Art with Ms. Lakatos

I am very pleased to be your child's art teacher. Together, we not only create art, but we also learn how to appreciate and respond to it, study places and cultures in time, and make judgments about what constitutes quality in art. This is nationally known as Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE).

Philosophy

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic. Research shows that the arts teach children to be more tolerant and open, help to promote individuality, bolster self-confidence, and improve overall academic performance. When we involve students in artistic problem solving, we invite their participation as partners in the learning process. Instead of being told what to think, the visual arts require students to sort out their own reactions and articulate them through the materials at hand. Their attention and focus become absorbed into the task so that they learn from individual reflection, rather than from the outside. They discover the answers for themselves through their own critical thinking. Such solutions require higher order thinking, analysis, and judgment, and students tend to stay on task because they are creating their own work, not replicating someone else's. Being able to think independently is the basis of problem solving. It is also an engaging way to learn.

Special Events

Every student from Kindergarten through the Fourth Grade will showcase their talents in the Spring Art Fair. Several students will have the opportunity to have their artwork on display for Wendy's Youth Arts Month and the Livonia Public School Fine Arts Festival at the Civic Center Library.

Art Websites:

http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/index.html

http://www.moma.org/destination/

http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/index.html

 

Art with Mrs. Bawulski

WHY ART EDUCATION?
by Mrs. Bawulski

Art Means Work

Beyond the qualities of creativity, self-expression, and communication, art is a type of work. This is what art has been from the beginning. This is what art is from childhood to old age. Through art, our students learn the meaning of joy of work--work done to the best of one's ability, for its own sake, for the satisfaction of a job well done. There is a desperate need in our society for a revival of the idea of good work: work for personal fulfillment; work for social recognition; work for economic development. Work is one of the noblest expressions of the human spirit, and art is the visible evidence of work carried to the highest possible level. Today we hear much about productivity and workmanship. Both of these ideals are strengthened each time we commit ourselves to the endeavor of art. We are dedicated to the idea that art is the best way for every young person to learn the value of work.

Art Means Language

Art is a language of visual images that everyone must learn to read. In art classes, we make visual images, and we study images. Increasingly, these images affect our needs, our daily behavior, our hopes, our opinions, and our ultimate ideals. That is why the individual who cannot understand or read images is incompletely educated. Complete literacy includes the ability to understand, respond to, and talk about visual images. Therefore, to carry out its total mission, art education stimulates language--spoken and written--about visual images. As art teachers we work continuously on the development of critical skills. This is our way of encouraging linguistic skills. By teaching pupils to describe, analyze, and interpret visual images, we enhance their powers of verbal expression. That is no educational frill.

Art Means Values

You cannot touch art without touching values: values about home and family, work and play, the individual and society, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, violence and love. The great art of the past and the present deals with these durable human concerns. As art teachers we do not indoctrinate. But when we study the art of many lands and peoples, we expose our students to the expression of a wide range of human values and concerns. We sensitize students to the fact that values shape all human efforts, and that visual images can affect their personal value choices. All of them should be given the opportunity to see how art can express the highest aspirations of the human spirit. From that foundation we believe they will be in a better position to choose what is right and good.

As a product of Livonia Public Schools, I had a wonderful childhood attending Hoover Elementary, Holmes Middle School and Stevenson High School.  I continued my education at Michigan State University where I received my degree in Art Education.  My teaching certification was earned through Madonna University and I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Education with an additional endorsement as a reading specialist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  It has been such a joy to return to my childhood schools to teach.  I am entering this year of teaching with positive energy and enthusiasm.  Throughout my employment at Livonia Public Schools, I have had the pleasure of teaching at many schools.  Each school has provided me with new friends, talented students, and supportive parents.  I look forward to another wonderful year, full of creativity and imagination!  Please contact me anytime at:  jbawulsk@livoniapublicschools.org

Awards:
*Honors Graduate, 2003 Michigan State University
*LEA Spotlight Award, 2006 Riley Upper Elementary School