SCC embraces Michelangelo

Published 12:03 am Saturday, November 11, 2017

LAPLACE — St. Charles Catholic High School is currently displaying a Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit featuring the fascinating paintings and sculptures of Italian Renaissance master, Michelangelo.

The students and staff will enjoy the giant reproductions until Tuesday. The exhibit, sponsored by the French and Art Departments, features classic art, sculpture and the era of the Renaissance.

The goal was to introduce the students to the man who gave the world the lasting image of the Creation.

Students were introduced to the way art informs theology, explored their faith, and were guided to answer some of life’s deepest questions.

Robert Newsome and Breigh Peytavin study forces and equilibrium in honors physics at St. Charles Catholic High School. Michelangelo’s design of St. Peter’s Basilica was the inspiration.

Religion teacher, Brother Gerald Hopeck used the traveling art exhibit as a springboard for his lessons, and stated, “Our students were able exercise critical thinking skills and demonstrate how our intellect, reason, and creativity can make sense of the mystery of our loving God.”

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512, returning to complete The Last Judgment fresco on the sanctuary wall between 1536 and 1541.

Even at the time, the artist was aware that this was his ticket to lasting fame.

The traveling exhibit in the foyer of the school recreates the awe and wonder of one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, while allowing the students, parents, and teachers to experience this art from a new perspective.

Senior Callie Henry demonstrates her dome constructed in physics class.

Brightly colored images on lightweight satin fabric are installed from the ceiling.  Images include The Creation, the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the David.

Physics teacher Shawn Madere used the exhibit to facilitate a project in his classes, and stated, “To augment their study of forces and equilibrium, honors physics students constructed domes — with Michelangelo’s design of St. Peter’s Basilica as the inspiration — and learned about how materials that are weak by themselves can be made thousands of times stronger.  Without Michelangelo’s work on domes, New Orleans might not have the Superdome!”

Students in art classes learned Michelangelo was first and foremost, a sculptor.  He was a master at sculpting human figures from marble, and he used white Carrara marble that came from the mountains of Italy.

The exhibit served as inspiration for many art, religion, math and language projects.

William Torres, a student enrolled in calculus class stated, “We studied how to use Michelangelo’s work to make comparisons between how God is seen in both the finite and the infinite.”