BUILDING CREATIVE CONFIDENCE IN KIDS
MY ART EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
Art is a process of making and interpreting visual reminders of God‘s creation. Art is an important part of bringing students into a deeper relationship with our Creator. My philosophy of art education begins with the fact that God created us in His own image as visual beings. He created us with the ability to respond and appreciate the beauty of the world. God also gave each of us the desire + the imagination to create in our own right. In the art classroom, I will not only aide students in honing their artistic skills, but I will also promote scriptural truths, the work and importance of the Holy Spirit in the art process, and the exciting calling that God has for the Christian artist.
MEET MRS. SMITH
Hi there, I'm Mrs. Smith and I'm so excited to join St. Jude School's art department this year!
Leaving behind 13 wonderful years in the marketing world, I’m excited to dive right in to the vibrant world of art. Having an education in studio art, I’ve been teaching toddlers and young children at a local community art group for the past few years, only drawing me in further to art education. You can expect lots of colorful projects, details from around the art studio and other creative endeavors that inspire me. I’m personally drawn to ceramics, watercolors and textiles, and the Impressionist movement is forever my inspiration.
On a personal note, I married my college sweetheart 10 years ago - who is a St. Jude alum - and we enjoy spending time outside in nature, river walking, stone skipping, bike riding, creating all kinds of fun projects and discovering new adventures together with our four young kids.
CURRENT ART PROJECTS
For current art projects going on in art studio, please log into your St. Jude's Digital Academy account.
8th Grade - We are working on turning our names into graffiti street art. We looked at the Christian ministry, Gospel Graffiti Crew, for street art inspiration.
5th Grade - We are working on origami radial sculptures with vibrant squares of paper on black backgrounds. We will be using 4 different folding techniques to create our projects.
1st Grade - We are working on "Getting to Know You" line sculptures. As the students share more about themselves, they will add colors lines to their project, bending and glueing the paper into different shapes.
THE ARTISAN SOUL
A MOSAIC LIFE
May my life be a mosaic: a work of art made up of fragmented and broken pieces brought together by the Master Artisan, who creates in me a masterpiece most perfectly reflected when His light strikes through me. May they see Jesus Christ shining through me.
A NEW HUMANITY
May the world I touch and the people I meet be more beautiful and better off for my being here.
May my life be a daily work of art, and may I always live as an artist at work, honoring the gifts God has entrusted to me.