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Maria Garibay

Greetings All,

My name is Maria Garibay. I'm your proud Art Teacher. I have been in elementary ed. starting my 18th year and have also taught at the university level for several years. I have been an adjunct Professor of Art at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin,Texas, University Incarnate Word and New Mexico State University. I have found that it is so much more fun teaching the little ones! They will always make you laugh and have something funny to share. It truly fills my heart to teach them Art! 

I will be teaching them as if they are university students because I am a firm believer that with proper teaching anyone, any age can be an artist!! I will encourage them and be their motivator!!! I teach through the Design Elements and the Principles of Art. Your scholars will learn about drawing, painting, printmaking and about 3-dimensional shapes! I will also teach some Art History. I'll teach all of my favorite artists, such as Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Frida Kahlo, Dali and Georgia O'Keefe to name a few. The kiddos will be up and moving about collaborating but most importantly creating!!! 

My career began as a first grade Bilingual teacher which I truly loved, but Art has always been my passion! After 10 years of Bilingual ed, I decided to apply myself to teaching art! I taught 2 years in the Hays district but missed SMCISD. I was fortunate to return!!! I'm so very happy to be here at Travis and serve our scholars.

My husband is a retired city of San Marcos employee where he worked with the Parks and Rec. department. We have two adult children Luke and Jenny, who are both teachers as well. We have one beautiful granddaughter Sofia. I am a lover of animals and foster shelter puppies. We have 3 dogs who reside with us and tell us what to do!!! I love them all!!! 

I look forward to meeting your children and having a great time with them in Art!!!!

  • SMCISD Fine Arts at the elementary level includes Music and Visual Arts. 

    • Elementary schools must provide TEKS-based instruction to all students in Art and Music at each grade level (Kindergarten-grade 5). 

    • Elementary students are required to demonstrate proficiency in all fine arts disciplines at the appropriate grade levels. 

      • Time requirement: School districts must ensure that sufficient time is provided for teachers to teach and for students to learn all of the required grade-level learning standards. 

    SMCISD offers K-5 Art to all students enrolled in elementary school.

    Art Instruction: The “Broad Strokes of Art”

    1. Appreciation 

      1. Art teachers will promote the learning of artistic mediums and styles, making students aware of various art shows and competitions in which to participate as available through both the school district and the community.

      2. Middle school and elementary Art teachers are to participate in and coach students in UIL Art as promoters of Art and Art appreciation.

      3. SMCISD Art teachers are to participate in and coach students in TAEA TEAMS (elementary), Jr. VASE (middle school), and VASE (high school) events as promoters of Art and Art appreciation.

    2. Critical Thinking/Evaluation

      1. Through the use of genres, art teachers will explore the cultural heritage and relevance through art history and analyze the impact on artistic forms and creations to allow students to evaluate these impacts.

      2. Teachers will assist students to think critically by determining expressive qualities and characteristics of art, exploring various stylistic approaches to expand insight and visual literacy.

    3. Imagination/Creativity

      1. Art teachers will encourage students to express their ideas through original artwork.

      2. Elementary Art teachers will incorporate a variety of materials to allow students to develop creative skills in various 2D & 3D media (i.e., drawing, painting, building, and sculpting).

      3. Teachers will promote creativity and individuality that will support the emotional development of the student and allow personal expression.

    4. Historical/Cultural Relevance

      1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of cultural, historical, and artistic diversity.

      2. Students will be able to compare and contrast the cultural significance as communicated through art, identifying historical figures and their significance in art history.

      3. Students will study art representing personal heritage and environments through various mediums.


    Art lessons are based on the TEKS while utilizing the Art of Education University curriculum and consider age appropriateness.  Lessons build on the instruction provided previously, incorporating the “The Broad Strokes of Art” as listed above.  Art lessons engage students in active learning, critical thinking, use of technology (writing, videos, etc.) and innovative problem-solving incorporating WICOR and AVID strategies. Teachers develop cognitive functioning and support to increase student academic achievement through social emotional learning/supports, increase of higher order thinking skills, communication, and collaboration.

    K-5 student artwork is presented in an Art Exhibit/Show a minimum of once annually per grade level for the campus learning community, and will demonstrate the comprehensive learning that has taken place in the classroom.  Each campus Art teacher also provides specific extension activities for an extracurricular group to extend art learning for students with special interests and promise as artists. All K-5 Art students are allowed the opportunity to participate in the TAEA competition (TEAMS) sponsored by their Art teacher.  (NOTE: Parents are responsible for the student's entry fee of $12.)