PreK Collage and Shape Design!

PreK students recently played with shapes and collage techniques.  We practiced tearing paper, cutting paper, and gluing designs.  Students also created collages with the first letter of their names.  We were inspired by the amazing artist Henri Matisse who mastered paper cutting like no other artist had before him.

To learn more about Henri Mattise, check out these links:


Thanks for supporting arts education at Garrison!

-Ms. Click



PreK Painting and Printmaking!

PreK students experimented with painting and printmaking this semester.  We learned how to use watercolor paint, tempera paint, and stamps.  We even explored some color theory with concepts like color mixing and Warm/Cool Colors.  Nice job PreK artists!

Go to these links to learn more about painting, printmaking, and color theory:

PreK Mark Making!


This month our Garrison artists have been thinking creatively, practicing positive art studio routines, and exploring new materials. PreS/PreK classes have participated in a multiple week unit on Mark Making. We have experimented with different drawing materials such as pencils, crayons, color pencils, oil pastels, markers, and chalk pastels. Students discovered many of the nuances of the different materials through their drawing explorations. Some students drew different kinds of lines or shapes, while others drew imaginative stories or scenes from every day life. Seeing the curiosity and creativity in these students reminded me how lucky we are to have universal PreK in DC!

I have noticed that our PreK students seem uninhibited by self-doubt as artists. From older students, I sometimes hear comments like “I can’t draw, I’m not an artist”. However, these youngest artists are often the first ones to say, “I want to tell you about my drawing! I want to share it with everyone!”

Pablo Picasso once said:
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Thanks for supporting our Garrison Artists and stop by soon with updates from Grades 1-5!
-Ms. Click

First Week of School!

Our new school year has arrived!  This is always a special time for teachers as we prepare for another school year with new goals and new energy.

One of these goals is to develop a positive learning environment.  Our art studio should be a place where students feel respected, safe, challenged, and encouraged. That is why it is so important at the beginning of the year for students to practice positive art studio routines.  Here are a few photos showcasing students following directions, listening attentively, respecting art materials, and respecting others!

And thanks to a Donors Choose grant from last spring, the art studio is now a more organized, efficient, and welcoming space. Now we can store artwork, art materials, and provide an art making space for every Garrison student.

Here are a few photos from the first day of school as students met their new teachers and greeted friends.

I’m excited to see how our students grow as artists this year!  Thanks for supporting Garrison’s artists and feel free to contact me with additional information about your child, questions, class donations, or interest in volunteering in the art studio.

-Ms. Click

What better way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week than by supporting Garrison’s Art Studio! 

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Also, if you donate on May 5th or May 6th use the code 100WOMEN and 100 Women in Hedge Funds will match your donation dollar for dollar!


Thanks and feel free to pass this on to other supporters of Art Education!

-Ms. Click


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