Mrs. Flanagan--Art

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Mrs Flanagan

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Hi, my name is Mrs. Flanagan and I have been teaching at Washington School for 14 years. I am just bursting with fun and creative ideas for all of my students this year. I enjoyed meeting all my new Kindergartens and getting to know them as well as getting reacquainted with all my students from previous years.I can't believe the 1st marking period is over already

My main goal for the students is that they foster their creativity and have fun. Parents can do the same by providing some basic art supplies at home. Just a pad of paper, a small box of crayons or markers, some inexpensive watercolor paints….Ask them about their day, ask them to create a picture of someone or something that happened that day.

 Class room expectations are fairly simple:

*Remain in your seat

*Raise your hand to speak

*Be a good listener to both teacher and fellow students

*When working talk in a quiet whisper voice

Students will never be assessed on their ability but rather on their attitude and effort.

If you have concerns about anything please feel free to contact me:

Family Craft Night was a huge success. I want to thank all the families who came out that night for some creative fun. I also want to thank all the teachers and staff that volunteered so that our families could have a fun night.

The Fine arts Festival will be held on May 8 this year at The Savin Rock Conference Center. I'm hoping for a great turn out that night as well. Even if your child's work is not on display it is a great way to support all the student artists and see what great talent our West Haven students have from K - 12. The High School students are especially impressive. 

We have a winter coming up fill with snowflakes, landscapes, snowmen, penguins and polar bears.

 In March we will all be working on a unit about Vincent Van Gogh as we celebrate his birthday.


What Are the Benefits of Art Programs for Kids?



·     Programs in art can help kids in other areas of their educational development.

When budget cuts are needed at educational institutions, art programs are often among the first to go. While art programs are typically not considered part of the core curriculum at most elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools, they do offer students who participate in them several advantages. A program in art education can provide students of all ages with a solid foundation for their educational, emotional, social and creative development.

Improved Learning Skills

 Programs in art education can potentially help students to excel in other academic areas, particularly in reading and mathematics. According to Americans for the Arts, art programs can be particularly beneficial in helping children of preschool age to develop their cognitive, motor and language skills. Art programs can help to improve memory and concentration skills, develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, enhance communication and listening skills, help children to establish spatial-temporal relationships between objects and encourage focus and discipline. Citing a 2006 study by the Guggenheim Museum, the New York Times suggests that a foundation in the arts can also help to improve literacy skills, particularly among children who are just beginning to read.



Enhanced Social Skills

An education in art can also help to improve social skills and self-esteem. Children who participate in art education programs learn to work as part of a team and understand different points of view, according to Americans for the Arts. They are also able to develop an understanding and appreciation for different cultures, which can translate to an increased sense of tolerance and social acceptance. Art programs also help children to develop a greater sense of craftsmanship and pride in their finished work. As children are encouraged to follow their vision and do their best, they can develop a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem. This increased confidence can lead to greater social participation in school. According to Abrakadoodle, a national children's art program, children who participate in the arts are four times more likely to serve as a class officer or participate in a math or science fair.


Increased Creativity

Programs in the arts encourage children to be creative and use their imagination as much as possible. This increased emphasis on creativity can help to foster new ways of thinking about the world in general. According to The Boston Globe, art programs are critical in helping students to expand their understanding of their place in relationship to the rest of the world. Students who participate in art programs are encouraged to use their creative minds to enhance their observational skills and "think outside the box" in terms of problem-solving. Art programs encourage innovation and nonlinear thinking, skills that can be used not only in academic settings but in the professional world as well.