St. Joseph School is represented at the New Trier’s Sender School Art Show this month! Come visit our 6th-8th grade work at NT East’s new art space on the 4th floor of the Atrium in Winnetka April 22-26. There’s a wealth of art talent on the North Shore of Chicago!!
And congratulations! to 4 of our junior high students whose work was chosen by the Archdiocese of Chicago for display at the NCEA (National Catholic Educators Association) Convention in Chicago’s McCormick Place April 22-26!! About 10,000 people will see their work:
Kinders: Our frogs are bringing a hint of springtime to the hallways. We color mixed their lily pads, experimented with glitter watercolor on the lilies, and drew/colored our frog friends in Project 64.
1st: At long last spring is on its way! First graders are celebrating its arrival with watercolor butterflies and inked bunnies, the former made in the style of pointillist Georges Seurat and the latter made with nothing but lines to infuse their rabbit with furry texture!
2nd: Did you know that Andy Warhol fell ill with St. Vitus’ Dance in 3rd grade and had to stay home from school for months? During that time his mother gave him a chocolate bar for every picture that he drew and colored. That illness left him with permanently blotchy skin and a lifelong interest in art. Do you know that he wore custom-made wigs when he started to go bald, each a little wilder and more silver than the last?! And how about his beloved cats . . . one named Hester and 26 named Sam?! Second graders can tell you a lot about Mr. Warhol. And what a fabulous job they did on their Warhol-inspired pop art!
3rd: After learning about the term “symmetrical”, third graders have carefully hand-tooled a butterfly with symmetrical wings and designs using the techniques of repousse and chasing. Back and forth, embossing and debossing, deciding which areas should be convex and which would look better concave. When all is finished we will ink and burnish a dark patina over our work and then add bright highlights here and there. Voila!
4th: Back in the early 1900’s Henri Rousseau was just a guy. By day a despised toll collector at the gates of Paris, he fancied himself an artiste but never studied art, couldn’t afford art school, and taught himself to draw and paint wild animals and exotic plants by sitting in the Louvre, visiting the Botanical Gardens in Paris, and looking at new-at-the-time photo books of wild beasts from other continents. Having never traveled outside France, Rousseau often painted animals, flora, and fauna from different eco-systems and habitats into one imaginary scene. With flat, slightly disproportionate figures and bright colors, he practiced sketching and painting religiously, imagining himself to be a great artist. He regularly submitted works to the Paris Salon and was regularly denied permission to exhibit. However it is now believed that his work actually inspired Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse, all of whom became famous in their own lifetimes. Meanwhile Rousseau died impoverished, though today his works are priceless. Inspired by Rousseau’s Surprised! 1891 our fourth graders collaged their own improbable wild animal tableaus. Like Rousseau we have placed animals in our jungles, some of whom belong there and some of whom don’t. Do you know who are the native jungle dwellers?
5th: Ancient Greece was home to Plato and Aristotle, the origin of the fluted column, and red and black figure pottery. Fifth graders have absorbed their lessons in Greek architecture and can tell you the difference between Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns. After creating a column of their choosing, each student also created either a red figure or black figure vase to grace it. Come visit our cafeteria gallery and enjoy their superb workmanship!
6th: The Middle Ages between the 15th and 16th centuries was a dark and difficult time in which to live. It was also a time of incredibly talented and disciplined artists whose work shone brilliantly and whose lives and art are still studied even today. Michelangelo was such an artist. One of the greatest sculptors to ever live, he also was willing to tackle an art form that he felt considerably less comfortable with: fresco painting (on fresh plaster). In so doing he created the masterpieces on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. After learning about his life and some of his greatest works (what makes La Pieta so special? ask a 6th grader . . . ), his habits, his idiosyncrasies, and his challenging personality, sixth grade students learned to grid draw, and, with this traditional art aid, have reproduced a piece of The Creation of Adam. The first image is the original!
7th: Paul Cezanne created his apple paintings “to astonish Paris”. Our seventh graders have spent the last several weeks painting their own apples all while better understanding Cezanne’s quote: “Painting is darned difficult — you always think you’ve got it, but you haven’t.” Despite this feeling, just as in Cezanne’s case, their results are overwhelmingly stunning. Witness:
8th: Several eighth graders created watercolor technique works to enter in the Regina Dominican High School Art Show this year. Trying to stay within the theme of Grimm’s Tales (such as Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella) proved tricky to execute using at least 12 different watercolor techniques but our students were up for the challenge! Here are some of the works we entered; can you match the tale to the work?