Students at St. Bernard School participate in art class once a week, where they learn about different processes, styles, and artists.
Throughout their experience at St. Bernard, they will have addressed drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, weaving, collage-making, and architecture, using media including pencil, colored pencil, marker, oil pastel, chalk pastel, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, ink, metal, plaster, paper, and fiber.
Two dimensional projects will include perspective drawing, landscapes, still lifes, animals, the human form, and self-portraits. Three dimensional projects will include ceramic hand building, jewelry, and basketry.
A focus is made on proper use of materials, artwork composition, craftsmanship, and studio cleanup. Art styles are discussed including surrealism, pointillism, abstract expressionism, and impressionism, as well as artists including Van Gogh, Monet, O’Keeffe, Kandinsky, Escher, Mondrian, Cezanne, Warhol, and art of various cultures.
The older students participate in critiques, and all ages engage in conversations about artworks searching for meaning and discussing aesthetics. The art room is the perfect place for expressing through creation and problem solving through critical thinking to complete each project.
Fieldtrips and guest artists are another important part of the students receiving a well-rounded art education at St. Bernard School.