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, June 20, 2012

Creativity is Alive and Well!

During the last week of school, an industrious fourth grader spent his before school time working on a 3-D architectural city planning design using parts from old computers and printers. I hope all our Lafayette students find something this summer that inspires them to build, draw, sculpt or create during their time away from school! Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Field Day "Peace Out" Art

Ms. McClure chose foil repousse as the field day art medium this year and we had a blast creating peace symbols in relief and psychedelic colors! Fun was had by all.

Even reading teacher Ms. McClanahan got in touch with her creative spirit, peace symbol style:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Learning to Look, Loving the Fresh Air

First, second and third graders have been spending time drawing Lafayette and the houses in our neighborhood. From large shapes and forms to minute details and texture, close observation is key.
Noticing the neoclassical columns on Lafayette; third graders wrap up our semester long unit on architecture.