•  Just a little info:  Anytime you need to reach me, please email at: Deb_Gelso@ipsd.org
:March art is going strong
  • We are making Cows our of trapezoids, rectangles and triangles! We finished our cows and now onto Textured turtles. 
  • Dinosaur drawings in pajamas are being created to Nancy Young! Wait and see! We have finished those cute dinosaurs and now we are creating 3D fish. First graders love clay!
  • Second grade Just finished our crazy cats!  We created Calder 3 D sculptures and we are so excited to show them off.
  • For third grade is studying the Lascaux cave and recreating the drawings from the cave. So Cool.    Third grade students are working on the Naperville Crime Prevention Calendar. This project is also a competition and someone from Young Elementary will win! P.S. I don't pick.              
  • Our fourth grade students are finishing up trees of a collage of color and some of the classes are starting their Owl drawings. We are working on the Owls with oil pastels.
  • Fifth graders have just finished op art pieces. We studied the art of Bridget Riley. This week we are shading shapes and continuing onto a landscape.
  • 5th Grade Art Club kids are painting masterpieces on the stools. They are beautiful. New art club coming soon!!!

10 Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner
And now (drum roll please!) THE LESSONS! (My personal favorite)

1. 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.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes ar
e 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.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young 
what adults believe is important.