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Art Teacher

Ms. K. Atkinson






 The K.L.E. Art Department

The 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 several 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; Watercolor Exhibit; 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.





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MIAMI, FL 33183
(305) 385-2575

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