Mrs. Thomas - Art

Welcome to Art Class!

" Create what you see. Create what you feel. Create what you have never seen. Just create."
"Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy. Undeniably art is not optional."

- Nathan Sawaya
The school year is filled with exploring artists, discovering different types of media as well as different combinations of media and learning many interesting techniques. Basic skills will be reinforced to help your child grow in art.
The lower grades will hone their fine motor skills, learn the wonders of colors and begin their journey of design and art history. The upper grades will continue these skills on a more complex level. They will also be introduced to the Sociology of Art, different genres of art as well as the use of more advanced media.

My goal is to bring out the artist in our children and to have them achieve a feeling of acomplishment and pride. More importantly, my goal is that every child will leave the art room with more knowledge, more skills and more love of the arts than when they entered.

Did you know?

Did you know that if your name is Isabella, you can have free admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum?  
It is so beautiful.  It is also the subject of a very interesting mystery. On March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as Boston Police officers entered and stole some very precious artwork. To this day, despite a 5 million dollar reward, the art work is still missing. To honor the artwork, the frames are still on display without the missing paintings. Where is the art work? Hmm...

Important Items

List of 6 items.

  • Core Concepts and Skills

    Students will work with a variety of materials including markers, crayons, paint, clay, pastels, ink and just about anything else you can think of. The curriculum includes the role of artists in society, recognizing art as a form of communication and expressionism, and identifying elements of art such as line, shape, color texture and space. Art history instruction is also a component of the curriculum. Throughout the elementary experience we explore different age appropriate methods of becoming artists.
    All projects help students to use their imagination. I believe in cross the curriculum lesson plans. It allows the students to bring knowledge they have learned into the art room to demonstrate understanding or solidify abstract concepts from the classroom into practical use.
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  • How Is My Child Graded in Art

    It is important to know and understand that everyone is an artist in their own way. In art, the students are assessed in a variety of ways......
    performance, comprehension and skill, conduct, effort
    Below are the assessment marks you will see on your child's report card and mydescription of how I define that mark.
    4: This means your child takes the lesson requirements and goes creatively further in their expression. The concept was understood and use of materials was highly successful.
    3: This means your child is fulfilling the requirement to the best of their ability. A 3 in art is fine.
    2: This means that your child is not yet working to their fullest potential or the skill is new and much harder and requires a little more time to develop.
    1: This means your child is struggling with the concepts presented and was unable to meet the requirements of the lesson.
    Ability to draw or paint is a great thing to have and will be nurtured, but raw talent alone isn't what art is entirely about. I want each and every one of the children to enjoy the time they spend in the art room regardless of the abilities.
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  • How Parents Can Help

    Many parents ask what they can do at home to help support their child. Give them time to create! Drawing, sculpting with clay, or building with Legos all can help support the art curriculum. Coloring with you child is invaluable. The simple craftsmanship of staying in the lines helps with hand-eye coordination. Practice cutting objects out. Even helping you cut out coupons can be beneficial in honing their fine motor skills. And don't forget a trip to a museum.
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  • Mrs. Thomas' Favorite Books

    Getting to know the world's Greatest Artists
    by Mike Venezia
    by Peter H Reynolds
    Katie Meets the Impressionists
    by James Mayhem

    Klimt and His Cat
    Berenice Capatti
    Linnea in Monet's Garden
    by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson
    Lives of the Artists-Materpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)
    by Kathleen Krull
    Seymour Bleu
    by Catherine Deeter
    The Dot
    by Peter H Reynolds
    When Picasso Met Mootise
    by Nina Laden

    Peter's World without Art
    by Amy Fell
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  • Mrs. Thomas' Favorite Links

    The web links provided below are a good resource for you when doing research for homework assignments or specific class topics. 
    Art appreciation
    Museums at your fingertips
    Visit museums all over the world
    Fun Projects
    Get those art supplies out
    Ideas galore
    Projects that will keep you busy
    From the creator of Mickey
    Never stop imagining
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  • Supply List for Art Class

    Here is a list of supplies needed in the art room:
    Pencils (please sharpen them before you include them)
    Glue sticks
    (the younger grades use these often so please include 4-6 large sized ones)
    No liquid glue please(ie Elmer's glue)
    Washable markers
    Crayons (non washable)
    Water color paints
    Colored pencils (optional for younger grades)
    A box to hold supplies ( a shoe box with a lid is fine)
    All other supplies will be provided by the art room.
    Please have these supplies in school by August 31st.
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