Congratulations to our Art Teacher, Ms. Ingrid Elburg, for receiving the Patron's Choice Award for her artwork, "A Woman's Soul" and "Prayer"! This award was given by the San Fernando Valley Art Museum.
Cathedral Chapel School offers weekly art classes to students in K-8. The classes are held in the dedicated art room which is equipped with an LCD projector and screen, tables for the students to create, sinks for mixing and clean up, and a generous supply of art supplies so that students may explore various mediums. The classes are taught by a professional artist who has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Academy Minerva, Groningen in The Netherlands. The art curriculum includes ART ATTACK by Marcia Osterink for grades K-8, a video-based art curriculum that teaches the elements and principals of art and drawing in a developmental/sequential way. The stated goal of the ART ATTACK program is to teach every child how to express himself/herself through art. It is a comprehensive program that includes art and artist appreciation as well as suggestions for cross-curriculum lesson planning. The program includes 24 lessons per grade and builds as students progress to the next grade level. Each teacher manual includes extensive resources, lesson plans, art term glossaries, and step by step instructions for art projects. Students learn about artists such as Ansel Adams, Homer, Kandinsky, Matisse, Chagall, van Gogh, El Greco, Rockwell, Monet, O’Keeffe, Picasso, Les Fauves, Klee, Warhol, Rivera, Kahlo, Hopper, Cezanne, Rouault, and then have then have the opportunity to work in the styles of the various artists.
The ART ATTACKS curriculum program is in alignment with California Visual Arts Standards. Students benefit from the sequential structure of the program and access to prints of well-known artists. From this program, the art teacher has witnessed growth throughout the school in understanding art terminology and understanding the elements of art, including line, color, shape, texture, space, depth, balance, contrast, and perspective. The level of discussions in every grade have improved.
In addition to formal art classes, classroom teachers integrate art across the curriculum at every grade level. The art curriculum also includes a wealth of resources available through the school wide Brainpop subscription. Brainpop includes an Art and Music section with subsections for art concepts that includes animations and resources related to techniques, movements, and ideas. That drive art. The “Great Artist” section includes a great variety of resources and animations of artists like O’Keefe, Kahlo, Michaelangelo, and Da Vinci.
Teachers routinely expand social studies, technology, language arts, science, and religion classes using art. Computer classes include the creation of Prezis, Poplets, and PowerPoints using digital images and art. Students activate background knowledge using art. Students in K-8 use art to express responses to literature. Students create mosaics, collages, drawings, cards, books, and posters. Students in junior high create visual representations of new vocabulary words. Often students show acquisition of new vocabulary.