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This is my fourteenth year teaching Art and my seventh year at CHS. I teach Art I, Art II, Art III, and Advanced Placement Studio Art, which consists of AP 2D Art and Design, AP Drawing, and AP 3D Art and Design. Unfortunately, Art III is not available this year, but I do expect to be teaching it next year. I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Education from Tennessee State University. My interests are art, reading, traveling, and hiking.

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What goals are set for this course?

  • develop their skills in communicating visually and verbally through art.
  • gain confidence in talking about and creating works of art.
  • learn more about themselves through art.
  • expand their knowledge of artists and art historical trends and periods.

What are we going to do?

  • Make art: In this course, you will be introduced to a wide variety of art making techniques and mediums. Many assignments will be tailored to allow you to explore your interests through art.
  • Talk about art: In class, we will discuss artwork, current and historic. We will also critique, or talk about, your finished work.
  • Write about art: You will be asked to write about your work and the work of others. Writing supports the art making experience through documenting the experience, justification of decision making, and reflection of what you learned. Writing will never be used as “busy work” or punishment.

What am I expected to do?                                

The following behaviors are expected from students in order to meet our goals:

  • Participate: It is not an option not to participate. End of discussion. Art is about creating and discussing. For you to reap the full benefits of this course, you need to participate in art making activities, class discussions, and writing assignments.
  • Be open-minded: New thoughts and ideas are constantly arising in the art world. In order to understand, appreciate, and have the creative mind to make meaningful artwork you must be open to new ideas and experimentations. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, try new things and have fun with it!
  • Be ambitious and willing to take risks: If you push yourself farther than you think you can go; you may surprise yourself with what you are able to accomplish.
  • Be professional: Be respectful and kind to others. Be attentive. Approach learning with a positive attitude. Take initiative. Be productive and manage your time wisely. Communicate when you do not understand or need help. Take care of art tools, your workspace, and perform your cleaning duties.
  • Develop a good work ethic: Be present in mind and body. Put forth your best effort, every time.
  • See something, say something: If you know that someone is being bullied or harassed, report it to an adult. If you hear about or see something that is dangerous or “not right” immediately tell the SRO or an adult.

Required Supplies

  • All students: earbuds for computer, USB/thumb drive, wooden, not mechanical pencils, notebook or binder
  • Art I students: sketchbooks for drawing
  • Art II students: paintbrushes for acrylic paint (recommendations will be made), and long, shallow plastic container(s) with lid(s) for mixing and storing paint
  • Art III students: sketchbook, paintbrushes for acrylic paint (recommendations will be made), and long, shallow plastic container(s) with lid(s) for mixing and storing paint

Requested Supplies

  • Kleenex, hand sanitizer, small containers with lids, foil, plastic kitchen wrap, newspapers, magazines

Art Standards / What You Will Learn

  • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  • Refine and complete artistic work.
  • Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  • Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  • Convey and express meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
  • Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  • Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
  • Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to artistic endeavors.
  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context.

Develop Studio Habits of Mind

  • Develop Craft: Learn to use tools, materials, and the practices of an art form, new techniques, improve skills, maintain the art studio, create a portfolio,
  • Engage & Persist: Learn to embrace problems of importance. develop focus regardless of the task, seeing projects through to the end, and correcting or incorporating mistakes
  • Envision: Learn to mentally picture the next steps in your work. This includes planning, generating ideas, sketching, designing, imagining, and picturing alternative solutions.
  • Express: Learn to convey your personal vision through creating works that communicate an idea, a feeling, or a meaning, tell a story, give an opinion, or comment on a social or political issue.
  • Observe: Learn to look more closely and see things that may otherwise not be seen. You will learn to notice details and to compare and contrast.
  • Reflect: Learn to think and talk about and honestly assess your work, process, and that of others. This includes critiques, explaining, defending, and asking what if questions.
  • Stretch & Explore: Learn to reach beyond your capacity and embrace the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. This includes experimenting, trying new things, trial and error, working out of your comfort zone, and embracing new possibilities (seeing what would happened if…).
  • Understand Art Worlds: I can learn about art history, contemporary art, working and interacting other artists, sharing ideas and resources, and learning about museums and galleries.




  • Be on time, prepared, and on task
  • Be respectful, responsible, and resourceful
  • Follow procedures and perform assigned duties


  • Warning, behavior notification, and/or discipline referral