Each grade level will be involved in several different forms of
creating art including: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture,
weaving, collage, assemblage and more. We will learn about a variety of
cultures, artists and styles of art; and will create art projects which
reflect what the students are learning in their classrooms.
Throughout the year we will work with a variety of materials some of
which may be messy. I do not provide smocks or old shirts for the
students. Students are told its ok to wear older clothes on their art
day and may bring their own smock or extra shirt with them to art class.
Most students are able to stay clean and while we do try to be as
careful as possible, accidents do happen. If your child chooses to
bring a smock or old shirt, please label it with your child’s name.
1. Come in and sit down quietly.
2. Respect yourself and others.
3. Respect your artwork and the artwork of others.
4. Talk quietly to those at your table.
5. Share and care for art materials.
6. Keep your area and the art room clean.
7. Raise your hand before speaking.
Art is different from other classes in that it may seem less
structured. This is not so. It needs a different kind of organization
in order for the students to know what is expected. A 45-50-minute
class period is usually divided into three different sections:
presentation, work time, and clean up time.
During a presentation, students are expected to sit quietly and
listen carefully to instructions. Once they have obtained the
information they need for the project, we usually have a class
discussion where they may ask questions to clarify a point or volunteer
unique observations concerning the subject at hand.
At work time, art class is less structured to encourage creativity.
Low-volume talking is allowed. As an art teacher, I feel communication
between students is important to the process of making good art. They
may get up from their seats to sharpen pencils, get materials, or throw
away trash when it is appropriate. If students need help, they must
raise their hand and stay seated. I will go to each student who is
needing help in the order I see their hands up.
The last five to ten minutes of class is clean-up time. Clean-up
time is the responsibility of the entire class. Students are expected
to listen to special instructions and complete their specified jobs.
When everyone has completed their duties, they will sit quietly at their
seats. I then excuse the tables in the order of who was done first
with cleaning and sitting quietly.
In my art class, I do use a seating chart. It is a chart organized
randomly with both girls and boys sitting together at the same table.
Having students sit in the same seats every week helps me to memorize
students’ names. It is also helpful for a substitute teacher. This may
be subject to change during the school year at my discretion.
For some projects, students will be able to work in groups of my
choosing, with partners or at other tables. At the beginning of each
class period, students will find their assigned seats and sit quietly to
find out what project they will be working on.
Since we meet for 45-50 minutes per art class except for
kindergarten, students have limited restroom privileges. Their classroom
teachers have specified times for drinks and bathroom use during the
day. But realizing that situations do arise, students are allowed to use
the restroom in art class for emergencies.
Much of the artwork created by our students is displayed in the art
room and in the hallways at school. When the display is changed, the
students are allowed to take their art home.
Knowing classroom rules and expectations will allow for students to have a safe, fun and productive experience in art.
I am looking forward to a great year working with your child. Please
don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Thank
You, Mr. Hildebrand