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, November 28, 2013

How Long Have Artists Been Making Art?

Lafayette first graders explore the human creative spirit through a story of the discovery of the 17,800 year old Lascaux caves in France. We examined how the Lascaux artists made their paint and what they chose to immortalize and then created our own running animals in a darkened cave like art room.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

From the Hopi to the Tlingit... It Must Be November

Spirit masks hanging from clotheslines and spilling out of tubs? Bins and boxes of pottery and weaving looms filling every nook and cranny of the Lafayette art room? The noon hour open art full of craft making? It must be November and Native American Heritage Month!
Iroquois Bead and Quillwork

Capturing our Animal Spirit with Paper Sculpture
Inspiration from the Hopi

... and Tlingit Ceremonial Button Blankets