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Degrees and Certifications:
Masters in EPFA: Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning)--PSU Masters in Teaching (Curriculum and Instruction: Concentration in Urban and At-Risk Youth)-- PSU Bachelors in History/ Minor in Art & Television Broadcasting-- NMSU
Welcome to Art & Design: Grade 7:
This Year is Going to Be Great!
Please enjoy our amazing students work in the Blog!
I am extremely happy to join the staff at Sinagua Middle School in creating quality education for our students. This year we are looking to create a classroom where students work in teams towards project goals, similar to design project assignments in tech, while having fun and simply enjoying the art of creation. In order to reach this aim, we will look at art through a design framework and boost students understanding of the visual world by looking at light and composition as well as symmetry and depth, line, composition, form, texture, color, space, and patterns.
We start our journey in photography, painting with light and dark in contrast and using the Rule of 3rds and the 9-space grid over photographs to create stronger compositions. We continue our journey by focusing on drawing in our bellwork, and creating chalk art using the grid system, this time in a 4-part grid, for teams to work together to create a chalk art painting. We hope to have a competion for the best design! We will combine craft and technique in many forays, from creating masks to diaromas to pinatas for Dia de los Muertos. Art and design can be fun and functional, but must be based on the essential elements, as our students get I-Pads, we hope to lead them in using professional apps such as photoshop to have marketable skills in creating images.
A little about myself: I come from the surf town of Santa Cruz, California, yes I surf, and I love hiking and biking out doors, which along with friends and family, brought me to Flagstaff, well not the surfing bit. I have worked as middle school teacher for 4 years, and a high school teacher for 4 years (2 of those years in Alaska!) I graduated from New Mexico State University with a major in history and a minor in Fine Art and Television Broadcasting working for KRWG in Las Cruces, this training made me into a digital storyteller. I received my masters in Oregon working at Portland State University in the Learning Garden Labs and with the Environmental Middle School and Lincoln High School.
I love working with students and hearing their stories and seeing them express themselves, that makes using art and digital media to help them tell their stories all the more fulfilling. I love helping students to recognize their innate talents and abilities.