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Cinamon Gentry




(505) 350-5768



My name is Cinamon Gentry, and I am your child's Art teacher for this school year at S.Y. Jackson Elementary. My stay at S.Y. Jackson is from August 19th through May 22nd. During this time your children will receive at least 17 one-hour art lessons from me. These lessons will teach a variety of concepts outlined in the APS Visual Arts Standards document through the use of different media. I will acquaint your children with various well-known artists from a multicultural perspective. Each art lesson will focus on one or more of the basic art elements, which are: line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space. I have planned projects incorporating painting, drawing, collage, weaving, printmaking, jewelry, and sculpture, keeping in mind each grades developmental needs.

I believe that an appreciation of art enriches all students lives. Art education teaches much more then how to make art. Art provides tools to allow students to perceive, interpret, and explain the society around them and can empower some to sow the seeds of change through art. Art teaches students to empathize and gain self-esteem. It can also create an overall interest in learning and can help students gain an interest in attending classes because they have a fun and participatory outlet in school.

As parents and guardians, I hope that you will further your child's art experience at home. This can be done in several ways. The Albuquerque Museum in Old Town has a wonderful variety of changing exhibits. Make the effort to discuss what your child learns in art at school and you might be surprised by their knowledge! Simple art materials such as crayons, markers, watercolors and colored pencils can unlock the door to your child’s creativity. Making art can give her/him an opportunity to talk about feelings or serve as a vehicle for discussing content in other school subjects. Time spent discussing your child's artwork with him or her can help increase understanding and give encouragement to artistic efforts.

If you have questions about the APS Fine Arts Program or any one of the lessons, please feel free to contact me through the school at 296-9536. I’m looking forward to working with your sons and daughters!


Cinamon Gentry

Elementary Art Teacher


I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and currently have no desire to ever leave this beautiful city.   My husband John and I were married in March of 2000 and are the proud parents of two beautiful young ladies.  As a young child I was exposed to a lot of art through both the Saturday Arts For Kids program at UNM and my father, Mr. Walt Pinto, who has been an art teacher with both APS and UNM throughout the many years of my life.  I have earned both my Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and my Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of New Mexico and am a Level 3 Instructional Leader in the APS Elementary Fine Arts staff.  I am also currently serving as the Secretary of the New Mexico Art Education Association.  As an artist, I enjoy creating digital photographic collages, weaving, and jewelry.