Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Crayola ColorCycle

Dear Parents,

I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.

All around Gold Rush, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. A drop-off box will be located outside the art room for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!


Kerry Dazzio, Art Teacher

Gold Rush Elementary

Monday, January 14, 2019

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mid Year Already!

It has been an amazing first semester and I am so proud of the work your students have accomplished! I am always so touched and impressed by the growth of your students and the community of learning we create together. Please see the Classroom News page for highlights of our work during the first semester. I look forward to continuing our work next semester and I hope you have an enjoyable winter break!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Studio Thinking

The arts teach modes of thinking that are valuable across every discipline. Students who learn lessons in the arts are prepared to see patterns, learn from mistakes, and envision solutions. These 8 "Studio Habits of Mind" capture the way artists think and provide a framework and language that supports such a disposition:

Develop Craft: Learn to use tools, materials, and artistic conventions. Learn to care for tools, materials, and space.

Engage & Persist: Learn to embrace problems of relevance within the art world and/or of personal importance, to develop focus conducive to working and persevering at tasks.

Envision: Learn to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed, and imagine possible next steps in making a piece.

Express: Learn to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.

Observe: Learn to attend to visual contexts more closely than ordinary “looking” requires, and thereby to see things that otherwise might not be seen.

Reflect: Learn to think and talk with others about an aspect of one’s work or working process, and learn to evaluate one’s own work and process and the work of others.

Stretch & Explore: Learn to reach beyond one’s capacities, to explore playfully without a preconceived plan, and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes.

Understand (Arts) Community: Learn to interact with other student artists and within the broader society.


Through art students will be participating in fun and meaningful artistic experiences that support GRE’s values as reflected in this statement:  “We foster growth by challenging critical thinkers to take risks, honor differences, and care for others.”

Looking ahead to a great year together! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments.