Ms. Harac's Art Classes - Intro to 2D Art (per. 1-6) and 2D Studio Art (HS credit course per. 6)

  • Dear students and families,

    Zoom meetings every Friday to answer questions about assignments and to share artwork.  Attendance is encouraged.  The link and ID and Password is below.  Please look at the assignment for this week and begin the work (under the assignment tab).  We will be discussing the artwork and discussion questions together as a group.  Also please be sure to have your sketchbook drawings and assignments available to show off to everyone.  I hope you are all taking this time to create artwork on your own as well!  

    I hope everyone is safe and healthy! I miss my students!  All assignments until we all go back to school will be listed under the "assignments" tab.  I will be keeping the assignments simple and fun for my intro to 2D students :)

    *****My HS credit course 8th grade students (Studio Art 2D)------The vigor needed for this class requires the same amount of effort as your core classes.  You must give your art lessons your best effort knowing everything that we have focused on so far.  Your sketcbhook assignments should take a minimum of 2-3 hours of effort.  Your projects should show at least 5-6 hours of effort. 

    Use of YouTube is helpful for some tutorials.  All assignements will have a choice of mediums (materials) for simplicity and access to materials.  Assignments will be given by the week.  When you have completed your assignments for the week, simply upload the images to me in one email with photos or scans of all of the assignments for the week and your full name and period number via school email-  

    I will be hosting a ZOOM live meeting/class with all of my students every Friday at 9 am beginning April 10th.  Info is posted below. I want to see everyone's happy faces!  Please be sure to have your assignments and any artwork or sketchbook activities you have done during the meeting.

    Meeting ID: 674 126 792

    Password: 327440

    I am available via email for questions or contact me Mon-Fri 9:30 am- 2pm at 352-299-0631.  I am working on plans or grading earlier or later than the avail. hours.   Please allow at least 12 hours for a response as I have 170 plus students :) Grades will be put in within 10 days of submission to my email. 

    I hope to see everyone SOON!!!!!!  WASH YOUR HANDS AND DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE AND STAY HOME.  If you do go out, wear gloves and leave your shoes by the door after you get home.  Lysol the bottoms of your shoes before wearing them again.  

    -Ms. Harac



    “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?