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As a professional artist for over twenty years and a father of three, I have developed a passion for passing my accumulated knowledge, skills, and experience to the next generation. I think the introduction to our fine arts TEKS sums up what I believe about art education more succinctly than I could:
"The fine arts incorporate the study of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts to offer unique experiences and empower students to explore realities, relationships, and ideas. These disciplines engage and motivate all students through active learning, critical thinking, and innovative problem solving. The fine arts develop cognitive functioning and increase student academic achievement, higher-order thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, making the fine arts applicable to college readiness, career opportunities, workplace environments, social skills, and everyday life. Students develop aesthetic and cultural awareness through exploration, leading to creative expression. Creativity, encouraged through the study of the fine arts, is essential to nurture and develop the whole child."
I am excited about partnering with families to see the children of this community realize their full potential.
 

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5th grade welcome letter

Northpointe Intermediate School

 5th Grade Art

During 5th grade, Students will meet for art/ or music twice a week in either the first and third quarter or the second and fourth quarter. 

Supplies need by the second week of art:

3  wooden pencils

15 sheets of white copy paper( for fine arts folder already collected from homeroom teacher)

Optional paint shirt or apron- label please

 

Composition: Elements of Art

Students will expand their working knowledge of visual literacy, use of critical/ creative thought, imagination, and technical skill by applying the elements of art to their discussion and projected classwork. Line, shape, color, texture, form, space, and value are the building blocks for composition to which students will further investigate.

First Semester ( August- December)

The students will explore two dimensional design in life drawing concepts, methods and techniques in the preliminary weeks of class using black and white and colored media.  Additionally, students will communicate ideas about western art using mixed media through the annual Rodeo Art Competition.

Second Semester ( January- May)

The students will explore basic color wheel/ color theory relationships, three dimensional figural and portrait sculpture using wire, cardboard, and fibers.

If you have a skill, an interest, a care, please do not hesitate to contact us either through our edlio

 (teacher websites) or by phone.

We are looking forward to a great year in art!

Brent Clifton

NIS Art Specialist

brentclifton@tomballisd.net

281-357-3020  ext.1535

6th grade welcome letter

WELCOME TO 6th GRADE ART                                              

 

Introduction:

My name is Mr. Clifton, and this is an introductory class for art.  I would like to welcome you to my class and I look forward to having a fun and exciting year with all of you.  These pages are full of information you need for the course and for you and your parents to look over.  The last page your parents and you are to fill out and sign.  You are to bring it back no later than the following Friday. We have lots to do this semester, so let’s get started!

 

Teacher Information:

          Name: Mr. Clifton

          Department: Fine Arts

          School Phone: (281)357-3020 ex1535

Email: brentclifton@tomballisd.net

 

CLASS RULES

  1. Come to class on time and prepared to work
  2. Be respectful to the teacher and to others
  3. Leave bad attitudes at the door
  4. Be careful around others and with supplies
  5. Follow all other school policies (student handbook)

 

Tardies: You must be in your seat and ready to work when the tardy bell rings or I will mark you tardy when I take attendance.

         

 

Bathroom Policies:

          DO NOT EVER ASK while I am instructing, in the first 5 minutes or last 5 minutes of class.      

 

Grading:

          You will be given a daily grade for class participation

          You will be graded on your visual literacy warm up

          You will be graded on every project, artwork, quiz and test

          You will be graded on anything I assign while a substitute is here.

          Grades will be regularly updated for you to see.

CLASS PROCEDURES:

  • Every day you will come in on time and be seated before the tardy bell.
  • On Fridays you will retrieve your sketchbook and complete a Visual Literacy exercise.
  • If it is a day the teacher must explain or introduce a topic, you are to take notes in your sketchbook.
  • Most days we will be involved in some kind of artistic learning activity or project that will take up most of the period.
  • The last few minutes of the period we will be cleaning up whatever project we have been working on. The room will always be returned to its original state before I allow anyone to leave.
  • The bell does not dismiss you… Mr. Clifton dismisses you.

 

There will be no free days.  Every day I will have a fun and important activity for you to be working on.  Are you ready???  Let’s do ART!!

 

 

SYLLABUS

           These are the units of the Elements and Principles of Art we will be covering in class throughout the year:

 

          Line and mark making – Pattern – Texture – Shape – Form - Space

          Perspective - Color Theory – Value - Mixed Media – Balance - Proportion

          Unity – Rhythm – Variety – Movement – Composition -

          Artist’s Portfolio and Critiquing Art

                               

Supply List:

          - $15 annual art supply fee

          - Pencil

          - Hardback sketchbook (approx. 8”x10” to 9”x12”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN

 

 

My child, _________________________, and I,____________________________, have read over the 6th Grade Art class policies and procedures and are in agreement with them and with the teacher.

      

       Sincerely,

 

 ________________________________          __________________________

           Parent or Legal Guardian                                Student

                    Signature                                           Signature