Gmerek, Betsy

  • Hello OHE students and families!
    This is going to be an exciting year in ART with these budding young artists. In nurturing the whole child, Oak Harbor Elementary has adopted the Leader in Me program. So in its first year, our school community will be working to model and teach the 7 habits of effective leaders to our students. I am especially excited because the arts are an ideal place to practice and instill these 7 life skill habits. Artistic thinking and behaviors are interchangeable with these LIM 7 habits--For example, piggybacking on the habits like "Begin with the end in mind" (artists envision),  "Synergize" (artists collaborate), and much more. You can learn more about the Leader in Me process through the OHE homepage. 
    If you are new to this amazing school,  here's a little about me and my art philosophy- I have 18 years of certificated teaching experience in both the gen ed. classroom ( M.A.Ed. Arts integration) and  k-12 Visual Arts. It is through the arts, that I will passionately serve these students and the Oak Harbor community. By differentiating arts instruction, I strive to meet each child where he or she is at.  In embracing the whole child, I put emphasis on the artistic process over the product-driven approach. It is my goal that all students will leave elementary art as creative problem solvers. So, this year your student will practice seeing, thinking, creating, and reflecting as an artist. At the same time, this is a place where important foundations for art skills and the conceptual arts understandings take root.  So, through a balanced sequential arts curriculum, students will be able to build upon existing art skills and knowledge to grow and gain confidence, not only as drawers, painters, or sculptors but also in the cross-curricular areas that are woven into the arts.
    Student art will go home throughout the year, but what you don't see will be held in student portfolios, displayed at school,  or saved for display at the two big Spring student art celebrations, the annual Holland Happenings ART Walk and OHE school celebration. Please consider volunteering in the art room this year! Between portfolios, art prep, and displaying art through school and community--there is always lots to do!  I will try to keep my website's artist gallery updated as students create art!  
    Updated information is always available through Family Access on Skyward. Three times a year, towards the end of the trimester, I send out a letter through Skyward updating you with general student progress while also previewing art concepts/techniques to come. You can also reach me in the classroom or through email and phone. 
    360 821-9349
    I look forward to witnessing these budding artists blossom!
    Where there's heART, there is ART,
    Mrs. Gmerek


  • Gmerek  

    Mrs. Gmerek

    Art Specialist

    Where there's HeART,

     there's ART! ♥

    360.279.5130 while in the classroom
    or after hours at 360 821-9349
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