Gateway to Art encourages your child’s creative and mental growth through meaningful art experiences!
Welcome back to another year of Gateway to Art. For those new to our school, the Gateway to Art program enhances a child’s creative and mental growth through art experiences in a non-judgmental environment. It helps develop a child’s visual perception and awareness by exposing them to different artists and techniques.
There are currently four schools in the area that participate. St. Anastasia has participated since GTA began in 1994.
Every month an artist demonstrates an art project to the docents of all the participating schools. The docents then teach the children at their school, including the background and history of the original artist, the medium, and technique. Step by step instructions are given during class, with lots of opportunity for individual creativity.
Every year GTA has six projects. Each class will showcase two projects at the school Art Show May 21st and 22nd. Rotating exhibits will be located in the school entry, library and principal's office throughout the year. Here are the projects for this year 2016-2017
OctoberShrieking Orange Skies by Sue BerlinerStudents will create their version of The Scream by Edvard Munch using paint, crayons and pastels. Creating with wavy lines, straight lines, exaggerated shapes and bold colors.
Abstract Artistree by Stephanie KohlerStudents will be introduced to the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian and his tree series of paintings using Masa paper, oil pastels and tempera paint.
Modigliani-Portrait on Wood by Marianne CobleStudents will create a portrait on Wood/paper based on portraits by Amadeo Modigliani using layering of oil/chalk pastel colors and blending.
Giants of the Earth by Lee-Jean LinStudents will be introduced to John Muir and the history of Sequoia National Park. They will create their own version of the Giant Sequoia using watercolors and acrylic paints.
Golden Fish by Rolandas DabrukasDocents will instruct the students using step by step demonstration drawing of a codfish using soft colored pencils creating a rich and colorful design resembling a painting.
Boxtrolls by Marianne Coble
Inspired by the movie, "The Boxtrolls," the students will create their own 3D work of art using a cardboard box, model magic, watercolors and small vintage items.
GTA always needs helping hands! Please contact your class docent if you can help out! Earn service hours and enjoy a creative time with your child!
JK: Marsel Long, Christine Thompson
Kindergarten: Carrie Libitsky, Courtney Kessel
1st Grade: Nancy Lopez-Pedroza, Shawna Wiseman, Ann Abraham
2nd Grade: Jolie Delja, Leslie Dennis
3rd Grade: Claire Robertson, Janel Ray
4th Grade: Jenny Lenz, Beth O’Rourke, Jessica Wagner
5th Grade: Nicole Papadopoulos, Katy Masi, Heidi Herrmann
6th Grade: Valerie Guziak, Becca Zambotti
7th Grade: Betsy Sichi, Sandra Moreno
8th Grade: Liz Turkmany, Elizabeth Warner
Supply Directors: Jessica Wagner, Ann Correnti
Thank you! Beth O'Rourke, GTA Program Director, St. Anastasia School