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Sara Katzenbach » Ms. Katzenbach: Introduction to the Art Studio

Ms. Katzenbach: Introduction to the Art Studio

Welcome!  Thank you for taking the time to learn about myself and the Bright Art Studio. I  have been the art teacher at Bright school for the last 6 years, and I consider this school my second home.  One of my favorite things is seeing Bright students return year after year, a little older and wiser.  I have a bachelors and masters degree in art education, and graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Outside of the classroom I am always making art: drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and videos.  My specialty is painting with acrylics.  If you visit the art studio during a school event, you will be able to see some of my artwork on display in the classroom.  
All students between kindergarten and 8th visit the art studio twice a week.  In the art room, students encounter creative problem-solving, collaboration, and independent ideation.  Younger grades (K-2) focus on developing motor skills and learning the basics for how to use materials and follow art processes.  In the intermediate grades (3-5), students move into long term projects that require planning, pacing, and experimentation with materials.  Middle school students encounter an integrated curriculum, where they have to research topics and create artistic reactions or interpretations of the information.
Be sure to stay updated on our current projects by visiting my classroom blog: http://brightstudio.weebly.com/