Brentmoor Art Studio News

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Here's what's happening...

We are off to a great start this year! I am enjoying getting to know the students and am happy that we are about to hang some artwork!

If you received an Artsonia slip from me, please go online and give your son/daughter permission to use the site. It is a great tool for reflecting and keeping a digital portfolio of your child's artwork. Click on the video below to see a glimpse inside our Art Studio.

Mrs. Jacqui Spetrino


We have been working on our classroom routines in art. Students have enjoyed reading "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. Students have created a dot painting to begin the year. We are starting monster paintings while learning about illustrators.

First Grade

We have been experimenting with blending pastels. We will turn these into beautiful backgrounds for our printmaking unit.

Second Grade

We are learning about warm and cool colors. We have been having fun painting "hot dogs" and "cool cats" to show what we know. We can't wait to hang them up for everyone to see!

Third Grade Mrs. Kelly's class

We have been learning how to blend with chalk by creating portraits of Grumpy Cat. Students will be animating their artwork next. We can't wait for you to see and hear what we have learned.

Third Grade Mrs. Runyan's class

Students had fun blowing bubbles in the paint to create beautiful prints. The finished product is a collage of hydrangeas. They will be hanging up soon!

Fourth Grade Mrs. Tracz's class

Students are creating sculptures on old albums. We are fine tuning our coloring skills and learning about contrast and balance. Currently, we are melting them into the final product.

Fourth Grade Mrs. Kilpeck's class

Students are creating sculptures out of a smashed pop can. We are fine tuning our painting skills and learning about warm and cool colors. We will be assembling them soon!

Fifth Grade

Students were given a sketchbook this year. We will be doing some projects in the sketchbook and some practice drawing in them as well. Feel free to encourage your son/daughter to draw or write in it whenever they like. It is to be their own personal visual journal. They can glue photos or pictures in it. The only rule is that they are not to tear pages out.

We are currently working on a 3D painting. We molded part of it out of clay and are about to start painting the background. They are looking terrific so far!

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.

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.