The Arts are important for developing innovation, creativity, problem solving and “outside the box” thinking at Our Lady of Guadalupe. From Preschool all the way through 8th grade, our students work with art in their homeroom, in family groups, and with our art specialist!
About our specialist, Laura Wessel:
A Seattle native, I am a teaching artist and painter. I hold a masters in glass from Sunderland University in England and have exhibited my glass paintings locally as well as locations in London, Portugal, China and Hong Kong. I have designed and taught arts classes in many northwest public schools, private schools, art museums and international universities. I am passionate about the arts and value the creative and the new.
My ultimate goal is also to give each student the ability to draw accurately as they graduate from our school and go on to high school. I believe that every student is an artist and is intuitively creative. I see my art classes as think tanks and experimentation labs to explore new materials and techniques. I encourage individuality and tell students that their art is an expression of the way they see the world. There is no right or wrong in the process, only good and there is no pressure to have his/her art look like mine or anyone else’s. Art class is a place to relax, and be yourself to create. I teach the students that creativity is important not just in art but in every subject in school and ultimately to solve everyday problems.
I teach students drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. Projects vary each year with some directly linked to the student’s classroom learning in science, math, social studies and religion. I follow the Washington State learning standards for visual art and will be adapting lessons to align with the Common Core standards when they become finalized for visual art.
During art class creativity is always encouraged. I teach the students from the very first day that they need to be positive with themselves and with their classmates. Only positive comments about another student’s work is allowed. This creates a safe and comfortable learning environment that encourages students to take risks when trying new mediums and techniques. I encourage students to ask “what if” questions when doing their work and to push past the obvious. Students are asked to be quiet and attentive during instruction, and are allowed to talk when doing their work to help them relax. I expect each student to do their very best work and to stay on task. I encourage them to ask questions and I check in with each student as they are working to let them know the great things I see happening in their work.
It is a complete joy to teach art at OLG. I find the entire school community a positive place to teach and it is a privilege to be here. I look forward to another great year with all the students and I, once again, will be inspired by their eagerness to do art. If you have any question or need to reach me my e-mail is email@example.com.