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From Mrs. Bird
What I am teaching:
All day Pre-K, K-8 Art Classes, Yearbook
K-8 Art classes: Each class is unique with curriculum based on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, along with the state standards for consideration. The Elements of Art are line, shape, form, space, color and texture. The Principles of Design are balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, proportion, rhythm, variety and unity. Art history is taught at every opportunity. Part of our responsibility, as an individual class, is to create a classroom project for the annual art auction.
- Kindergarten lessons include portraits, collage, line, shapes, painting, drawing, sculpture. They are introduced to such artists as Matisse, Kandinsky, and Monet.
- First grade combines language arts and art by utilizing literary based using books that relate to the elements of art and principles of design such as White Rabbit’s Colored Day, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Matthew’s Dream, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Students are introduced to color mixing, lines, shapes, perspective, abstract, symmetry, space and proportion concepts in art.
- Second graders explore color, pattern, perspective, symmetry, symbolism, to name a few concepts. Van Gogh, William Wegman, Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, and Romero Britto are some of the artists introduced.
- Third grader will learn color theory relationships and continue working with pattern, as well as the concept of symmetry. Laurel Burch, Victor Vasarely, Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, and George Braque are artists that students will study.
- Fourth grade will learn concepts like balance, color mixing, texture, positive and negative space,perspective, as well as exploring some sculpture techniques. Georgia O’Keefe, Wayne Thiebaud, Matisse, Cezanne, and Mondrian are just of a few of the artists that will be introduced.
- Fifth graders will explore various world cultures and art history while discussing how the Elements of Art and Principles of Design were used and how these cultures affect art today. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Medieval art, Australian, as well as Native American art will be introduced and emulated using a variety of mediums.
- Sixth graders explore various art movements known as -Isms. Artist such as Matisse, Picasso and Andy Warhol created very distinct and memorable art styles. Using various mediums, students will create their version of these -Isms.
- Seventh Graders explore the comic strip as art by studying artists like Roy Lichtenstein and illustrators like Maurice Sendak. The final project is a Bible Story Comic Creation.
- Eighth grade is taught in 2 semesters: photography and -Isms. Students will learn basic photography composition and consideration of their subject. The second semester is another exploration of art movements, known as -Isms.
Yearbook is a year long course combining journalism, photography and graphic design that allows students to produce the school’s yearbook.
I remember the first time that I saw a student’s “light bulb” go on in the art room when I was voluntarily teaching art at Morris Elementary; it was in that moment that I finally figured out that I wanted to be an art teacher. God has blessed me with the gift of creativity and a passion for art. Being an art teacher allows me to share my gift with my students. Bringing art history into the curriculum is a fantastic experience for students to learn that art has influenced history and our world in various fashions. I also teach a middle school and high school art classes for Andover eCademy. When I am not teaching (and learning), I am volunteering with the Wyandotte County 4-H program as a community club leader and a coordinator for the shooting sports program.