art department at Kendale Lakes Elementary is led by Ms. Kristi
Atkison. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the
field of art, has her specialist degree, masters degree, and 2
bachelor’s degrees. She was a finalist for Teacher of the
Year for our region in 2012. She has
years of experience in
Art Education. Ms. Atkison came to Kendale Lakes in
1999 and has been expanding and developing the art program at
the school ever since. Since 2010, Ms. Atkison has served
as a lead teacher in various school beautification
projects aimed to add color, art, recognitions, and positive
messages throughout the building to enhance the learning
environment for all. Several teachers, support
personnel, and volunteers have joined her in this endeavor and
as a result, inspirational environments have been established
throughout a majority of the school's classroom settings.
The art program teaches a traditional style of art incorporating
history, artist profiles, styles, and methods in creating and
developing awareness in the fine arts. Technology
equipment utilized at the classroom level enables art teachers
to incorporate programs such as Brain Pop, Brain Pop Jr.,
and Discovery Education to expand upon information shared with
students as art lessons are taught. Various materials are
offered and give students a
chance to explore and create work that expresses their own
personal style learning from master artists' techniques.
Students in grades 2-5 have an art sketch book to practice
techniques, record important vocabulary terms, and demonstrate
their skills through weekly home learning assignments.
In order to challenge students to work well in this program,
students compete in several shows and exhibits throughout the
school year. A few examples of the shows that the students
compete in include: Dade County Youth Fair;
Student Annual Exhibit
Say No to Drugs Poster Contest
Creative Visions Show; The Museum Educational Exhibit
Additionally, the art room also has an enormous gallery-style
display wall within the school building to show off the
students’ talents. This area has become a very prestigious
display space, and as a result, students' set a goal for
themselves to get their art work up for all to see.
In the spring of 2012, the art department hosted its first Art
and Music Gala Night honoring the students who worked very hard
and got recognized for their art work excellence. Students
and family members came out in the evening to view over 200
pieces beautifully displayed in our school gallery.
The art department also sponsors a 4th and 5th
grade Art Club that meets an extra hour every week.
Students test to get into the Art Club and have an opportunity
to expand on their knowledge of art. The art class helps
students create and develop a portfolio during the school year
to show how they progressed and by the time students are in 4th
and 5th grade they have a complete portfolio that has
been used by current students to help them apply and get into a
fine arts magnet program at the middle school level.