“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein My name is Julie Trout, aka Ms. T, and I am thrilled to be teaching visual arts at John Muir. I have been teaching in Seattle for many years. I started as a classroom teacher for grades 4-8 and always used art to teach core subjects. For the past ten years I have been sharing this passion for the arts with students as an arts specialist. I strongly believe in the power of arts and that all students should have equal access to arts education. In 2012 i was awarded the honor of Washington REgional Teacher of the year representing ESD 121. Very exciting for a small town West Virginia gal who is proudly the first one in the family to get a college degree. In the art room we are learning and practicing techniques such as line, texture, value, color, shape and form. We are learning these techniques from the work of famous artists such as Jean Micheal Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, and many others. Art forms from around the world inspire us. We focus more on the process than the product to help us become more confident and creative in our everyday lives. One thing you will hear often in the art room is "mistakes are opportunities."