Mrs. Solazzo

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Mrs. Solazzo

Dear students and parents,

 

Welcome to Art at Rosa Lee Carter Elementary.. Art motivates students to express themselves visually and creatively through artistic thought and action while they build a foundation of art knowledge and skills through the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Art IS project based learning.

 

About me:

I have been teaching in Loudoun County for 12 years. This is my fourth year teaching art. I have a B.A. in art with a concentration in printmaking and a minor in philosophy as well a master’s degree in the Science of Education. I live in Loudoun with my husband, two dogs and my daughter who is 9 and in fourth grade this year. I love to watercolor, and recently just this summer I learned about e-commerce websites and web design. I also worked with middle and high school students to increase depth of visual knowledge in areas such as printmaking, and textiles such as intricate weaving and crochet.

Curriculum:

The elementary art program enriches the entire curriculum in so many ways and has four components that create a quality program. They are: Aesthetic Perception, Art Criticism, Art History and Culture, and Art Production and Creative Expression. These four components will be a part of art class and will provide a strong connection to curriculum integration. At each grade level student will:

  • Use problem solving and critical thinking.
  • learn about history and culture through art.
  • use their senses to explore the world. 
  • use both verbal and nonverbal methods to express abstract ideas and emotions.
  • learn to trust their creative intelligence.
  • learn concepts and techniques that will give them control of the visual images they produce.
  • learn to identify aesthetic qualities in a variety of artwork and in the environment.
  • learn the language of visual art so that they have a precise vocabulary in which to express their ideas. 

Assessment:

4= Above Expectations:  (3rd-5th grade only)

3 = Meets Expectations: Consistently demonstrates proficient understanding and
applies skills independently with minimal teacher support.
2 = Making Progress: Demonstrates initial stages of understanding; applies skills
but requires teacher intervention reinforcement.
1 = Insufficient Progress: Demonstrates a lack of understanding; difficulty accomplishing
grade level tasks; re-teaching required.


End of year Art Portfolios:
Students in 1st - 5th grades will bring home their artwork during the last 6 weeks of the year in an art portfolio. I realize some parents like to see artwork at the completion of each project; therefore, you are welcome to stop by the school and look at your child's work anytime throughout the year.

Class Behavior Guidelines:

To maintain a safe productive learning environment, art class guidelines have been established and reviewed in each class. Each child is expected to follow class guidelines so class time can be used for learning.

Incentives:

I will continue to use the school wide PBIS tickets for students in all grades to help promote good behavior. This will encourage correct behavior in art class and help promote a great learning and fun environment.

Art education is for all students. It provides learning opportunities for the artistically talented, as well as for students who may never produce art outside the classroom. In whichever category your child is in, art class will be a learning, encouraging and enriching part of your child’s day. Please call me if you have any question at (703) 957-4490 or email me at lucy.solazzo@gmail.com. I am looking forward to a great year.