My name is Bridget Houghton and I am the Art teacher at Westgate School. This is my first year teaching after graduating from the University of Wyoming where I received my BA in Art Education.
My journey that lead me to where I am now has been full of my love for creativity and taking inspiration from all my amazing experiences. Presenting my students with the opportunity to create and experiment daily is what drives me to be an art teacher. I grew up in Colorado which gave me a unique appreciation for nature and the beauty nature provides to us every day. Moving to Wyoming for college increased my love for the outdoors and I began to work on creating artwork that meant something to me, not just for aesthetic reasons. I am blessed to be in a program that focuses on the students and how we can better help them as educators.
I am available for questions or comments, so feel free to email me.
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International Dot Day
Hello and Happy Wednesday!
Today is international dot day. A book called The Dot by Peter. H. Reynolds inspired International Dot Day. The book is about a caring teacher who encourages a student named Vashti to “make her mark.” Vashti couldn’t draw, so she simply made a single dot on a piece of paper. This little dot was just the beginning of Vashti’s journey of self-discovery.
On September 15, 2009, a teacher named Terry Shay introduced his classroom to The Dot. The rest, as they say, is history. Since its first observance in 2009, the day has become a global sensation. It is currently celebrated by nearly 16 million people in 181 countries. This day was established to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration, the celebration is easily one of the most fun days of the year! Celebrated by both children and adults, International Dot Day is a day to connect, collaborate, and create. It's also a great day to foster self-expression.
For this day, your students and I are going to make our own marks and create a school mural in celebration. Each student will create their own “dot” which will be hung in the school.
Make sure to follow Westgate and the art room on Instagram to see the result!
We are excited to invite you to Westgate's 2021-2022 Virtual Curriculum Night. Join the Specials team for an online presentation about your child's school day and curriculum. We will discuss important details regarding what the students will be doing and learning from each of the 4 specials classes (Music, Art, PE, and iLab). There will be a brief Q&A following the presentation. This is a great time to look a little closer at what you can expect from your student's 2021-2022 school year here at Westgate.
Date: Thursday, September 2nd
Time: 5:20pm - 5:50pm
Location: Teams Meeting (you will recieve a link from Mrs. Peterson via email)
If you are unable to make the live virtual meeting, there will be a recording made available following the presentation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out via email. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!