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This page was last updated on:  Sunday November 12, 2006

Mrs. Rappaport

In Westwood Elementary School's art classes, your child will be exposed to a variety of different art media, including drawing with different materials, painting with watercolor and tempera, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and fiber.  Different styles of art from different times are discussed, along with the different techniques and media.  Effort is made to tie art activities in with classroom curriculum to bring meaning into the child's daily school experience.  The importance of creativity and originality are stressed, and each child is encouraged to do his or her personal best, with the emphasis on individual achievement.  Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes, 30 minutes for Kindergarten.

Your child is expected to be prepared for art class, although the art room does provide many materials and can lend some supplies to students who are unable to bring their own. An old shirt to protect clothing during messy projects is very helpful, as is all art supplies listed on beginning of the year class supply lists, replenished as needed. Students in grades 2 through 5 carry an art box with supplies in it to art class.

Appropriate behavior is emphasized in art class, which is often less structured than other academic environments.  Rules and expectations are clearly posted and frequently reviewed, and each class is made aware of the "Art Room Code of Conduct/ Behavior Consequences".

Students in 4th and 5th grades serve as art room helpers during recess and dismissal times, respectively, helping to wash tables, clean sinks, take down artwork on display, etc.  Individuals in all classes assist with tasks such as distribution of supplies and handing out papers.  Parents and grand parents are welcomed to help during art classes, also, and are especially needed during the 1st grade and Kindergarten classes.

Westwood student artwork is displayed with their grade level in the hallways, and individually at several venues. These include the Geauga West Library and the Geauga County Fair (depending on the rotation of grades being displayed). Student art work is sometimes accepted for display as part of the Young People's Art Exhibit, at the State Office Tower in Columbus, Ohio, the Youth Art Month Exhibit at the STRS Building in Columbus, and at the Galleries at Case Western Reserve University.

Wonderful things are in store for a great art adventure at Westwood Elementary School!

If you have any questions regarding art class, please contact Mrs. Rappaport at 440-729-5990, or at rappt@westgeauga.k12.oh.us



Art News:

Kindergartners will be creating some crayon pattern resists with paint, and then starting to work with clay.

First graders will be also be starting to work with ceramic clay soon!

Second graders are completing their stamp print architecture and will be exploring the concept of Symmetry next by creating Bird Masks.

Third graders are learning about masks from Africa and South America and creating Sgraffito scratch board images.

Forth graders have created imaginative Animal Architecture, and next will create the animal in Sculpey.

Fifth graders have begun their self-portraits, which they will be completing in the style of the artist they researched for their Artist Reports.

The art room is looking for donations of the following items: lightly used mousepads.

Thanks for supporting the arts at Westwood Elementary School!


First grade parents and grandparents are needed as volunteers in the art room. First graders have art in the afternoons from. Please contact your child's teacher if you are interested, or you may contact Mrs. Rappaport directly at 440-729-5901, ext. 4320.
Please remember to send your child to school with an old shirt to protect his or her clothing during art class.

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Thanks for helping to support the Arts at Westwood School!

-Mrs. Rappaport, Art Teacher