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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

One Truly SPECIAL Guest Shares Her Stories and Quilts With Us!

 Our very own Principal Main came to all four 5th grade art classes last week to share her depression era feed sack quilt, educate students on the Great Depression and how it impacted daily life, and then share her own artistic fabric quilt creations! Students were enthralled and fascinated by the artistry and craftsmanship of Ms. Main and her stories of learning to sew as a young person.
Ms. Main uses reproduction feed sack fabrics to create several pieces.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Check Out the Fabulous ANIMALICIOUS!

Don't underestimate the power of an industrious Lafayette student entrepreneur. A group of Lafayette students hatched a plan during open art to create paper mache animals and cute animal faces and sell them to raise money for the Washington Animal Welfare League. For many weeks they have been hard at work during their recess time at Open Art. At their first sale a little over a week ago they raised $96!!!
Check out their website to learn more and find out about their next sale:
The Animalicious team hard at work in the art room


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Navajo Weavers Inspire Lafayette Third Graders

For several months before the winter holidays, grades 1-3 were hard at work creating handcrafts from clay and yarn. Many of these came home in time for gift giving.

Third graders found the craft of weaving to be therapeutic and gratifying and many students put in time during open art to complete their creations or begin a second project. We used a simple cardboard loom but also watched videos of weavers using an assortment of looms and techniques from all over the world.
Tying knots proved to be challenging for some of us due to velcro shoes I think!