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, December 21, 2011

What is ART?

That was the question Mr. Clayman proposed to Lafayette 5th graders recently. Reports of articulate and thoughtful answers delighted me but didn't surprise me! Exploring that elusive subject is fascinating for any grade level and exciting and intriguing for Lafayette's top dogs!

After viewing Robert Indiana's LOVE painting, students created their own pop art word collage.

Mr. Clayman has posted a few of the finished products on the upstairs bulletin boards.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Third graders begin to explore WHY our forefathers chose to emulate the Ancient Greeks in the architecture of so many of our iconic DC buildings. 

Ask a third grader what a doric, ionic, or corinthian column is... or about an entablature, pediment, or dome... most of us have begun to learn about Ancient Greek architectural elements in the art room... just another example of arts integration in action at Lafayette!

Mr. Clayman is teaching up a storm... we will miss him in January!!!!!