At East Jackson Elementary, our artists will have the opportunity to create art in an Art Studio that I’ve set up just for them! I think your kid will love it! Our art room is be called the “Art Studio” and will have centers set up to explore drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, bookmaking, architecture, digital arts, weaving and 3-D construction. The students will learn to think, plan & work like “real artists” and will be given choice in the projects they will be making. Through my years here at East Jackson, I have witnessed the incredible talent and creativity of our students and I am excited to see how they will flourish this year in the Art Studio.
Since students will be able to choose what they make and how they make their art, it would be helpful to discuss plans for their artwork at home. Please encourage them to come to the Art Studio with their ideas (in their head or on paper) so that they can get right to work on their projects. Sketchbooks are encouraged and while we do create and keep sketchbooks in class, I love to see kids bringing their sketchbooks from home! Students will create a variety of projects in the Art Studio this year including experiments, explorations and sketches. Student will share their artwork on Artsonia, our online art museum as well as through Seesaw. If you have not registered your account, please contact me so that you can get real time updates of your child’s artwork. Items purchased through Artsonia also raise money for the art program at EJES. Throughout the year, students will also create “showcase” pieces which I will keep at school to display in our Spring Art Show at the Eastern Branch Jackson District Library or at school. All artwork will be returned by the last week of school.
When your student comes home with something they have created in the Art Studio, some questions you may want to ask are: What did you learn while making it? What do you like most about it? What inspired you? What would you do differently next time? And it is always fun to ask, “Can you teach me how to do that?” and make art along with your child.
I am looking for a few parents who would be interested in being art studio helpers. If you have a couple of hours to give a week, I would love for you to come and help us stay organized and assist the students in the centers. Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering.
I am always available if you have any questions or comment. I can be reached through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school, 764-1810. I look forward to an inspiring and creative year with your young artist!