Scholars in Ms. Leah Patriarco’s seventh grade social studies class had a chance last week to get first-hand knowledge about something they have been studying for all of Cycle I. Ms. Patriarco arranged a visit for the class from her personal financial advisor, Afifa Yusof, who grew up in Afghanistan before the Russian invasion in 1979.
In Ms. Julie Linneman’s Studio Art class scholars have a variety of outlets for their creative talents. Ms. Linneman has developed a Teaching for Artistic Behaviors (TAB) classroom, providing her scholars opportunities to work with painting, sculpture, drawing and collage. She said TAB classrooms provide scholars with choicebased art instruction opportunities, a process which has proven to be effective in improving critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration as well as adaptability and leadership skills – all key aspects of our St. Louis College Prep’s core values. This week scholars in Ms. Linneman’s Intro to Drawing class were focused on finishing up a graffiti art project, which they plan to exhibit at the Shaw Park Art Fair this weekend. In the project, scholars used oil pastels on black paper to create a small sample piece of graffiti art. “Each scholar had to pick one word that was meaningful to him or her and school appropriate,” she explained. “Then scholars learned how to do one-point perspective letters so that their lettering would look three-dimensional.” Scholars also studied the color wheel and various color schemes in designing their work. “One of the requirements for the assignment was to use a complimentary color scheme to create high contrast in their designs,” said Ms. Linneman. “We also looked at some examples of graffiti art that were similar to their projects,” she added. “During class we also watched a short video of popular street artist Tony Vegas, who uses spray paint as his medium to create paintings for tourists in Las Vegas, Nevada.” Ms. Linneman said she tries to expose her scholars to a variety of art history and terms through warm up drawing activities each day. “I usually put up an example of an artist’s work and I have them do a quick three minute thumbnail sketch of the artwork,” she said. “Then I give them a brief description of the artwork as well as a short bio of the artist.” “I do that each day to help them build their art vocabulary,” she added. “It is really important for scholars who are interested in a career in art, whether it is interior design, graphic design, fashion design, or really any kind of art field, to have a strong art vocabulary and know the basic principles and elements of art.” Ms. Lineman said her student’s next project is creating a one-point perspective street scene and that the graffiti drawing was a hook to get them excited about using one-point perspective. "I think it worked," she said.
Scholars in Mrs. Heather Ehlmann’s math class were working on final practice on multiplying and dividing fractions on Tuesday in preparation for a quiz on Friday.
Mrs. Ehlmann used a variety of methods to keep the class engaged and focused on the coursework, starting with a “Quiz, Quiz, Trade” activity, a teaching method used in a variety of St. Louis College Prep classrooms to get scholars out of their seats and interacting over key subject matter.
Learning how functions create points, lines and shapes on a graph may not seem like the most exciting classroom activity, but scholars in Scott Clithero’s classes tackled the subject with smiles, enthusiasm and knowledge this week.
Eighth Grade scholars in Ms. Kat Berger’s Fontbonne ELA class learned about character traits and proper citation methods this week as the class read through Roald Dahl’s classic short story “Lamb to the Slaughter.”