Let me introduce myself! I graduated with a BFA from ACU in 1982. I was a missionary apprentice in Geneva, Switzerland for two years where I was also able to study French and visit some of the greatest art museums during my breaks. I returned to ACU to attain a M.Ed. in supervision. Since my graduation in 1985 I have been a classroom teacher of Pre-K-2 and an art teacher of K-12. God has given me the desires of my heart! I love children and I love being a Kingdom child! I receive so much joy from your children as I help them discover their own creative spirit that comes from the master creator! I have a supportive husband and we have two lovely children . One is a student at LU and the other is doing Kingdom work in Buenos Aires.
I believe art education need not be so much about what "looks good", but it should be about the process. It is about developing the ability to make choices, and placing value on their own work and the work of others. It is meeting challenges with flexibility. It is a blank sheet of paper or a lump of clay!
The real reason art education is so valuable is because the process involved in making art uses abstract thinking, problem solving, and intuition. These are life skills our children will need to reach their highest potential!
We will begin using The Dive Into Art™ curriculum this year! Each artist we will focus on has been carefully selected to create a comprehensive curriculum representing a broad range of male and female artists, genres, media, and world cultures.
The Dive Into Art™ curriculum covers a broad history of art spanning more than 15,000 years. In addition to introducing students to iconic American and European art, the curriculum includes Prehistoric, Asian, American Indian, African-American, Latin-American, Environmental, and Contemporary Art. Dive Into Art™ lessons meet curriculum standards and enrich existing curricula by offering opportunities to explore related studies in disciplines such as language arts, math, science, and social studies.
I will introduce students to more than 40 artists and to the world of art history. My desire is to provide art lessons rich in art elements, painting and drawing techniques, cultural, literature and historical connections, as well as engage their imaginations!
Above are three of my latest works of art! Below is a sampling of what we have been working on in 2nd and 3rd grade. More will be coming as we finish our first projects!