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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fourth Graders Experience a Traditional Printmaking Process From Earlier Centuries

Fourth Graders drew, carved, rolled, and printed images using a similar process used in ancient Japan and China. Our drawings were inspired by the 19th century American ornithologist, naturalist and artist... John James Audubon. Our  observations from nature became something beautifully unique when transferred to a printing plate.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

5th Grade Informance to Explore the Great Migration, Great Depression and Harlem Renaissance

Fifth graders have been hard at work creating drawings inspired by US historical events that occurred during the early 20th cenury. We have also learned songs, written poems and mini monologues, rehearsed dances, and created historical maps. We will be sharing them all on Thursday, April 25th with our 4th graders at an afternoon dress rehearsal and with our families at an evening performance at 6:30 PM.

Students who are unsure of what to wear for their performance might find these photos from several years ago helpful. Think dresses, skirts, jeans, button down shirts, khakis or other dress pants, dark shoes. 

Optional but really adds to the flavor: hats, suspenders, jacket and/or narrow ties.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Post Peeps Contest Enriched by Lafayette's Creative Students

Lafayette students Maddie and Tess Breeden took over their kitchen a few weeks ago to create "The Million Peepet March" for the Washington Post Peeps diorama contest. Their delightful entry was just another example of the imagination and resourceful creativity existing in our Lafayette community! I am one proud art teacher:)