St Raymond School Fine Arts

2018 - 2019

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”

Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

Weistling, Morgan. Kissing the Face of God.

Dear Father,

Open our hearts in this season of Advent as we prepare for the Joys of Christmas!


December Notes

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November Notes

Kindergarten ~ Kindergarten students are working on shapes, lines and color. Please see their Firefly Insects on the bulletin board outside the office.

Grade 1 ~ Fine motor skills practice and the colors of Autumn culminated in the torn paper landscape artwork featured on the bulletin board outside the office.

Grade 2 ~ The students have been exploring the fascinating possibilites of color and form through the art of Joan Miro. They have "looked with their sense of touch" and drawn hidden objects. They have worked in blocks of color and shown motion using tempura paint sticks. They will be choosing their favorites for display in December on the Elements of Art wall space in the classroom.

Grade 3 ~ Lines and colors have been our areas of concentration, learning about and working with complementary colors and creating a Southwest pony in chalk pastels.

Grade 4 ~ The students did sensational work in oil pastels earlier this year in our negative space project and are almost finished with their first acrylic with charcoal line paintings.

Grade 5 ~ The students' chalk pastel pumpkins are amazing! They will be going up in the Lab, please stop by and see them :)

Grade 6 ~ The students began the year studying the cave paintings of Lascaux, concluding their unit with the creation of an owl rock in the style of the Neolithic artists. We are now finishing our unit on ancient Egypt, and our culminating project is printmaking. The students created styrofoam plates and will be pulling prints from the plates over the next few classes.

Grade 7 ~ As we began the early Middle Ages, we studied the discovery of the treasures of Sutton Hoo and its intricate "animal style" metal carvings. We are now learning about the ornate artwork of illuminated manuscripts and the students are creating their own embellished letter, as we listen to Medieval chant.

Grade 8 ~ It is the mid 18th century and the discovery of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum feeds the fascination of artists with the ideals of Greek and Roman culture and philosophy. The world pushes back against the obsession with wealth and privileged royalty that dominates the Baroque and Rococo periods and a new ideology arises. It is the time of the Declaration of Independence in America, the Revolution in France. Neoclassical art is art with a moral character. The students are finishing their collages which demonstrate their understanding of the characteristics of Neoclassical art.