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Studio Art

In keeping with our mission to educate the whole child, Junipero Serra School offers a rich and engaging arts program which includes music, studio art, and seasonal performing arts opportunities. This commitment to the arts at Junipero Serra is one of our unique characteristics that sets us apart from other schools.

Preschool students attend art once per week. Their classes often utilize literature and storytelling as a jumping-off point for projects which seek to enthrall youngsters with novel materials and tools. In Preschool, it's all about the process, not the product...but that doesn't keep our fabulously inquisitive and unabashedly creative Pre-kinders producing amazing work! Like the "hidden veggies" in a fruit juice, the bonus benefits of early art education are development of fine motor skills and spatial recognition; heightened inventiveness, and language development.

Kindergarten through 6th grade students attend art twice per week. The K-6 visual arts curriculum is designed to expose students to a wide variety of artistic styles, art materials and techniques. While technical skill-building is a goal of the program, students are not evaluated on their technical skill. Instead, our hope is that students will be so inspired by the vibrancy and novelty inherent in the projects that they will naturally build skill through enthusiastic voluntary engagement.

At any given time in the school year, K-6 will all be working in the same theme, with different projects designed to match each grade's developmental stage. Themes may be based on a single master artist (e.g. Vincent Van Gogh or Jean-Michel Basquiat), an art principle or style (e.g. color theory or abstract expressionism). Other themes such as "Fairytales and Fantasy" and "Fiber Arts" are designed just to inspire imagination and produce tactile enjoyment.

7th and 8th grade students may take art as an elective. 7th and 8th grade students make elective choices each quarter, so one would not be required to take art all four quarters, although art is offered year-round. Each quarter will have a different focus such as 3-dimensional (sculpture), the sketchbook project, printmaking, or photojournalism.

A couple of times per year Preschool through 8th participate in a collaborative project, where each student produces a small part of a school-wide work of art.

The year in art culminates with "Art Night" in the spring. Although the format of the event varies from year-to-year, the highlight is always on the amazing works of art produced by all the students at Junipero Serra School. Every student is represented, and it truly is an evening of inspiration and celebration.

Link to Art Room Blog

Vounteering in the Art Room

Parents who wish to experience the joy of discovery that happens every day in the art studio are invited to volunteer as a studio aide. Volunteering for the art room is not compulsory, we are just happy to make room for any parent who would like to be a part of their son or daughter's school journey. Warning: you might get messy!

To find out more, email Mrs. Catharine McCammon, JSS Art Teacher.

Recycling for the Art Room

Your recycling can be put to very good use by the art studio! We always welcome donations of the following:

  • Talenti gelato containers (or any hard plastic container with straight walls from top to bottom)
  • large cottage cheese containers
  • empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • small or large condiment (i.e. ketchup, mustard, mayo) squeeze bottles with flip lids
  • empty spice jars with lids
  • two-part take-out containers (only plastic, not paper)
  • plastic frozen meal trays, such as Lean Cuisine

Have your kids outgrown their art stuff? Has your own craft stash outgrown your house?

Consider donating them to the art room! Extra supplies allow us to make them available for use in the home rooms and extracurricular/club projects. We love:

  • crayons
  • glitter
  • construction paper
  • buttons
  • sequins
  • trims
  • yarn and embroidery floss
  • needles
  • paper of all kinds
  • stickers
  • felt
  • google eyes
  • gel pens
  • anything if in doubt, bring it to us! We will put it to good use!

Art in Action

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