“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say
any other way—things I had no words for.” –Georgia O`Keeffe
Art at Prairie Creek
The art studio at Prairie Creek is a place where children begin to
discover their voices and palettes inspired by art. Prairie Creek’s Art
Specialist, Angie Ekern, has a passion for guiding children in
meaningful art experiences that blossom beyond the studio. Through
meaningful art engagement, children develop an awareness of and
appreciation for others—and, in turn, they learn about themselves.
Through art, children at Prairie Creek connect to their whole learning
by using their hands, hearts, and minds together to create, communicate,
The lessons focus on discovery and exploration. Children are
encouraged to work at their own pace. This allows them to feel safe and
take risks as their creative expression begins to unfold and blossom!
With a focus on process, children are able to gain skills and concepts
relating to art. Art concepts are taught through instruction based on
the elements and principles of design.
Children use a variety of art materials and techniques. Studio lessons
are designed to develop creative expression as well as visual language
and vocabulary. Children learn active problem-solving skills as they make aesthetic decisions and develop informed opinions about art.
Art Specialist Angie Ekern brings unique and
memorable art experiences to our students at Prairie Creek. Previous to her
arrival, Angie taught at Sibley Elementary School in Northfield for
five years. While there, she earned her master's degree in education. During this time she focused her studies on the
integration of art and literacy, co-creating a beautiful yearly event at
Sibley called “Beyond Words: A Celebration of Art and Literacy.”
Before moving to this area in 2003, Angie lived and taught for two years
in Eugene, Oregon. Angie recalls this as a pivotal
time in her career, especially her work at a Waldorf School and her
engagement with the incredible Waldorf philosophy. Prior to this, Angie obtained her B.F.A. in K-12 Art Education through the University of Minnesota-Duluth. While there she worked at the Duluth YMCA for five years.
Contact Angie Ekern
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