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, November 23, 2015

Miles of Chain Link Fence? Sounds Like a Blank Canvas to Me!

Ms Shapiro's 5th graders recently spent a few art classes creating some public art on our campus fences. We began by planning and looking at photos of other fence artists at work! On a recent spectacular fall day we created our own chain link fence art installation! 


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Celebrating Spooky Things Art Room Style

I LOVE Halloween and all the juicy, creative tie-ins to our art curriculum, and I am just recovering from all the fun! It was such a blast that I didn't remember to record the moments to share but here are a few highlights I scrabbled together!
First graders examined African masks as part of a unit on using found materials to create art... then WE collaged mask art with shells, wood and rafia.

Second graders were creating charming box trolls for our fall festival as a part of their unit on how artists use facial expressions... thank you to the fair chairs for remembering to take photos!
Third graders learned about how artists use perspective in these spooky landscapes.
And 4th graders had fun with wacky dancing skeletons as we begin our work on the human body.
And me? I dressed as Frida Kahlo for our Halloween parade and was delighted when both 4th and 5th graders recognized who I was!
Guess who this member of my Day of the Dead mariachi band is?