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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Celebrating the Importance of Art in Our Lives

This month we have been celebrating creativity, both in ourselves and in our environment. 
This past cycle grades 1-3 went on an in-school field trip to visit, interact with and look more closely at some of the new art installations in our building. We drew and wrote how the artist was creative, how the art made us feel, what questions we would like to ask the artist, and more...

And on September 15, Lafayette students demonstrated their creativity, kindness, and the courage to make our mark through our Dot Day celebration. 
Here are a few moments captured on the day itself:
Photo by Sophie Hanrahan

Bubble Prints!

Tie-Dye Dots!

A Dot Day Interactive Mural

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Understanding the Meaning of DOT DAY 9/15

Celebrating Creativity, Collaboration, Kindness and the Courage to Make Your Mark along with 8 million children in 168 countries around the world! We have spent this cycle understanding the power of a simple story to create a movement and embracing the message of that movement! 
Some of the books we have been reading as we get ready for Dot Day

Grades 1-3 completed their self-portraits expressing their personality with a truly creative flair and much individual choice... adding a custom designed frame to complete the look... and they are so proud!

Grade 5 expressed themselves with altered selfies... 

...and by exploring the dot paintings of Aboriginal artists

Grade 4 continues to explore visual mindfulness and their own creativity as they complete their zentangle designs... adding shading and color to their centering drawings.

And on Friday September 15, we will proudly 
wear our dots to show that 
We'll play the dot challenge game, enjoy bubble and sidewalk chalk and art activities at recess and CELEBRATE!