Welcome to the Art Room! Mr. Jonathan Metz!
2nd Annual Lancashire Comic-Con
YBAE District Art Show April 2015
First Annual Lancashire Comic-Con
"A man paints with his brains and not with his hands."
"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." Charles Horton Cooley
Art is an important part of your child’s education. Not only are we being creative and using our imagination, we are learning about various art techniques and when it is essential to use them. For example, The kindergarten and 1st grade classes learn that crayons resist paint, the 2nd and 3rd graders learn how to show objects getting smaller in the distance, and the fourth and fifth graders learn how to draw in perspective. I will continue to let you know of more interesting projects we create on the grade level pages.
“Brain research confirms that Arts education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement, school success, and preparation for the work world."
Art at home: Have you child experiment with various materials to see what happens. For example, mixing pastel colors together to make other colors or using watercolor on top of pastels. Also, have your child draw different shapes to make a robot or an imaginary machine. Just having your child cut up pieces of paper to create something or just doodling is great practice!
Constructive type toys such as legos, blocks, coloring books and things like that can strengthen a childs imagination and independence with important developments like problem solving skills. Toys that challenge a childs imagination and trigger creativity encourages growth, while other seemingly "cooler" or more popular toys may not trigger the mind as well.
For younger children just make sure they are able to handle their arts and crafts materials correctly. This will put them ahead of the curve to start the year off. Simple skills such as how to use a pair of scissors or holding a pencil can be taken for granted, but these are learned skills that everyone needs to learn.