Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Art Education Degree in Elementary Education
Mrs. D. Pollock
I teach Art because I believe that Art is the essential ingredient in learning and living well. Art enhances and governs our environment and stimuliates emotion. Art is built individually within a person and once any one understands the basic elements and design principles, they have the power and the imagination that can alter civilization. Teaching Art has been a life experience that I cherish each day and the experience has given me the opportunity to share tools and techniques that with help others sculpt their creative lives. "Knowledge is Power".
Visual Arts One-beginning
Visual Arts One is designed to reinforce and build on knowledge and skills developed at the elementary and middle schools levels. It is the foundation level for art study throughout high school. The course is primarily devoted to deliberate and systematic presentations of various art process, procedures, theories, and historical developments. Students will have experiences in producing two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks. The course emphasizes the study of the elements of art and the principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, art criticism, art history and safety in the art room. The approach to art experiences during this time is experimental in terms of materials. Students are provided a strong foundation in design, drawing and vocabulary in a teacher-structured environment. Problem solving and decisionmaking are emphasized throughout Visual Arts One.
Visual Arts Two/ Intermediate
Visual Arts One required for this class
Visual Arts Two builds on the student's technical skills and foundation of knowledge developed in Visual Arts One. The study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, and art history continues in Visual Arts Two in a teacher-directed situation. Various art processes, procedures, and theories are presented in a problem-solving manner in which allows for moving towards independent choices and personal solutions to problems. Visual Art Two focuses on global themes, concepts of civics, economics, marketing, art movement, style and artist allowing student research and growth in understanding past and present forms. A greater flexible and fluent use of the elements of art and principles of design, color, history, theory, and vocabulary is stressed in Visual Arts Two.
Visual Arts Three/ Proficient
Visual Arts Two required for this class
Visual Arts Three builds on skills from Visual Arts Two with an in-depth approach to the study of art processes and techniques, aesthetic issues, art criticism and art history. Teachers help students set personal signatures, goals, and developing original solutions to artistic problems.The students will develop an understanding of the role of visual arts in United States history, technology, preservation and sustainability resources. Students will become well versed in personal aesthetics and criticisms, and developing a personal philosophy of art. In Visual Arts Three, students will assemble a portfolio based on technical quality, personal style, direction, and its intended purpose, Students will participate in community activities and events by sharing their talents.
Visual Arts Four/ Advance
Visual Arts Three required
In Visual Arts Four students develop, clarify, and apply their philosophy of art and art techniques, process, and aesthetics. Exceptional initiative, serious involvement, and commitment are expectations of the Visual Art Four student. A porfolio evidencing high quality, a broad base of knowledge, and in-depth understanding of personal art forms is developed and refined. Students take part in planning and installing an exhibition of their work as well as contributing to community events.
Visual Arts One required for this class
Students will learn concepts fundamental to the design and creation of all forms of drawing. They will understand drawing and its historical context and will explore it critically as well. They will learn to use exercises to help them develop hand-eye coordination and compositional skills. Drawing students will explore the potentials of various media and develop mixed media skills, while creating meaningful creative and expressive drawings. Students are required to maintain a drawing journal.
Drawing One is required for this class
This course continues building on concepts learned in Drawing One. Students explore more complex compositional processes and work on a larger scale. Students are required to maintain a drawing journal.