15 October Nationally Acclaimed Landscape Painter Visits Catlin Magnet October 15, 2012 By News News 0 Catlin Arts Magnet welcomed landscape artist Andrew Peters in October, who shared a pictorial history of the 1832-1834 expedition of the artist Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximilian. The presentation integrated the visual arts with social studies and science. Peters also shared his personal, inspirational story of how the art of Bodmer and John James Audubon inspired his own life of travel, adventure, and living and painting throughout the world. Peters gave two presentations to fourth-grade students. Students at Crestridge Magnet Center watched one of the presentations using distance learning technology. During his second presentation, Peters provided an outdoor, plein air painting demonstration. Peters modeled everything from how he sets up his easel to signing his name on his finished painting. Following the demonstration, students created their own outdoor artworks of the surrounding school grounds using special oil pastels. Click here to see a photo slideshow! Related Articles Catlin Magnet Provides Summer School Art Workshop Catlin Magnet summer school students spent a week with artist-in-residence Tom Sitzman - a local sculptor whose work can be seen throughout Omaha - to learn more about sculpting. The workshop was part of the school's Imagination-themed week, during which students worked on various artistic concepts including utilizing space, 2D and 3D dimensions, moving through space either quickly or slowly, form and positive/negative space. Activities also helped them make connections between math and art. At the conclusion of the weeklong workshop, students created a sculpture of their own to take home. Click here to see a photo slideshow of the art workshop! North High Magnet/Benson High Magnet Family Festival North High Magnet and Benson High Magnet hosted the second of four family festivals in October that celebrate the district's 150th anniversary. The festivals include entertainment, interactive activities, sports clinics, student performances and more. Click here to see a photo slideshow. Congratulations to Catlin Magnet Music Teacher Deb Mosier Congratulations to Catlin Magnet music instructor Deb Mosier who has been selected to receive the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. She will receive the award when she attends the Symposium on Music in Schools at Yale this summer. Students, Staff, Schools Win Magnet Schools of America Awards Congratulations to the OPS magnet schools who won merit awards from the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) for the 2009-10 school year: Magnet Schools of America Merit Award of Excellence Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School Crestridge Elementary Magnet School MSA Merit Award of Distinction Catlin Elementary Magnet School Conestoga Elementary Magnet School King Science & Technology Magnet Middle School North High Magnet School R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School Skinner Elementary Magnet School South High Magnet School Western Hills Elementary Magnet School MSA Principal of the Year – Region VII ReNae Kehrberg (Buffett Magnet Middle School) MSA Teacher of the Year – Region VII Lee Kallstrom (North High Magnet School) Congratulations to the students who participated in the MSA student poster contest: Skinner Magnet student Ameri-Grace Haorei - First Place in Region VII and first place nationally in the elementary competition. South High Magnet student Jesus Galvan – First Place in Region VII and third place nationally in the high school competition. And King Science & Technology Magnet student Morgan Hruska – First Place in Region VII in the middle school competition. Congratulations to the Magnet School Merit Award Winners! Congratulations to the four OPS magnet schools that earned Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards for demonstrating a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement during the 2011-2012 school year. School of Excellence: Beveridge Magnet Middle School Schools of Distinction: Buffett Magnet Middle School Crestridge Magnet Center Morton Magnet Middle School Magnet Pathway Students Organize Service Project for Patriot Day Lothrop Magnet Center, in collaboration with its magnet pathway partner schools - King Science and Technology Magnet Middle School and North High Magnet - hosted a “Pathways for Peace” community service project on September 11. For this year's project, students, staff and guests cleaned out the pond, replaced mulch, trimmed bushes, and pulled weeds in Lothrop's outdoor teaching classroom in preparation for new the annuals and perennials that will be planted at a later date. Lothrop’s outdoor classroom – located on the west side of the building next to its greenhouse – is lined with fruit trees and filled with a variety of vegetation. The space not only gives students an opportunity to learn about gardening and science, but provides them with a place to study when the weather is nice. During a special ceremony later in the morning, two King Science students led the audience in the national anthem, and members of Omaha's Police and Fire Departments were recognized with a plaque to thank them for their service to the north Omaha community, and to commemorate the public servants who lost their lives trying to help others during the 9/11 attack in 2001. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the event. Comments are closed.