• Welcome to the Art Room!

    Ms. Mary-Louise Shaffer

    Art Teacher@ Dogwood Hill & Manito

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    I have some big ideas about the role art can play in young children's lives!  Born and raised in Oakland, I am thrilled to be a part of your child's creative experiences in the art room.

    I feel being exposed to great art and making their own art is an experience every child deserves.

    Art provides a unique platform for children to express themselves, explore their emotions, and develop vital skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. From fine motor skills to enhanced problem-solving abilities, the impact of artistic engagement is both profound and far-reaching.

    Art offers a space where there are no right or wrong answers. It encourages children to trust their instincts and make choices based on their preferences and imagination. This autonomy fosters a sense of empowerment, allowing them to take ownership of their creations and decisions. 

    Throughout the year, students will be exposed to great artists, proper use of materials, and a huge variety of mediums to create art they can be proud of!  

    Remember, it's not about perfection—it's about the joy of creating together!



    Japanese artist who is well known for her use of DOTS. She is the latest artist students will be learning about this fall.

    Yayoi Kusama bulletin Boards





    Yayoi Kusama Watercolors Grade 4

    Fourth Grade watercolors