Hello Ranger School Parents,
I am excited to be entering my second year teaching elementary art in the town of Tiverton. This is my 7th year of teaching art, including full-time positions in Cumberland and Central Falls, and long-term subbing in Barrington and at Tiverton High School. I attended Rhode Island College, where I studied Art Education with a concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. I grew up in Tiverton, attending elementary, middle, and high school, so it is an honor to be giving back to the community.
My goals for all students in art class are to experience and explore new materials, while gaining art appreciation, and of course, have fun! All of my lessons are meeting our newer National Core Arts Standards, which focus on Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting. Please use the following link to further explore these standards, http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/ . I began using these standards since they have been introduced in the past few years, so students better understand that art is not just about creating a final piece of work. Students are now talking more about art, sharing and presenting their art, writing about their art (or others artwork), and making connections to artists and real life situations in the art community. I try to put more emphasis on their process in art, while teaching students that it is alright if a final outcome is not what we intended. Students are using a range of materials (depending on their grade level) including paper, crayons, markers, paint, oil pastels, chalk pastels, model magic, clay, and plaster.
I enjoy using a positive behavior reward system in all of my classes, in order for students to understand the importance of art and school expectations. If students are caught being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn, throughout their art class, they have the chance to earn a space on their class paint palette. Each paint palette has 10 blank “paint spaces”, after the class fills up all ten spaces, they choose an art related reward. Some of these rewards include an art game day, art video day, free art day, going outside to draw from nature, and many other ideas that the students come up with themselves!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at my email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school directly. I look forward to continuously updating you with new and exciting art news as the year continues!