The JQS Visual Art Committee Mission Statement:
"Our mission is to expose every Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQS) student to a variety of Visual Art disciplines, cultures, and history with an inspiring and educational experience through hands-on learning. Diversity issues will be explored, expressed, and celebrated"
JQS has long believed in that art has an important role in creating a well rounded and thriving educational environment.
We have added a full-time Visual Arts teacher named Sarah Wattles, who will be joining us in January following her adoptive leave. Peter Pizzi has been filling in ably since September. Additionally, the following are a few of the ways in which the teachers at JQS use art to teach other subjects:
- Mr. Jay Oberacker ( Mr. O )
Health specialties classes make graphic design posters
- Ms. Janice Rogovin, artist resident
Origami Club- Mr. Xiao Ping Xie
Chinese Waterpainting Club
- Mr. Phillip Amara
Mighty Writers use cartooning & other drawings to complement their stories.
- Visual Art specialties classes
grades K1-2nd, courtesy of JQS partner relationships.
This Year's art exhibit 2012:The theme of this year's visual art exhibit is "Diversity Through Arts". This exhibition will explore the beauty and splendor of cultures from around the globe. Our hope is that our arts programming will expand from an annual program of arts integration to a full-year during the day program of arts-immersion, allowing all students to continue to develop their proclivity and passion for the arts.
We have received quotes from many artists and teachers who lead and assisted the class:
"For 10 years I've enjoyed reading books to 2nd graders at the Amigos School in Cambridge on my Thursday afternoon lunch break from work in the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After just one fun session doing visual art exercises with 2nd graders at the Josiah Quincy School, I wonder if I'm starting to hear my calling, down on my knees at a students' work table, three feet above sea level .... I loved roaming the room for an hour, going from table to table, coaching the second graders in the depiction of the single still life image on the table--trying, with the excellent assistance of their teacher, Ms. Martin, to get them to draw what they saw-- and feeling after two or three laps around the room that they were starting to get the idea. I think in a few more sessions on a similar still-life project they'd start to get the feeling of warm satisfaction and surprise that I've been getting from observational drawing for the past several years." -Scott Ruescher.. Harvard Graduate School of Education.
"It's important for all of us to feel proud of and at home with our own culture, the culture of our peers, and the culture of those with whom we seldom come into contact. By celebrating cultural diversity at school, we can accomplish all of these goals and help to ready students for life in a global society."
Tanya Santiago-Ruhling (JQS 2nd grade Teacher)
Stay tuned for pictures of the events, coming soon......
The exhibit was organized by a handful of parent & teacher volunteers. Special thanks to the Rubin family & Mr. Kelly for providing musical entertainment, the Boy Scouts lead by Mr. Sacco and the Girl Scouts lead by Ms. Postma for helping to mount artwork and distributing flyers that promoted the show. The exhibit raised nearly $500 for the continued Visual Art effort at JQS. Thank you to all of those who supported the event!
Last year's art exhibit 2011:
Thanks to the JQES teachers and their tireless dedication and support of art in it's many forms the 2011 exhibition was spectacular success.
Further important contributions were made by the JQS visual arts clubs.
Art around the school:
We are very proud of our dragon mascot. Last year all the JQES students were given the opportunity to design a dragon mascot and create our school slogan. Nicurtis Robinson-McCaskill won the design contest. Our mascot can be seen throughout the school and JQES website. To learn more about the school mascot and the School Climate Committee, read more.
Watercolor paintings in the lobby hallways are the work of the 5th grade Water Painting club, led by Mr. Xie.