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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our Own Kreeger Museum Fascinates Lafayette Pre-K Student

Andrew, a Pre-K student in Ms. Martinez's class, spent an engaging Saturday with his Mom exploring the Kreeger at a workshop for young art lovers and explorers! See if you can spot him here inside a sculpture meant for discovery!

Thank you to Laura Lindsley for sharing her photos and enthusiasm!
Check out the link to the Kreeger in the right column to register for future workshops!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

First Graders Can Tell You So Much About the ELEMENTS OF ART

Ask them about color... our most recent unit... how you mix the primaries to make secondaries, what are warm and cool colors, and how you create tints and shades... they are experts!

Exploring tint "stations" on the day we created color values (tints and shades) using white and black.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pow Wow Regalias Reflect Who We Are

Fourth graders have begun to work on music, stories, and artwork to share in "Celebrating how the ARTS Keep Native American Traditions Alive!" Our Pow Wow this year for 4th graders and their parents, will be held on the morning of November 2nd. 
Each 4th grader has been sent home with an assignment sheet to create and wear a regalia to reflect their personality and their heritage. Because the timing this year is so close to Halloween, we encourage students to plan and assemble their regalia well before the due date of November 1... anotherwords ASAP! Here are a few regalia photos from years past to get your creative conversations flowing:)
My regalia involves an apron, safety pins, and a raid of my dresser and the ornament bin... be creative... but most important, be personal!
Iron on... fabric paints... 

... on a dress... add items that mean something special

...or paint on an old jacket...

... or on an old t-shirt...

...or Brownie uniform... no special purchases necessary:)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Exploring the Hirshorn... Always Something Thought Provoking

I spent this past Sunday afternoon at the Hirshorn with my son, finding inspiration in the found object sculpture, the zodiac heads, and the sculpture garden on a delightful day... what a refuge and an inspiration! I highly recommend this museum to inspire conversations about art and life.
Beginning this week and running until 2014, “Belief+Doubt” will cover 6,700 square feet of surface with bold slogans that are 12 feet high, and black and white and re(a)d all over.