At the Heart of Art
Robotics instruction begins in 3rd grade. This video shows 3rd -5th graders testing their lego mindstorms programs on EV3 roboots. The robots have lifter arms and catapults that throw ping-pong balls. Learn More...
Mr. John Bell, Art Teacher for K-8th grade.
The Art Program and Curriculum at Saint Peter Catholic School is nothing short of outstanding. Mr. John Bell, with more than 25 years of teaching experience, has taught PreK through Grade 8 art at Saint Peter Catholic School for more than 15 years. Mr. Bell focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and presented STREAM (Science, Religion, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) workshops at the Diocesan Teacher Conference, as well as multiple workshops throughout his years in the Diocese. He was the Visual Arts chairperson of Catholic Schools Live in 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Bell connects what students create in art class to what they learn in other classes. In middle school, students have the opportunity to print their intricate Computer-Aided Design (CAD) creations with our Makerbot 3D Printer.
Students at Saint Peter begin to learn the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) in third grade art class. Middle school students may choose CAD work as their emphasis in art class.
Computer-aided design with Sketch Up is a conceptual extension of the geometry-based sculptures that students create in the primary and intermediate grades at our school.
Hand and Forearm Sculptures
After cutting a piece of cardboard in the shape of their hands and forearms, and folding it along the joints, students added wadded newspaper to the front and back of their cardboard to approximate their own anatomical forms. This project reinforces concepts taught in 7th grade science class and is part of our school’s STEM approach. Prior to creating their sculptures, students observed anatomical illustrations to draw the bones of their hands and forearms.
This sculpture was created by Cherrie Yoon.
Materials: Cardboard, wire, tape, glue, tempera paint, glitter-glue, paper
Human Figure Sculptures
As a means of reinforcing science class content, eighth grade art students were given the option to create sculptures of scientists, engineers, or inventors they were studying in science class.
This sculpture of Bonnie Leake was created by Lauren Hodgson.
Materials: wire, paper, glue, yarn, cloth, paint, cardboard, tape, plastic
Students drew and labelled animal and plant cells, which they used as models for the cloth pillow sculptures. This project reinforces sixth grade science class content and is part of our school’s STEM approach.
This pillow was created by Dee Dee Koesters.
Materials: cloth, thread, glue, yarn, and poly-fill stuffing