The KB and KE art classes recently completed their paper maracas. This geometry-oriented sculpture project helps students understand the concept of the cylinder by making one. The cylinder is the base form upon which students used paper, unpopped popcorn, cotton, glue, and tape to express their creativity. Kindergarten assistant teachers Mrs. Baker (KB) and Mrs. Edmison (KE) graciously assist Mr. Bell during the kindergarten art classes. They are shown in the photos with their classes.
From the 6th grade Art Tech classes, a plant cell pillow by Maddy Wakefield, a cell pillow by Logan Kendrick and a teddy bear pillow by Lilly Hass appear below. The STEAM-based plant cell project teaches basic sewing skills and reinforces science content. Creating animal pillows encourages students to express themselves more freely with cloth sculpture.
Sixth graders Preston Edmison and Jay Blick solved a coding challenge to make autonomous Lego Spike Prime robots use color sensors to follow a line, shoot a ball, pick up two objects, and return to base. They wrote the programming code on their iPads and downloaded it to the robots. Fellow students cheer them on as they run the robots and catch the ping pong balls in the video titled "SPCS 6th grade line follower catapult robots.mov". Students in our Friday after-school robotics group built the robots for use with coding challenges in the Art Tech classes, as well as for their own work.
Sixth grade art Art Tech students have recently been creating plant and animal cell pillows by using the running stitch and the whip stitch to sew their creations. The pillow designs of this science-related STEAM project are based on students' drawings of reference illustrations. The organelles of the cell pillows were affixed to the surface of the cloth with fabric glue. Students stuffed their pillows with poly-fill.
Second grade art students are shown here as they put the final touches of paper mache on their paper and cardboard cross sculptures.
Fifth grade art students have recently been creating relief sculptures of sea animals. Students used the grid method to draw from photos. They transferred their drawings of aquatic animals to Styrofoam sheets which they cut out with hacksaw blades. One end of the blade has been wrapped with paper and tape to make a protective handle. The form of each animal is built with paper and tape on the Styrofoam base, which most students have reinforced with splints made of popsicle sticks and tape. The back of the sculpture remains flat so that it can hang on a wall when finished. After sculpting the form of the sea animal, students will apply paper mache and glitter glue to create a colorful skin. They will make hanging hooks with paper clips and screws.
A relief sculpture is a form of art that projects from a background surface. When hung, these sea animal sculptures will appear to emerge from the wall, in the way that the head on a coin projects from a flat surface.
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.