How does my art work communicate to the world? Elements and Principles of Design
All students will learn the Principles and Elements of Design. This gives students the foundation needed to produce more complex forms of art throughout the year. The Elements of Design are: line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space. Principles of Design are: balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity. Students will understand how each concept affects the result of the outcome of a particular piece of artwork. Students will create, and explain how the use of these design principles and elements support artists in various areas of art.
High school students are moving from elementary/middle school expectations to high school expectations. This is a big-jump--students will produce work using the Principles and Elements of Design strategies to create more mature advanced level works of art. Students will focus on developing technique, skills, and process to progress from primary to a secondary level of art production.
Project-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning, and Skill-building
nex+Gen, students work on relevant projects in order to develop 21st century skills. Visual Arts supports and involves students in PBL and relevant based projects. Some of these projects involve community—both the school, district and neighborhood communities, which directly impact students and parents. Visual Arts support students to develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication skills, self-expression and the interpretation of information and ideas. The use of technology to access information, express ideas and communicate results effectively is evident in Visual Arts education. Collaboration and contributing to a group/project and being productive—all of this is PBL- Project Based Learning which supports life long and real world applications which in turn supports the school community.
Expectations: How can my work be a voice?
nex+Gen Academy sets high expectations for students and staff. These expectation are not only focused on core content classes but for Elective classes as well. Student success is obvious and is clearly seen through academic progress and organization. Students are graded in Art just as they are in all classes at nex+Gen Academy, Agency, Communication, Collaboration, Art Production (Content) and Inquiry and Analysis.
Art did not become a formal discipline until the late 1800's and it has sometimes been seen as a "frill". Students are fortunate that the State of New Mexico feels art instructions is important to the success of student growth. Students who participate in the arts (visual arts, drama, music) perform better in other fields of study. Whole-brain development helps students with high order thinking skills and problem-solving ability. Students who participate in the arts are generally challenged to come up with creative solutions that transfer to all academic areas. The arts are more than just a "frill". it is a content area that supports all other areas of learning. Making connections and giving students opportunities to explore, use, and understand the process of creating original artwork is the nex+Gen Academy focus in Visual Art.
Be Creative. Be Adventurous. Be Original. -Wonder Woman
smART Practice - Visual ART
1. High expectations of student achievement
a. NM State Standards/National Standards
b. Principles & Elements of Art - Design Practices
c. Common Core
d. Process - use of active learning techniques/developing skills
e. Organization/Discipline/Time on task (class period)
2. Course methods and routines that are clear to the teacher and student
b. Sketchbook/Portfolio, Notes, Handouts, and Assessments
c. Progress Assessments - Student/Teacher timely feedback
d. Technology & Literacy Strategies - ex. computers/ipads, vocabulary skills, class routines, bellringers, exit slips
3. Varied and appropriate teaching method and materials
c. Student Interest
d. Current Events
4. Enthusiasm, energy, caring, and maintenance of non-threatening atmosphere
a. Discipline Policy/Classroom/School
b. Develop & Encourage Cooperation
c. nex+Gen Academy Pillars: Respect, Responsibility. Trust, Integrity, Perseverance
d. Positive Reinforcement of Progress
5. Production - Final Goal
a. Students are their own products - Critical Thinkers/Problem Solvers
b. Students continue to expand their interest - Self-Starters
c. Students have continuous improvement and help others to do the same - Initiative
d. Students are developing character - Perseverance
WHAT IS THE ART ROOM CULTURE?
Culture and Rule Reminders:
- IDs must be worn at all times. Students not properly wearing their IDs will surrender their laptops
- Students must be in possession of a passport to work outside the classroom (including recording).
- During group work, students should sit with their group.
- Behavior Tracker will be used to document behavior problems and inform parents as necessary.
- Eating is not permitted in any of the learning studios.
- Late work will not be accepted unless the student asks for extension and help ahead of the deadline. Students who have an excused absent can make up work. (Time of AB=Time to MU) Extensions will be denied if requests are frequent and/or excessive.
- Earbuds are only allowed for academic listening activities.
In addition to following nex+Gen Norms, Rules, and Guidelines, Visual Art I students will:
Follow Classroom NORMS: Creating a safe learning environment is a priority.
-Respect yourself, respect others, respect the environment
-Listen when Mrs. Parker is addressing the class
-No side conversations during whole group time
-Don’t interrupt other students’ learning
-Close computers when asked
-Be polite to your peers and to Mrs. Parker
-Sit in assigned seats unless activity that requires movement
- Properly use supplies, tools and materials as demonstrated
-Clean up after yourself/table
-Think of yourself as an artist.
-Always be prepared: Bring pencil to every class everyday!
- Give 100% effort to all activities (you get out what you put in)
Student work will be evaluated weekly or by project. Grading will be based on each student's effort, personal growth, responsible behavior, attention to craftsmanship, and creative thinking (i.e. your own inventions and/or individual thoughtful approach to the concepts presented in the assignments).
Inquiry & Analysis: 20%
Art (Content) : 50%
Art Production, Art History, Aesthetic Awareness, Art Critique/Analysis