Hope to Home Learning – Visual Art Literacy by Janet Manuta, Art Teacher
Our students have created so many amazing works of art this year. We hope you were able to enjoy the continually changing exhibits still adorning our hallways!
My focus this year has been to introduce the concept of “Visual Literacy” to all Hope Lutheran students, from K to 8th grade. My goal is to give them the opportunity to look at and talk about a variety of works of art, from classical to contemporary. Each week, as the classes come into the art room, I have a different visual on the board, under the words, “WHAT DO YOU SEE?” We spend a few minutes having very lively discussions about what they see, how it makes them feel, what techniques the artist used, what is the artists message, and any other topics that might evolve. Your children are learning how to be visual thinkers, how to use the “language of art” to describe what they see, and how to relate these discussions to their own works of art.
Artworks on display now include:
K – Mixed media collage based on the Eric Carle book, The Mixed Up Chameleon
1st – Castle Collages based on Swiss artist Paul Klee’s painting , “Castle and Sun”
2nd – Collage Interpretation of Henri Matisse’s painting, “Goldfish”
3rd – Whimsical cat watercolor paintings in the style of artist, Laurel Burch
4th – Coming Soon……. Paper cut out collages of People arranged in specific patterns
5th – Chalk pastel drawings of delicious sweets in the style of American artist, Wayne Thiebaud
Middle School Electives Classes – Drawings from Observation:
- Looking at an arrangement of about 5 marshmallows. Using a variety of drawing pencils and shade sticks to create a 3 – dimensional rendition of this soft edged, squishy object!
- Still Life Drawings where each table set up an interesting arrangement of objects to draw realistically. Students learned how to use the space of the paper to create a balanced composition of line, color, texture and shape.
- COMING SOON: multi-layered block prints with animal themes and Pop Art close up drawings of one of the Preschool tricycles!!
Now that we are going to school in our homes, I have posted my lessons online. K-5 will find art lessons on my web page in the Hope Lutheran site. All grades have their first 2 assignments. New lessons will be posted weekly. The Middle School art electives class work is posted in Schoology. These students are responsible for posting an image of each drawing they complete. I am happy to comment on each one, offer suggestions and answer questions. They will be graded as they are turned in to me.
My focus is still on “Visual Literacy” with a slight twist! I want and expect all students to become more aware of their environments, to notice the changes in nature and to have more opportunities to “draw from observation”. I encourage anyone who feels the need to draw and create more art than I’m asking for, to just do it, as doodling is also a great way to ease the mind and express yourself.
Calendar of Events
April 9-10: Regular School Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled as requested
April 13: Easter Monday, No School
April 14-20: Hope Spirit Week!
May 22/25: Memorial Day weekend, No School
Hope Spirit Week – April 14th – 20th
We’ve got spirit, yes we do! Show your school spirit and show up to your Zoom class meetings all dressed up! This is totally optional, but we encourage you to participate if you can. Just use whatever you have around the house. You can email a picture to your teacher or Mrs. Heit (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll post them on our Facebook, Instagram, and website.
- April 14: What do I want to be when I grow up?
- April 15: Bring your pet or favorite stuffy to school!
- April 16: Dress up as your favorite Disney or Super Hero character
- April 17: Eagle Spirit! Dress up in Hope sweatshirts, hats, beads, or even your UNIFORM (gasp!)
- April 20th: PJ Day!
Report Cards Trimester 2
Report cards for trimester 2 were sent home last week so you should receive them this week. Some of the students will also receive materials from teachers in the same package. If you do not receive your child’s report card by the end of this week, please contact Shari Wallace at swallace@ hopeseattle.org.
New! Hope To Home Learning Covid19 Web page
Our Events page has transformed into our ‘Hope To Home Learning Covid19‘ webpage where we’ll post more day-to-day communication, special notices or announcements. Check it out!
If you are currently on Facebook, please follow the school and church page for the latest updates and news plus a morning announcement to start off the day. If you are not on Facebook you can view the posts on our website homepage in the weekly blog post.
Registration for Fall 2020
If you have not registered for Fall 2020, now is the time to do so. You may register your student(s) through the K12Online Portal using each student’s i.d. and access key (contact the office if you need this information). Tuition contracts will be sent out at the end of April to those families that have registered, including financial assistance letters. Please make sure to apply for tuition assistance, if needed, no later than the end of April. We realize that this is a tough time financially and emotionally for families. Your family’s well-being and continued involvement in the Hope School community is important to us, so please reach out with any questions or concerns to Admissions Director, Sally Heit at email@example.com.
Financial Aid Information for 2020-21 Academic Year
We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) for our financial aid process each year. Instructions for applying for financial aid at Hope Lutheran School are available by visiting sss.nais.org/parents. Our school’s SSS code is 179833. The Early Decision deadline is March 31st and the final deadline to apply for aid is April 30, 2020.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
All church services including Holy Week services have been canceled at this time. Visit our website https://vimeo.com/hopeseattle/videos to watch live video church services.