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Art classroom of featured alumnus.

Featured Art Educator

Mrs. Lindsey Thomas
Prek-5th grade
11th year in Art Education
Walnut Springs Elementary
Dripping Springs ISD 

Texas State class of 2007.

"My goal is to cultivate a culture of imagination, mystery, creativity, discovery, and joy in the process…. If they end up with a finished product, that's a happy bonus.

Each child brings their unique personalities and ideas—it's my job to reach in and give them the courage to believe in themselves, to let themselves walk in vulnerability, and to live wholeheartedly.

We start class with the art room mission statement:

We let our fears teach us to be courageous;
We take our oops moments and turn them into an ooh-la-la;
We are unique, creative, respectful, and responsible;
We believe in the person we want to become;
We are artists with a purpose.

Mrs. Thomas's classroom at Walnut Springs Elementary School.
Mrs. Thomas's classroom at Walnut Creek Elementary School.

While I have the opportunity to inspire students to be the best person they can be, I also give them building blocks with the Elements and Principles of Art. These blocks give them the foundation to work out their own unique and creative endeavors because they are given tools to think abstractly, communicate visually, work collaboratively, and think independently. They gain a plethora of "how to"s, such as "this is how you can create emphasis..." as well as a ton of "what if?"s, such as "what if we could discover a new planet, how would it look?" We help them become the owners of their discovery. 

My goal is to be a district-wide teacher—concerned with the culture of my classroom, my whole school, and the whole district. We are a community of teachers who want the best for each child, which is why it's vital to collaborate! We get to show our students what it looks like to be flexible, communicative, and risk-taking teachers, who choose to dare greatly."

Congratulations Recent Graduates!

Spring 2017:

Allison Alvarez, Emily Felio, Kambri Hernandez, Rupal Jethwa, Hannah Kurtz, Cassandra Martinez, Hannah Sanders, Katherine Sands, Rebecca Schwab

Fall 2016:

Katy Gurly, Heather Holmes, Katelyn Loges

Graduates of Texas State University are teaching throughout the districts of Central Texas, and often our student teachers are placed with alumni. 

Alumni Club

The Art Education Program wants to connect with former students! Please join our list by sending your name, email, and the years of your attendance at Texas State University. Contact Professor Erik Nielsen, Program Director:

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