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, June 12, 2017

Students Create Public Art for Lafayette!

Several transformations will occur at Lafayette this summer as some permanent art pieces are finally installed in our building. Each artist was chosen by a panel made up of DGS, DCPS art department heads, our Lafayette architects, our Principal and yours truly! 

One of the criteria we considered important was student involvement. Working with several artists who came into the classroom to share the process and involve students in the product was super exciting!

Fourth and fifth grade students created machettes with wire and paper shapes and drew organic or geometric shapes which mobile artist Kevin Reese is using to create the final pieces for the 32 feet high mobiles going into each of our two stairwells. Fifth grade students were also involved in actually assisting with construction of the base of the mobile!
Mr. Reese also inspired our entire school with a performance about the
creative process and never giving up despite challenges and setbacks inspired by the life and work of Alexander Calder

Artist Jack Pabis is creating a serene mosaic mural upstairs across from our Peace room. He worked with 2nd graders to glaze tiles which will be broken into pieces for the final mural!

Finally, a future post will feature an exciting mosaic mural for our Bear's garden that 2nd-4th graders have been working on in art class!

Art is definitely ALIVE AND WELL at Lafayette!!!