Welcome back to the Art Room 8-23-2017
What’s New in the Art Room for 2017-2018
Hi! My name is Mrs. Carolyn Johnson. I have been the Art Teacher here at St. Mary School for the last 12 years. I love being able to see the amazing pieces of art that your children create. Their creativity and imagination are boundless. I am happy to welcome everyone to a new year here at St. Mary and look forward to many new creations!
This is our second year upstairs on the Junior High Level. Our new room is larger and worked out very well last year. Thank you to all the people who made it possible! Last years’ eighth grade added a lovely mural to the surrounding walls, so there is no doubt that the Art Room has arrived!
We begin each year with line, shape and color. From Pre-K to 8th grade, we explore these concepts with a variety of media; pencil, sharpie, collage, watercolor, marker, paint, whatever suits the need. Our next area of concentration is in creating a painting. A thorough examination of tools and techniques used in painting is studied. One of my favorites are the graphic arts (linoleum cuts, styrofoam plates, veggies). This year I would love to try something on the computer, as this is where the future is and where students will be pursuing jobs. Clay work is everyone’s favorite. Paper Mache, Sculpture or Found Object Building pictures usually follows. We work with fabric, yarn and other forms of texture. Weaving or Yarn pictures are challenges that can be great fun. We combine tools and media with a variety of cultures, holidays, and subject matter. The disciplines of Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing are always a part of the Art world and sneak into the curriculum constantly. Not to mention Music, Technology, Language, and even some Physical Ed now and then.
There are a few special projects for the older students, such as our Mural Project. It is entirely designed and executed by the students. Here are some of last year’s 8th graders working on the walls around the art room.
I am sure the new 8th grade is excited about what they will create for St. Mary this year!
One of the most exciting projects was working on the school play, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., last year. We had a wonderful time and the results were stellar! This year we are working on a new play and are looking forward to fun times in Set Design!
Every year the students also participate in the school Auction by contributing classroom art. With the help of Mrs. Lyons, Mrs. Polston, and Mrs. Lerma, the children create some beautiful pieces! A big thank you to these moms who devoted so much time to these projects!
We end every year with Art in the Park. This is our exhibit of your children’s Art. There are other activities (face painting, jewelry making and a few other crafty, fun things) and a chance to see all the cool work the students have done. This year we may have our “Art in the Park” in the parish center during Catholic Schools Week. I have always loved our outdoor art experience and am grateful to Mrs. Sallie Boge, Mrs.Mary Capistrano-Shelvis and Mrs.Mary Hererra who gave so much of their time to make this event happen, but this year, Mrs. Rasinski and myself are thinking that it is time to bring the event indoors and incorporate it into Catholic Schools Week. We will still include some of our fun activities that are listed above.
All students are expected to bring a smock (an old shirt) to class to protect their uniforms. Sometimes students are also expected to bring things like a picture, an egg carton or paper tube for different projects. I will list this on the web site under Art Room, so please check the site periodically.
We have Powerschool for our grading system. Art students receive a grade of “S” (meaning satisfactory) for 85-100%, “I” (meaning improving) for 75-84%, “N” (meaning needs improvement) for 65-74%, and “U” (meaning unsatisfactory) for 64% or less. They receive a weekly grade of 1-10 points which includes behavior, effort, participation, skill level, focus, and clean up.
Please also check the website: www.artsonia.com as I try to put most of the children’s artwork on the site. They may make comments and give their art a title. Parents may buy products on this site with their child’s art on the product. It is a great place to view your child’s art and enjoy what they have been creating! This year we will do most of our fund raising for the Art Room through this program. Last year we raised almost $500.00 for the Art room from the purchases made by parents. Artsonia gives the participating school 25% of the orders it receives to defray the cost of art supplies. I thank all families for participating in this program, so please do not forget to register with Artsonia. You will be receiving an email to participate. We will be using this program as our main fundraiser this year instead of Original Artworks. This way you can choose the art and you can participate all year round!
I anticipate a year filled with ART! As always, I remain……..
Artfully yours, Mrs. Johnson
Meet Your Teacher
Hi, I am Mrs. Johnson
I am Mrs. Carolyn Johnson, the Art teacher at St. Mary School. I am in my eleventh year at St. Mary and teach Pre-K through 8th Grade. I have a great hubby, Dan and 2 two terrific sons and daughters in law and the best bonus, my four year old grandson, Zak. I have a degree in fine arts and education from Rosary College (now known as Dominican University) and continue to take classes at the Art Institute to keep up to date on the latest in the art world. I am certified in the State of Illinois. I do some art at home upon request; paintings(did a 50th anniversary portrait this summer), banners for church, furniture, walls, and just about whatever the occasion demands. Art is my passion! I love teaching art and feel so fortunate to be here at St. Mary. The staff and administration are so supportive and professional and I have a great facility to work in. St. Mary families are very giving, helpful, and so very much our partners in education! I am grateful everyday to you all for the gift of your children to teach and to bring out the creative side of each and every one of them.
I also love to sing and have cantered and belong to choir at my parish church of Divine Providence in Westchester. Music has always been my second love and always makes life so much more enjoyable!
The Eighth Grade Mural in the Link May 21st, 2015
Kudos to the eighth grader on a job well done. About 15 of the eighth grade girls came everyday for about 3months during their recess and lunch periods to paint the Link Area of St. Mary with a wonderful mural depicting the places around town that they grew up in. It turned out great and I know years from now they will come back and see their work adorning the halls. It was a wonderful gift of time and talent to a school they love.
Just a note about our Auction Projects. As per the committee, Mrs. Lyons, Mrs. Polston, and Mrs. Lerma and myself, we are doing The Master’s Collection!
We have finished 3 projects and are going on to others. Here is just a preview of the the 7th grade project which was based on Jackson Pollock.