Mrs. Nesreen Duncan, Teacher

Now that Spring is looming, St. Al's Art students are beginning projects that are less wintry and more in keeping with the warmer weather. The Pre-K students are working on portraits of either themselves or their Mom and are learning how to draw eyes, hair etc. Kindergarten is busy working on the theme" In like a Lion and out like a Lamb" by creating a lion and lamb using mixed media. First grade has just finished yarn art where they created a flower, butterfly or insect using yarn as their medium. Second grade created a grid and are busy coloring their own "quilt" square which will be added together to make one big class quilt. Third grade is learning about Vincent Van Gogh and his Sunflower paintings. They are are using oil pastels to draw their own sunflower and are using Van Gogh's technique of short heavy strokes to color it in. Fourth grade is finishing Op Art and starting wired sea creature sculptures using Twisteez wire. Fifth grade is busy finishing "An Explosion in the Bottle Factory" where they have to depict a before and after effect on their artwork. Sixth grade has been revisiting printmaking by printing a small village of buildings facing a river with a boat on it. This is a slow process due to the amount of colors of ink used for the printing but the results are amazing. Seventh grade is putting together some beautiful Venetian Carnivale masks using metallic papers, jewels, sequins, feathers, etc.  8th grade is starting a project using metal foil for tooling. Students are using either animals or designs to emboss on their foil. They will be finishing these by either antiquing them with India ink or coloring them with permanent marker.

Art Club will be working on the set for the Spring Musical!

Finally I would like all of the St. Al's students and parents to visit the Prospect Hts. Library during the month of March to celebrate Youth Art Month and view the wonderful works of art displayed there by our talented St. Al's students.  Each year our students participate along with students from District 23 and 214 in this show offered by the library. Congratulations to all of our fine artists!