The first graders of the 1B and 1P art classes proudly display their Mr. and Ms. Mousey Head paper sculptures in the group photos shown below. In this geometry-based art exercise, students internalize the concept of the cone by making them from paper plates. The cone serves as the base form upon which each student works creatively to give his or her mouse a unique personality. Materials include colored tissue paper, a glue/water mixture, card stock, yarn, corn, pom poms, cotton, tape, and paper clips.
Sailing the High Seas in 4th Grade Art
Fourth grade art students have been working on the sailboat sculpture project. The works shown below are among the first to be completed. The hull of the boat is an origami structure. The mast is supported by a pyramid-like cardstock form that is carefully measured, cut, and taped in place. The mast and boom are made of drinking straws. The entire boat is sealed with tape to make it impermeable to the water in the colorful paper mache coating. Each boat is mounted on a wave structure composed of wadded paper, cardboard, tape, and paper mache. The boats are attached to the waves with glue and one Phillips screw. Cotton is stretched and shaped to make the foam on the waves.
6th Grade Robotics
The 6W and 6G art tech classes are shown below in the videos, 6W robot exam 11-17-2022 and 6G robot exam 11-30-2022, as they run autonomous EV3 Lego robots that they programmed. Sixth graders who chose to work after school and during some of their study halls built the mechanical structures of these robots. Working in teams of 3 or 4 in art tech class, students measured and built the colored cardstock "catcher boxes" for their robots. They programmed the robots with the EV3 Classroom iPad app to use color sensors for following the edges of black lines. Each team had to develop unique code to accomplish the goal because each team's track design was different. The challenge was to program the robots to follow a line to each of 3 target objects, pick up each object, throw it into the catcher box with a forked lifter arm, and return to the base area. As you can see in the video, all eight teams in each class achieved success on their "robot exams". Excellent work, 6G and 6W!
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.