The Fine Arts program at St. Ambrose has had an exciting year. Grandparents’ Day was a success, with a performance from the middle school choir and a special art project for our loved ones. The middle school choir then continued to lead the children in song at our weekly all-school masses. In art, students learned about the elements of art and studied famous artists, then created artwork to demonstrate what they had learned. Middle school students honed their drawing skills by keeping a weekly sketchbook.
For the book fair, students created “monstrous” works of art to go along with the theme. Second and third graders traveled to Powell Symphony Hall for the St. Louis Symphony’s “Hoot and Howl” program, introducing them to the instruments of the orchestra. In October, 4th and 5thgrade students participated in the Illinois American Water “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. Ruby Pruitt in 5th grade was one of the selected winners. Her artwork was featured in April’s bill insert and won $100 to spend on classroom art supplies.
November and December were very busy as we prepared for our Advent music program and participated in one of our main contests for the year. All students entered the MCA Christmas artwork contest, creating a Christmas card based on their choice of Advent themes. Out of the entire Springfield Diocese, 5 students from St. Ambrose were chosen as semi-finalists in the national contest. Winners included Kasey Smith (8th grade), Cecilia Parker (5th grade), Maci Pollard and Sophie Rose (4th grade), and Joe Stephan (1st grade). We should be hearing soon if any of these fabulous pieces will be joining our 6 previous students as national winners. The 4th and 5th graders also attended a presentation of “Peter and the Wolf” given by the Alton Symphony Orchestra.
After Christmas break, students participated in the St. Louis Symphony’s Picture/ Express the Music contest. Students in grades K-6 created artwork to go along with Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” while 7-8th grade wrote short stories and poems. Out of the 100 pictures chosen from over 1800 entries, our very own Danny Kline was chosen as a Blue Ribbon winner and was recognized at an awards ceremony at Powell Hall.
Spring was spent preparing for our annual Spring Sing and student art show. We put on our poodle skirts and slicked back our hair to have an old-fashioned sock hop. The students delighted the audience with music from Elvis, Ritchie Valens, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more, while the church was filled with artwork created over the course of the year. It was a fun celebration, showcasing our super talented students, and we can’t wait to see what next year will bring!