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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Second Graders Explore MOLAS

Today's second graders took a trip to the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama where we leaned the talented Cuna Indians create  fabric Molas. Second graders are experts on the subject of art (they've been discussing art for 3 years now!) and had a great time finding the "vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines" and the "geometric and organic shapes." Molas are constructed with fabric, but our second graders drew creatures from the land, sea, and sky "Mola style" with layers of contrasting color lines (which looks "much better cause it pops out!" don'tcha know.)

Friday, August 26, 2011

First Grade Loves Lines

We're talking about lines, singing about lines, being lines, and sculpting with lines of all kinds! First graders in Ms. Plummer and Ms. Phillip's classes got acquainted with the big kids art room this week, remembered the Elements of Art that artists use to create art, and demonstrated their expertise with creating zig zags, spirals, and curves.

 I loved meeting my new first graders!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WELCOME to the ART STUDIO Fall 2011

This blog is a work in progress as I learn to share the joys of the ART ROOM with the Lafayette Community... Let me know what you find informative and what you'd like to see more of!