Visual Art

Mrs. Isaza

Patricia Isaza

Mrs. Isaza  graduated from Marymount University with an A.A in Liberal Arts and worked as assistant photographer at Marymount University.  She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Sabana University and also holds a Master’s degree from Salamanca University.  Mrs. Isaza will be the Art Teacher this school year!  She moved to Arlington in 1982 to study at M. U. and fell in love with the area.  She has also taken Graduate courses with the University of Alabama and VCU. In 2002 she moved to Richmond VA and started teaching as an ESL teacher for 13 years. In 2015 her sons moved to Arlington, Va. so she and her husband followed them. She joined APS 5 years ago and has been an ESL Teacher and a Spanish Teacher.  She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and friends.  She is very happy to be working with the staff, students and families from Carlin Springs Elementary this year!


Richard Russey art teacherMr. Richard Russey

Visual Art education at the elementary school level includes instruction in several important things: 1) Visual Literacy – understanding how the visual world of lines, shapes, and colors create patterns, symbols, and full images that surround us everyday; 2) Cultural Awareness — exploring the vast diversity of cultures in the world (and here at Carlin Springs!) which contribute to the rich history of art, thus understanding different points of view and beliefs; and 3) Content Integration — art relates to every content area of the Core Curriculum, from Reading, to Science, to Math, and Social Studies, and more. Making the connections between art and other content areas is useful in helping students see and understand the connection of Art to all their other academic learning. Finally, the making of Art includes the pure JOY that students experience when using a wide variety of art materials, and producing expressive works of art!