Friday, June 10, 2016

Class of 2016: Year in Review

Congratulations to the SJS 
Class of 2016

(Cue the confetti: if I knew how to make it happen, I would)

What a whirlwind of a year we had. I feel like I merely blinked, and it's over. 
Remember kicking off your eighth grade year by collaborating in this school wide "family selfie" mural uniting our SJS family? 

Then we moved outside to explore Andy Goldsworthy and Environmental art. Ephemeral became our new vocabulary word.

Back in the art studio, we delved into the art and life of Pablo Picasso, settling on cubism, and embarking on the (seemingly never ending) cubist still life.  We learn something from every experience in life, even our least favorite, right? 

With Christmas fast approaching,we put on our crafty hats and stitched mini stuffed sculptures. They made perfect gifts for your families, but were just a bit different than Claus Oldenburg's giant stuffed sculpture hamburger!

 A new year began a new lesson: Pop Art and Andy Warhol. Memories of exploring and innovating in block printmaking...

Demonstrating your new found skills at the Visual Arts Festival.... 

 And finally, one more foray outside to experience for yourselves what the Abstract Expressionist art style and Jackson Pollock's action painting are all about. Finding out that the act of creating can be as important as the completed artwork.....

And thank you to the dedicated 8th grade Scenic Designers- you made it happen! 

Some of you I've taught since Kindergarten, and others I've met only this year - it's been my honor and pleasure to watch you each of you grow and develop as creators and as individuals. 

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back. 

May the sun shine warm upon your face; 

the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  1. Bright and happy memories of a creative and talented group!

  2. The Class of 2016 never ceases to amaze me!