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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tactile Habitats for Textured Creatures

Before moving into our current unit on form with its magic wands and charming puppets, first graders explored texture through rubbings to make a visual texture sea creature collage a la Eric Carle. The following week, they created a delightful mixed media tactile texture habitat for those creatures. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lafayette's Own Version of a "Feedsack" Quilt

Lafayette 5th graders have ALL been hard at work hand and machine stitching a unique quilt for our annual Lafayette Auction! Using donated fabrics in the spirit of the Great Depression, when scraps and feedsacks were used to create an item of beauty and usefulness, this year's 5th graders have created a diamond pattern of teals, reds, blacks and whites. 
Our quilt is on the way to completion!