I wanted to give a big thanks for all of the parents and families that made it down to the art room last night for Meet the Teacher night. I am so excited to work with such a supportive community. It was truly a pleasure to meet each and every one of you!
For those of you that didn’t make it down to the art room, I hope to meet you soon. I will be sending home a letter soon with the kids explaining about art this year- so keep an eye out for that.
The picture above is of the posters I had the students and their families ‘make their mark’ on during Meet the Teacher night. I cut the pieces apart and re-glued them down to black poster paper- giving a mosaic look. I have heard a lot of students say they ‘aren’t good at art’ or ‘can’t draw’…so I decided to do this mark making project. I didn’t give any directions other than- pick a piece, decorate it, and sign your name (no stress of having to ‘be good at art). I just wanted to show everyone in the school and community that you don’t have to ‘be good at art’ to make art. Mark making is the earliest developmental form of art- starting when a toddler finger paints and carries on through all ages, using all different materials- anything that leaves a mark.
It is a wonderful feeling to feel accomplished, and I want to give that feeling to all of our students in the art room. They are all capable of making marks that represent themselves and their own culture that will help them develop a sense of self. Using various art forms, the students will be working different brain processes and motor skills that are crucial for development; for example: problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, aesthetic opinion and taste, public speaking and discussion, confidence, manners, etc. The list can go on and on- so I am really excited to get started on projects and give our little people a sense of self, confidence, and all that goes along with art education.