Fine Arts

Fine Arts
Early Childhood through Middle School Academy

Art

The students of St. Mary’s explore a variety of art mediums. Students create works of art using clay, paint, paper, collage, pastels, watercolors, printmaking, and papier mâché.

The art program integrates art across the curriculum with all grades K–8 and promotes opportunities to students to let their imaginations soar!

Kindergarten

Students will create seasonal works of art such as paper pumpkins, turkey handprints, folding snowflakes, puppets, portraits and butterflies. In addition, students will become familiar with children’s stories which are integrated across the curriculum. Each story becomes an art project.

 

Learning objectives include:

  • Identifying basic colors, textures and shapes.
  • Art history appreciation and self interpretation.
  • Mastering skills such as cutting, gluing and folding.

 

Mediums include

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolors
  • Tempra paint

 

Grade One

Students will create seasonal art projects such as collage apple trees, Halloween masks, Christmas clay ornaments and weaving with paper. Students spend eight weeks illustrating their own book.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify primary and secondary colors
  • Art history appreciation and self interpretation
  • Mixing primary and secondary colors

 

Mediums include:

  • Air drying Clay
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Tempera paint
  • Crayons

 

Grade Two

Students will explore various mediums to create art projects integrated into the curriculum. Examples include Native Americans clay bowls, dream catchers, and animal storyteller masks. In addition students will create landscape and perspective drawings, self portraits and watercolor paintings.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Art history appreciation and self interpretation
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Achieving independence while exploring clay

 

Mediums include:

  • Clay
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Beads
  • Tempera paint
  • Crayons
  • Markers

 

Grade Three

Students will create works of art through etching, marble painting, clay and design. The students will also explore art through balance and symmetry.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Mix colors to create warm, cool, and secondary colors
  • Create texture in artwork
  • Incorporate proportion

 

Mediums include:

  • Clay
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Marbles
  • Crayons

 

Grade Four

Students will create watercolor landscapes which reflect poetry in their English class.

Students will explore printmaking, pastels, straw blowing, symmetry and clay.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize positive and negative shapes
  • Appreciation of art from several cultures
  • Illustrating from a model

 

Mediums Include

  • Clay
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pastels

 

Grade Five

Emphasis on integrating science into the art curriculum with animal drawings. Students paint self portraits as well as explore pointillism. Christmas ornament creation using self drying clay.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Art history appreciation and individual appreciation
  • Addition of Shades and Tints to create dimension
  • Demonstration of three dimensional relation

 

Mediums Include

  • Clay
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pastels
  • Torn paper

 

Grade Six

Students explore the medium of plaster by creating a model planet. Integrating art into the curriculum continues as each student is assigned a planet in the solar system in science class. This is an eight week project. Students create three dimensional paper sculptures. Proportion is addressed with anatomy drawings.

Learning Objectives

  • Refinement of proportion in drawing
  • Display imagination and creativity in each endeavor
  • Art history appreciation to focus on style and period

 

Mediums Include

  • Clay
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pastels
  • Plaster

 

Grade Seven

Students will focus on inversion and the print making process as they create cards, signs and landscapes. Collaboration among student groups is encouraged to create paper mache sculptures. Students also focus on Metamorphosis in a five-step drawing project.

Learning Objectives

  • Refinement of positive and negative shapes
  • Introduction of Gesture drawing to capture movement
  • Advanced shading with pencil and cross hatching techniques

 

Mediums Include

  • Clay
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pastels
  • Paper mache

 

Grade Eight

In the capstone art project students spend eight weeks making “Day of the Dead” plaster masks. The masks, which are formed from each student’s own face, are then painted, decorated, and displayed. Students must research each of the background stories of the masks and present the mask to the class. Wire sculptures are introduced as is the art of origami.    

 

Learning Objectives

  • Mastering the technique of Tesselation
  • Charcoal drawing to show shading and shadows
  • Pastel smudging to create artistic design and layout

 

Mediums Include

  • Clay
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolors
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pastels
  • Plaster
  • Wire

 

 

Music

Purpose

The purpose of the music program at St. Mary of the Annunciation School is to promote and encourage students to become lifelong appreciators of music. Students will learn basic music literacy by singing, playing musical instruments, and movement. Every student at St. Mary of the Annunciation School participates in weekly and bi-weekly music classes. All students can learn to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful as they become our next generation of well-rounded adults.  

“All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and sing.
Sing praise to the Lord on the harp, and with the voice of a psalm:
With long trumpets, and sound of cornet. Make a joyful noise before the Lord our King.”

Psalm 98

 

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Preschool
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Sing simple folk song melodies with others.
  • Speak in rhythm short rhymes and finger plays.
  • Keep a macrobeat with a body motion and a variety of instruments including hand drums and rhythm sticks.
  • Understand the difference between a singing voice and a speaking voice.

Kindergarten
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Sing simple folk song melodies alone and with others.
  • Speak alone and with others short rhymes and finger plays in rhythm.
  • Keep and find a macrobeat with a body motion and a variety of instruments including hand bells and rhythm sticks.
  • Initiate a macrobeat for others to follow.         

 

Grade 1
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Sing simple folk song melodies alone and with others.
  • Speak and sing call and response songs.
  • Keep and find a macrobeat with a body motion and a variety of instruments including hand drums and rhythm sticks.
  • Play simple instrument parts on a variety of instruments including xylophones, hand drums, and rhythm sticks.
  • Understand the difference between a singing voice and a speaking voice.
  • Learn basic vocabulary for tempo and dynamics including loud, soft, fast, and slow.
  • Learn proper audience participation.

Grade 2
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Sing simple folk song melodies alone and with others.
  • While singing, play simple instrument parts on a variety of instruments including xylophones, hand drums, and rhythm sticks.
  • Learn basic vocabulary for form and tonality including verse-refrain, melody, major, and minor tonalities.
  • Dance simple folk dances with the correct steps and footing.
  • Listen to short pieces and identify current and previous music concepts and instruments of the band and orchestra.
  • Review audience participation guidelines.

Grade 3
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Sing simple folk song melodies and two-part rounds alone and with others.
  • While singing, play simple instrument parts on a variety of instruments including xylophones, boomwhackers, hand drums, and rhythm sticks.
  • Learn basic note and rest values including half note and rest, quarter note and rest, and eighth note and rest. 
  • Begin recorder playing and music reading in the g clef.
  • Dance simple folk dances with the correct steps and footing.
  • Listen to short pieces and identify current and previous music concepts, instruments of the band and orchestra, and type of ensemble.
  • Read, audiate, and dictate short rhythmic patterns.
  • Understand the concepts of macrobeat, microbeat, duple, and triple meter.

Grade 4
Students will be able to do the following: 

  • Sing folk songs and two- and three-part rounds and songs alone and with others.  
  • Play instrument parts alone and in small ensembles.
  • Create short rhythmic and melodic compositions.
  • Improvise off basic chords, melodies, and ostinatos through audiation.
  • Continue learning traditional music notation including sixteenth notes and rests, whole notes, and accompanying articulations.
  • Play advanced recorder music while reading music notation in the g and clefs.
  • Listen to musical works from many eras and identify elementary including form, expression, phrasing, and instrumentation.
  • Dance traditional folk dances with accurate rhythm and footwork.

Grade 5
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Sing two-, three-, and four-part rounds and canons, folk songs, and hymns alone and with others.
  • Learn how to follow a basic music score for a variety of instruments.
  • Using a variety of instruments, play instrument parts, ostinatos, and rhythms alone and with others.
  • Improvise through movement, songs, and instrument playing.
  • Learn the concept of time signature and how it relates to macrobeat, microbeat, and rhythm patterns 
  • Continue to expand music vocabulary that includes tempo, dynamics, articulations, and music symbols.
  • Dance traditional folk and ballroom dances.

Grade 6
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Read basic note values, rests, and expressive qualities through speaking, singing, and playing a variety of instruments.
  • Trace the history of jazz music through the music of Africa, spirituals, and ragtime using listening activities, playing instruments, singing, and improvising.
  • Play instrument patterns on a variety of instruments using the grand staff and scores.
  • Compose short rhythmic and melodic pieces using correct notation on the staff.
  • Identify composition techniques and style elements for different genres of music.

Grade 7
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Read basic note values, rests, and expressive qualities through speaking, singing, and playing a variety of instruments.
  • Sing folk songs, rounds, and songs with an understanding of harmony, expression, and phrasing.
  • Learn the history of western music from medieval music to modern music by tracing popular composers and styles in both sacred and secular music.
  • Present short compositions, projects, and pieces in small groups to their peers.

Grade 8         
Students will be able to do the following:

  • Read basic note values, rests, and expressive qualities through speaking, singing, and playing a variety of instruments.
  • Sing folk songs, rounds, and songs with an understanding of harmony, expression, and  phrasing.
  • Learn the music of other cultures around the world including Mexico, India, Native American, Japanese, Chinese, and Latin America.
  • Present short compositions, projects, and pieces in small groups to their peers.
  • Critically respond to listening examples using music terminology.

Assessment 

Students are assessed regularly in a variety of ways at all levels, which include in-class responses, observations, and group presentations of compositions and projects in the upper grade levels. Students are expected to put their best effort forward while at the same time learning that music is an art form that takes a lifetime to learn.

Materials and Curriculums      

  • Orff Schulwerk Method—Carl Orff 
  • Conversational Solfege—John Feierabend
  • First Steps in Music—John Feierabend
  • Rhythmically Moving—Phyllis Weikart
  • Music Learning Theory—Edwin Gordon
  • OCP and GIA church music publications

Beyond the Classroom 

Students in grades 4–8 have the opportunity to participate in choir. The SMA choirs, which include the St. Cecelia Choir for grades 4–5 and the Concert Choir for grades 6–8, participate in all school liturgies, special concerts, and service programs. Students in grades 4–8 also have the opportunity to participate in the SMA Band.