Ms. Maloney/Mr. Nelson - Art Teachers

  Marlene Maloney          Larry Nelson

Ms. Maloney-I have taught at Sanford since 2007 and teaching art is my second career.  I had worked in the advertising field as a graphic artist and presently I  enjoy working in a place where I am able to share my passion for art and impact the lives of children in a positive way.  It is an honor to work with your children in a creative environment where they are taking risks, problem solving, and getting to know themselves better. I believe the art classroom is a place where students should feel safe while being creative. Creating art can make middle schoolers feel very vulnerable. In the safe, respectful environment fostered in the art room, taking risks is encouraged. As children at all grade levels learn new techniques, use new media, and are asked to creatively solve problems, their ability to use visual processing, analytical thinking, and verbal reasoning increases.

In a rapidly changing world, the ability to be creative problem solvers is vital. Creativity and innovation are no longer associated with artists alone; instead they are valuable assets in all fields of endeavor.

Mr. Nelson-Mr Nelson teaches High School Art at FAIR and teaches. two classes at Sanford.  Coming from N.J. Mr. Nelson has lived also lived in Chicago, China, and Minnesota for for 22 years.  In his spare time Mr. Nelson runs an Art gallery in Minneapolis, as well as an Music Studio.

The aims of MYP arts are to encorage and enable students to:

  • create and present art
  • develop skills specific to the discipline
  • engage in a process of creative exploration and (self-) discovery
  • make purposeful connections between investigation and practice
  • understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • respond to and reflect on art
  • deepen their understanding of the world.

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Classifieds:  We would appreciate any help with supplies such as:  glue sticks, masking tape, scissors, paint & brushes, pencils & erasers, construction and drawing paper, or markers.

Art websites:

Interactive art website,

Walker Art Center teen programs,
Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
The Soap Factory,
Northern Clay Center,
Highpoint Center for printmaking,
Intermedia Arts,

Student Artwork

Students created "Oaxacan" style animal pots using bright colors and patterns.

video Women in Art   --  Here is a cool little video showing women in art transformed!
6th Grade Contour Drawings & Wire Sculptures
Monochromatic Self Portraits
Graffiti Art

Graffiti artist Payton came in and worked with students on stylized lettering using cut paper based on Graffiti art.  Twelve pieces were selected on display at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.