•  Just a little info: Woohoo, it's my second full-time year at Nancy Young and really excited to be here. Anytime you need to reach me, please email at: Deb_Gelso@ipsd.org.

I am so happy to see your students this year and working with an amazing group of children.
I start the year with regards to how the art room works, and a discussion of rules,  regulations and exciting projects. Our students are a community of learners and as a community we will discuss how we can assist each other to make learning fun and accessible to ourselves and our peers.
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.

September is coming to a close and we are creating:
  • Kindergartners created monsters in any universe they wanted.
  • First grade students have finished their line designs in three different layers. Next, we will be working on a landscape.
  • Second grade students have finished their watercolors and now are creating some unusual sandwiches in pencil.
  • For third grade students, the bubble names are done and now we are moving on to pumpkins influenced by Romero Britto. Ask your third grade students about this living artist.
  • Perspective is the key word for fourth grade students...some with a lumpy line. Now, we are moving on to shapes in space project that is a little harder than the lumpy line, however very gratifying!
  • Fifth graders have finished their frames and now we are working on portraiture!