Catholic Schools Week Festival showcases Students’ budding talents in Art, Music

By Beth Donze, Kids’ Clarion

The 2019 Catholic Schools Week Arts & Music Festival at Lakeside featured live performances and student art displays from dozens of elementary and high schools. Above, St. Edward the Confessor students sing “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Here are some of the elementary school standouts in the visual arts.

St. Dominic saluted New Orleans’ Tricentennial in its display, with subjects including St. Louis Cathedral, bead trees, sno-balls, shotgun houses and streetcars.


After learning about pointillism, St. Edward the Confessor seventh graders Kasey Sabido and McKenzie Jones created “Rosie the Riveter” and a Playbill cover, respectively.







Animals always make a popular subject for artists. In the grouping below, St. Angela Merici fourth grader Kate Gaudet’s fish “swims” toward Ursuline fifth grader Lola Echavarria-Santalla’s leopard.

Don’t throw that “junk” away! Schools that incorporated everyday items into works of art included (below): Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Chalmette (whose students marbleized old CDs); St. Edward the Confessor (portrait-making with strips of construction paper, this one by seventh grader Brooke Barbara);


St. Ann (sculptures made of crayons); and St. Stephen (crosses assembled from brightly painted clothespins).

Art teachers often will use the styles and subjects of famous artists to build the skills of their students.





At left, St. Andrew the Apostle fourth graders based their floral still lifes on Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.”




Below, St. Catherine of Siena students emulated the modern style of artists including Pablo Picasso. (Photos by Beth Donze)

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