Mrs. Daly   

August, 2022

Hello, I'm Mrs. Daly.

My art teaching journey began 21 years ago in 2001, time has quickly flown by and it's now my 9th year here at Aurora Academy.  Art is my passion and I love to share all that I know about art to my students as well as experimenting with new and challenging materials and projects. I take pride having been a former student of the world famous Wayne Thiebaud and I belong to Plein Aire Painters of Colorado. I love to go outside into the nature to paint our beautiful scenery. I never let an opportunity pass when I can create art so I never leave home without a drawing pad, small paint set and colored pencils. I love to turn simple shapes and doodles into art and will always take the time to learn something new.  

I earned my BA in Art Studio at UC Davis and studied Art Education at California State University Sacramento where I received my single subject Teaching Credential in Art. I am also endorsed in Language Arts and taught High School English for 6 yrs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I love to include literature as a part of the art curriculum as inspiration for art projects. 

I am excited for the new 2 week rotation in specials. Students will be using materials that are on the homeroom list. The art curriculum will stay the same, which is based on both Colorado Common Core Standards and Core Knowledge.   My art projects are student centered around encouraging individual creativity. Students will learn new art vocabulary, culture, historical periods and art movements.  This is an academic class where we learn as we have fun.

If you have any concerns or questions please email me at [email protected]



Hello, I’m Mrs Garmon. 

I am the new upper elementary and middle school Art teacher. I earned my Bachelors in Art Education from Illinois State University. I taught high school Art in Illinois before relocating to the Denver area this summer; this is my 3rd year teaching.  Art and Photography have been my passions since I was a little girl. I fell in love with the nature around me while playing outside with my friends and that has been my artistic inspiration since then! I never stray away from a new medium or technique as I am always trying to learn and grow as an artist and a teacher. I have experience in glass blowing, ceramics, 2D, and various 3D Art media as well. 

I believe that every student is unique and deserves the best instruction I can possibly give them. This means challenging students and encouraging autonomy and growth. Students need an outlet to express themselves. For some students, this outlet will be Art. I believe Art has the power to change lives and inspire people. My aim is to make my Art classroom the type of environment students prefer to be in. I believe the classroom should be a welcoming environment where students are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas openly and safely. Not only will we be having fun in Art class, we will be learning about various Artists, Art Movements, and media. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out via email: [email protected]

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

― Pablo Picasso



There are many reasons why we  love to teach art and this article truly reflects how I feel:

Why Teach Art, based on an article by Tina Farrell:


We mix colors to create other colors; we learn how paint is made with pigments and observe how art materials can change from fluid to solids. 


We utilize rulers and other math tools in rendering. We observe to learn and understand spatial relationships, linear perspective, technical shading of form, symmetry and  asymmetry, and a knowledge of geometrical and organic shapes. Many works of art require the artist to develop exact measurements of size and weight. 


Many of the terms commonly used in art originate from a variety of languages like: Italian, German, Latin, and French. Words such as: appliqué, Bas Relief, tromp-l'oeil, chiaroscuro, monochrome, gouache, and sgraffito. Vocabulary in art is a blend of many cultures and therefore becomes its own unique language. Artists speak a foreign language.


Art reflects the environment, culture, and often the political conditions of the time and place in which it was created. The artworks of the world are mankind's greatest records of his history on planet earth. . History is simply not history without the artifacts that support its existence. Artists record history.


Art is a higher form of communication. As artists translate the world around them, stories of bravery, heroism, valor, sorrow, and hope emerge into narratives of imagery, characters, and settings.  Artists are communicators.


Art requires fantastic coordination of the fingers, hands, arms, and body. The hand and the eye must work in perfect harmony in order to create. Artists are fit for life.


Great works of art are now created on computers requiring artists to have highly developed computer skills and knowledge. Graphic arts and communication professions have changed dramatically with the use of this tool. Artists are visionaries.


It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technical, and difficult techniques and use them to create intense beauty, and powerful emotional response. This is one thing that science cannot duplicate, mathematics cannot calculate, foreign language cannot translate, history cannot legislate, and physical education cannot replicate.

I am ready to start a new school year and excited to have the kids in person!

Kind regards,

Mrs. Daly & Mrs. Garmon