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.)

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