EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN THE ART ROOMby Shawn Costello
Never say anything unkind about something a classmate has created.Don't hog all the colors.A picture is more interesting with contrast, movement and different points of view--so is life. Be kind to yourself if all your pictures don't turn out--it happens to all artists. Your most patient model is the one in the mirror...Learn from looking at yourself and be patient.Say it with paper pop-ups, folded books, or little pasted pictures--making something for someone else can be a Holy act--do it often. Keep an open mind about different kinds of art...something unforeseen may become part of your expression some day. Purple houses, pink grass...there's no right or wrong to color your picture--honor your creative voice--it's what makes you unique. Take a rest or a break during a project--solutions become more clear, ideas can grow. Paint from the heart, it will show--others will sense it.


Some of the units that we will study this year will be from the following chart.
Elements &
Principles of Art
learning the elements of art and the principles involved in making good designs
Art History &
Appreciation
studying famous artists and their paintings and trying to recreate their styles
Fabric Arts &
Multicultural
learning various types of weaving, stitchery,and other textile arts
also art forms from other cultures
Careers &
Commercial Art
lettering, poster-making, book-making, print-making