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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Spooky 4th grade skeletons and mysterious 3rd grade graveyards teach the skeletal system, body proportions and the art of perspective techniques... oh, and lend some Halloween ambiance to our great Hall!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Lafayette's 1st -3rd graders journeyed to Mexico, Panama, Chile and Peru to explore Papel Picado, Amate Bark Painting, Cuna Indian Molas, and Storytelling Arpilleras!

Did the brother fall down the well? Was there a magic garden? Did an erupting volcano threaten the village? Arpilleras tell stories and these Arpilleras had a setting, characters, a problem, and a solution... all created with a mixed media assemblage in a RELIEF by each Lafayette 3rd grader.
What's red, brightly colored, full of lines and organic and geometric shapes? Cuna Molas are layered and very decorative fabric panels originally created to wear on the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. Second graders captivate us with their playful version in oil pastel.
... And what fanciful creatures jump and fly around the Great Hall? Amate Bark Paintings from Mexico!
Viva Hispanic Heritage Month!