Welcome to Art with Mrs. French

I've put together this site to showcase some of the wonderful art work my students are creating. Take a look around and enjoy!

We Are Art Smart!

Howard Gardner, Ph.D., professor at Harvard University, first identified seven different kinds of intelligence in his classic book Frames of Mind. His theory has challenged assumptions about intelligence and learning and deeply influenced the path of education in the United States.

Gardner identifies Spatial intelligence as the ability to "think in pictures," to perceive the visual world accurately, and recreate (or alter) it in the mind or on paper. Spatial intelligence is highly developed in artists, architects, designers and sculptors. When we create art, thinking and acting to increase and develop our spatial intelligence, we become Art Smart!

Click here for an interesting article from ARTSEDGE on why being Art Smart is an important 21st century workplace skill.

About me

Julie French

I started my career in advertising as a graphic designer working with some very interesting businesses and non-profits. Click here to see some of that work. After taking time off to start a family, I wanted to combine my two loves — children and art. I'm now in my eighth year teaching art and I love it! My students' creativity amazes me every day, they are a joy to work with.

Contact Me

Parents may reach me through our school website, everyone else please email juliefrench@mac.com.


Name Patterns

This was a fun start-of-the-year project for my 4/5 grade class. Using black marker, they divided a 9" x 12" sheet of paper with intersecting straight lines, then wrote their names on an angle. They filled in the spaces within the sections formed with patterns they chose. We stressed being creative with the patterns, and how any repeating image can form a pattern, even spider webs or paw prints! Clicking on any image brings you to the picture gallery.




Name Towers

Grade Six students use the elements and principles of line, pattern, harmony and balance to create theses "Name Towers". Using the letters of their names, they rotated, flipped and stacked letters in interesting compositions that would support themselves (at least theoretically) in three dimensions. They then filled in the spaces between the letters with line and pattern. I love the way each composition has its' own personality, just like the artist who created it! Go to the gallery by clicking on any of the images.



Graffiti Art

Several of our classes started off the year with projects revolving around student names. They were fun to work on and helped me get to know my students.

After viewing samples and discussing features such as bold color, line and movement, students in grades 7 and 8 created their own graffiti art with colored pencil on paper.

Click on any sample below go to the gallery of their work.



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