Communicating with parents and community about what goes on in the Art Studio is important to me thus I plan to use this blog as one tool of communication. However, working with a blog is new for me so this may be a work in progress throughout the year while I find my way.
Traditionally, my means of communicating has been to attach " Notes from the Art Studio" to some works as they are sent home, so I plan on continuing that practice to a limited extent as well.
Meeting your child where they are as artists is a goal of mine. A guiding principle is
that art is a universal language that children intuitively understand. As the art teacher I try to make the program engaging and fun, and connect lessons, whenever possible to subjects the kids are studying in another discipline. The basic skills of seeing and drawing are taught and nurtured as each child matures.
Within the art program children are encouraged to demonstrate and develop their visual literacy by exploring materials and processes, practicing skills, developing vocabulary and making pieces of art that help create a deeper understanding of the world around them.
Children come to school as natural born artists. In the art studio I see my job as fostering their natural abilities. They come in as picture readers, already visually literate. I seek to let each child be empowered by their own creations and to see the value in the different styles we all bring to the works we create. I tell the kids once they enter the art studio they are artists and in art there are multiple answers to any one question or problem.
Creative problem solving is a constant in art. Whether it is the " problem " of how does one translate a three dimensional vase of flowers into a two dimensional painting, or how one constructs a clay snake so it has texture and form and does not break during the process of creation. I am constantly letting the kids know they are solving problems every day in art; and that each problem has multiple ways to be approached and multiple solutions.
In being cognizant of the fact that verbal and written literacy skills are important across the disciplines, students are exposed to and discuss visual images of famous artists from our past as well as contemporary artists whose works we can view online.
Going forward I hope to add to this blog but I hope this introduction of my teaching philosophy is helpful. I also have an ' about me' page if you are curious about my background, etc. Please don't hesitate to be in touch, I can be reached at
Look forward to meeting your children and putting faces and names together.
C. K. Higgison
Sept. 7, 2015