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, May 18, 2014

Lafayette Artists Enjoy Kudos From the Greater Community

The richly colored Underground Railroad Code Quilt assemblage created from the digital artwork of 15 Lafayette 5th graders, was auctioned last week to benefit the DC Ed Fund and raised $3,250!!!
The Justice Department has requested a similar piece for an upcoming art exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

And today, some of our talented 5th graders received ribbons and prizes as winners of the DC division of the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest during a joint ceremony with the Maryland winners at the Patuxant Wildlife Refuge.
One of our 3rd place winners holding her ribbon in front of her artwork.
First, second, and third grade artwork will be touring for the next 6 months.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Send Them Onward, Send Them Upward, Send Them Home… What a Lot of Goodbyes!

Yesterday we said goodbye to our student teacher Ms. Johnson in an assembly where we presented her with a Lafayette t-shirt and an apron signed by all her students. We serenaded her with "Happy", and danced and celebrated our thankfulness that she was in our lives all school year! Some of us also made cards, paper chains, paintings, and sent her off with words of wisdom. We will miss her dearly!!!
Ms. Johnson in her Apron amidst singing dancing children:)
This week we also sent work to two citywide art shows: at Reagan National Airport and a fundraiser at the Pepco Building to benefit the DCEd Fund (a group Underground Railroad code quilt assemblage that will be auctioned to the highest bidder this coming Tuesday, May 6.)

And finally, PORTFOLIOS are making their way home as I say goodbye to the masterpieces your children have created and they choose their selection for ARTS NIGHT! (A few final pieces and their matted Arts Night work will come home the last week of school.)