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, August 26, 2017

Creativity Abounds... Exploring the Self-ie and our Uniqueness as Artists

Excitement is palpable, moods shift... acceptance and celebration of all our differences is our modus operandi in Lafayette's art room! This is a safe space to create and express ourselves!!!
#CHOOSEKIND in the art room!

Our new school year begins with exploring the variety of ways artists express the human face and spirit. Grades 1-3 use Beauford Delaney's "Portrait of James Baldwin" as inspiration for a "selfie" drawing.
Beauford Delaney on the left, and some grade 1&3 selfie portraits in progress on the right
Grade 5 is exploring the selfie with our own creative selfies!
Here's my selfie! Fifth grader's selfies to come!
And Grade 4 is exploring the power of the pen and the mindfulness of zentangling as we warm up our creative juices for the new school year and begin to think about the message of Dot Day!
This delightful book embraces the Dot Day message of having the courage to make your mark
and how empowering and freeing that can be!

What's Dot Day you say? Just a world wide celebration by millions of teachers and students inspired by Peter Reynold's Book "The Dot". This year our Dot Day message includes "Making Your Mark" by #CHOOSEKIND!

Check out for more information about the origin of dot day and check out these photos from Lafayette Dot Day 2016 . And don't forget to WEAR YOUR DOTS on September 15 to show you have the courage to MAKE YOUR MARK!