Creativity in Delivery OR
“Be a Patron of ART’s!"
By John Lentine, Locust Grove Primary School, Virginia
Posted on November 13, 2021
“Order up!” the chef exclaimed, but this is no ordinary chef! This is Mr. ART, of ART’s Diner, the unique art program at Locust Grove Primary School in Locust Grove, Virginia. ART’s Diner! Where every meal’s a masterpiece! Be a “Patron of ART’s!”
Top Left: ART's Diner all set up and ready for class. Bottom Left: Entrance to ART's Diner. Right: Inside of ART's very colorful diner!
Top Left: John serving up another lesson in ART's Diner. Bottom Left: Former Superintendent Bob Grimesy pops in and gives a wave. John painted the school mascot cardinal above the door to immortalize Bob (notice the tie), who was always a "SOUPer" support! He would even do lessons along with the children! Right: Students with their Me-Moji Pizzas in ART's Diner...with an emoji about the artist on every slice! It's a great way to get to know students!
Top: Students love the creativity of making whipped cream lines at ART's Diner. Bottom Left: John Lentine's Art History 101 video, available at www.thatARTvideo.com is an engaging resource for teaching art history. Bottom Right: "ART's a la carte" during art on a cart pandemic teaching.
Music is also key in my teaching, along with magic and humor.
Above: John presenting on ART's Diner at NAEA New Orleans. Right: Anyone who knows John knows that his pups are special to him. This is Beaux. He helps John with virtual lessons!
John Lentine is in his 42nd year of teaching and has been recognized with many awards over the years, including the NAEA Pacific Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 1991 when he taught in Alaska. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and welcomes all correspondence.