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Mrs. Karakoglou's Art Class
“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of your child's creative learning process. My goal is to provide my students with positive experiences that will echo their love for art and will resonate with them as they grow and move on throughout their years of education. This is a comprehensive approach to the K-4 art curriculum that engages students in memorable studio explorations.
As students mature in their skill and understanding of materials, they are encouraged to “dig deeper” and explore their interests. Creation Stations are a series of Google classrooms for students in grades 2-4 that can also be accessed from home. Students are addressed and regarded as “Artists” who independently explore materials, ideas, and various techniques with an emphasis on student choice, so students can choose their own approach.
Within these Creation Stations, students can get through material such as instructional drawing videos, digital art apps for painting/drawing, profiles of contemporary and historical artists through videos and read- aloud books, and “Teacher’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques” to provide students with guidance. Students work at their own pace, allowing for a more student-centered approach to art.
Furthermore, students have the opportunity to share and present their art and skill set on a video platform called Flipgrid (ArtFlip) that flips the classroom and allows the students to be the teacher. In addition, differentiated instruction throughout the Google classrooms includes visuals, apps, videos, meditative music, and resources for students that need extra help, advanced, English Language Learners, and Special Needs.
Meaningful artmaking requires exploration and experimentation!
Lastly, students practice photographing, editing, and uploading original works of art onto a digital portfolio (Artsonia) as young as Kindergarten. Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum. It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school. The Central School arts program receives 20% of your purchase towards art materials and other supplies. Please give permission.
In anticipation of the Art Walk Exhibition in the spring, display windows at Central Elementary School,and the Board of Education Show, I will be keeping much of your children’s art work at school to be displayed. I will be sending all the artwork home at the end of every school year for your enjoyment! Please also see my school website.
Thank you for all your effort and support! It is truly my pleasure to be part of your child's learning.