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St. Greg’s pupils study ‘Artists & Authors” at Mercyhurst

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The student body of Saint Gregory School in North East will cap a full year of study on the theme of “Artists and Authors” with a morning full of hands-on arts experience on the campus of Mercyhurst University.

Saint Gregory principal Nancy Pierce says the teaching staff has focused on a different genre or author each quarter, including nonfiction, poetry, Seuss and silly, and colorful.

Activities included working with the Erie Art Museum as part of the "Kids As Curators Program," producing the school-wide musical Seussical Jr., staging a student poetry performance, taking part in the Mercyhurst University Institute for Arts and Culture (MIAC) visiting artists program, and having students write their own books.

On Friday, May 13, the yearlong curriculum with culminate with the visit to Mercyhurst for a variety of “Artists and Authors”-themed activities coordinated by Art Department Chair Jodi Staniunas Hopper.

Faculty and students from the art, art education, art therapy, dance, English, graphic design, and interior design and architecture programs are assisting. Experiences will range from dance movement to creation of poetry.

After lunch in Mercyhurst’s Egan Dining Hall, the young students will take a walking tour of campus. As they board their buses for the return trip, each child will receive a sketchbook and pencil as mementos of the day.