Welcome Letter

  • Dear West Road Families,

                Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! My name is Mrs. Lauren Boland and this is my fifth year teaching art at West Road Intermediate School. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I graduated in 2009 from Montclair State University with a BA degree in K-12 Art Education. In 2014, I graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a MPS degree in Humanistic Multicultural Education. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, volunteering at my local animal shelter, and creating art!

                Your child will be participating in a program known as Choice-Based Art Education. When teaching with artistic behaviors, the students direct the class, select the content and media, become problem finders and problem solvers, and have full ownership of the process, direction, and outcomes of their work. My role as the facilitator will be to provide support for research, planning, use of media, and technical skills. The curriculum is more fluid and delivered at the appropriate time and development to be used by the student when it suits the needs of the artistic process.

                Students will also participate in mini lessons about media techniques, subject matter, elements and principals of art, and art history aligned with the Arlington Elementary Art Curriculum. In a choice-based art classroom, students assume the role of artists, exploring their own interests and passions moving from station to station within the room. As artists, students will: observe the world around them, seek inspiration and answers to questions, experiment and explore, be open to new ideas, play and improvise with media, techniques, and tools, collaborate with others, learn to be flexible and work through mistakes, express their ideas in innovative ways, reflect on their work and the work of others, connect to other disciplines through art making, and value the work and ideas of others. I hope you will find that a student-directed environment provides a rich authentic art experience for learners at all levels and abilities.

                I am delighted to be a part of the West Road Intermediate School community and I am looking forward to getting to know all of my new students! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Boland

    Art Educator at West Road Intermediate School (Days 1, 2, 3)

    E-mail: lboland@acsdny.org

    Phone: (845) 635-4310