Grades K-8 have Art class once per week. Through creative thinking and exploration, students gain confidence, self-awareness, and visual communication skills. Basic art concepts, including color theory, shape, value, perspective, and proportion, are taught at an age-appropriate level, advancing the concepts at each grade level from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students experiment with a variety of methods, materials, and techniques. They exercise their imagination as well as sharpening their observation skills. Students create artwork inspired by various artists, art movements, and cultures. A series of long-term projects are completed by each student at every grade level. There are two Art Rooms at SPVS, one designated for grades K-4, and another for grades 5-8.
In addition to weekly art classes, students also have Art Appreciation class once or twice per month. In Art Appreciation, students expand their understanding of art history by learning about specific artists and art movements, their connection with society and culture, and their influence on subsequent artists.
Students learn the process of choosing and preparing artwork for exhibition through the annual Art Fair, wherein one artwork per student is hung in an organized display in the school’s corridors. Families are invited to view the Art Fair in the spring, with an accompanying Ice Cream Social!
Students who wish to further pursue their interest in art have the option to join the extracurricular Art Club that runs after school once per week.
I have been teaching Art and Art Appreciation at St. Pius V School since 2008. I love sharing my passion for art with my students! I recieved my BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2007 and my MAT in Art from Salem State University in 2016. I enjoy all forms of art - drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture! It is a pleasure for me to help students develop their art skills and express themselves through their artwork.