Hello My Name Is...
Welcome to My Art Classroom
My name is Lori Burroughs and I am the 5th and 6th grade art teacher at Kannapolis Intermediate School. I was born and raised in Kannapolis, NC. I have always been interested in art and at A.L. Brown High School began working on my art portfolio to receive an art scholarship to West Virginia University.
College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from WVU, where I maintained an art scholarship until graduation in December of 2003. I began working in Kannapolis City schools as a teacher assistant until the art teacher position opened at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in 2008. I then attended UNC Charlotte to get my credentials to teach art. I have been at Woodrow teaching Pre-K-4th grade visual arts until I accepted the 5th and 6th grade art teacher position at KIS for the 2016-2017 school year. I am looking forward to teaching at G. W. Carver Elementary as the A+ Arts Academy Art Teacher starting in August 2017!
I am very excited to work with your child in art! Art is VERY important in school! Today more than ever the arts are needed by our young people as a forum for self expression, communication, exploration, imagination, and cultural and historical understanding. Brain research confirms that Arts Education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement, school success, and preparation for the work world. Art classes provide students a chance to develop cognitive and creative skills, and to develop their imaginations. The arts teach our students to be more tolerant and open through multicultural and historical perspectives and through their involvement in the creative process itself. Due to the collaborative nature of art, students develop crucial skills in cooperative decision-making, leadership, clear communication, and complex problem solving while working with others. Regular participation in the arts develops self-confidence, self-discipline, persistence, and the knowledge of how to make multiple revisions to create high quality work.
What we will be learning in Art:
We are going to GET CREATIVE!! We will learn about and reference many famous artists and different mediums to create artwork, as well as, strengthen and explore the process of using art to communicate. Students will explore their artistic expression while learning different processes to create art, safely and appropriately.
Students will be practicing the basic elements and principles of design while integrating with their classroom studies (math, reading, science and social studies). Having art once a week will help support student learning in classroom studies, increase fine motor skills, build creative thinking and problem solving, give students an outlet, foster self expression, and nurture sense of self.
I am looking forward to working with your child in art this year! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns!
Things parents/guardians can do to nurture creativity:
- Encourage drawing pictures and objects around the house by starting with basic shapes.
-Encourage free drawing and painting
-Play/work with modeling clay or PlayDough to strengthen muscles in hands.
-Explore famous artists and their artwork: Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe, Grandma Moses, Faith Ringold, Romare Bearden, etc
National Gallery of Art for Kids
Kids Arts & Crafts for Home
Art in the Picture
Pablo Picasso: "EVERY child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Vincent Van Gogh: "I dream my painting, then I paint my dream."