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Welcome to Art 7       

This is a foundation course in design, drawing, painting and sculpture. Students will learn about art & art history using a variety of approaches which will reach all learning styles. Here are some of the activities/strategies that are used in this course to help all students be successful in art.

Studio work (the doing)- all projects have individualized goals based on what that student can achieve.  Students are given a rubric for each project before they begin and rubrics are based on the demonstration of techniques, application of concepts and use of time.

View Now Journal (seeing & identifying)- every day when students enter class they will view a new work of art, a piece we have not discussed.  Students respond to these 3 questions every day:

   -What do you see?

   - What do you think of ?

   - If you could give it a title, what would it be?

The purpose of this journal changes as the course progresses.  Early on it helps students become comfortable talking about art and making sense of what they see, without the fear of "being wrong".  When new vocabulary or concepts are introduced, the view now is used as a tool for identifying and reinforcing the new material.  Students are asked to incorporate this content into the view now.  By the end of the course, students automatically include vocabulary, techniques and content into their responses.  They truly sound like art critics - its great!!

Quizzes/ articles & view now paragraph(reading/writing content)- This is another tool to make sure students understand vocabulary and concepts in written form. These are typically short and focus on a small amount of material at a time and provide an opportunity for me to help a student immediately if they don't understand something.

Critiques & Discussion of Student Work (verbal communication) This is an opportunity for students to self reflect and help their peers.  It is difficult for students (adults too!) to talk about their own work but it is important for growth.  Students learn how to re-work their art in a positive way.  Reflection and re-working is important not only in art but in all aspects of life, and this is a good starting point. 

Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

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