Mrs. Spetrino's Art Studio News

Sterling Morton Elementary October 2017

Here's what's happening...

We have been having so much fun creating artwork this year! September was a busy month for us. All students are finishing up their first projects and soon the halls will be full of beautiful artwork. We also celebrated Arts in Education week by learning about a few very special artists and experimenting with some new techniques. Check out the video below!

Mrs. Jacqui Spetrino

MortonArtStudio sept 15, 2017

Morton Artsonia

Every student will have his/her artwork posted on Artsonia this year. We also use this website to write artist statements. Students in 2nd thru 5th grade are responsible for entering artwork on their own. We do this in class. If you have not given your child permission to use the site, he/she cannot participate in class. Please take the time to respond to the email you receive. Students with missing permission will have a paper slip coming home this week to remind you to go online and give permission. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

ART CLUB (4th & 5th grade)

Art Club schedules have been sent home. Our first group will meet this week on Thursday, October 5th. Please send a snack with your child. Be here to pick him/her up at 4:45 PM. I will bring students out to you at the main entrance.


We read the Dot in class and learned how to not be nervous about creating artwork. Students had an opportunity to paint and "make their mark". Next, we will be painting monsters while learning more about illustrators.

First Grade

In first grade, we are learning about the primary colors. We have been looking at Mondrian's artwork and seeing how he used primary colors. Students are creating Mondrian Minions.

Second Grade

We are learning about warm and cool colors. This week we will be finishing up our Hot Dog & Cool Cat collages.

Third Grade-Mrs. Rogers' class

Students had a lot of fun making bubble prints. The finished project is a beautiful hydrangea collage.

Third Grade-Mrs. Gentille's class

Students have been learning about Picasso and his cubism portraits. We learned that cubism is artwork that shows two different viewpoints at the same time.

Fourth Grade

We are just finishing up our sea glass unit. In this fun unit, we walked to the beach and learned about erosion while collecting sea glass. Students researched where their sea glass came from and are using that information to write creative stories in class. In art class, we are using the glass to create drawings. We can't wait to display them in the showcase!

Fifth grade

This year each fifth grader received a sketchbook. Students are being encouraged to use it as often as they like. We will learn more about keeping a visual journal as the year progresses. For now, the only rule is that students are not permitted to tear any pages out. We are going to learn how to turn mistakes into something new. Sketchbooks should come to class each week.

Mr. Levkulich's class

We are learning about Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes. Students are creating their own self-portrait shadow box. We can't wait to show off our creativity!

Mrs. Vidra's class

We are creating a 3-D painting and are learning how to mix paint to create a variety of values. Our theme is "gone fishing". We can't wait to show you what we have caught!


In art class, I am using Mona Lisa as a teaching tool to get students quiet and ready to learn. Try it at home, and see if they can strike a pose! :)

Grading Scale for student artwork

Elementary Art students’ assessment is based on the following:

  • Knowledge and use of art concepts including the elements of art and principles of design

  • Craftsmanship (control of tools and materials)

  • Creative Expression (The ability to use memory and imagination for visual expression)

  • Demonstrates and understanding of artistic concepts

  • Demonstrates artistic techniques appropriate to grade level

O Outstanding 9.5-10 pts. out of 10

The student:

  • Applies elements and principles of design in a highly effective manner.

  • Shows superb craftsmanship

  • Demonstrates a high level or creativity and originality

  • Uses previous knowledge towards new lessons

  • Demonstrates ability beyond grade level

S+ Above Average 8-9.4 pts. out of 10

The student:

  • Shows some awareness of applying elements and principles of design

  • Shows an effective level of craftsmanship

  • Demonstrates creativity

  • Makes connections to prior learning

  • Demonstrates above grade level ability

S Satisfactory 7-7.9 pts. out of 10

The student:

  • Demonstrates an average understanding in the application of the elements and principles of design

  • Shows an adequate level of craftsmanship

  • Demonstrates some creativity

  • Begins to make connections to previous knowledge

  • Demonstrates grade level ability

S- Below Average 6-6.9 pts. out of 10

The student:

  • Demonstrates less than grade level understanding of the elements and principles of design.

  • Shows limited craftsmanship

  • Shows a low level of creativity

  • Has difficulty in making connections to previous knowledge

  • Demonstrates below grade level ability

NI Needs Improvement 5.9 or less out of 10

The student:

  • Has not adequately completed art work

  • Needs improvement in skill and technique application

Jacqui Spetrino

I am excited to begin my thirteenth year of teaching in Mentor, where I serve as department coordinator for the district's Elementary Art Department.

I pride myself in creating a classroom community where every student feels safe, welcomed and relaxed. My art studio is a place where we nurture each other's creative processes and students confidently learn to take risks while developing a sense of pride in their artwork. Students will have the opportunity to work with many different mediums and styles of art. My curriculum includes all of the Ohio Visual Arts standards while focusing on the common core discovery style of learning and many 21st century skills.

Please feel free to call or email me anytime with your concerns or comments. I want every student to love coming to my class.