Art Comes Alive For Youngsters at St. Francis de Sales School
One third grade class at St. Francis de Sales School embarked on an art adventure this year. Students under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Laura Sullivan, studied an artist a month. Not only did students learn about the life and times of artists like Norman Rockwell, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol they all took a stab at creating their own masterpieces mimicking the style of that month’s artist.
These third graders could easily act as a curator in any art museum. When speaking with students they can tell you that Vincent Van Gogh used lines to give his pictures the feeling of movement or how Henri Matisse created his backgrounds by creating a series of patterns. They learned that Andy Warhol is the leader of Pop Art. One of the most recent art projects the class finished was the creation of Egyptian Masks, which tied into a social studies unit on Egypt.
Any visitors to room 301 would have to ask themselves whether or not they just stepped into a third grade classroom or an art gallery in NYC. Pablo Picasso said that, “Every child is an artist. The problem is learning how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Thanks to this wonderful teacher maybe some of these children will continue to create beautiful works of art.