Brentmoor Art Studio News

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It's hard to believe we are already beginning our last quarter of the year. We have been having a lot of fun creating and have a lot of great artwork to show for it. This last quarter we will be finishing up our final projects and reflecting on what we have learned.

The district will be having an Elementary Art show May 8 & 9th. There will be a display for Brentmoor students. If your child's artwork is chosen you will receive an invite to the show at the end of the month. We are hoping to include as much work as space will provide.

Check out the video below to see how much fun we have been having.

Mrs. Jacqui Spetrino


We have been painting self-portraits and are about to add the final touches. We can't wait to hang them in the hall!! Next, we will be learning how to draw on our iPads.

First Grade

We have been learning how to use a drawing app on our iPads. We created self-portraits while learning about the features of the face and different drawing tools. We will spend the next couple weeks working on developing these skills.

Second Grade

Second graders have just completed their yearly assessment. Students were assessed on their ability to create depth in a drawing. They did a terrific job demonstrating their understanding of this difficult concept. Next, we will be using our iPads to have some fun with famous paintings and reviewing foreground, middle ground, and background.

Third Grade

We just finished out seat belt safety posters for the Mentor Police Department's drawing contest. Hopefully, we have a winner at Brentmoor! Next, Mrs. Runyan's class will be working on their chalk self-portraits. Mrs. Kelly's class will be painting their clay sculptures of succulents.

Fourth Grade Mrs. Tracz's class

We have been learning about Asian Notan Art. Notan Art focuses on black and white, positive and negative space. Students created Notan collages then decorated them with zentangles. We also experimented with photoshop on our iPads to create dynamic black and white photos in the Notan style. The finished works came out terrific.

Fourth Grade Mrs. Kilpeck's class

We have been learning about the Ming Dynasty and their beautiful blue vases. Students are experimenting with creating their own scratch art. We used the scratch art paper to design vases with similar patterns from the Ming Dynasty.

Fifth Grade

We are having fun playing with clay. We molded faces onto paintbrushes and are reviewing color mixing as we begin to paint them. The students are having a lot of fun creating their "Paintbrush Peeps".

Brentmoor's Artsonia Art Gallery

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.

Ohio School Board Capital Conference

On November 14th I had a unique opportunity to showcase my program at the Ohio School Board conference in Columbus. I brought a group of Brentmoor and Morton students to demonstrate how we use technology to make our artwork come to life. It was a wonderful trip. The students did a fantastic job speaking with adults and teaching them what we do in art class. We even won an achievement award for one of the most impressive programs in the state! Check out the video below to see out students in action!

Grading scale for student work

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

Mrs. Jacqui Spetrino

I am excited to begin my first year teaching here at Brentmoor. I have been an educator in Mentor for thirteen years, where I serve as department coordinator for the district's Elementary Art Department. I also teach at Sterling Morton Elementary the second half of the week.

I pride myself in creating a classroom community where every child feels safe, welcomed and relaxed. My art studio is a place where we nurture each other's creative processes and children confidently learn to take risks while developing a sense of pride in their artwork. Your children 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. If you would like to keep up with all the creative things happening in our art studio, please click the link below and follow me on Twitter.