FINE ARTS Adventure OCTOBER 2013

Catholic Education Center
4445 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
OCTOB ER 2 013
Katie Eschmann’s second graders at St. Gerard Majella looked at landscape paintings by Grant Wood,
especially "Fall Plowing." They discussed where the horizon line, foreground, middle ground and
background are located.
Students learned about space and depth. They saw how things in the
background are smaller than things in the foreground. After discussing these concepts, they created their
own landscapes using paint and oil pastels.
LETTER from the Director
Dear Fine Arts Teachers,
This summer the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, which includes members of the major
fine art professional teaching organizations, released the first draft of the voluntary National Core
Arts Standards for PreK-8. The document outlines the grounding philosophy, primary goals,
dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts,
music, theatre, and visual arts. These standards are being created to update the national standards in the fine
arts, so they are in line with current teaching philosophy’s and standards.
I was struck by the first two paragraphs of the forward that define why teaching the arts is important:
The arts have always served as the distinctive vehicle for discovering who we are. Providing ways of
thinking as disciplined as science or math and as disparate as philosophy or literature, the arts are used by
and have shaped every culture and individual on earth. They continue to infuse our lives on nearly all
levels - generating a significant part of the creative and intellectual capital that drives our economy. The arts
inform our lives with meaning every time we experience the joy of a well-remembered song, experience the
flash of inspiration that comes with immersing ourselves in an artist’s sculpture, enjoying a sublime dance,
learning from an exciting animation, or being moved by a captivating play.
The fact that the arts provide important touchstones confirms their value to the development of every human
being. Nurturing our children, then, necessarily means that we must provide all of them – not just those
identified as “talented” – with a well-rounded education that includes the arts. By doing so, we are fulfilling
the college and career readiness needs of our students, laying the foundations for the success of our schools
and, ultimately, the success of our nation.
The goal is to have the final draft of the new standards published by March 2014. To read more about the
standards, visit
Kenneth Lederle, Director of Fine Arts
[email protected]
Encourage your students to take a study break
to enjoy the Symphony’s $10 advance/ $20
day of student tickets to select concerts
Click on the picture above or call
314-534-1700 to reserve tickets today.
COMMUNITY resources
Free Jazz Concert
Chaminade will be hosting a free jazz concert on October 3 at 7pm in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts.
“Stravinsky: Real and Imagined,” arranged and performed by The Bad Plus, is presented by Jazz St. Louis and
the STL Symphony Community Partnerships. Take a guided tour through the evolution of Igor Stravinsky’s music with chamber pieces performed by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony followed by a performance of On
Sacred Ground, The Bad Plus’ ferocious re-scoring of Stravinsky’s iconic work, The Rite of Spring.
Donate an Instrument at Starbucks
Donate a used or new musical instrument at any St. Louis area Starbucks location from September 30 October 27 to benefit Music for Lifelong Achievement. You will receive a tax deduction and, most
importantly, the joy of bringing music to children in our community.
Quilt Exhibit at St. Louis University
Quilt National 2013, the internationally juried competition for new, innovative quilt art, will run through October
27 at the St. Louis University Museum of Art. Quilt National was organized in 1979 to showcase artists who
pushed the boundaries of traditional quilting into a new form of expression now known as the “art quilt.” This
year the show includes art from exhibitors representing 27 states and seven countries. From the 851 original
submissions, only 85 were selected for Quilt National 2013. The St. Louis presentation of Quilt National serves
as a fundraiser for Safe Connections, a nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Numbers and Notes” at Missouri History Museum
Can you “hear” history? Dance a division problem? Use addition to express civil rights? K-5th grade students
can experience numbers and notes through hands-on musical activities inspired by St. Louis history, with ageappropriate mathematics instruction aligned with curriculum expectations. Free with reservations. Runs
through December 13, 2013. Call 314.361.9017 to make reservations.
Join “Essentially Ellington”
Download charts and other resources immediately upon registering at the website above. Free membership
benefits for your high school jazz band include eight new charts (four transcriptions each of music of Duke Ellington and Gerald Wilson); access to interactive video featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rehearsing
each chart; option to participate in non-competitive Essentially Ellington regional festivals, and more.
Kemper Art Museum STEM tour!
Schedule your field trip now and explore how visual art connects to Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math by examining works in the Kemper’s permanent collection. The K-12 interactive tour encompasses works
by such artists as Alexander Calder, August Rodin, Josef Albers, Olafur Eliasson, and more. To learn about all
the K-12 thematic tours, contact Allison Fricke at 314.935.5624 or [email protected]
David Haas and Lori True Workshop and Concert
St. Pius V Catholic Church at 3310 S. Grand will host David Haas and Lori True in concert on Friday, October
18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10. David and Lori will conduct a workshop for anyone involved in music and liturgy ministry on Saturday, October 19 from 8:30-3:00. Workshop fee of $25 includes a luncheon. To register
for the workshop or to reserve concert tickets, contact Sr. Mary Henry at 314.772.1525 x 203 or email
[email protected]
Free Music Lessons with the Urban Youth Orchestra
Orchestrating Diversity started as an organization that teaches strings at little or no cost. The program has
many more aspects including beginning strings, full orchestra, early childhood music programs and choir. All
the program is after school and free to any student that lives in the City of St. Louis. All students get great instruction on instruments, history and theory. Contact April Dannelly at [email protected] or 919.618.2126.
WEB resources
There’s an App for That?!
Scene Partner
Students can use this app to help them remember and practice difficult lines. Actors can read their lines from
the app and hear the lines from other characters as well.
Reverse Charades
With the reverse charades app, the entire team chooses 30, 60, or 90 second rounds to act out as many words
as one person can guess. It’s fast-paced, fiercely fun team competition.
Drama Games
This app is the ultimate resource for Drama and Performance Teachers. A simple reference guide to over 50
Theatersport Games and their subsequent instructions. The app also features a series of prompts and idea to
help kickstart your improvisational activities.
Drama Propbox
This app is the complete toolbox for students and teachers of drama. Develop your performances with our library of genre specific background music, an rich bank of sound effects and a “scenario spinner” to generate
interesting new ideas for your improvisation exercise.
MTI Shows
This app turns MTI’s dynamic website into a groundbreaking, one-of-kind reference encyclopedia for musical
theatre featuring information on the over 300 musicals licensed by MTI including Annie, The Music Man, Rent,
West Side Story, and Legally Blonde: The Musical!
Strip Designer
This apps allows students to create their own personal comic strips. Add photos from your device or draw your
own, and add speech balloons and other textual elements for a genuine comicbook feel.
Meritum Paint
Create your own artistic and design masterpieces - even if you’ve never lifted a paintbrush before. Using its
unique brushes, Meritum Paint allows users to create a stunning piece of art with a simple finger stroke.
SketchBook Express
This app is a professional-grade paint and drawing application with a dedicated set of sketching tools and a
streamlined and intuitive user interface.
Artsonia Mobile App
Take photos of your students’ artwork and upload them to’s online gallery. Teachers can also
view and update their student roster and school exhibits. Teachers must create a free account and login to use
this free educational service.
WEB resources
Mobile Monet
This photo sketching/painting app allows you to interactively create an artistic rendering of a photo using a
creative two step process. The app generates a black and white or monochrome sketch version of any picture.
Art Authority K-12
This app is a comprehensive collection of works by over 1,000 of the western world’s major artists. Organized
by period and artist, the art is downloaded as needed and displayed chronologically for each artist, with detailed captioning.
How to Make Origami
This is a simple and easy app to use. Follow the step-by-step instructions and watch the 3D animation carefully. And don’t worry, you’d have to try really hard to get confused!
Artisan PaintLite
With this easy-to-use app, even the unskilled artist can create amazing images. The unique dynamic brushes
create a stunning look that make your creations shine. The app includes a myriad of features along its physically simulated brushes that help you create gorgeous drawings.
SmartMusic for iPad
The app delivers the functionality of the desktop version of the program, including practice tools, assessment,
and accompaniment features.
Upload music, record performance tracks, and share every step along the way with students, teachers, bandmates, and friends. Since music data is fully synched across devices, access it from anywhere!
Music Theory Pro
Designed by the Director of Keyboard Studies at Azusa Pacific University, this app has lessons, games, and
exercises for beginners and professional level musicians, including ear training for intervals, chords, and more.
AtPlayMusic Recorder
At first glance this app looks like a typical video game, but its real purpose is to teach beginners to play the recorder. Animated instructors guide the lessons which include parts of the recorder, breath control, fingering,
and more.
Song Chords
This app features a built-in library of over 1,000 songs in MIDI file format, a 16-track mixer, player with easy-toread chord symbols that change in sync with the music, and chord dictionaries for both keyboard and guitar.
Steinway Metronome
With Steinway’s Metronome, you can dial in the tempo of the piece you’re practicing, or just tap along to let the
app find it. Customize the time signature, visual indicator, and sound options to your own preferences.
Chromatics Music Playing Cards
The app includes three versions of solitaire. In each version the root tone card selected for a scale or chord
defines the play of the game. Game play progresses as players build scales and chords from those roots. A
deck of chromatics consists of four octaves of the chromatics scale of music, one octave for each suit.
PROFESSIONAL development
Music Teachers and Choral Conducting Workshop
Conduct your choir with confidence and expand your horizons! Mandy Miller returns to The St. Louis Children's
Choirs to offer a 3-day CME Music Teacher Workshop with daily session options) this October 17-19. Mandy
brings with her a new music study pack of repertoire and her enriching training curriculum. This professional
development opportunity has the added benefit that those who attend the entire workshop and conduct in masterclasses may qualify for Choral Music Experience (CME) certification. Teachers also have the option of coming as an observer for masterclasses and participating in all other aspects of the workshop.
Saint Louis Art Museum Teacher Programs
Big Event for Teachers - Monday, October 7 from 2 - 8pm
Bring your family for an evening of workshops, refreshments, creative activities, and entertainment as we
celebrate the new East Building and renovated Museum campus
Weekend Studio: Bound Books and Purposeful Prose - Saturday, October 19, 10am - 4:30pm
Fuse visual and verbal literacies in this hands-on studio workshop which investigates the Art Museum’s
contemporary collection, the art of the written word, and bookmaking
Weekend Studio: Constructing Identity - Saturday, November 2, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Examine concepts of identity embedded in African American art in this workshop offered in collaboration
with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
AOSA Workshop: Group Drumming in the Pre-K through Grade 6 Classroom
This workshop is presented by Paul Corbiere and Melissa Blum. Participants will learn how to incorporate
drumming into their classrooms using hands-on activities. Teachers will also learn how to modify World Music
Drumming concepts for use with children ages 3-8. The workshop will be held on October 12 from 9am to 3pm
at Carmen Trails Elementary School. Register online at the above address.
St. Louis Area Kodaly Educators Fall Workshop
SLAKE’s fall workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5th from 9am-Noon at Our Lady of Providence, 8874
Pardee Road, 63123 (Near Grant's Farm). Colissa Alexander will present a Make and Take session for small
group activities focusing on rhythm, melody, and form related concepts. Vicki Strode will present folk dances
that can be used in a variety of grade levels. Dress comfortably and bring your own scissors. $15/OAKE members, $20/non-OAKE members, $5/student with valid ID.
Big Yellow School Bus Grants
Big Yellow School Bus Grant provides up to $300 to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to arts institutions and activities in Missouri that are funded by the Missouri Arts Council.
The grant does not pay for other related costs including admission fees. Eligible destinations are programs that are funded by the Missouri Arts Council. A list of MAC grant recipients by community can be
found at If you believe your destination is funded by MAC and is not on the list please
call Julie Hale, Arts Education Program Specialist, at [email protected] or 314.340.6853. Travel for
student competitions and student performances is not eligible. The grant will fund clinics only if the students will attend a performance.
Any eligible school may receive one Yellow School Bus Grant between September 1,
2013 and April 30, 2014. The funds must be used during the 2013-2014 school year.
October calendar
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Fairy Tale Courtroom
Shaw Art Fair
Grandparent's Day
"Too Much Light Makes
the Baby Go Blind"
Willy Wonka
Fall Concert
Auditions for women for
"The Foreigner"
Play On
“Who Walks in Darkness”
Seussical the Musical
Grandparent's Day
Kindergarten Saints Prog.
Halloween Program
Incarnate Word Academy
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Joseph - Farmington
4100 Flora Place
DeSmet Jesuit HS
Chaminade College Prep
Chaminade College Prep
Chaminade College Prep
Incarnate Word Academy
Skip Viragh Ctr. for the Arts
Skip Viragh Ctr. for the Arts 2 & 7pm
7:30 & 2pm
Skip Viragh Ctr. for the Arts
Cor Jesu Academy
Bishop DuBourg HS
Villa Duchesne HS
St. Clement School
St. Simon the Apostle
St. Mark
Little Theater
Parish Center
Contact Tom Murray at [email protected]
to bring your Catholic elementary school
to a FREE performance of
Celtic Coffeehouse
Willy Wonka
Friday, October 18
10:00 a.m.
Christian Brothers College Prep
1850 De La Salle Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
is celebrating Catholic Schools Week early by offering our Catholic Schools
complimentary tickets and bus transportation
to their educational shows listed below. (All concerts are 10:00-11:00 a.m.)
January 15 (2nd – 8th grade)
January 16 (K – 8th grade)
January 17 (4th - 12th)
January 29 (5th - 12th)
For Tickets and Bus Transportation, contact:
Sue Wise, Sheldon Concert Hall Education Director
314-533-9900 ext. 27
[email protected]
St. Margaret of Scotland
(church basement)
October 5, 2013
8:00 p.m.
St. Margaret of Scotland’s 7th and 8th
graders participated in a 2-week Scottish
Partnership for Arts Education residency.
Join them at “Celtic Coffeehouse” as they
perform the Scottish and Gaelic folk
music they learned.
Clouds: Music and Science
Integration and Movement
Grades 3-4
Applicable Common
Core Standard: RL RI 4.3
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or
technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific
information in the text
Students will interpret cloud types through movement activities.
Classical music selection depicting clouds (ex: Frederic Cliffe, Symphony #1, Largo - Clouds and Sunshine)
CD player or internet connection with sound
Quilt batting
Space to move
1 Follow a 4th grade science curriculum to teach the four cloud types (stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and cirrus). This link may be helpful:
2. Listen and analyze first 3 minutes of Clouds and Sunshine. Have the students raise their hands or make another body motion when the music themes change. Listen again. Be ready to pause the music when the motif or theme changes.
3. Ask the students what type of cloud does that music sound like? Continue this process until the students
have found four different cloud types. This part of the lesson may spark a great deal of focused discussion.
For example, students may have slightly differing opinions what cloud type is represented in the music. At a
few points it may sound like there is more than one type of cloud in the sky. Does that happen in real life?
Thunderclouds may be lurking on the horizon. The most important part is that the students hear and collectively define when the music changes.
4. Divide the students into four teams and assign each a different cloud type.
5. Give each student a big handful of batting. The students work together in their teams to use the batting and
create a visual of their cloud type. They decide how the cloud will look and how it will move to the music. Let
the students be creative. (Ex: One might represent stratus, or low- lying clouds, by laying on the floor and
slowly stretching the batting from student to student, or by hunching low and holding the batting low and
moving slowly.)
6. Designate an ‘on stage’ area to represent the sky. Once the students have created their cloud visualization
and movement pattern, it’s time for the show. Have the student teams sit on the edge of the staging area.
When they hear their theme played in the music, their team moves ‘on
stage’ and shares their cloud movement.
Hickory Dickory Dare Ostinato Lesson
4th Grade
Applicable Common
Core Standard: RS4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral
presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific
descriptions and directions in the text.
Objectives: Students will demonstrate how to sing 4-part chant, and will examine the use of ostinato in the chant.
Large visuals of the ostinato (optional: Overhead projector, Smartboard, etc.)
Tape recorder
1. Start the lesson with the following rhyme, using a steady beat, repeating until the students begin to say it with you:
Hickory dickory dare.
The pig flew up in the air.
The man in brown soon brought him down.
Hickory dickory dare.
2. Once the students are comfortable saying the rhyme and do it by themselves, tell them you’re going to try to trick
them while they are saying the rhyme. Follow the following ostinato pattern:
The rhythm in 12/8 time is 3 dottedquarters, quarter-eighth. (Don't talk about
the meter or the swing feel at this point.)
See The
Make glasses with fingers
3. Using the pictures above (which can be photocopied onto transparency paper or drawn on a board or Smartboard)
teach them the ostinato rhyme with the motions. Practice the ostinato several times as a class.
4. Have half the class say the rhyme while the other half says the ostinato while keeping the hand motions
The students will continue and you will add the next ostinato line:
in the
point up
The rhythm in 12/8 time is dotted-quarter, dotted-rest,
triplet, dotted-quarter. (Don't talk about the meter or
the swing feel at this point.)
6. Divide the class in thirds--try all three parts (rhyme, “pig” ostinato, “air” ostinato.)
7. Continue with the next pattern:
in Brown
Man in Brown
(clap on 2 (“Brown”) and 4 (Brown”))
The rhythm in 12/8 time is quarter-eighth,
dotted-quarter, quarter-eighth, dotted-quarter.
8. Perform with four groups — one group per part. RECORD!
9. Allow student groups to rearrange their patterns to create a new ostinato pattern that is still related to the rhyme.
Art, Typography, and Literacy
5-7th Grade
Applicable Common
Core Standard: RL 7.5
Analyze how a drama’s or poems’ form or structure contributes to its meaning.
Objectives: Students will compose haiku to use in artwork, will create a
work of art utilizing typography, and will experiment with the
use of different line weight in their artwork.
Computer with internet access and sound to view videos
Square paper suitable for tempera paint
Markers, oil crayons or crayons
Tempera paint
Paint brushes
1. Introduce typography to students using the online video “What is Graphic Design?” and the PowerPoint “I Love Typography”
typography-ppt. (Both files are found on the website listed in the title information, above.)
2. Discuss the style of haiku poetry and how syllables correspond to beats. Compare syllables to the beats rap
musicians use in music. (Use words like "count," "beat," "pump", etc.)
3. Ask students to identify a topic important to them and their lives and write a haiku.
4. On a square sheet of paper, have the students draw 4-5 wavy horizontal lines. Using pencil, have the students
lightly print out their haiku between the wavy lines, making sure each letter touches the line above and below.
Don’t worry about each "line" of the poems corresponding to a "line" on the paper.
5. Discuss line weight. Re-examine different styles of typography and students may manipulate their text as desired. When they are satisfied with the layout, students then ink in their text with markers, oil crayons, crayon,
or other dark medium.
6. Using tempera paint, create color between the text. If desired, incorporated color theory at this juncture.
A traditional haiku in English follows the form of three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5
syllables. While traditionally inspired by nature and juxtaposing two ideas in one haiku, modern
haiku take liberties in syllable count and topic.
This is a haiku
I could write more for you now
Hungriness stops me
Leonard loves Penny
I love The Big Bang Theory
Soft and warm kitty
Broken Window Drawings
Grades 6-8
Applicable Common
Core Standard: 7.G2
Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes
with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of
angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more
than one triangle, or no triangle.
Students will analyze the work of Paul Klee, create artwork in
the style of Paul Klee, and experiment with point of view, lines,
and color within their artwork.
Ruler or straight edges
White glue
Watercolor crayons
Swiss artist Paul Klee (pronounced "clay") wrote: "It is not my task to reproduce appearances - for that there is
the photographic plate." But Paul Klee's paintings did show specific scenes as observed from a single viewpoint.
Klee's technique involved breaking portrait scenes down into well-defined lines and distinct patches of color. He
used line and color to evoke emotions and humor. Paul Klee lived from 1879 to 1940. In that time he completed
at least 8,926 paintings, was a gifted violinist, taught college level art, and was a published poet. For awhile he
was a stay-at-home dad when his wife Lily pursued a career as a concert pianist.
Day One: Making "Broken Window Drawings"
1. Study the art of Paul Klee and discuss his use of lines. In early works, Klee outlined blocks before adding
color. More information can be found at and
2. Sketching lightly in pencil, draw an animal or human figure. Make simple, blocky drawings so later they will be
easy to paint over. Instruct students that no line should be shorter than one half-inch, and no two lines should
come closer together than a half-inch unless intersecting. Add simple architectural elements (wall, floor, window) to the background.
3. Make a dot anywhere near the center of the page. With straight-edges, draw radiating glass-crack lines outward from these dots to the edges of the paper, separated "about the width of pie slices."
4. With squeeze bottles of white glue, put narrow beads down the middle of every pencil line. Allow glue to dry
Day Two: Experimental Paintings in the Style of Paul Klee
1. Review the art of Paul Klee and discuss his use of color.
2. Color the drawings with watercolor crayons, making each segment a different color than its neighbors. Watercolor crayons are easy to blend, or different crayons can be used for each segment. The glue-lines make this
step move along quickly because raised lines stop the crayon tips.
3. Paint over the drawings with wet brushes. With watercolor crayons, the crayon effect is easily transformed
into a distinctive painterly "watercolor" effect. Again, the raised lines of dried glue help prevent watercolor from
migrating across borders.
As part of the Pinwheels for Peace Project to celebrate International Day
of Peace, the entire student body of Most Sacred Heart School planted
500 pinwheels on the front hill of the parish grounds so I-44 drivers could
view them and remember to pray for peace. Art teacher Connie
Bachmann had the students spend two weeks creating the pinwheels.
The 8th grade class assembled at “Pizza and Pinwheels” meetings.
Four of Susan Crowe’s last year’s eighth graders from St. Paul School
in Fenton will have their artwork used for Cardinal Glennon’s Cards for
Kids. Look for them this Christmas! The school also had first grader
Jonathan Harris’ entry in the 2013 National Poison Prevention Poster
Contest win third place. This is the first time Missouri has had a
NATIONAL level winner in this contest! His design included cartoon
poison container creatures drawn in intricate detail. Congratulations!
A group of St. Clare of Assisi School choir members sang and spoke
about the school on air during Covenant Radio AM 1460’s pledge drive on
September 23rd.
Our Catholic high schools are prominently featured in this year’s Missouri All-State Show Violet, which will be
presented at the Missouri Thespian Conference in January then adjudicated for performance at the
International Thespian Conference in June 2014. Students include: Chaminade students Ben LaTurno (Bus
Driver 1 and Rufus), David Walz (technician), and Ben Duggan (sound technician); Incarnate Word Academy
students Abigail Isom (Young Vi) and Olivia Prosser (Radio Trio member); and Visitation student Sarah
Knoblich (Gospel Chorus member). Directors are Sarah Hairston from Chaminade and Marty Strohmeyer
from Visitation Academy. Choreographers are Ellen Isom from Visitation Academy and Julie Venegoni
from Incarnate Word Academy. The Musical Director is Greg Schweizer from Visitation Academy and the
Technical Director is Joe Novak from Chaminade.
St. Mary's High School senior Jake Lyles
will be using his artistic talent to paint murals
around school all year in his Senior
Advanced Art Studio Project. He first
completed a Wee Dragon Mural in St. Mary's
Faculty Daycare facility. Then began working
on a fierce dragon for the lobby of St. Mary's
Little Theater. Everyone at St. Mary's is
wondering where Jake will strike next!
Chaminade College Prep’s Skip Viragh Center for the Arts has been busy lately. The Wee Trio presented
clinics to Chaminade students on September 25, and performed a concert that evening. The St. Louis Wind
Symphony performed the opening concert of their 16th Season at Chaminade’s Skip Viragh Center for the
Arts. The band will perform again on February 16 and March 16.
Washington, Missouri hosted the Vietnam Memorial “Moving Wall” from September 19-23. Our Lady of
Lourdes School 5th through 8th grade students had the honor of singing The National Anthem for the closing
ceremony. The students were able to walk by and view the wall. Then they handed personally written letters of
gratitude to the veterans as the veterans took their last walk past the Wall. View pictures of the event at