Art With Mrs. Castrigano *** Southeast Middle School
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sixth Graders are moving quickly through our art history timeline and have created Illuminated letters. Illuminated letters were from important manuscripts a long time ago. These manuscripts included an illuminated first letter on the page. These were expensive manuscripts because each was hand made and they are "illuminated" because the letter was often adorned with gold leaf. Students began by learning about illuminated letters and looking at many examples (like from the beginning of the movie Shrek) and they chose a letter that had meaning to them. Most students picked the first letter of their first or last name but some chose letters for other reasons. We decorated them with intricate patterns and traced with black sharpie markers. Lastly, we used metallic paint (to mimic the gold leaf) and painted our letters. These look great in these pictures but really shine in person!! Great Job!!
I am currently in my 7th year of teaching!! I teach art to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Southeast Middle School. I have taught for 5 years in the Phoenix Elementary School District. I absolutely love teaching art and cannot imagine doing anything else! I enjoy painting in my free time and my artwork has been on display in restaurants and galleries in the Phoenix and Cleveland areas.
I attended Kent State University in Ohio. I majored in Art Education and received two minors in fine art and education. I graduated from High School in Ohio also, and was selected to participate in a professionally oriented Art Program. It was this program and the wonderful teachers that taught it that inspired me to become an Art Teacher.