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Hi! My name is Katy Tharaldson. I’ve been teaching visual art for Minneapolis Public Schools since 2000.  I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree and a Masters of Education. Both from the University of Minnesota (Duluth and Twin Cities).

In art class we learn about the elements and principles of art. I like to think of them as the tools that artists use to make art.  Just like writers use letters, words, sentences and paragraphs to communicate- artists use lines, shapes, colors, textures, space and form to tell their stories.  I want students to understand that art is a visual language and a form of communication.  I want kids to feel confident making choices, trying new things, solving problems and working collaboratively. 

Aside from learning about the elements and principles of art, there are lots of other skills kids learn from working in the arts. It’s not that every student will become an artist when they grow up- but every student needs to be able to try new things, explore possibilities, collaborate, cooperate, plan, execute and revise work.  The arts are a valuable experience for all children.  They give kids practice in creativity which transfers to any career or life path.

The easiest way to reach me is by email or stopping in anytime.  My email address is:  katy.tharaldson@mpls.k12.mn.us

To subscribe to the art room blog:  Imaginings and Creations in Art Class:  a window to the art room,  please go to:   http://imagineandcreate.edublogs.org   and enter your email address.  Then you will get an email on Mondays if I posted any new projects from the previous week.  Or, if you don't want to subscribe feel free to just visit the site anytime and have a look around. The blog will let us share what we're learning in class more readily with you at home.....

Thanks for supporting the arts at Hale! 

Katy