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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. 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.
 

Recent Posts

cornell presentation

This is the slide show that goes with our lesson on Joseph Cornell. I hope it will serve as a useful resource as students choose the items to be displayed in their "Cornell Box" project.

Art fee payment for 6th graders

The district has informed us that all art fee payments should be submitted via "School Cash Online." This is a system which allows you to pay all your school fees online from home, and it is much more secure than sending loose cash or checks to school with your children. If it is at all possible, please use this system to pay 6th grade art fees. 
and click on "get started today".

Trash to Treasure Wish List

Art A-Z  Trash to Treasure WishList: Your Support is Deeply Appreciated by All !


Dear Parents and Guardians,

In order to encourage great and varied works of art this year, please take a moment to see if you have a few leftover items to upcycle or donate. I will gladly take your donations throughout the year as they allow us to take our art projects a little farther. If you have something we could use that is not on our list, please email me and I will get back to you promptly. If you are making a donation, please place items in a plastic bag and label it for donation to art.


          Mr. Brent Clifton

brentclifton@tomballisd.net


NIS ART TRASH TO TREASURE A-Z LIST

ALUMINUM FOILS, BUTTONS,HARDBOUND BOOKS( FOR ALTERED SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS), OLD BLENDERS, BROWN GROCERY BAGS, BRUSHES,BAGS OF BALLOONS, BABY WIPES, BATHROOM TILES ( LEFTOVER)BURLAP, PAPER BRADS, CANVAS DROP CLOTHS,CORRUGATED CARDBOARD, BROKEN COLORFUL CHINA FOR MOSAIC (PACK IN BROWN BOX), OLD COWBOY STILL LIFE ITEMS,COTTON BOLT OF PLAIN WHITE FABRIC, CARPET SQUARES TO SIT ON, COLORFUL USED SOCKS,COMPUTER PARTS- SMALL SCRAP,CORKS , COSTUME TRIMS/BEADS, CLOTHESPINS,IRIDESCENT CELLOPHANE, CROCK POTS, CACTUS OR OTHER PLANTS,DOMINOES, DENTAL PLASTER,ENVELOPES WITH WINDOWS-SETS, EMPTY MATCHBOXES, FEATHERS FROM TEXAS BIRDS,FISHING LINE,COLORED FELT, FOAM PIECES/TRAYS- WITH NO EXPOSURE TO MEAT, FABRIC TRIMS/SCRAPS,GAME PIECES, GOLF TEES,HORSEHAIR, HOLE PUNCHERS, ANY LEFTOVER HAND TOOLS,IRONS,JUNK JEWELRY, LACE, LATTICE PAPER, LEATHER SCRAPS OR SPOOLS, LEATHER TOOLING STAMPS/ KIT, ,MAGAZINES(RICH PICS),MARBLES,MASONITE, FOUND METAL PIECES( NOT SHARP, CLEAN, SMALL),MATTE BOARD SCRAPS, MAGNETS , MANNEQUIN HEAD,NEWSPAPER, NEWSPRINT,POPSICLE STICKS, PLEXIGLASS, PAPER PARTY HATS, ORIGAMI PAPERS , OLD CALENDARS WITH GREAT IMAGES, OLD CANVAS BOARDS, OLD / ODD STILL LIFE ITEMS, OLD BOOTS,PANERA BREAD LARGE SODA STRAWS, PANTYHOSE- CLEAN, PLASTIC JEWELRY, BREAD SIZE, PLEXIGLASS 8 X10, LARGE PLASTIC PARTY TRAYS OR PLASTIC DISPOSABLE CAKE TOPS, PLASTIC KETCHUP BOTTLE- CLEAN PRINGLES CANS, PVC PIPE, CYCLED ELECTRICAL COLORED WIRE, RAFFIA,  WOODEN ROLLING PINS, PLASTIC GALLON SIZE BAGS,LARGE RECTANGULAR SPONGES, SPRAY BOTTLES ,STENCILS, SCRABBLE ,PIECES,OLD SLIDES OR JUST THE FRAMES,SANDPAPER, SILK FLORALS, SWATCHES OF COLOR OR INTERIOR DESIGN SAMPLES, SCRAP HARDWARE,SHOEBOXES,SHOELACES- IN LARGE QUANTITY,SEQUINS, OLD SILVERWARE- LARGE SPOONS ONLY,SHREDDED PAPER IN COLOR, ALPHABETIC STAMPS,TAPES- COLORED OR TEXTURED, TISSUE PAPERS WITH PATTERN, TEXTURAL PAPERS, VELLUM ON A ROLL,WINDOW SCREENS FOR PAPERMAKING, WOODEN PICTURE FRAMES WITHOUT THE GLASS,WAFFLE CORRUGATED WRAPPINGS, WOOD SCRAPS IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZE, WOOD,BEADS, WAX PAPER, OLD WOOL SWEATERS/BLANKETS,YARN,ZIPPERS

Fifth grade welcome letter

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                        

        We are looking forward to working with you this school year!  It will be an exciting year of discovery and experimentation for all of our art students. We believe art class is not only valuable for learning how to make art, but also a great place to learn problem solving, critical thinking and affirmative communication.


     Curriculum - We will be exploring the elements of art using two and three dimensional media including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students will express their thoughts and ideas creatively, imagine actively, think reflectively, and develop discipline and problem-solving skills. We will also study many artistic styles and historical periods, fostering respect for the contributions of diverse cultures.  As they respond to artworks, students will develop the lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.


Grading Philosophy - Student work will be assessed according to craftsmanship, diligence, and originality A good effort and reasonable progress will be awarded with a corresponding grade. Artwork should be taken home every nine weeks unless it is being held for submission to an art competition, of which you will be informed. If artwork is found thrown away, credit for its completion will be withdrawn.

     In fifth grade, students receive marks of E, S, N, or U:

E = Always meets expectations

S = Usually meets expectations

N = Sometimes meets expectations

U = Never meets expectations

Supplies:  

Materials needed for all art projects are supplied by the school. We do ask that students bring a pencil to class every day in order to be prepared to draw or take any required notes.

Sincerely,  

Brent Clifton

281-357-3020 ext.1535 - teacherweb.com/TX/NorthpointeIntermediateSchool/Art - brentclifton@tomballisd.net

Sixth grade welcome letter

Northpointe Intermediate School – 6th Grade Art

Dear Parents,   

      We are looking forward to working with your child during the 2018-19 school year!  This will be an exciting year of discovery and experimentation for all of our art students. We believe art class is not only valuable for learning how to make art, but also a great place to learn problem solving, critical thinking and affirmative communication.

    Curriculum - We will be expanding upon last year’s study of the elements of art with an exploration of the principles of design. Students will express their thoughts and ideas creatively, imagine actively, think reflectively, and develop discipline and problem-solving skills.  As they create compositions and respond to artworks, students will develop the lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.


     Grading Philosophy - Student work will be assessed according to craftsmanship, diligence, and originality. A good effort and reasonable progress will be awarded with a corresponding grade. Students are expected to work independently, respect the persons and property of teachers and fellow pupils, and use good stewardship with the provided materials. Artwork should be taken home every nine weeks unless it is being held for submission to an art competition, of which you will be informed. If artwork is found thrown away, credit for its completion will be withdrawn.

Supplies needed:

A hardbound, 9”x11”, 100 sheet sketchbook* brought to class daily ON or BEFORE   Friday, 7 Sept.

*Sketchbooks may be acquired at Walmart and Hobby Lobby. Coupons may be found online. Please contact the teacher if you are unable to purchase this school supply at this time.

A Paint shirt labeled with name is strongly recommended.

Art Fee: A fee of $15 is required of all 6th grade art students. The school district prefers that all payments be made online (checks are acceptable if this is impossible). This is a once annual payment, and 100% of it is used specifically to provide for art supplies.

All conduct expectations and disciplinary policies are consistent with our Student Handbook and the TISD Student Code of Conduct. Please refer to these resources if you have questions about classroom expectations.

 Please feel free to contact Mr. Clifton if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the class, your child’s progress or conduct.

            Sincerely, Brent Clifton  

281-357-3020 ext.1535  - teacherweb.com/TX/NorthpointeIntermediateSchool/Art/   - brentclifton @tomballisd.net