Gary Osborne

Welcome to Mr. Osborne's Art Studio


Dear Parents & Caregivers,

I am grateful for this moment to bring wonder and exploration into your child's life through art and design. In the art studio the children will be able to see our world as a beautiful place through the practice of 2D and 3D art and the exploration of a variety of mediums.

I am originally from just outside of Dallas, Texas, and went on to study liberal arts and theatre at the University of Art & Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Soon after I continued to the University of Washington, Seattle where I received an MFA in costume design for opera & theatre. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a creative director as a menswear fashion designer for over a decade in NYC and lived and worked in China for a year. When my husband and I decided to start a family, I went back to grad school in 2009 at School of Visual Arts in NYC where I received an MAT in art education and started his next career. I spent the past three years teaching fashion design and art at the High School of Art and Design, NYC. Now, I live on the North Fork with My husband and two children where I enjoys designing for his children's brand and simply creating.
This website that will be used to keep parents and caretakers informed on students' learning through the art program at SHES.  I teach Kindergarten art, grade 1 art and art/science, and sections of grade 4 and grade 5 art.

The Art Program

The goal of the visual arts at SHES is to provide students with a safe, child-centered experience where students explore through wonder, creativity and skill. Each child will develop and execute ideas visually through the Mr. Osborne's storytelling where the children will practice listening an building a pictorial sensibility Students will be inspired through their developing knowledge of use of materials, our natural environment and art history, both local and global.

Students will develop knowledge and skills in a wide variety of media that empower them to utilize and choose appropriate materials, including technology, as it relates to their artistic vision.  Students will also learn to collaborate with others and reflect upon their art and art making process, producing independent and reflective young artists by the end of their time at SHES.

The 4th and 5th grade will have a deeper understanding and development into the commercial arts, art history and the use technology in art. 

All art students will learn to keep a sketchbook and digital portfolio that will be regularly shared to the child's family. In order to access your child's work please email me. In the subject of the email me please say, "Portfolio Access Request - Child's Full Name".

Parent Involvement

In the art studio we use our natural environment and the seasons as our primary inspiration for creativity and exploration. During your walks and weekend hikes with your children please feel free to collect treasures for nature and bring them into the art studio (acorns, driftwood, beautifully colored autumn leaves, etc.)

If you are a practicing artist who is willing to share your expertise, are passionate about art, or would just like to help out in the classroom or on field trips, please let me know!  We all have busy schedules, so planning ahead is essential.  Please email me with what capacity you are interested in helping and we can start a dialogue about the best way to get involved.

If you are interested in volunteering to help on days that involve more specialized expertise and require an extra set or two of adult hands, please let me know as well. 

Art Smocks

Students are not required to wear an art smock during art class.  Art smocks are available for students in the classroom if they choose to wear one.  Some days are messier than others.  Please send students to school in art making appropriate wear on art days.

Art Club

In the spring of 2018 an art & design club will be formed.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your children.

Mr. Gary Osborne