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ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ART PROGRAM,
Nora Sheets, Instructor

CONTACT: nsheets@stfrancismorgantown.com 

                                                                      "PREACH THE GOSPEL ALWAYS,
                                         IF NECESSARY USE WORDS"
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ANNOUNCEMENTS...

PSALM STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 please see me about your canvas and painting for our "ROAD TO OTTAWA ART SHOW.

PSALM MEETING FOR 3-5 STUDENTS WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 19TH FROM 3- 4:30. PSALM SENIOR STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING ALSO. YOU MAY BRING A NON-PEANUT/TREE NUT SNACK!

ALL
PSALM STUDENTS WILL BE PAINTING FOR THEIR UPCOMING EXHIBIT: "THE ROAD TO OTTAWA".

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2ND GRADERS...BRING IN AN OLD PAINT SHIRT FOR PAINTING IN ART CLASS!

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4TH GRADERS are working on projects inspired by the Nobel peace prize..this year, ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) thanked the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (which PSALM is a member of) for inspiration for their work!

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MANY THANKS TO ALL GRANDPARENTS AND VISITORS!
YOU MADE OUR DAY!

MANY THANKS TO ALL PSALM SENIORS AND CHAPERONE/DRIVERS
FOR A FANTASTIC PRESENTATION AT WVU HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER FOR GLOBAL HEALTH DAY!  
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NEXT PSALM MEETING:
PSALM SENIORS WILL MEET DURING LUNCH IN THE
ART ROOM 
ON OCTOBER 12TH.

ALL PSALM STUDENTS: OCTOBER 12TH, FROM 3- 4:30 PM. STUDENTS WILL BE PAINTING FOR THEIR UPCOMING EXHIBIT: "THE ROAD TO OTTAWA".

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"BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD"

"We must restore hope to young people, help the
old, be open to the future, spread love. 
Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded
and preach peace
Pope Francis

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ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ART PROGRAM

The Art Program at St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic is designed to build knowledge of art and reinforce artistic skills. The courses in grades K-8 are primarily devoted to deliberate and systematic presentations of various art processes, procedures, theories, and historical developments. Students will have experiences in producing two-dimensional and three–dimensional artworks. Our courses emphasize the study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, art criticism, art history, and safety in the art room. The approach to art experiences during this time is experimental in terms of materials. Students are provided a strong foundation in design, drawing and vocabulary in a teacher-structured environment. Problem solving and decision making are emphasized. Through the visual arts courses at St. Francis students learn to use art media, techniques and processes to communicate context, ideas and themes. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the relationship among art forms, and between their work and the work of others. They are able to relate understandings about the historical and cultural context of art to situations in contemporary life. They are expected to develop a broad and in-depth understanding of the meaning and impact of visual arts and the visual world in which they live. 


General Objectives for Art St. Francis Central, K-8

 *Students will create and produce art that is unique in personal ways.

 •Students will understand and comprehend facts and information about art, artists, materials and procedures.

 •Students will make critical judgments and choices related to art.                                                                                        
•Students will enjoy, value and appreciate art as an important part of life.

PRE-K ART will focus on development of fine motor skills.

ART ELECTIVES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

 The courses in Middle School Art, Grades 6-8, are primarily devoted to deliberate and systematic presentations of various art processes, procedures, theories, and historical developments. Students will have experiences in producing two-dimensional and three–dimensional artworks. A minimum of 1.00 credits is required for graduation.

  GENERAL ART ELECTIVE:

Students produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks using a variety of media, techniques, technology, and processes.  They relate art skills and strategies to other disciplines, various cultures, major art movements, and historical periods. They practice responsible workplace skills and review career options which encompass 21st Century content, literacy and life skills. Credits: ½ credit      Prerequisites: None

 Students that have already completed a semester of General Art and sign up again will work on more advanced Studio Art Projects. Studio Art emphasize the study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, art criticism, and art history. Students are provided a strong foundation in design, drawing, painting, sculpture and vocabulary in a teacher-structured environment. Problem solving and decision making are emphasized. Studio Art is strongly suggested for students applying for Art Honors in High School.

Credits: ½ credit      Prerequisites: General Art

 CLASSROOM WORK                                                                              


Classroom work is composed of comprehensive and sequential experiences that promote and emphasize students' development of independent, creative and complex thinking. Instruction focuses on artistic inquiry, reflective thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn vocabulary and concepts associated with various types of work in visual arts study. They are empowered to think and reason in visual ways.


FLEXIBILITY

The Art Program at St. Francis is designed to meet individual needs of students with a wide range of ability levels. The standard course of study in visual arts is designed to have enough flexibility to allow for variations in students' backgrounds. It is designed to further enhance and develop their ability to reach goals and objectives and to reach their highest level of potential.

DIVERSE ABILITIES

Students' knowledge, experiences and abilities vary widely which yields a diverse population of learners. This diversity is taken into consideration in our program. Projects are designed in ways that allow for this diverse variety of learners to succeed.
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  “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God"



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The International Day of Peace is a is a global effort that seeks: "To encourage the observation of a worldwide cease-fire, 24-hour vigil for peace and nonviolence on the 21st September in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."

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PSALM

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PSALM met at the Morgantown City Council Chambers for a city proclamation from the Mayor honoring
the students and their work for a more peaceful world. 

PSALM SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PEACE CLUB

St. Francis students in Grades 3-8 are offered the opportunity to join 

PSALM: Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs. PSALM 

students are dedicated to educating others about the dangers of landmines and cluster bombs and prevent future casualties through service projects. PSALM youth leaders are excellent ambassadors and are internationally recognized as youth leaders. PSALM works on various projects throughout the year including poster making, awareness days and presentations in our school, community and state. PSALM, founded by SFCC students, has been a working club since 1999!



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PSALM students were very honored to have received a formal invitation to the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC to meet with the new Papal Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador to the US), Archbishop Christophe Pierre this past spring. This was an awesome experience for PSALM students in grades 6-8. We are also met with the founders of Marshall Legacy Institute in Arlington/DC to see mine-detection dog training and make a donation to their program. PSALM students were excited to be able to meet with the new Ambassador and to express their Gospel values of wanting to help the most vulnerable. PSALM wished to thank all chaperones and PSALM students in grades 3-5 who participated by making artworks presented as gifts to the Holy See Nuncio and Marshall Legacy. A special "shout -out" to Emily Nyguen in 4th grade for her initiative to raise funds for a mine detection dog via a bake sale! Thank you, Emily!

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This school year, PSALM will celebrate 19 YEARS OF
WORKING FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE!

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THIS FALL PSALM WILL BE PREPARING FOR THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OTTAWA TREATY TO BAN LANDMINES! EACH PSALM STUDENT WILL MAKE AN ART WORK RELATING TO THE WORK ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.
TO SEE PSALM'S ART EXHIBIT FROM LAST YEAR, GO TO

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DID YOU KNOW?
PSALM STUDENTS WERE THE FIRST RECIPIENTS OF THE MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD!
PSALM NEWS: LETTER FROM Jan Derry, Executive Director, NWVCIL

Dear PSALM,

The City of Morgantown's Human Rights Commission wanted to recognize an individual and organization whose efforts exemplify the spirit of diversity and human rights and contribute to making Morgantown a more inclusive community.

I personally was not aware of this amazing program until this nomination process. I believe the leadership, role modeling of compassion for our global neighbors and activism demonstrated by the students at St. Francis will go a long way for moving our home city to becoming a more inclusive community. I personally am thrilled to learn of such a remarkable program within our own community and feel blessed to be able to be a part of bestowing this recognition to PSALM.

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PLEASE visit "PSALM" ON THE LEFT MENU  for more information!

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PSALM artwork was on display in Mozambique for the 

Maputo Summit for a Mine Free World