Mr. McLaughlin’s 6th Graders Learned That Art Can be Found in Many Forms
From 2003 through 2009, I served as the volunteer art teacher for my children's classrooms at their public Elementary School. Utilizing an outlined program called Spectra, coupled with supplies, funded by our PTA, I was able to call upon my own formal educational and working experience as a professional artist. I cannot express how rewarding it was to impart lessons which included new techniques, tools, styles and mediums to such a large group of youngsters. From 1st through 6th grade, I guided the children through lessons which included basic color, line and shape theory to linear and dimensional perspective. I was able to enhance each project with stories, music and video to make them relate to the lesson in a meaningful way. For example, in 3rd grade, after studying Van Gogh, Picasso and portraiture, we toured our local museum. In 5th grade, the focus was on American Artists which fit with their history lessons on the Declaration of Independence and Government. In 6th, while studying cultural art and art movements, we listened to Native American tribal music while creating totem poles and played Madame Butterfly while learning about the life and art of Katsushika Hokusai. It was fascinating to watch each child find their "inner artist". Some were linear and some abstract in their thinking, but they each found a technique or style that fit. They have cultural references that they may not have encompassed. They have tools to relax and be productive throughout their years. I know that in some meaningful way, each child found a new perspective or creative twist, which they will utilize throughout their lives.
The 6th grade class of Mr. Richard McLaughlin at Jerry Whitehead Elementary School fly the paper airplanes they created while studying paper art. We learned that art can be found in many forms.blog comments powered by Disqus