Welcome to Art

Welcome to the St. Augustin Catholic School Art news page. I am excited to meet my new students for the new school year. Please check out the "About Mrs. Crawford" page to get to know me better. Check back to this website throughout the year for news and updates about what is happening in art at St. Augustin Catholic School.

First and Second Trimester

     During the first trimester, K-8 St. Augustin students created an artwork for Original Works, the Home and School Fundraiser.  The Kindergarten class made a collage, First graders learned about Pop artist, Jim Dine, and made their own personalized heart painting.  Second and Third graders used mixed media to create butterflies and snowmen.  The Fourth grade learned about Amate bark painting, made simulated bark paper, and created a design based on the art of the Otomi natives of Mexico.  Fifth grade made a collage based on French artist, Henri Matisse.  Sixth graders drew portraits of their pets or favorite animal in chalk pastel.  Seventh grade learned about the Molas made by the Kuna Indians in the San Blas Islands and created a cut paper Mola.  After being introduced to the paintings of Sonia Delaunay, Eighth graders created a design based on circles and color relationships.

     The Kindergarten have been exploring color through learning about the color wheel and mixing secondary colors.  They applied their knowledge to creating a painting inspired by Piet Mondrian, an artist who used primary colors in his designs.  They are now learning about the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux.  They have been learning paper tearing skills as they make their own "cave paper".  They will be drawing on their cave paper in the manner of the Lascaux artists. 

   The First grade used their imaginations in making a relief sculpture called a "paper playground".  They learned how to make paper take on three-dimensional form by different methods of folding and curling.  They are now learning about Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, making a painted collage in the manner of her distinctive style. 

   The Second grade learned about how the body moves by making "Day of the Dead" skeletons.  They are currently making prints using a printing plate they designed.

    After learning about Pop Artist, Wayne Thiebaud, Third grade is working on three-dimensional drawing skills by drawing a cake of their own decorative design.  After learning about Pablo Picasso's Cubist phase, Fourth graders are making mixed media "Picasso Portraits".  The Fifth grade is learning about radial design through making a radial origami relief. 

    The Sixth grade completed an oil pastel leaf design using the Principles and Elements of Art. They are now working with metal, learning the techniques of repousse and chasing.  The Seventh grade is working with color theory.  They constructed a radial design and are in the process of painting each quadrant with a particular color scheme.  The Eighth graders learned clay hand-building techniques through constructing a decorative coil pot.  They will next apply a finish to their completed work.