*Art Club Meeting every Wednesday after school in the Art room for members in grades 7-12 through the end of May! 

SPRING 2015:

It has been an eventful spring in the Art department, with students creating a wide range of projects and learning about art from around the world and time!  Elementary students are in the middle of their clay units of study, which are always a big hit as winter winds down. High school students are also working in a variety of media, with Digital Graphics students designing graduation invitations, and Art II students focusing on expanding their skills and working towards their individual goals.  We look forward to seeing what they will create next!  Mrs. Roberts and the students are also excited to have received a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC) Arts-in-Education Grant in order to fund field trips to Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Students will then be using grant funds to create their own monotypes and woodcut prints.
Art Club: Spring marks the end of the first full  year of Art Club at CPS.  They are working on individual projects and group collaborative work and are planning exciting things for the year to come.  Highlights from the year included two large-scale community window painting projects for Halloween and Winter/Christmas, great collaborative project work and individual skill-building while creating a community of learners that is inclusive and fun!  Any CPS student in grades 7-12 is welcome to participate, whether or not they are enrolled in Art courses.  See Mrs. Roberts for membership information for next year.  Stay tuned! 

Field Experience: Art Club members also participated in a field trip to the Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the Walker Sculpture garden in Minneapolis with high school Art classes where they were able to tour the gallery space and create their own drypoint prints!  Students learned the intaglio printing process, carving into their metal plates and making multiple images with the large press.  Students enjoyed the workshop and were begging for “…just one more hour!”.  It was a wonderful learning opportunity for students and chaperones, alike!  The field trips to HighPoint Center, MIA, Walker Sculpture Garden and printmaking activities were made possible in part by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature through the Legacy Amendment.
Congratulations!  Last, but certainly not least, we are very proud to have five students selected to have their work represent our school in the Waseca Art Center 28th Annual High School Exhibition, on display through April 30th.  Check out their work in the gallery! Congratulations to Anna Widmer, Alexis Wencl, Chris Mohlenbrock, Zach Unander-Street, and PenniJo Brenke for having their work chosen!  Their dedication and strong work ethics are evident in this honor to be included in the show featuring outstanding work from nine surrounding schools!  Chris and Alexis received “Honorable Mention” awards for their excellent mixed-media and watercolor work.

-Mrs. Roberts

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