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, May 22, 2012

Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Rangoli

Indian Painted Prayers- RANGOLI- were the focus of our 1st graders this week. We explored the traditional floor mandala designs created in India to bring peace, good fortune, and wellness. First graders learned about a special kind of symmetry: "radial, radial, radial, the same ALL the way around" (imagine that spoken in a sing song voice with hand gestures) as they drew Rangoli on black paper with oil pastels and outside with chalk on our art room patio.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lunch Hour Pottery Wheel

There is a large group of avid fans of the pottery wheel who use our OPEN ART time to refine their skills. I intervene only occasionally...usually students help each other get that clay centered and remember the steps to create a wheel thrown pot!

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Wednesday, May 9: Our first of two ARTS NIGHTS was a blast, with performances, our art exhibit and the release of IMAGES, which might be the best read publication in Chevy Chase DC:) 
How many 5th grade boys can read 1 IMAGES Anthology?

Proud 1st grade artist shows off her work

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sharing ARTS INTEGRATION Strategies

I felt honored to be asked to share a few Visual Arts Integration Strategies with teachers from around D.C. at a Key School professional development workshop on April 28th!