Where can I learn about the art curriculum you teach?

Please click on the LESSON OVERVIEWS link in the navigation bar for details about my curriculum structure and to read about lessons for each grade level. 

How do you develop the lessons you teach?

Art teachers in the Natick District are guided by the National Core Art Standards as well as the Massachusetts State Standards to inform our curriculum design. While we adhere to these standards, our practices are individualized to meet the needs of our students as well as suit our personal teaching styles. I am interested in developing positive relationships with my students so that I can create lessons that match their personal interests. I want each student to feel accepted and at home in the art room, therefore I try to develop content that is relevant and appropriately includes a variety of cultures and backgrounds. For an in depth explanation of my practices, please read my Teaching Philosophy located on the Homepage beneath my mug.

What kind of materials will my child be using in art class?

Across all grades students will use a variety of materials to create their work. I will always provide a plethora of options for our diverse and growing friends. Materials include: crayons, oil pastels, chalk pastels, markers, colored pencils, regular pencils, sharpies, tempera cakes, watercolor paint, liquid tempera paint, paper, yarn, scissors, glue sticks, liquid glue, glitter glue, scissors, water-based printing ink, and model magic.

Where is my child's art work? 

Because there are numerous rotating bulletin boards and art shows throughout the year, I keep most finished artwork safely at school. At the end of the year, your young artist will create a portfolio that holds all of their completed work. Everything goes home at the end of the year!

Do you run after school classes?

I do! But not always.
Through the After School Program (ASAP), I usually run 1-3 enrichment classes per year. In past years I have offered Bookbinding, Crochet Club and Gridded Drawing to third/fourth graders. If you are interested in learning more about these, and/or any other, Elementary Enrichment Classes, click here for more information!

Do you teach private lessons?

Unfortunately, at this juncture in time, I do not teach private lessons, but if you email me at cthompson@natickps.org, I can guide you to colleagues and other resources that might be useful.

What are the Enduring Understandings on your Teaching Philosophy page?

Enduring Understandings are the important ideas and core processes that are central to our learning framework and have lasting value beyond the classroom. I want your young artists to be more than just crafty people. My goal is to foster a community of innovative thinkers who confidently try new things and embrace the learning process through creative expression.