December 20, 2021
The KB and KP art classes recently completed their paper maracas. This geometry-oriented construction project helps students understand the concept of the cylinder by making one. The cylinder is the base upon which students use paper, unpopped popcorn, cotton, glue, and tape to express their creativity.
December 11, 2021
Paper Cross Sculptures
The second grade art classes are shown applying the paper mache skin to their cross sculptures. In this multi-step geometry-based construction project, students roll cardstock cylinders that they join in various ways to form more complex structures. A base composed of cardboard sheets and cardstock supports the cross.
Sixth and seventh graders have recently used their sewing skills and imagination to create animal pillows. The materials are felt cloth, thread, poly-fill stuffing, and buttons.
December 4, 2021
7C Robotics "Exam"
The 7C art class has just finished their robotics construction and programming unit. Working in groups of three or four, students built robots according to specifications and learned to program them to accomplish a mission. Students used EV3 Classroom Scratch language software on their iPads. Group members worked collaboratively within and outside their groups so that each team would be able to successfully program their robot to achieve a goal. While the mission for each group was the same, programs often varied in terms of degree headings, rotational degrees of motors, motor speeds, and the number of turns. As the video shows, all eight teams' robots successfully crossed the bridge, picked up the target object, and carried the object back to base. Great job, 7C!
Sixth grade art students have recently been finishing plant and animal cell pillows by using the running stitch and the whip stitch to sew their creations. The pillow designs are based on students' drawings of reference illustrations. The organelles of the plant cells shown here were affixed to the surface of the pillows with fabric glue. Students stuffed their pillows with poly-fill. This project reinforces science class content and is part of our school's integrated STREAM approach.
Mr. John Bell, Art Teacher
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.