Monday, August 31, 2009

Vincent van Gogh

The second and third graders are studying the artist Vincent van Gogh in the art room right now. They love hearing the life story of this very interesting and world famous artist. Did you know that van Gogh never sold a single painting while he was alive? Now his paitnings sell for hundreds of millions of dollars! He painted many self-portraits and not until recently did we know what he really looked like. Go here to see a recently found photograph that they believe is Vincent van Gogh! The Metropolitan Museum of Art also has a fun interactive website about him - check it out here.

How Do I Get Graded?

Hello Parents:
I am The Crayon Lab, your child's art teacher at school. I would like to explain to you how your child is graded in art. Children will receive a subject grade and a conduct grade in art four times a year.

Art Education in our County is based on an approach known as Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE). It is important to understand we do not grade children's artwork, rather, we grade art learning. Discipline-based art education draws its contents from four areas of instruction:
1) Art Production (making art)
2) Art History (exploring artistic heritage of many cultures)
3) Art Criticism (analyzing the qualities and features of art)
4) Aesthetics (thinking about art and making well-reasoned judgements about art)

Evaluating progress in art education is complex. Evaluating artistic growth in artistic expression, art knowledge, skills mastered, and attitudes enriched, as well as conduct and social behavior in the art class, can provide a profile of your child's total progress in art and help me guide him/her to further growth. A variety of ways are used to assess progress at the elementary level, such as quizzes, demonstration, discussion, sketchbooks, and my own observations.

It is important to keep in mind that it is not your child's artwork that is being graded, but your child's progress in art learning. If you have any questions about our art education program, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. Thank you! We are going to have an excellent school year!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the art room for another exciting year!