Mrs. Slavin

Hello My Name Is...

Melissa Slavin


Hello and welcome to my page! I am the Elementary Art teacher here at Salem CSD. I teach art to grades K-6 and I'm located in Room 206. This is the start of my second year here at Salem and I am very excited!! Last year I got married (as your child may have told you) and my name changed from DelSignore to Slavin- the students were excellent with the change! 

I am dedicated to providing your child with the best art education possible. The art curriculum is based on the current New York State Standards for the Visual Arts:

Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts. Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

Standard 2:
Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources. Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.

Standard 3:
Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art. Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

Standard 4:
Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts. Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

My goal as an art educator is to challenge and develop artistic skills and techniques while also promoting individual expression through the arts. In a world where most information is given and received visually, understanding how to decode an image is vital to the success of future generations.  
The art curriculum for all grades is designed to allow students to build upon their artistic skills from previous years. Each activity is based on the four basic art disciplines: art history, art criticism, aesthetics and art production. 

Art history is explores cultural contributions and provides a historical and social context. 

Art criticism helps students to understand the meaning of art works while teaching them how to organize thoughts and make thoughtful judgments.

Aesthetics is concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty in art and brings up the ultimate question: What is art?

Art Production is the process of creating a work of art. Different media and processes will be explored through "hands on" activities. 

*Please take note that I keep most art projects to display in the school throughout the year and at specific school functions. ALL art work made by your child will be returned to them by the end of the school year!
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I am greatly looking forward to a fantastic year in art!