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Mrs. Kathleen Kelley and Mrs. Shawn Mays and


Do you know why Art is important?


By Elliot Eisner

  • The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  • The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  • The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
  • The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
  • The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor number exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
  • The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
  • The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
  • The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
  • The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  • The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.

Visual Arts

Grading & Expectations

Grading is based on participation. Grades are notated by P=pass or F=fail on report cards.

CharacterStrong lessons are taught and encouraged.

Your child is expected to follow the LCES PBIS EXPECTATIONS while in the Art Room:

Lend Help
Encourage Others
Act Responsibly
Display Respect

Leader Classroom

Artful Links

The Art Story- Visual Art Movements, Artists, Ideas, and Topics…. Everything ART!

Tuxpaint- The program we have used in class over the years. You have to download it and it is free but you have to get your parents permission first! Once you download the program, you will need to go back and download stamps if you want them as well.

PaperPlane- HINTS for paper airplanes: 1)Use copier paper. Paper should be strong enough to hold a shape and light enough to stay aloft. Avoid newsprint (too flimsy) and poster board (too heavy). 2)Tweak the wings. “Take the back edge of the wings and bend them up between your fingertips a little bit,” says Blackburn. “This will hold up the nose.” 3)Throw evenly. Give the plane an easy and level throw and it will fly straight. An aeronautical engineer, Ken Blackburn, holds the world-record for keeping a single-sheet paper airplane in flight indoors (27.6 seconds).

mrpicassohead-Create faces, like Pablo Picasso. 

Educational Art Links for Kids-This website provides a variety of different programs that kids can use to create their own art!

Unclefred- Learn how to draw different things. There are TONS of how to draw video's on the web. 


Artists in Action camouflage art, see if you can find him!

paintjam See an artist paint to music an amazing performance. Artist drawing stories in sand.


Museums and Art History

Le Louvre Museum The Louvre Museum, the largest museum in the world, is located in Paris, France. This site provides THREE online tours of this gallery! This is also where the Mona Lisa is located!

The Dali Museum  Take a virtual tour of the Dali Museum. It includes information about Dali and his artwork. Such a cool resource!

ArtBabble from the Indianapolis Museum of Art gathers together hundreds of art-related videos including demonstrations, artist interviews, and guides to exhibitions and art conservation. They’re all broken down by theme, medium, style, time period, and other information for easy browsing

Baltimore Museum of Art About the artist Henri Matisse, make a painting like him! Be sure to read everything and click on everything.