The power of imagination makes us infinite.
The visual arts program at John Muir uses the world as inspiration. We practice techniques such as line, color, texture, shape, form, and value through different projects and mediums. Artists, past and present, and art history are an intregal part of the project based curriculum. Art forms from around the world also help us learn about cultures and make connections to others. We also work with classroom teachers to integrate arts with core subjects to bring deeper understanding and address different learning styles. The arts help us learn to communicate, creative problem solving, explore critical and creative thinking skills, learn perserverance and help build confidence. These goals help us focus on process rather than product, learn meaningful ways to express ourselves, prepare for the world outside of elementary school, and of course, have fun!
We always welcome guests and there are many opportunities to volunteer in the art studio (see below). If you are interested in volunteering please contact me. No art experience necessary! If you are unable to volunteer but are interested in making a donation, please see our art studio wish list below. Thank you!
Julie Trout Visual Art Specialist
John Muir Elementary
Art Studio Wish List
Clorox wipes for clean up, baby wipes, kleenex for leaky noses, sulfite drawing paper, Scrap booking paper, Sharpies- thick and thin, glue sticks, old maps, stencils, muffin tins, baby food jars with lids, old buttons, buttons, embroidary hoops, gift cards to Dick Blick/Amazon.com, frames for Spring art show.
Ways you can volunteer
Help mount/hang artwork!! This can be done at home or in the art room, help set up for art shows, Multicultural Night, Celebration of Learning, Spring Columbia City art show fundraiser, help prep materials (cutting, rolling clay, organizing), help hang art work once a month (time can be flexible), help in the classroom with students (afternoons only M-W), connect us with artists as guest speakers or any sort of arts organizations that might be interested in working with us, live musicians/DJ's) as a special art room experience , can provide an occasional chai latte, a hug, a smile, and lots of praise to our amazing students for their work!
Please check out The Creative Advantage to see how the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to bring equal access to the arts to all students http://creativeadvantageseattle.org