Ms. Harac's Art Classes
Dear students and families,
Welcome back everyone! I am excited for this new year of creativity with you! The last year and a half has been challenging but we have pulled through! Please read through this website and look for my handbook that will be coming home. A parent or guardian will need to sign it as well as the student.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via my email - firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon!
ART EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYONE.
“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)
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?
o Is the student able to effectively analyze their own work?
o Are they able to effectively analyze art from their peers?