"O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands." -Isaiah 64:7

Archive for the ‘8th Grade’ Category

Our Crazy Kindness Tree is done!


Here’s the whole thing! I just love how silly and wild it is.

We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!


A few of the “insects”


Gotta have a couple Disney characters in there…


Sasquatch hanging out by the campfire


There’s even a cloud hanging from the ceiling!


The boy who made this dangling spider was so excited and proud of himself 😀 ❤

Dale Chihuly Collaborative Sculpture

Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!

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Exemplary Work!!!

Here are a selected few EXEMPLARY Semester Projects! Remember that these are done by students on their own time, without my help. Yup- this is ALL them!

Semester Project Showcase

Here they are, folks! Photos of our first batch of Semester Projects. (I first posted about this assignment here.) Please keep in mind that a lot of students chose to write reports, and those don’t make for the most exciting photos… These are only pictures of artwork made. In this gallery, you will see ALL of the art projects turned in.

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Eighth Graders get Old School… I mean REALLY Old…

When I started teaching here, I found a box full of old-school fountain pens and ink wells stashed away in a cupboard. I never thought I would really use them, but boy am I glad I kept them! Turns out, these guys really enjoyed writing with such antiquated instruments. It was a great lesson in slowing down and appreciating the art of penmanship.

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As we get closer to finishing our Saintly Self Portraits, 8th graders try out a little calligraphy by writing their saints’ names with old-fashioned fountain pens.

Semester Project Time!


Each semester, middle school students do an art project on their own time. They have free reign to do anything they’re interested in! It’s their chance to show me what they like and where their talents are hiding. I have seen everything from a welded cross to a quilted pillow. I often get plenty of canvases and drawings, photography and even quite a few research papers. It’s actually FUN to grade this particular pile of work! Check back soon to see a gallery of exemplary projects…………

Eighth Graders Prepare for Confirmation

We’re about 3/4ths of the way through our first (and biggest) project of the year in 8th grade: Saintly Self Portraits!

These kiddos are getting ready to take the next big step in their faith lives and we’re preparing for it in art class. Each student researched the saint they chose for their Confirmation name (non-Catholic students chose a role model) and found their attributes. Attributes are the symbols that artists use to help identify saints. We also looked at the history of Byzantine art and icons (images of holy people that help us pray) and studied the correct proportions, contours, and negative/ positive shapes of the human face. Drawing realistically is a challenge, but I’m amazed at how well these guys are doing with just a little help!

Here are their first-draft drawings. I can’t wait to see them painted and finished!

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