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.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Reason for a Flower...

Ruth Keller's delightful book says, "The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds!" Plants and seeds were the classroom focus last month in science. But as we painted large O'Keefe style flowers in the art room, 2nd graders also explored color value... how artists use tints and shades to give form to a flat object or to add light or shadow or contrast.

Playing pass the painting with Georgia O'Keefe
Day 1- Mixing tints

Day 2- Mixing shades
Finally adding a pistil and staymens with pollen
...and cutting and attaching our flowers