My Background Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Masters of Education in Art Education from RIT. 5 years, teaching k-6, k-8, 9-12, 12+ 3 year small business owner JV Girls Soccer Coach, WHRHS Hoboken FC, Cosmopolitan League, Northern NJ
Course Description: Crafts This course is designed to provide an introduction to a wide range of practical Craft techniques. Some techniques include basketry, weaving, hand-sewing, modeling, and other such integrated crafts will be taught. Crafts is designed to expose students to various processes, techniques and methods related to practical crafts. Student will not only explore art history as it relates to various crafts and cultures, but will also learn the process used to create different crafts.
Rules The #1 Rule in My Classroom is Respect! RESPECT YOUR TEACHER RESPECT YOUR PEERS & YOUR PEERS’ ARTWORK RESPECT THE CLASSROOM, CLASSROOM PROCEDURES & SUPPLIES It is imperative to have respect in the art classroom to ensure that each student can freely create his/her artwork. All supplies must be respected to ensure that these supplies will remain available for the rest of the year.
Rules The Art Classroom is meant to be fun, free and creative…. and will be, if all basic rules of respect are followed!
Grading Art is a very subjective course; and therefore determining whether a piece of artwork meets our standards must be made objective. Grading rubrics will be used to give us a sense of how well each assignment was completed. Projects weigh heavily on the overall grade as they take the most time and exhibit clear understanding of the techniques and concepts learned in class, how to use materials properly, and how to work in the studio environment. The breakdown of grades is as follows: Class folder & HW = 10% Projects = 60% Quizzes = 20% Class participation & behavior = 10%
HW assignments that are 1 day late will receive partial credit. 2 days late no credit will be given. Projects that are late will loose 10 pts. per day late! Class participation is an important part of your grade. It may lower you a letter grade or bump you up depending on your average. Please be mindful that I observe your work and behavior habits each day and will issue you an appropriate check grade at the end of each marking period. Check minus minus: Sleeping during class, cutting class, excessively late without a pass, distracting to other students, does not clean up materials Check minus: Listening to iPod during instructions, texting during class, off task, has food or drink in the classroom, does not clean up properly Check: Needs motivation to get started, wastes time, cleans some materials Check plus: Works during class, cleans materials Check plus plus: Actively participates during class, works on project, interacts during discussions, self-motivated, cleans all materials properly
Critiques Individual and class critiques are an important part of the art making process. Class critiques serve as a forum to give and receive feedback on an in-progress or completed project. Positive feedback as well as mature, constructive criticism will be encouraged in order for each artist to benefit from a critique. Use of art vocabulary is encouraged.
Critiques Along with assignments turned in for grades, students maybe asked to submit a self- critique assessing their performance. Questions may include: What challenged you? What part of the piece do you feel was most/least successful? What might you do differently next time? Etc.
Extra Help/Work Time There is a direct correlation with the amount of time spent on an artwork and its success. I advise students to make the best of their work time in class, but when additional work time is needed I am available after school until 3:30pm. Individual lunch sessions can be set up for multiple students.