My name is Ms. Reiff and I am glad the arts are part of St. Joan. Arts Instruction develops confidence and competence in students. Creating art promotes creativity and self directed learning. I believe art is essential for everyone. It soothes and stretches us by leading us to wrestle with ambiguity or artistic expression we may find jarring. The art room is one of the few places where students have the opportunity to manipulate materials, experiment with expressing ideas visually, and to solve in problems in a creative way. I look for activities that students will find interesting and will simultaneously further their understanding, knowledge, skills and creative development. I try to balance two- and three- dimensional with realism and abstraction. Creativity is so important so my lessons reflect unique and individual solutions. While refining a lesson I review state and national standards to help clarify objectives. I believe drawing is basic to study of art so I always begin the year with lessons incorporating plenty of drawing.
Please encourage you child to practice drawing and attend museums (even on the internet). Lets have a great year in the arts.