News

McNicholas students work with future Rockets on Art Day

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On April 9 and 10, seventh grade students from six local Catholic Schools visited the McNicholas campus to work with students and teachers on Art Day.

The 32 middle school students came from Immaculate Heart of Mary, Guardian Angels, Saint Andrew Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Bernadette, Saint Louis, and Saint Mary Schools. They chose two of three classes to visit: Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, and Photography. McNicholas students paired up with each seventh grader and led them through various projects. Julie Dumont, Admissions Assistant and an organizer of the event, said it was a good experience not only for the visiting seventh graders, but also for the McNick art students.

“It was a great opportunity for the McNick students to share their experiences with the visiting students, as well as showcase their work and all that McNicholas has to offer,” Dumont said.

In the three classes, the McNick students demonstrated what they are learning in each class and helped each middle schooler complete a similar project. In Drawing and Painting, the focus was on Expressionism. The students studied the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky and listened to the music of Johnny Cash for inspiration, then created an art piece based on the ideas that popped into their heads. In Ceramics, McNick students showed the seventh graders different techniques for spinning a bowl. Then, they assisted the visiting students in creating their own piece of pottery. Finally, in Photography, the McNick students taught the visitors how to develop a print in the dark room and how to manipulate digital photos.

The day was not only a fun learning experience for the visiting seventh graders, but also for the McNick students who said they had a great time working with the enthusiastic young artists.

“They were really interested in everything,” said senior Francine Wright, Photography and Drawing and Painting student. “My favorite part was experiencing it one-on-one with them and teaching them things they didn’t know about art.”

Some have a new appreciation for what our teachers do after the experience.  “We got to see how hard it was to teach them,” said junior Maggie Danker, a Ceramics student. “It was cool to help them experience what we do.”

Dumont said that after the success of this first Art Day, they want to keep it going. “It seemed like all the students had a great time,” Dumont said. “We’re definitely planning to bring it back next year.”

About Sarah Ruwe

Senior Sarah Ruwe is an Advanced Journalism student and a staff reporter. She enjoys cheerleading and has been on the McNicholas cheerleading squad for four years. She is involved in Service Club, Spirit Club, and is a McNicholas ambassador. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow The Milestone and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,622 other followers

Follow us on Twitter!

Photo of the Week

Theology teacher Teresa Davis' E Bell Comparative World Religions' class celebrates the traditional Indian holiday of Holi on May 15. Students paid $2.50 each to participate, throwing the colors on the practice field in Paradise.

%d bloggers like this: