"Creative and innovative thinking are essential skills that can be developed through the arts"

 - NYS Learning Standards Enduring Understanding

 Earth Day Mural by Fourth Grade

Black History Month MLK JR mural by Fifth Grade 

Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

and deliver us from evil.. AMEN

The Lord's Prayer by First Grade


Our art program at SJS uses NYS creative arts curriculum guidelines and standards within the learning environment to inspire creative thinking and establish deeper connections to the world around them . 

NYS Arts-at-a-Glance:



St. James the Apostle School

Prayer Hands

Mrs. Viebrock 

 Not all of us can do Great things, but we can do small things with great love -Mother Teresa


Mrs. V from Egypt


Animal Masks with the Children

Seeds of Hope Community Center

Working our way through the Good Morning Dear Earth Song, the Sudanese children made animal masks on week 3.  Their smiling faces and interactions throughout our class time helped me to feel the most at home. We managed to break through language barriers with music and art in an amazing way. Accross the world, in dismal places, kids shine and give us hope. 

Dinka Lady Dancer Paint Night 

Seeds of Hope Community Center

Using art to make connections and offer creative spaces for healing.  The Sudanese refugees here worked on African Landscapes, Hibiscus, the national flower of Sudan and  Dinka (tribal) Lady Dancer.

The Dinka dancer was inspired by artist Gloria Ssali: She creates absolutely beautiful work, her Nativity paintings are amazing!

These men and woman have never painted before in their lives. I was stunned at the creative vision and magnificence of their work! 


The Amazing Treasures of Egypt! WOW!

I can not wait to do a unit on this with the students at SJS!! 

I will keep addindg to this, but for now here is the link to more photos :

Holy Camel!..... it is not easy riding a Camel in the desert... A whole new appreciation for the 3 Wise Men!

   6th  ,7th  and 8th grade V.O.I.C.E.S. unit video from Spring 2020 



Occassionally posted resources, links and inspirational ideas will be found here throughout the year.