Art Class

Hello Hale Families! My name is Katy Tharaldson. I’ve been teaching visual art for Minneapolis Public Schools since 2000. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree and a Masters of Education. Both from the University of Minnesota (Duluth and Twin Cities).

In art class we learn about the elements and principles of art. I like to think of them as the tools that artists use to make art. Just like writers use letters, words, sentences and paragraphs to communicate- artists use lines, shapes, colors, textures, space and form to tell their stories. I want students to understand that art is a visual language and a form of communication. I want kids to feel confident making choices, trying new things, solving problems and working collaboratively.

Aside from learning about the elements and principles of art, there are lots of other skills kids learn from working in the arts. It’s not that every student will become an artist when they grow up- but every student needs to be able to try new things, explore possibilities, collaborate, cooperate, plan, execute and revise work. The arts are a valuable experience for all children. The fine motor practice, the communicating of ideas and making are just as important skills for all children to develop. These skills give kids practice in creativity & flexibility which transfers to any career or life path.

The easiest way to reach me is by email or stopping in anytime. My email address is:

Thanks for supporting the arts at Hale!