Mrs. Spetrino's Art Studio News

Sterling Morton Elementary November 28 2017

Here's what's happening...

The halls are full of gorgeous artworks that show off our hard work in art class. If you are in the building make sure to look for your son or daughter's work. Below you can see what we are currently learning in class. As always, we are having fun! Check out the video below!

Mrs. Jacqui Spetrino

MortonArtStudio nov 26/17

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.

Check out ARTSONIA----Great place for holiday cards and gifts!

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


The first Art Club group learned about Pop artists Andy Warhol and created self-portrait clay tiles in his style.

Group 2 will meet on Dec 13, Dec. 18, & Jan. 8


We finished our monster paintings and are learning how to draw a self-portrait. Students are working very hard on it and I am impressed with their work so far.

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 created Mondrian Minions and Mondrian self-portraits. Now we are beginning self-portraits.

Second Grade

We loved learning about warm and cool colors by painting our hot dogs and cool cats. We are currently working on self-portraits.

Third Grade-Mrs. Rogers' class

We are learning about Heather Galler and her colorful landscapes. Students are developing skills while they create beautiful patterns.

Third Grade-Mrs. Gentille's class

We are learning about value while we create monochromatic self-portraits. Students are really doing a terrific job mixing colors.

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders are beginning a Heather Galler self-portrait project. They are working on developing their magic marker skills. The focus is on neatness and creativity.

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 finished our Joseph Cornell unit and created creative self-portrait shadow boxes. This week we dipped into our creativity by creating a drawing based on a Snapple fun fact.

Mrs. Vidra's class

Our 3D paintings are coming along despite missing so many classes due to the district calendar and having Friday's off. We hope to finish them in a week or two. It will be worth the wait!


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.