Mrs. Spetrino's Art Studio News

Sterling Morton Elementary March 11, 2018

All students that meet for art on Fridays have a "cutest can" project due on March 16th

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All School ART Show

Our All School ART Show will be on April 20th! Every student will have a work of art on display. This year we will be using a company named Artome to set up our show. Each student's work will be framed and available to purchase for $24. You can purchase your child's artwork and/or have the artwork reproduced and framed. For families with more than one child at Morton, the second frame purchased with be discounted. We hope you can make it!

Mrs. Jacqui Spetrino

Check out how much fun we have been having!


Art Club group 3 will meet on Thursday, March 15 & April 19th

Please send a snack. Students are to be picked up at the main entrance at 4:45 PM


In kindergarten, we are learning about all types of art. We enjoyed fourth grades Talking Art Museum and we created drawings about it. We will be working with our iPads next to create digital drawings.

First Grade

In first grade, we are working on drawing portraits and family portraits. While doing so we are developing our drawing skills and focusing on making sure to include all the parts of drawing a person.

Second Grade

In second grade we are learning how to create artwork that has depth. Students are learning how to draw items that seem to be in the background and how to overlap to create the illusion that an object is in the foreground. All second graders will be assessed on this skill in April.

Third Grade-Mrs. Rogers' class

We are learning about the Harlem Renaissance and the impact that African American artists had on our country. In honor of Black History month, we are creating group collages in the style of Romare Bearden. Students chose common themes from the hardships of slavery.

Third Grade-Mrs. Gentille's class

In Mrs. Gentille's class, we are developing our mixing skills in creating tints and shades with tempera paint. We are working on a beautiful painting of a cardinal in a tree.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade proudly presented the Talking Art Museum in February for hundreds of visitors. The show was a great success and showcased how much they learned. We are taking everything we learned and creating a painting of an animal from the zoo in the style of the artists we were for the Talking Art Museum.

Mr. Levkulich's class

We are currently working on two different projects. Students are learning about Roy Lichtenstein and creating a self-portrait in his style. They are also working on creating a second self-portrait on the iPad while creating artist statements.

Mrs. Vidra's class

Mrs. Vidra's class has been learning about Waye Thiebold and his contemporary art. They will be developing their blending skills with chalk as they recreate one of his gumball machines. Students are so proud of their work so far! I can't wait to see the finished product!! Your child's digital art portfolio

I will be posting student work in his/her digital portfolio this year. If you do not know what Artsonia is yet please email me and I will make sure you get set up properly.

Students in grades 2-5 will be using Artsonia in class to submit artwork and write reflections on it. If you have not given permission through the link in the email, your child cannot participate. Please do so as soon as possible. *I sent slips home to all students that are missing parent permission.

Here is a link to our school's Artsonia site

Ohio School Board Association's Capital Conference

On November 14th, Mrs. Spetrino & Mr. Weingart took students to the Ohio School Board Associations Capital Conference in Columbus, Ohio. They participated in the Student Achievement Fair and showcased some of the cool technology they use during Art and Physical Education. Mrs. Spetrino's booth highlighted Augmented Reality by making student's artwork come to life, and Mr. Wiengart's booth featured an Interactive Health Lesson with the Virtuali-Tee. Both programs earned Achievement awards at the conference.


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

Click on the link below to view our curriculum

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.