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    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. 

    Currently, there are four schools in the area that participate in GTA.  St. Anastasia has participated in GTA since it's inception 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 20th and 21st.  Rotating exhibits will be located in the school entry, library and principal's office throughout the year.                                 Here are the projects for this year 2017-2018


    Misty Mountain Morning by Kaye Furlong
     Misty Mountain
    Students will learn about pastels and the artists that worked with them while creating their own landscape with pastels.


    Colorful Chaos by Robin Sarner

    Colorful Chaos
     Students will be introduced to the study of Abstract Expressionism and the art of Jackson Pollock. They will create their "action painting" usine acrylic paint on crinkled mod podge tissue paper canvas.


    Chihuly Inspired Cylinders by Marianne Coble

    Chihuly Cylinders
    Inspired by Dale Chihuly's drawings and glass series. The Children will learn about Chihuly and draw their own colorful, energetic and gestural painting with black charcoal, chalk pastels, hard pressed pastellos and acrylic paint.


    Building a Still Life by Suzanne Gibson

    Still LIfe
    This project is based on the 14 Sunflowers work by Vincent Van Gogh. The students will be limited to a primary color palette to paint only "3" sunflowers in a vase on a canvas board. They will paint layers using quick, fast, loose brushstrokes.


    Faces of Primitivism by Stephanie Kohler

    Students will learn about the vibrant and colorful artwork of contempory artist, Sandra Silberzweig, and incorporate elements of her style into their own cubism-inspired abstract portrait.


    Golden Icons by Lee-Jean Lin

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    Inspired by the Egyptian Hieroglyphics, this three dimensional project will introduce students to the rich history of Egypt and it's ancient holy writing system. Students will create their own version of hieroglyphs on a ceramic tile by molding clay into a low-relief sculpture and dabbing with paints to create the look of an ancient artifact.

    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:  Gabby Haen, Courtney Guillot Kessel, Jamie Morri

    Kindergarten:   Marsel Long, Christine Thompson


    1st Grade:   Carrie Libitsky, Courtney Guillot Kessel         

    2nd Grade:  Shawna Wiseman, Ann Abraham

    3rd Grade:  Jolie Delja, Leslie Dennis

    4th Grade: Monica Fisher, Gail Brackett

    5th Grade:  Jenny Lenz, Beth O’Rourke, Jessica Wagner

    6th Grade:  Nicole Papadopoulos, Katy Masi, Heidi Herrmann

    7th Grade:  Valerie Guziak, Becca Zambotti

    8th Grade:   Betsy Sichi, Debbie Morales

    Supply Directors:  Jessica Wagner, Ann Correnti

    Thank you!  Beth O'Rourke, GTA Program Director, St. Anastasia School