Parents & Guardians

Note  from  Lee Gaskins:

For  the  people who  know  me, I  have  been helping Linden  students from 6th grade to 12th  for over 25 years.  I am dedicated to helping your child  get  the  most  out art  that  they  can.  

I  believe  in combining  other  disciplines, such  as: Mathematics, Science, History,  etc. into  the  art program.  to help the  students understand  that  everything  in  school is  related.  (Almost  everything  you  buy  in  life  has  been  designed, engineered, or or  has been touched by  an  artist.

I enjoy  promoting  creativity. Thinking  outside  the  box is  such a  cliche,  but  in  the  real  world, people  can  get  rewarded  for  being  different, or  solving  a problem  in a creative  or  unique  way. 

My teaching is based   on learning and understanding,  promoting creativity, technical  skills, and  problem  solving. Solving  a problem in art  can be  as challenging  and  rewarding  as  any  other academic.  These  complex talents  can  still be  used  by students with  little  artistic  talent-  JUST  TRY, NEVER give up and.... you  WILL  be  rewarded.

Advanced  students  who already  know  their  design and  color  theory, will  either  create  a portfolio and/or  work  with  advanced  concepts, techniques  and  assignments  such  as  commercial  illustration. They will improve, if  they  listen  and  learn..

Despite any obstacles in their path. I am here to work with your child and help him/her achieve  his/her full potential.I  am  available  for   help  after  school,    during  Anime (Wed.)  and Art  (Thurs.), club, and other  days  if  needed.

On Tues.  I  help  with  an  unique entrepreneurial  program  that  meets  after  school  called-  EMAP! This  is  an  elite program  with limitless potential  and  importance

Mr. Devero  and I  expect from your child to try his/her best, to be respectful at all times and to work in my class every day,  bell  to  bell.

 If you have any questions regarding your child's academic performance, please do not hesitate to contact me at lgaskins@lindenps.org.   You can also call  the  LInden   academy and leave a message and I'll get back to you ASAP.

The parent-teacher relationship is vital to your child's success in school. By working together, we can help your child have a very fulfilling and  enjoyable  learning experience.

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

"Art should reveal the unknown, to those who lack the experience of seeing it." Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith

"Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world." Leonardo da Vinci

"There is no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way." Winslow Homer

"A line is a dot that went for a walk." Paul Klee

"There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books." Charlie Chaplin

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated. Auguste Rodin

When creativity has become your habit; when you've learned to manage time, resources, expectations, and the demands of others; when you understand the value and place of validation, continuity, and purity of purpose, then you're on the way to an artist's ultimate goal; the achievement of mastery.    Twyla Tharp

Art imitates life. Life imitates high school.                    Brad Holland 

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.                 - James McNeill Whistler

Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is great matter. Art is an organ of human life, transmitting man's reasonable perception into feeling. In our age the common religious perception of men is the consciousness of the brotherhood of man-we know that the well-being of man lies in the union with his fellow men. True science should indicate the various methods of applying this consciousness to life. Art should transform this perception into feeling. The task of art is enormous. Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion, that peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means-by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspection, etc.-should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this.                  - Leo N. Tolstoy