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Mrs. Foster - Art

I can be reached via phone before and after school. If you get into the answering system please leave me a message. You can also send me an e-mail by clicking the small envelope next to my name below.

Foster, Susan Art

I Believe...

  • For some students, art is their motivation for coming to school. Art is a subject where they excel, feel comfortable, and where they find success.
  • Significant learning happens when emotions and joy are integrated with instruction.
  • The arts help develop self-confidence.  Creating works of art can be personally satisfying. When a student is successful at creating a work of art, they develop the desire to try and create new things.
  • Creating works of art brings us joy and happiness.  When we feel these emotions, we learn with ease and efficiency.
  • Art class is a place where students can express themselves, explore new ideas, communicate, use their imagination, and capture their ideas and passions.
  • Art is important for the development of the whole child and teaching through the arts can benefit all types of learners.
  • For students that have problems focusing, art can often engage them for long periods of time.
  • The arts encourage openness to diversity.  Art is a universal language that communicates to all people.
  • Creating art takes practice.  Through art, one develops higher order thinking, analysis, evaluation, and problem solving skills.
  • Art allows us to think outside of the box.
  • Creating and completing a piece of art can lead one to feel a sense of pride.
  • Problem solving, self-criticism, communication, visual spatial abilities, cooperative decision-making, and creative thinking, are skills rarely covered on standardized tests, yet these abilities are necessary to function successfully in every day life.
  • The arts can be integrated into every subject area.
  • All teachers should teach to the different learning modalities. Teaching through the arts fosters the visual and tactile learners. 
  • “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
  • My goal is to get our children excited and interested in art before their fears set in.
  • All children can create something beautiful.  It is my job to encourage them and to help them see their potential.   I want all children to feel welcome, supported, acknowledged, and heard in my art room.  It is a place where I hope all children, even if art is not their passion, can come to relax, enjoy, learn, and express themselves.

Student Artwork

In District 12, we have several art shows throughout the year.  In order to give the students a choice of what they would like to enter into the shows, I hold onto all of their artwork until the end of the year.  After the last art show, the students create an art portfolio. All of the student work is passed back and put into the portfolio.  I give very specific directions on how to get the work home safely.  Once the portfolios leave the art room, it is the student’s responsibility to get them home safely. The artwork usually comes home sometime in the last two weeks of school.  As always, if you would like to come in and pick up the portfolio yourself, I would be glad to set up a time with you.     


Art Shows

CMSD Faculty Art Show, H.S. Gallery-- TBA

Annual District Art Exhibit, Lloyd Shaw Auditorium-- TBA

CME Celebrates the Arts, February 21st, 5:00-6:00 PM



Elementary Art Program

With Mrs. Foster

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year.  I am so very excited to share with you some new changes to the art program.  All three of the Cheyenne Mountain elementary art teachers have been researching, developing and revamping our art programs.  The three of us have attended two CAEA  (Colorado Art Education Association) conferences and a TAB (Teaching Artistic Behavior) conference.  We have learned valuable and current information on teaching the best practices in our art classes.  Not only will these new methods of teaching align with our school’s “Growth Mindset” model, it will also correlate with the new Colorado State Standards for Art. 


Let me start out with explaining the new concepts.  My entire art program will be based around the Eight Studio Habits of Mind. 


As an artist myself, I can honestly say that I use these habits in every artwork that I create.  I believe in these habits and I want to teach my students the ways in which artists work.  I was struck by something that was said at one of the conferences I attended.  “If you walk down the halls of a school art show and you see 25 identical Vincent Van Gogh, “Starry Night” projects, then you know that not much creativity was being used in the art room.” 



So what will this process look like in my art room?  First of all, each child will be keeping a sketchbook this year.  In our sketchbooks, we will be documenting the 8 Studio Habits.  The children will develop craft and practice art skills, envision ideas and record them, express their ideas, make observations, reflect on their processes, explore new art mediums, reference art history and persist through the process.  The sketchbook is where they will show me their efforts and a large part of their art grade will be based on the care that they put into their personal sketchbooks.


What will the projects look like this year?  Different!  I intend on teaching many micro lessons on art technique and concepts.  For instance, let’s say that I want the students to learn about landscapes.  I may display two or three famous landscape paintings on the board.  We will observe them and discuss how each artist created foreground, middleground and background.  Then, I will give the children options in different mediums to create a landscape, proving to me that they understand the concepts of foreground, middleground and background.  Each child’s artwork will look completely different.  In this process they will have researched, envisioned their idea, developed their skills, persisted through problems, express their ideas, and stretch their minds. . 


Another example might be that I teach a micro lesson on 3D paper construction. I will demonstrate different ways to fold, cut and adhere paper to create a sculpture.  The students will be given the choice of different types of paper and they will envision their sculpture, sketch their ideas in their sketchbook and create their own unique 3D sculpture.  So exciting right?  This is the way in which true artists work.


Something else is going to look different in the art room this year.  Silent Focus.  Not all students can concentrate and focus with noise.  When I create in my studio, I find noise to be distracting.  So we need to honor those children who need peace and calm while creating.  Throughout the art class, I will spontaneously designate times for silent focus.  During this time the children will work without talking.  This will give them the time they need to develop ideas and get their work done.  At other times I will let the children talk at a low level but this time will be dedicated to discussing and sharing their discoveries.  I only see the children one quarter of the school year due to the specials schedule and I want the children to make the most of their art experience. 


This is the year of exploring, making mistakes, solving problems, experimenting, and play. The only thing that the children need to be concerned with is the effort that they put into their projects and being respectful..  It’s not about the end product but the process they go through to hopefully create their own unique pieces of art.  One thing you do need to understand is that the students will need time to develop their ideas.  After all, they will not be recreating my samples anymore, so the process might take a bit longer.  At the end of the year, I hope that each child will have a portfolio of truly unique artwork. 


I am so excited to get started.  I ask that you be patient.  Even with all my heavy research in this approach, it is new to me.  With our amazing young artists, I know that this program will be very successful and we will see loads of unique creativity. If you ever have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.  



Susan Foster

Art Teacher PVE & CME


Art Room Rules

Art Room Rules


1. Enter and exit the classroom quietly.

2. Raise your hand if you have a question or comment.

3. Follow the directions.

4. Focus on your art projects.

5. Work Quietly.


Consequences for Poor Choices


1. Warning

2. Think Sheet

3. No Art / Think Sheet Goes Home