In Lafayette’s art studio classroom we are not only learning about the elements, principles and media of the visual arts, but are using the arts to gain a greater understanding, depth and richness of language arts, math, science and social studies curricula. Using the arts to teach, creates learning that is internalized and understood by children with all learning styles and on multiple levels. By educating students through the visual arts and traditional academic content simultaneously, I help inspire and nurture the truly creative thinkers needed for this new millennium.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Lafayette LOVES Dot Day... Kicking off the School Year Celebrating Creativity and Having the Courage to Make Your Mark!

Dot Day is just around the corner... wwwhhhhaaaatttt????

Here's the inside SCOOP with sprinkles on top!!!

When is it: Every year on Saturday September 15, although Lafayette will celebrate this year on Friday, the 14th. 

What is it?: International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009, and is now celebrated by millions of children around the world. 
Why at Lafayette: What a fabulous way to build community and celebrate the importance of creativity!
What to Wear & DO: On September 14th, wear your dots to show your school you are creative and courageous! Participate in interactive games, bubbles, and art creations throughout the day! Here are a few photos from last year's Dot Day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Brightening a Plain Space

A work in progress! Last year's 4th graders created flowers for the garden out of clay which I later found out had to be high fired to vitrification to withstand the outside temps and weather! I promised them I would install them someplace INSIDE the school. 
Better late than never... 
As the now 5th graders graduated from Lafayette, their beautiful clay flowers were installed in the 5th grade stairwell in a space that begged for an art piece!

I've been told we need to add butterflies and such to our mural, and perhaps some texture to our foliage and trunks, so this is a work in progress... but wanted to share my relief and excitement at finally having them hanging!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Art for the Bear's Garden

What is even better than art in our building? Art in the garden, where the stones and beads catch the sunlight! 

All our first through fifth graders have been working to create an art installation for our Bear's Garden this past year...

Thank you helpers!
Last Friday, in honor of Earth Day, on a delightful sunny day, we began to place our beautiful stepping stones, insert our pollinator poles, and hang our "messages for Lafayette" beads in the fence.
Some of our installation crew, young and old!

 More clay pieces and beads are still to be installed but we are so excited at how alive and sparkly our garden already looks!
Horsing Around as the Project Wound Down
Thank you to Hope Scheller and Don Rutledge and of course Laura Nelms for helping make this project happen!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fifth Grade Parents... St. Paddy's Day is Your Lucky Day!!! Make it Happen at the Auction!

Each year the traditional Lafayette quilt is a labor of love created to raise money for our school at the Lafayette Auction! The lucky high bidder this year will own a unique and priceless memory of their child's time at Lafayette made of the lucky greens in honor of St. Patrick's Day. 

Every 5th grade student has sewn a patch, then interested students worked with parent Don Rutledge and me during their noon hour to machine sew the patches together.
Some of our noontime sewers!

  Finally, we had a quilting bee where the knots were tied to hold the puffy "sandwich" together.
Tying the knots in our quilting bee!!!

I took it home for the weekend to bind the edges and brought it back to school for all the 5th graders to sign on the back with silver ink! Don't miss this chance to own this wonderful creation!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Plateaus, Valleys, Volcanoes, Oh My!

Landforms were the focus unit in grade 2, 
artist Ted Harrison was our art connection and inspiration! 

Landscape painter Ted Harrison was inspired by his beloved Yukon to create colorful abstract landscapes. Second graders explored all the landforms visible in Ted Harrison's landscapes, discussed the northern lights that he often pays tribute to in his skies, and also the way he uses many values of a color and analogous colors next to each other. 
Ted Harrison's "Walking Alone" 

A selection of student work inspired by Mr. Harrison's landform landscapes
...And our new display! 
Thanks to "Colors of My Day" blogger for the inspiration for this lesson!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top of the Heap Comes With Benefits!

5th graders earn some definite privileges as the senior students in the building! A popular option for budding artists includes working on the pottery wheel during lunch and recess. Yes, it's messy and I often question my sanity at making this option available, but the students' enthusiasm makes it worthwhile!
Also popular? Working on the computers!
Currently 5th graders are creating digital quilts inspired by code quilts from the Underground Railroad using the Pages program on the Macs. 

Next up? Every 5th grader will be sewing a piece of our own quilt, inspired to be sold at the auction on St. Patty's day so watch out for the lucky greens!!! 
Last year's creation:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Grade 1 Highlights Fall 2017

In addition to creating Patriotic stamp designs, first graders have been exploring how LONG artists have been creating art and what materials early artists used to create their art. We journeyed to the Lascaux caves in France (who were discovered by some young boys and their dog Rocket!) 
Patriotic Stamps are our inspiration for these layered collages!

"Cave Animals" running created after observing the Lascaux Caves!

We then explored paper made from bark (through Amate bark paintings from Mexico).

Next we worked with earth clay from the ground to create a slab leaf, and in the next class a coil pot in the ancient style of hand building!

Coming up! African masks made from wood, feathers, raffia, shells, and more!