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Welcome to the Art Room at Hayes Elementary

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Hello from the art room.  I am very excited to be back at Hayes as your child's art teacher again this year.  I have been teaching art education for over 20  years.  I will be teaching at Hayes all day on Monday and on Friday afternoon.  I spend the rest of my week teaching at Webster Elementary.  In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, I also hold a Masters degree in Special Education and an Education Specialist degree in Leadership.

Why Art?

 The New York Center for Arts Education lists benefits of exposing children to art:

  • Your kid learns to think creatively, with an open mind
  • Your kid learns to observe and describe, analyze and interpret
  • Your kid learns to express feelings, with or without words.
  • Your kid practices problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, dance, music, theater and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts
  • Your kid discovers that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view
  • School can be fun – playing can be learning
  • Your kid learns to collaborate with other children and with adults
  • Arts introduce children to cultures from around the world
  • Your kid can blossom and excel in the arts.  Even with physical, emotional or learning challenges, can experience success in the arts.
  • Arts build confidence.  Because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations.
  • Arts build community.  Schools with a variety of differences can celebrate the arts as one community.

The LPS visual art curriculum includes units of study that allows students to acquire techniques and master skills using a variety of media and styles.  Students will gain social skills, enhance their self-esteem through expression, and apply these skills to create original art. 



Contact Information

If you have any questions about our art program, please do not hesitate to  e-mail me at clakatos@livoniapublicschools.org

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