This week they were visited by local artist / graphic artist and business owner Gilbert Sauceda (his company website is: http://colorfactoryllc.com/) who shared his experiences and some of his work with the students.
Mr. Sauceda is dyslexic and color blind (quite a mountain to climb for a professional artist!) who knew he wanted to "color for a living" since he was six years old. Unfortunately, school was not easy for him and it took him until college to really start to pursue his dreams. Today, he owns a successful graphic art and marketing business and has written/illustrated two children's books.
The central themes in Mr. Sauceda's art center on things he loves like Texas sports teams, old cars and musicians. After delivering an exceptional lesson on how to draw a face, Mr. Sauceda had the students line up and gave them an incredible gift: signed prints of his work!
The pictures below show Gilbert delivering his lesson, and others of the students getting their own copies of his work.
Another E-slot elective is 4th grade is Fuel Up To Play 60 which is sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council. It is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program helping make wellness part of the game plan in more than 70,000 schools across the country.
At Laurel Mountain, we have nineteen 4th grade students serving as student ambassadors. They meet during the E-slot time on Fridays. Below is a picture of this group.