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This rubic is used for all assignments. Some assignments may have specific criteria, however, students should alway expect to be assessed with the use of this rubric.  


Mrs. Parker's Education and Qualifications

     Graduate of the University of New Mexico.  BA and MA in Education. NMPED: Level 3 Endorsements: Visual Art K-12, Language Arts K-9, TESOL K-12, Education K-9.  Employed within the Albuquerque Public School system for 23 years. 


WHY THE ARTS MATTER . . . Competencies of Success

-task analysis (inquiry & analysis)

-teamwork (collaboration & communication) 

-resource management (content & inquire & analysis)

-self-discipline (agency)

-problem solving (inquiry & analysis)

-critical thinking (inquiry & analysis)

-self-motivation (agency)

-understanding complex interrelationships (content & inquiry & analysis)

WHY ART?  In todays increasingly visual society, Art Education is becoming more and more important.  All around us is evidence of reliance on images with less text and less verbal explanation.  This higher form of abstract thinking originates in the art world, art galleries, art colleges, studios and art classes.  Artists have throughout history been the originators of cultural change and expressions. 

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Classroom Culture

Class Culture




Art is a process.  In class students are following a process-not copying examples.  Grades are based on the Learning Outcomes: Agency, Inquiry & Analysis, Communication, Collaboration, Art Production (Content).  Grades are based o how well students follow process, directions, rules, expectations, and rubrics for assignments.  Assessments will also reflect participation (individually and cooperatively), attitude, behavior, along sith use of materials, tools, and environment (classroom).   Refocus and Behavior Tracker will be used for behavior concerns.  Classes follow a "studio" style environment - structure must be respected to support all student academic success.


You can earn extra credit in Visual Arts class by participating or attending a Fine Arts event. 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?:  It means that if you attend a play, concert, performance, museum and bring in a playbill, program, ticket stub, something that proves you participated or attended you can earn 10 pts. toward your “Content” or “Art Production” grade.   No movie tickets unless it is a specific biographical, or fine art movie.  (must be approved by teacher to receive credit)   It is up student to bring Mrs. Parker your documentation to get credit.  

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Education and the Arts

The arts, like science, are about discovery and invention.

The arts, like social studies, are about worlds and culture beyond our personal experience.

The arts, like math, are about systematic divisions of time and space.

The arts, like language arts, are about creativity. communication, and interpretation. 

The arts, like sports, are about pushing to the limit for a singular achievement and working cooperatively to achieve a single goal.

The arts are also about play, and play, too, is essential to learning.

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VISUAL ARTS: Art Production, Art History, Art Criticism/Analysis, Aesthetic Awareness

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

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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

     a.  Rubrics

     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

     a.  Historical

     b.  Cultural

     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

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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)

Grading Policies

     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).

Agency:  10%

Collaboration:   10%

Communication:  10%

Inquiry & Analysis:  20%

Art (Content) :   50%

Art Production, Art History, Aesthetic Awareness, Art Critique/Analysis


nex+Gen Academy MISSION and VISION

     nex+Gen Academy Vision: An innovative learning community for a complex world.

Grade level goals:

9th-Building a culture to empower freshmen to become self-directed learners.

10th-We facilitate independent and collaborative problem-solvers through the exploration of multiple perspectives.

11th-We push juniors to grow in academic achievement and personal awareness.

12th-Developing global citizens prepared to deal with a complex world.

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ART smART Mission & Goals

Mission: The mission for high school level Art courses is to increase student skill, technique, confidence and aesthetic awareness with the process of making art.  Students gain an understanding of the variety of art media and develop the ability to use different artistic techniques.  Students will create single artworks that combine more than one artistic technique for its completion.  Students will work on awareness of how to view the world through an artist's eye, and gain an aesthetic appreciation for the world through various artistic styles, as well as to be able to create successful works of art.  Students will be encouraged to develop their own artistic style and voice, while at the same time meeting various art project expectations.  

Goals:  Students in this course will achieve proficiency with artistic processes, concepts, techniques, media, and materials, as well as meeting the standards for visual art education.

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"Progress involves risk.  You can't steel second base and keep your foot on first."  

- F. Wilcox










We are always looking for materials to help us create!  If you can donate any of the following we would appreciate your support!

magazines, art materials (used or new), colored or patterned paper, buttons, beads, old jewelry, small boxes, plastic containers with lids, ribbon, old keys, clock or watch parts, corks, bottle caps, sponges, puzzle pieces, old toy parts, cancelled stamps, postcards with artwork/pictures, aluminum foil, sandpaper, small, smooth wood scrapes, spools, dowel rods, empty toilet paper rolls. . . 

We are always looking for donations of liquid soap and paper towels. . . Creating-- can make a mess. :)  



     All high school students taking Visual Art will pay $30.00 per year to support art material purchases.  This is a fee that is used to purchase materials for classroom use.  Students are able to use artist tools supplies, and materials for projects produced during class.  We are not given any budget from the district to support this program.  This fee allows for consumables used by students.  The fee gives students the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of materials, techniques, and processes.  

     Students learn by doing and by having appropriate supplies, materials, and tools to produce original artwork.  It is necessary to request this art fee to provide each of the four components of Art Production, Art History, Art Criticism/Analysis, Aesthetic Awareness.  Fees can be paid in the main office of brought to he Art room to Mrs. Parker.  Generally all fees are charged at registration.   I appreciate your support for the nex+Gen Visual Art Program.  


What you need to be successful each day. . .

-Follow the nex+Gen Academy culture

-Bring a pencil 

-Be on time

-Be organized

-Follow the pillars

-Bring a good attitude

-Challenge yourself

-Have a growth mindset

-Clean Up


Be BOLD or Italic

Never Regular

The best way to contact me is by email.  I check several times a day between classes.  I'm generally not able to get to the phone so for the quickest response your may contact me at:


Laura Parker