Visual Arts

Visual Arts Teacher: Toni Gwaltney

2016-17 Dates

  • October 18, 2016 – First Grade field trip to see THE JUNGLE BOOK, Chattanooga Theatre Center
  • November 3, 2016 – Fourth Grade field trip to see LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW at Memorial Auditorium
  • December 13, 2016 – Fifth Grade field trip to see A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta
  • January 18, 2017 – Fourth Grade MUSEUM COLLECTORS’ DAY

Stay tuned, more special events to come!

Creative Gift Ideas

Books about Art

Especially those by Bob Raczka: NO ONE SAW and ART IS… – two great ones!

Art supplies

Oil pastels, watercolor paint and paper, good brushes, DO-a-DOT kits, unlined journals, Zentangle books and supplies – (paper and markers), a ruler and compass, colored or watercolor pencils, printmaking supplies – soap erasers, a carving tool (gouge) and ink pads, quality air-dry clay like paperclay (paintable), and FIMO or Sculpey, Twisteez wire for sculpture projects, sets of art pencils with charcoal and sepia crayons too!

Educational Success

“The educational success of our children depends on creating a society that is both literate and imaginative, both competent and creative. This success depends, in turn, on providing children with tools not only for understanding their world but for contributing to it while making their own way. Without the arts to help shape students’ perceptions and imaginations, our children stand every chance of growing into adulthood as culturally disabled. We must not allow that to happen.”

National Art Education Association Education Reform Handbook, 1995

Why Visual Literacy?

“Tests show that people can remember the content of more than 2,500 pictures with at least 90% accuracy 72 hours after exposure even though the subjects see each picture only for about 10 seconds. Recall rates one year later still hovered around 63%. The same research says that if new information is presented orally with no image present, people only remember about 10% of what was presented 72 hours after exposure to the images — but the percentage remembered goes up to 65% if a picture is added to the new material after the fact. It turns out that the reason for this is that the eye processes and interprets the content of complex imagery, such as photographs, 60,000 times faster than it does words.” Burmark, 2002, p.5, Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn, New York: ASCD