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Welcome to Art with Coach T
The website of an organized and ever-learning art educator!
I’m Mrs. Thompson, trusted Art Coach working in Natick, MA. And yes, the students do call me Coach T, but most often, sweetly and incorrectly, Miss Tomsin.
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My work and development as an art educator is built upon my desire to inspire confidence and individuality amongst my elementary students. I am a facilitator of the art process and want to encourage creativity and ensure that choices are made with integrity. I aim to foster a safe place of curiosity where fears and mistakes are welcome feelings and become part of the learning and growing process, we call it “feeling the burn!” And when we push through challenges, we come out stronger and more capable than ever.
We begin our journey simply with getting students familiar and comfortable with art room materials and classroom procedures. As I progress through the grades we study basic elements of art and towards third and fourth grade bring in more principles and philosophical intent. Once we know the "rules" of art, we can break them and discover what happens when emotion plays the lead role in creativity. I am a big fan of expressive art and using materials that best communicate thoughts, feelings, and positive messages. If nothing else, I want my students to feel comfortable making bold choices, uncertain of outcomes and excited anyway.
You won't see a lot of realistic-style work as I feel elementary age is fragile and I strongly believe in teaching children that "good" art does not equal REALISTIC portrayals of any given subject matter. Again, I want to inspire confidence and individuality, and embrace imperfections as unique marks we make. Mistakes are celebratory events that indicate our learning progress.
Content on this site will always be evolving as I teach new lessons, improve on progression, and learn new ideas, so check back often to see updated galleries! If you have any questions or suggestions please email me at email@example.com.
Now go create, be courteous, and have a great day! :-)