About Lori

Lori VanEtta has a passion for teaching and the arts. She is state certified, K -12, with an endorsement in Visual Arts. She paints, draws, and collages in her free time. Lori integrates art projects that will bring any subject to life. She infuses the spark that helps students understand and remember intended learning goals. Students happily revisit and reconsider ideas through the arts to enhance enduring learning. Lori is also a competitive rower and rows several mornings a week.

Teaching Experience

Lori has worked with elementary aged students for over thirty years in both public and private schools. She has worked as an art specialist, a classroom teacher, a tutor, and as an artist in residence. She recently organized a school wide Young Artist Conference where students attended art, music, drama, and dance workshops. She has organized group art projects that culminated with theme based murals. She has also taught English as a Second Language adult classes.

Teaching Philosophy

Lori believes that the arts provide a way for students to develop a deeper understanding of any subject. At Learning and the Brain Conferences she found many studies that supported this belief. She knows that all students learn differently and the arts celebrate these differences. She meets students at their level and encourages them to move beyond their comfort zone. Students take creative risks in a nurturing and organized environment. She teaches her students to support and learn from each other. She continues to be excited and surprised by the unique artistic style and perspective of all learners.


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Sample Lesson Plans

Art lesson adapted to your curriculum
Lori has years of experience creating art lessons that will enhance your unit of study. You can give her a topic; she will research related art and create a lesson that will meet the needs of your students.

Aboriginal Art Inspires My Art 
Students learn about the fascinating Aboriginal culture of Australia and the importance of art for expressing shared knowledge. First, students learn basic Aboriginal history, then they write a page about a trip or personal event, they create their own unique symbols, and finally paint their own acrylic “Dreamtime” painting in the style of Aboriginal Art. Note: This lesson also works well with watercolors and paper. The writing component is optional.

Poetry and Watercolor Paintings or Oil Pastel Drawings
Students write cinquain poems about a subject of study or theme and then create paintings or oil pastel drawings for their poem. Cinquain poems are simple, five lined, expressive poems that are adaptable to many ages. The poems will be typed and mounted on the final artwork.



Mural, Mural on the Wall   (in-person only)

Students create a mural of our state, community, or any given theme in the style of Diego Rivera. Learn about Diego Rivera and his work. Talk about the class theme for the mural and brainstorm ideas of what can be included in the mural. Assign sections of the mural to individuals or small groups. Students sketch ideas using bold, large shapes.

Printmaking with Scratch-foam Board
Students draw on scratch-foam pieces and incise details using a pencil. They cut out the foam pieces and glue them on to a sheet of cardboard. Then, they print their designs using tempera paints. After the prints are dried, they are glued on to another sheet of construction paper.

Black Glue and Watercolor/ chalk pastels Illustrations
Students use black glue (a mixture of glue and black acrylic paint) to outline a drawing and then paint it with watercolors. This gives an awesome stained-glass effect.

Coast Salish Design
Lori briefly reviews the culture and lifestyle of the Coast Salish people in the past and today. Traditional design elements are introduced. Students are given a packet of traditional design templates and trace them on to bright, colorful paper. They cut them out and glue them on to black construction paper to create their own modern designs. An appreciation for balance, symmetry and creativity is encouraged.