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Second Grade Art: Galileo

Coming up on the end of our first semester, Saint Constantine’s second grade class learned about Galileo Galilei’s life, inventions, and scientific discoveries. In this exercise, we used concentrated watercolors and wax crayons to create our own versions of Justus Sustermans’ Portrait of Galileo Galilea, 1636.

As the year has progressed, I’ve really enjoyed watching each student’s artistic expression grow and develop – and along with that, seeing how much more confident they are while using new mediums.

There is one student in particular here that I would like to highlight, whose work is the featured image for this post and the first shown below. Caleb, who took Medieval History through Art and Story with me last year, provides an intriguing story through each piece of his work. Whether he uses popping, vibrant colors, jarring patterns, words that act as a callback to our story, or the addition of dates, Caleb uses art as a tool to process the information and feelings of the historical event or person of the week.

My hope for Caleb (and for all my students) is that taking part in these creative acts builds within him a historical framework, so that when he reaches middle and upper school, he has a better understanding of the context of the Great Books, making him free to develop the tools he needs in discussion to find and appreciate Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

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