Visual Arts Program Overview
“Art has a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the message and translate it into colors, shapes and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look and listen.” - Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists (1999)
As part of the Saint Columbkille Partnership School curriculum, students in PreK through grade 8 create a wide variety of artwork focused around technique, art history, and their own creative imagination. The children are exposed to a variety of art media: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printing, and the study of art history. Students have the opportunity to explore 3D art, using weaving, paper mache, as well as paper and clay sculpture.
Recently, a generous benefactor of Saint Columbkille donated funds to purchase a kiln that has allowed art classes to mold, glaze and fire clay sculptures. Set up in a dedicated art room, the kiln is one of the few available to elementary and middle school students in Boston. The first ceramics project, a beautiful and unique set of chameleons, was completed by grade 8 art students.
Loyola Academy students are introduced to the elements of art: color, line, shape, space, texture and perspective. Art projects connect to content in English and History, including the European Renaissance, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust.