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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

OPEN ART... a Time to Chill

Fourth and Fifth graders use OPEN ART from 12-1 every day as a time to finish their projects, work on the pottery wheel, try their hand at Comic Life, Kidspix, or Garage Band, or just draw or paint. Younger students are invited when they need a little more time on their art project. Everyone enjoys the freedom to create during other times of their day at school.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sophisticated Conversations About ART

I love listening to Lafayette 5th graders explore REALISM, EXPRESSIONISM, FANTASY, AND ABSTRACT styles of art through conversation, games, drawings and writing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Sporty Look for the Lafayette ART Room

Many thanks to the Washington Tennis and Educational Foundation for their generous donation of 100 used tennis balls to our art room stools. The traditional stools, a new addition to the art program last spring, are now quieter and safer for our youngest and oldest students!  Check out

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New School Year Warm-Ups

Before fourth graders learn about the proportions of the human face and personal expression through a self portrait Frida-Kahlo style, we warm up those observation skills with some BLIND CONTOUR DRAWINGS.

Students in Ms. Culver's class showed incredible focus as they studied and drew their hands and then the faces of their classmates.