In Kindergarten Art Class students:
- Are introduced to the elements of art: shape, color, line, and texture while learning about famous artists that exemplified these elements in their art: Jackson Pollack, Wassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian.
- Learn about science and Religion while doing art projects such as Northern Lights and Spring Trees.
- Learn about different cultures and their art such as African Masks and incorporate literature when they create their own collaborative Wild Thing creature.
In 1st Grade Art Class students:
- Continue to learn about the Elements and Principles of Art: shape, color, line, texture, and space, balance and symmetry while learning about famous artists that exemplified these elements in their art: Michelangelo and Wassily Kandinsky.
- Learn about religion, geography, and science while doing art projects such Adam’s Hands, Autumn Leaves, Wise Owls, and Snakes in the Grass.
- Learn about different cultures and their art through such project as their Japanese Notan.
In 2nd Grade Art Class students:
- Continue to learn about the Elements and Principles of Art: shape, color, line, form, texture, space, value, balance and symmetry while learning about famous artists and art periods that exemplified these elements in their art such as Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance and Keith Haring and Modern Art.
- Learn about religion, geography, and science while doing art projects such as the Last Supper, Illuminated Letters, Winter Trees and Cool Chameleons.
- Learn about different cultures and their art through such project as their Japanese painting based after Hakusai’s prints.
In 3rd Grade Art Class students:
- Are challenged more and apply the Elements and Principles of Art: shape, color, line, form, texture, space, value, balance and symmetry while learning about famous artists and art periods that exemplified these elements in their art such as Alexander Caldar and mobiles and Claude Monet and Impressionism.
- Learn about religion, music, and science while doing art projects such as Henri Matisse Jazz, Out of this World and their collaborative Joseph Coats.
In 4th Grade Art Class students:
- Are challenged more and apply the Elements and Principles of Art. In addition to art projects they begin taking quizzes in Art on concepts and artists.
- Learn about Gothic Cathedrals and Rose Windows and how art and architecture teaches and enhances our faith. This unit culminates with a tour of Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
- Learn about and do projects centering on our famous Wisconsin artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Learn about the Mayan culture and their art through their Mayan Calendar project.
In 5th Grade Art Class students:
- Learn the art concept of Linear Perspective and apply it to a drawing while also learning about the Renaissance artist and art period that developed it. Once their drawings are finished they recreated their drawings 3-dimensionally on their Chromebooks using Google Sketchup.
- Learn about Vincent van Gogh and the Post-Impressionism Period while creating a collaborative project of one of Van Gogh’s famous paintings. These projects are auctioned off at our annual Gala.
- Take a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and have a personal tour led by their Art Teacher focusing on and reviewing all the art they have learned since Kindergarten. They end their day at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts creating a class broadside font print.
In 6th Grade Art Class students:
- Begin the year learning about famous buildings around the world and throughout time creating a fantasy skyline based on their favorite buildings.They explore their chosen buildings by taking a tour through Google Earth.
- Learn Western Art History in collaboration with their Social Studies curriculum.
- Learn about Egyptian and Greek Art and how it relates to the aspects of their culture from religion to politics.
- Learn about the Renaissance Period creating a metal bas relief and Pop Art creating a Jackson Pollack abstract sculpture. .
In 7th Grade Art Class students:
- Learn about cultures around the world from African to Central American while the students experience different mediums from fibers, clay, and the paper arts.
- Learn and make projects about about Japanese Books, Ghana Adinkra Clothes and Alebrijes de Oaxaca Clay Animals.
- Learn about Saint Patrick and how he used the Celtic Knot and Druid faith to teach about Christ while they create a Celtic Cross and complex Celtic knots.
In 8th Grade Art Class students:
- Learn how to draw the elements of a face before creating their own self-portrait.
- Choose a Work of Mercy that they connect with and create a college behind their self-portrait and consider how they are starting to see their world.
- Learn the techniques of block printing and carve their face for a final print. These prints are also used in a final 8th grade reflection in collaboration with Religion and Language Arts based on their time and growth at Saint Patrick School.
Spanish Core Curriculum: The Spanish Language Program at St. Patrick’s
Catholic School is designed to introduce our 3rd-8th grade students to a foreign language and prepare them to live in a global, multilingual world.
Our Spanish Program is focused on Spanish language proficiency skills, cultural knowledge, conversational skills and understanding.
Our Spanish curriculum is designed to introduce and strengthen students’ core language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading comprehension and writing as appropriate for their skill level.
Beyond the Classroom:
Through the study of a world language, students will develop a love for and an appreciation of the cultural heritage behind the Spanish language. Students will be very well prepared to participate in a global society characterized by both linguistic and cultural diversity.
Students who become proficient at a foreign language are more marketable in the global workforce and develop valuable skills towards their future career paths.
Many students who study a foreign language develop Christ-like attributes of love for their neighbors, compassion for others and global interpersonal skills. St. Patrick’s school students who become proficient in the Spanish language will be better equipped to share their Catholic faith with others from many different Spanish speaking countries and people from all over the world. Spanish currently ranks as the world’s No. 2 of the most spoken languages.
Expectations: Students who meet the standards of the Spanish curriculum through grade eight should be well equipped to confidently enter their respective Spanish programs as incoming freshmen at their future high school and be successful.
Music Core Curriculum:
Students are instructed in the basic elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, form, etc.)
Students are exposed to a wide variety of musical genres, world music, music history and the relation of music to the other arts.
Students perform vocal and instrumental music regularly in the classroom, at concerts and musicals and in weekly mass.
Beyond the classroom:
Students share their musical talents in the community of Hudson and beyond through performances at the Christian Community Home, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Christmas caroling downtown Hudson and various other community events.
Students are expected to abide by the guidelines of the school wide PBIS program. Additional expectations in the music classroom are to have a positive attitude and be a participant in all activities