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I enjoy all things outdoors: working in the garden, biking, kayaking, and hiking. My husband and I have summited four 14ers in Colorado and have hiked a lot of mountains and trails in the Northwest, Tennessee, and North Carolina. My interests are reading, watching foreign films, traveling, and engaging in all forms of the Fine Arts. I am a former Peace Corps Volunteer and was stationed in Poland (1991 - 1993) where I taught English as a Foreign Language. I am excited for this new school year and so happy that students will be back in the classroom! This is my seventeenth year teaching and my ninth year at CHS. I teach Visual Art I, Art II, Art III, Advanced Placement (AP) Drawing, AP 2D Art and Design, and AP 3D Art and Design. I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Education from Tennessee State University.
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COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  3. Refine and complete artistic work.
  4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  6. Convey and express meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
  7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
  10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to artistic endeavors.
  11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context.

 YOU WILL DEVELOP STUDIO HABITS OF MIND

  1. Develop Craft: Learn to use tools, materials, and the practices of an art form, new techniques, improve skills, maintain the art studio, and create a portfolio.
  2. 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.
  3. Envision: Learn to mentally picture the next steps in your work. This includes planning, generating ideas, sketching, designing, imagining, and picturing alternative solutions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 happen if…).
  8. 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.

REQUIRED MATERIALS 

All Art students need to provide the following items for class

  • Sketchbook (spiral recommended)
  • Paper for notetaking
  • Folder or binder for handouts and notes
  • Wooden No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils)
  • Black Ink Pen
  • Earbuds for computer

Art II and Art III students need to supply their own paintbrushes.

  • Information and recommendations to come.

GRADING

Grades are point based and include the following categories:

  • Classwork: This category encapsulates time spent in class and includes daily activities such as: investigation, writing, discussions, individual and group assignments, skills, and techniques practice, performing assigned duties to maintain materials and workspace, and time management.
    • Classwork is worth 20 points per day/100 points per week. Active participation in activities, effort put forth, time management, and working bell to bell are required for success in this area.
    • If you finish a task early, you are expected to be engaged in an art related endeavor such as researching an artist or art style, studying art concepts or vocabulary, and/or practicing a specific skill.
    • Sitting idle is not acceptable, nor is working on an assignment that is not art related.
  • Sketchbooks: This category includes documentation of skills and technique practice, drawing assignments, and a place to document information.
    • Art II, III, and AP Art student sketchbooks serve to document ideas and investigations, experimentation, sketching, planning, and annotating.
  • Projects: This category is rubric specific and includes criteria such as research, content knowledge, experimentation, application of art concepts, idea development, technical skills, creativity, craftsmanship/quality, effort, time management, presentation, formal critique, and self-reflection.
  • LATE WORK WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. Therefore, you must manage your time wisely and meet project deadlines. Students who have Individual Education or 504 Plans will get the extended time noted in the plan. Remember it is always better to turn in something rather than nothing. 
  • Extra credit is not offered.

ATTENDANCE

It is the responsibility of students and parents to understand CMCSS attendance policy, which can be viewed at https://www.cmcss.net/?search-type=global&s=ATTENDANCE

  • Classwork grades reflect your attendance since students are working on specific curricular goals.
  • Missing or make-up work must be completed within a number of days equal to the number of consecutive days of the absences. A grade of “0” shall be entered into the teacher’s gradebook for daily points and for missing work until the class work and assignments have been completed and turned in.
  • If you are under quarantine or have tested positive but are not sick with COVID19 symptoms, you are expected to stay engaged and actively work on assignments from home. It is your responsibility to stay current with and turn in assignments in a timely manner.
  • I recommend that you exchange contact information with at least two peers in your class who you can reach out to.

PROCEDURES FOR WHEN YOU ARE ABSENT

  • Step 1: Check Google Classroom for announcements, messages, and assignments.
  • Step 2: Contact a peer from class to see what you missed.
  • Step 3: Contact me via school e-mail if you have completed steps one and two and still are unsure about what you need to do.
  • Make sure that you turn in missing classwork and graded assignments in a timely manner.

https://www.cmcss.net/blog/2021/07/16/family-guide-to-the-start-of-school-2021-2022-school-year/#supplies