now they'll be moving on to cutting faces out! I noticed that the 1st graders made pumpkin faces in their classroom, so we switched ours up! They painted their pumpkins, added highlights with chalk pastels, cut out and pasted to black background paper. They also added leaves and background nighttime decorations with the white chalk pastels. Now we have "Starlight Pumpkins"! Nice work first grade!


2nd grade - 2nd grades Hundertwasser lollipop trees came out fantastic! 2nd graders painted a background night sky, or scary night skies with watercolors and they're adding some spooky, silhouette designs this week! While some children were finishing their first silhouettes, we added a 2nd haunted house silhouette on coffee filters. They used sharpie markers and then painted the background with beautiful oranges, yellows & reds. They are adding their silhouettes to a black background next. 

3rd grade - In the next few days, check out the 3rd grades' St. Basil's Cathedral artwork. One class used watercolors and the other class kept their black & white design with a chalk background! Beautiful, but messy! They will start their sugar skulls drawing this week! We missed class this week due to 1/2 day, but we'll be back after Halloween to finish our sugar skulls! 

4th graders finished up their line & pattern roosters and they're waking us up with their bright colors! 

Don't SCREAM - 4th graders saw the famous painting by Edvard Munch, The Scream! They began drawing their own self portraits. They will add crazy, wild hair using straws and watercolors in the next couple of weeks! Check out the gallery and look for straw painting by some of the children! They had some fun adding their crazy hair!


SEPTEMBER & EARLY OCTOBER

We will be starting off the year working on a school wide STREAM project with all grades. We finished our project and had a beautiful ceremony outside planting our pinwheels and spreading peace! Some pinwheel photos in album and more to come on HFS site!


 
September- K-4, We will begin the year focusing on Lines. Each grade will be working on different projects focusing on lines and patterns. 

Kindergarten-We are drawing our own elephants. We are adding patterns and lines and will be painting with watercolors. The children will see color resist in action! Ask your children to sing the "line" song to you! tune:Wheels on the bus

First Grade - We will be making turtles using different lines, patterns and shapes. 
2nd Grade - We will be looking at the artist Friedrich Hundertwasser and his beautiful, organic lines in his paintings and his architecture. We are creating our own lollipop trees and backgrounds. 
3rd Grades - We saw pictures of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia and completed a line and pattern drawing of St. Basil's. One class will be making a background using chalk pastels and the other class will be painting St. Basil's with watercolors using the color resist technique. 

4th Grades - We looked at the book Market Day, authored and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. We are focusing on her Mexican folk art.  4th grade will be making folk art roosters! We looked at the art of the Huichol people for inspiration.