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, September 15, 2014

Dot Day Takes Lafayette by Storm!

Celebrating creativity and a belief that you have the courage to "make your mark" is a message Lafayette students embraced with gusto as we celebrated DOT DAY today along with 1.4 million children around the world! 
We "Made Our Mark" on a huge mural in the Great Hall!
We wore dots and stickers to show our courage and creativity...some of us created our own things to wear!
We wrote messages about how our teachers 
make their mark! 
 We created dots of all kinds during our recess using sidewalk chalk! By the end of the day our playground was filled with ART and symbols of Lafayette's creativity!
 Based on the children's book "the Dot" by Peter Reynolds (read here the message of the book of believing in your own creativity and being brave enough to "make your mark" is taking the world by storm every September 15. Thank you to all our Lafayette families who joined in by wearing dots to symbolize their belief in "I CAN BE CREATIVE and I AM COURAGEOUS!" and who added to our dot extravaganza day!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

A New School Year...Arty Things to Remember

Leaky plumbing? No problem! Art goes traveling into classrooms with a variety of media! We hope to be back in our usual digs soon:)

As the new year begins, DON'T FORGET:

  • to wear old or dark clothes on art days as some media stains even though it claims to be washable
  • 4th and 5th graders can spend noon recess in the art room at "Open Art" most days and that younger students will be allowed to join us on an as needed basis to finish classwork
  • parents are always welcome to come spend time with us but I'll probably put you to work!!! Contact your class art room contact person to volunteer!
  • I'm always looking for extra pairs of hands to assist with matting art and other art room tasks (training provided:) Please drop me a line!
  • to check the art room blog, the art room newsletter (on the HSA website) and the Tuesday Bulletin for current art room news!
Dark colored shirts on art days ensure happy launderers!
Last year's 4th graders explore the skeletal system through ART