Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Art Lessons

Seventh graders have just completed their self portraits and I couldn't be more proud of them! For their background, students first had to think of descriptive words to portray their personality, likes, dislikes, hobbies, favorite foods, etc. They used sharpie and watercolor pencils for their background. To complete their portrait they used an iPad to capture their personality, then traced the contour of their self-portrait onto clear plastic which was placed over the background.Sixth graders are working on 2-D symmetrical kaleidoscopes using their name as the base for their design. They learned how to blend with colored pencil and are using sharpie to contrast the blend of colored pencil.









Fifth grade are working on these fabulous sugar skulls in honor of the Mexican Tradition: Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). Students learned the similarities and differences of this cultural celebration to the way we celebrate All Souls Day as Catholics. Original sugar skulls are symmetrical and made out of sugar for Mexican children to eat during this three day celebration. Our students made their "sugar skulls" out of plaster, paint, and burlap. To complete the project the 5th grade will construct fabric marigold flowers, the traditional symbolic flower of Dia De Los Muertos, and place them around the border of their skulls.





Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ARTrageous HATS!!

Second grade has learned how to take two dimensional paper and turn it 3D! We used slick sticks and construction paper crayons to first create their name with line and pattern onto a long strip of paper. Next students bent, folded, twisted, and curled different pieces of cut paper, then glued them on to build up their 3D form. This lesson was a quick and easy way for students to understand the transformation from shape to form and 2D to 3D. The results are fantastic!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Back-to-School Week!

Welcome back St. Raphael students and parents! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! I am looking forward to another great school year. Some exciting changes have been made to the art room! See you soon!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

8th Grade Canvas Project

For the first year in my teaching career I found myself submerged in the world of acrylic paint. I have always loved working with oils and acrylics. Now that I have the joy of teaching junior high, I am able to share my knowledge and open up a world of exploration to my students.

Throughout the process, many students learned that a final product does not always end up how they originally planned. Ideas change along the way, but on the contrary they sometimes stay the same. The results - excellent. I am extremely proud of our eighth graders here at St. Raphael School, and all of the effort they put into creating something they can remember forever. Enjoy!













Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fifth graders are ROCKING out their self-portraits on our iPad application "Brushes". I am amazed the level of quality that their portraits display. Way to go fifth grade!




Thursday, March 29, 2012




5th and 6th grade students have completed their weavings and paper quilling. I am very proud of the finished products!



Friday, March 23, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Winter!

Kindergarten just completed their snow sculptures, just in time to say goodbye to winter! They are adorable! The students had such a blast working with clay and painting with acrylics. So long winter, helloooo spring!



Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Cupcakes and Root Beer"

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with cupcakes, several cans of root beer and started on his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks he saw an elderly woman. She was sitting on a park bench watching the pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed the lady looked hungry, so he offered her a cupcake. She gratefully accepted and smiled at him.

Her smile was so wonderful that he wanted to see it again, so he offered a root beer as well. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted!

They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling without saying a word.

As it began to grow dark, the boy realized how tired he was and wanted to go home. He got up to leave but before he had gone no more than a few steps, he turned around and ran back to the old woman, giving her a big hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy arrived home his Mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked, "What has made you so happy today?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." Before his mother could respond he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile in the whole world!"

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face. He asked, "Mother, what has made you so happy today?" She replied, "I ate cupcakes in the park with God." Before her son could reply, she added, "You know, he is much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn life around.

People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Take no one for granted and embrace all equally with joy!

-by Julie A. Manhan

Friday, January 20, 2012

Let it SNOW!

Yes I'm a little late on this one, but HAPPY 2012! This is my first "real" winter since 2004, and I am loving all the snow! Students have been busy working on snowscapes and other artwork in the spirit of our upcoming Catholic Schools Week.


Fifth grade students are creating a Dale Chihuly inspired chandelier using recycled plastic bottles from the lunch room and from home. Stay tuned to see their final product!