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    Advanced Placement Studio

    Art Portfolio Development

    Studio in Art

    Contemporary Art and Design

    Computer Graphics

    Life Skills Art

    My mission as an art teacher is to develop and teach a sequential art program which includes the basic art elements/principles of design, art appreciation, visual awareness and is fundamental to intellectual growth and creative self-expression.  My role as an art teacher is to teach my students to take risks with their art, experiment with new mediums and to think "outside the box" in new and creative ways.  This type of divergent thinking encourages students to relate visual knowledge to other core subjects and to respond with originality, appreciation, flexibility and imagination.  The Arts also provide countless experiences for all students to take part in their own learning by getting them actively involved in the tools and materials that create their artistic visions.  My goal for each art project that I teach is to show my students that with some hard work and dedication, they can create and do amazing things! 

    The teaching of art, as in all subject areas, does not happen by chance.  It is the result of thoughtful, careful planning by the art instructor and through the development of district, state wide and national standards.  A quality art program develops the whole child:  physically, intellectually, emotionally, aesthetically and perceptually.  Art provides a means of organizing, integrating and structuring experiences in an individualized way. The goal of education is to help students to develop both their intellectual capabilities and the capacity to express their thoughts and feelings in a creative expressive way.  These come together in art, and this coming together, in large part, accounts for the power of our district's Fine Arts program.



    The West Seneca Central Schools' Art Department has developed a curriculum based on a comprehensive approach called Discipline Based Art Education (D.B.A.E.).


    This approach draws on four foundational art disciplines for its instructional approach: art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art production. Our teachers agree that students should acquire knowledge about the contributions artists and art make to culture and society (art history); understand how people justify judgment about art objects (aesthetics); be able to respond to the properties and qualities that exist in visual forms (art criticism); and be able to produce their own works of art (art production).


    One of the purposes of art education is to increase students' abilities to think and communicate visually. Historically, artists have always been inspired by the past - what artists before them have created. Our students, in their study of art history, are inspired by the works of these artists to create their own artwork. In studying the works of the past, our students learn about the elements and principals of art, techniques used by various artists, as well as what has historically inspired artists to create art.

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