Ms. Harac's Art Classes

  • Dear students and families,

    Welcome back everyone!  I am excited for this new year of creativity with you!  Although we are facing some obstacles, there is NOTHING we cannot do together.   I will be teaching 4 classes in person at Liberty and 2 classes online via Microsoft TEAMS.  The online classes will be able to see their assignments through TEAMS.  If you need help accessing TEAMS, please look here--->Teams instructions  The first week back at school, I will be teaching all of my face to face students how to access TEAMS so we can learn togther as well.  

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via my email -

    See you soon! 

    Ms. Harac

    Microsoft TEAMS  <-------instructions



    “We cannot teach people anything, we can only help them discover it within themselves” –Galileo

    VISION: To teach, serve, nurture and develop students understanding and passion for art.


    Why I do what I do.

    • To teach kids art. As simple as it may be, sometimes this is forgotten.
    • I want students to become passionate about something, to create things that they never thought possible and to ignite their future.
    • Create better young people.  Young people who are responsible, caring, creative, encouraging and work for a cause rather than applause.
    • To work with students who otherwise might not have a chance at doing well in a class or in life.
    • To create and maintain healthy relationships with these young lives that will affect them for the rest of their lives. 
    • To get students involved in their community.
    • To use interdisciplinary lessons, working with other teachers and classes to expand learning boundaries.
    • To use art as an outlet and a means of communication.
    • It’s fun.


     The art of teaching.

    As an art educator I get the opportunity to work with all kinds of students with all sorts of backgrounds.  I get to serve, teach and care for these students by developing their artistic skills.  Standards are an important boundary to use within the classroom, but getting a good art education shouldn’t be focused solely around them.  I want to create a classroom full of young people who look forward to learning about art, the history of art, different techniques and finding new ways of expressing themselves.  I want to broaden their concept of what art is and expose them to different art forms and techniques.  Teaching respect, responsibility and relationships is also a very important part of being an art teacher.  Without these boundaries, students do not feel comfortable in their classroom.  When they aren’t comfortable, no learning takes place.  I want to provide a creative learning environment that students feel comfortable in and will thrive in. 

     Art is important.

    • It helps students with the cognitive learning process as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • For some students, art can prove to be very motivational and something in which they can look forward to succeeding in. 
    • Art teaches multiculturalism and history and can be used in other subjects.  It teaches students to work collaboratively.
    • Art is good for overall academic achievement.
    • Art is a safe way for students to express themselves.
    • Art strengthens communication, explorations and imagination.
    • Art develops self-confidence and persistence. 
    • Art not only helps students intellectually it helps them socially by strengthening their confidence as well as their ability to work with other students. 
    • It teaches students how to learn from the world around them and see beauty in uncommon places.
    • Art provides fulfillment in what they have produced and aides in lifelong participation in the arts.
    • It teaches students how to appreciate the many forms, techniques and styles of art.
    • It helps students express themselves and cultivates freedom of expression.
    • There are often no right or wrong answers in art and this helps student’s gain perspective on value and self-evaluation.
    • Art can often be non-verbal communication and can prove to be therapeutic for many.


     Grading.  (please see art rubric for a more in depth understanding)

    • Effort/Participation/Attitude

    o   Does the student put forth effort and work hard during class time?

    o   Do they participate in class discussions and help their peers?

    o   Do they have a positive and respectful attitude in class towards their peers as well as their teachers?

    • Quality of work

    o   Do they take the time to finish the project or do they rush through?

    o   Do they follow directions?

    o   Do they take care of their final projects?

    o   Do they respect the classroom and other students work?

    o   Is their work neat or sloppy?

    • Knowledge of tools and media that is being covered.

    o   Does the student understand the basic concepts being covered?

    o   Do they know what the different tools are used for?

    • Skill level

    o   Are they using the skills appropriate for the specific class?

    o   Are they performing below or above their projected skill level?

    • Care and use of materials

    o   Does the student take care of their own work?

    o   Do they respect the classroom and materials?

    o   Do they respect other students space and artwork?

    • Self-evaluation/peer-evaluation

    o   Is the student able to effectively analyze their own work?

    o   Are they able to effectively analyze art from their peers?