Ms. Chapman's Art Class

Welcome to Art in Rawlins Middle School!

Target, Screenprint by Jasper Johns, 1974

"When something is new to us, we feel that our senses are awake and clear.  We are alive." Jasper Johns, Abstract Artist

All students this year have the opportunity to take Art!  This is great news! I am hoping that students will be excited to come to class each day to learn something new with me, or Mr. Davidson, who will be teaching some 8th grade art classes this Fall.

6th Grade students will have art First and Second Quarters
7th Grade students will have art Third and Fourth Quarters
8th Grade students will have art First and Second Quarters with Mr. Davidson (see his website at the RHS school page), and Third and Fourth Quarters with me.
Check out what's happening in the 6th grade Art Room by going to my Lesson Plans (see sidebar to right) or clicking this link:
Art Club: Before (or After) School Art Studio: Tuesdays and Thursdays
I will also be offering Before School Art Studio to all students, 6th-8th grades, beginning September 13th, 2016.  Students may enter the building at 7:35 and come on down to the art room for our art club.  This is a fun group, where students self-select their own projects, which have included clay, murals, drawing, painting, collage and more!  We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:35-8:25 am.  Parents do need to fill out a permission slip for their students to participate.
Because my schedule changes mid-year, I will FLIP Before School Art Studio to AFTER School Art Studio at the beginning of 3rd quarter.  We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays AFTER School, from dismissal time until 4:10 so students can catch the after school bus if needed.
Parents, feel free to contact me by email, or phone, or visit the classroom.
I am usually in the classroom early before school, and my planning hour is from 8:20-9:14.  I would be happy to visit with parents during this time, but please call ahead so I'm sure to look for you.
My goal as Art Teacher for Rawlins Middle School is to educate students about the basic foundations of artmaking and art appreciation and begin them on their journey of understanding human history through art. Art is a means of communication that has its roots in the evolution of humanity itself - archaeological evidence is showing that our need to communicate ideas through art happened as early as 40,000 years ago!  
That need still persists, and it becomes even more challenging in the visual society that we live in today.  We will begin our exploration with foundational skills of art (elements and principles of design), and apply these to a variety of artmaking methods (drawing, painting, sculpting and working in clay).
The arts, like no other subject, offer students the opportunity to develop and apply thinking and motor skills across disciplines.  Cheers to making and learning something new today!
RMS 6th Grade Student Art Show
Foil Embossed Mixed Media Collage
In the classroom
Looking and Sharing our Art
Family Support for the Arts!

RMS 6th Grade Class Syllabus & Parent Letter

      A short youtube video about "What Art Is For?"

Top 10 skills learned in the arts

      From the Washington Post, Jan 2013, an article highlighting the top 10 skills students learn through the arts.

      A very funny blog about parenting adolescents! When you think you can't do it anymore, read this, and have hope!

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