The art curriculum for kindergarten through 8th grades at Our Lady of the Lake introduces students to the language of art by learning the Elements of Art - line, shape, form, color, texture, value, space and, the Principles of Design -  balance, pattern, movement, repetition, proportion, rhythm, emphasis, variety, unity, and contrast. These elements and principles are explored through a variety of art projects using different mediums and study of artists past and present from around the world.


Students also learn about the Studio Habits of Mind. The basic understanding of the habits helps student to focus on the processes of creative thinking. The 8 habits are: Develop craft, engage + persist, envision, observe, reflect, stretch + explore, and understand art worlds.


The students experiment with a wide range of materials to create drawings, paintings, sculpture and printmaking. The program goals are for students to understand that artists are thinkers and problem solvers who:

  • Respect - the uniqueness and creativity of themselves and others
  • Express - themselves through languages other than spoken or written
  • Understand - the contributions of the arts and artists to societies and cultures, past and present
  • Gain - a lasting appreciation of art forms experienced as participant and as an audience
  • Recognize - the many connections between the arts and their value

I believe every human has the capacity for creativity and my work with students will be to encourage and support their creative exploration.  In addition, I will teach students that having a growth mindset is important to foster their development and artistic expression.

Each month we highlight and Artist of the Month who fits with our artistic focus for the month. This gives us a chance to bring an art history lens to the curriculum. I aim to highlight artists from an array of backgrounds and artistic genres. The Artist of the Month is displayed in the hallway and is incorporated into the lesson plans as well.  
JoEllen Daniels

I studied Art History and Studio Art at Seattle Pacific University. Part of my studies included a summer studying abroad in Rome, Italy. I continued my studies at SPU and earned my Master’s in teaching with an emphasis in Special Education.  I taught four years of Special Education in Seattle before moving abroad with my family to Scotland.  I am happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest and I am excited to join the OLL community. I am looking forward to growing the visual arts program and working with students to find their passion for visual art. I enjoy continuing my personal art education through local arts programs. My favorite classes include watercolor and calligraphy.