Art

Art

Welcome to Mrs. Janette Wagrowski's Art Classroom 124

Background and Education:
BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Experience:
I have been teaching art since 1998 in both public and private schools and I have been at St. Paul of the Cross since 2006. As an artist, I work with oil paints, fused glass, and photography when I am not taking care of my son.

Additional Responsibilities at SPC:
I am a moderator of Student Council and Art Club. I also serve on the Grandparent’s Day Committee and the Fine Arts Committee as well as the Building Leadership Team.

Art Class News

Art Awards -

 

The Seventh Grade participated in the International Children’s Art Exchange which is a program whose goal is to foster global awareness in today's increasingly interconnected world. Participating in this Exchange gives students the opportunity to help expand their understanding of foreign cultures and traditions through art created by children. SPC students created artwork showing images of world peace and the American way of life.  Organizers in Greece sent our art to 42 different schools in 9 coThe Seventh Grade participated in the International Children’s Art Exchange which is a program whose goal is to foster global awareness in today's increasingly interconnected world. Participating in this Exchange gives students the opportunity to help expand their understanding of foreign cultures and traditions through art created by children. SPC students created artwork showing images of world peace and the American way of life.  Organizers in Greece sent our art to 42 different schools in 9 countries. In return, we received artwork made by children from these countries.  The work of five seventh graders was kept to represent our school and the United States at an exhibit in Greece.

Congrats to...

Noel C.

Kate L.

Matt J. M.

Liam M.

Renee P.

 

 

Here is what we have been working on in art. 

Kindergarten - Georgia O'Keeffe Poppies, Clay Knee Bowls

1st Grade - Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Bunny Paintings

2nd Grade - Painted Paper Flowers Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe 

3rd Grade - Grant Wood Farmscapes, Suminagashi Flowers 
 
4th Grade - Authentic Suminagashi  
 
5th Grade - Warm and Cool City Reflections 
 
6th Grade - Roy Lichtenstein Portraits 
 
7th Grade - Clay Slab Bowls 
 
8th Grade - Fused Glass Coasters

 

 

 

 

 

About the Art Curriculum...

The art program at St. Paul of the Cross School is designed for students to perceive, create, and appreciate the visual arts. Students will gain an understanding of the variety of ways that artists function in society.  Projects are based on art history and cultural art with a strong emphasis on the elements of art (line, color, shape, texture, etc.) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, pattern, unity, etc.)  Students experience a wide assortment of media in both two and three dimensional art production.  Problem solving skills as well as the development of fine motor skills are intrinsic to the art experience.  Project assessment includes the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design.
  2. Understanding the relationships among media, tools, technology, and processes.
  3. Skills when creating art using different media.

Resources

The following are links to art web sites.

DRAWING TOOLS:

  • Sumo Paint - online drawing tool with many features

COOL ART TOOLS:

PRINCIPLES OF ART:

ARTISTS:

HISTORY OF ART:

SCULPTURE:

ARCHITECTURE:

  • City Creator - design a modern, medieval, or Christmas city

 

OTHER (sites that have a variety of activities):

  • Exploratorium - cool activities with optical illusions
  • Art Safari - listen to questions to examine paintings with animals, from the MOMA

Homework

  • Students create art at their own risk! Some materials we use are permanent on clothing, so it is recommended that students wear an art smock to class.
  • Homework is not regularly given, however, students in grades 5-8 may take art projects home to finish them when necessary.