I would like to start this final newsletter with the following quote:
“The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world. Let’s champion our arts action heroes, emulate them and make our communities everything we want them to be.” ~ Robert L. Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts
We have learned so much during this academic year!!! It is truly a blessing for me to see all the progress that my students have made during all these months. I specially love seeing their effort in polishing all those skills and techniques that are necessary to learn in order to have a solid foundation in art. During this month we have been practicing drawing skills. This has been a long road for ones, an easy road for others and a steady road for some as well. It is very gratifying for me to see how much they have improved and how confident they have become when it comes to design and decide how their artwork is going to look like. In my class, I emphasize and teach my students the importance of being unique and to respect their own learning pace. I also like for them to understand that art should be taken seriously because by applying the concepts learned this will truly compliment and help them to develop a keen eye for design in general.
I strongly suggest to all my students to go visit local museums, check out art books from the public library, try a photography class, baking, cooking class!!!! You can always apply the rules of composition in all that you do!! Remember that this will always be aesthetically pleasant for the eye and it is based in science and math. (Recall what we learned about “Fibonacci numbers”).
Do not forget that ART is everywhere!!!! Think about the colors you like, the patterns that you like this truly is your identity as an artist. Personally I enjoy going for a walk and observing carefully the way how a garden is designed, the contrast of heights in the trees, the shadow provided by a growing maple tree on the ground. There is so much to see!!!! Little things like this make me really happy and also connects me in a more personal and deep way with Our Creator. Just sit in your backyard and explore all the colors given to us to enjoy by Our Lovingly Father who is the Master of all paints!! God had created for all of us something that makes us happy wether a color, a texture, a shape….. all these are elements of art and we have learned and explored this in class.
I would like to share one of my favorite art quotes:
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” ~John Lubbock (1834-1913)
I thank God for being part of this beautiful school community and I thank St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke both Patron Saints for art and artists for being present in our class as I invoke their presence each time that we meet. I wish to all of you a happy summer and I hope to seeing you next year!!!
During two consecutive months we have been working in what I called in my personal opinion one of the most important concepts in art: “Fibonacci sequence”. During the month of March we learned the importance of understanding that the basics of art specifically composition and a well balanced creation will always follow the “Golden Rule” or the commonly called “The Rule of Thirds”. We have learned that this sequence of numbers are tangible, in nature we can admire a perfect “Golden Spiral” in a nautilus shell. It was indeed a very fun topic since math, science and art were combined in one topic.
In upper grades we learned about Salvador Dali and his artworks. We analyzed his creations by observing where the “Golden Spiral” were present in some of his paintings such as: “The Last Supper” . This painting is the perfect example of balanced composition by applying the Fibonacci/Golden Spiral concept. We virtually visited the “Salvador Dali Museum” in Tampa, Florida.
During this month we will be working on sketching techniques. Although it seems quite simple mastering the overhand grip technique can take some time. The themes in art that we have been working are: Religious drawings (Easter related) and botanical drawings starting with flowers and ending with insects. We will be exploring the importance of drawing and how it has contributed to the science. We will be highlighting the work of Raymond Booth and his botanical paintings.
In art class we are continuing to learn about renowned modern artists from around the world. In class we are highlighting modern and contemporary artists from each continent. This help students to understand that art is universal and truly connects people from around the world if they share the same ideology.
During the week of January 30th through February 4th we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. We will be highlighting the life and work of Sister Corita Kent. She was an American artist and nun whose artworks shared the Gospel messages of compassion and love. Her works of art helped to convey the message of serving others and to understand that we are to help people in need.
One of her most famous piece of art was the love stamp design that she created and that was released in 1985 by the USPS.
In class we are still diligently working in our modern art projects. All grade levels have had the opportunity to work with a partner with the purpose of teaching in a practical way what collaborative art means.
Sooner than later modern art works made by our talented students will be display in our school areas.( Location TBD)
Welcome back!!! Teaching art is one of the most fulfilling part of my career. I have taught in public and private schools in the U.S. including extension courses at Clemson University. I am very blessed to work in a place where I can share my faith.