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, November 23, 2011

Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Fifth graders who repainted the tables for BROAD BRANCH market were treated to a SUNDAE making party last Friday!
Gummy bears, sprinkles, candies, chocolate syrup, and LOTS of whipped cream....THANK YOU TRACY!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Celebrating the ARTS Keeps Native American Traditions ALIVE

Those words are embraced when our 4th graders take over the cafeteria later this week for our annual Native American Powwow. 
Picture a grand entrance where students carry flags that represent the characteristics of their class, and wear regalia that reflects their heritage and personality, then share music, drumming, dancing, poetry, and fables. That's Lafayette's Native American Powwow!

 Families also enjoy a museum of life story skins, family totems, animal spirit masks, and kachinas that teach our school rule of "BE KIND." In true arts integration style, students demonstrate the tradition of Lacrosse in a video made in P.E. for our special day. Finally, there is a chance to experience sand painting, make a "talking feather," add to their regalia with a beaded bracelet, or try a museum scavenger hunt. So many ways to celebrate Native American culture through the ARTS!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Arts Integration Patriotic Style

It never fails to move me when Lafayette's first graders share their learning at our Veteran's Day Patriotic Celebration Concert. This year, Mr. Clayman worked with our first graders to learn about stamps and our Patriotic symbols. Their work was proudly displayed at our concert.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

During November, each second and fourth grade class explores a different Native American art tradition. That's 8!!! different projects... from masks to totems to skin paintings to beading and more... but there is SO MUCH to explore in such a short time and TWO museums to stage. Today, Ms. Nickel's 2nd graders put the finishing touches on their beautiful Tlingit Button Blankets. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


The Chevy Chase Citizen's Association is sponsoring an exhibit of 10 local art teachers with an opening November 8th at 5:30 PM at our community center. Yours truly will be exhibiting a few clay pieces from the selection below:)