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.


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