We are excited to begin another year filled with fun, creativity, a lot of art production!
About Mrs. Teitsma: I graduated in 2001 from Calvin College and have been teaching elementary art since 2003. I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons, digital scrapbooking, photography, fishing and gardening.
About Mrs. Worden: I graduated in 2001 from Hope College and this will be my 15th year teaching elementary art. A few of my favorite things include family time with my husband and twin daughters, scrapbooking, painting, playing the piano, and biking.
THE ART CURRICULUM:
We will be beginning our school year with our annual school wide collaborative project which is titled "Where's Waldo at Jamestown Elementary?" Each student will be reviewing their skills with figure drawing and self portraiture by creating their a figure drawing to be part of a school wide mural where students have to search for Waldo and his friends just like in the Waldo books!
After this, each grade level will work on our annual rotating cultural month. This year’s focus is African Art. Each grade focuses on a different aspect of the culture’s art so that all students can be exposed to a variety of styles and concepts from that culture as they observe each other’s art displayed in our hallways.
Art history is also a large component of our curriculum. Each grade level focuses on learning about the lives and work of historical as well as some contemporary artists. This year, some potential artists that we might be studying are the following:
Kindergarten: Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Eric Carle, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Jim Dine
1st Grade: Gustav Klimt, Norman Rockwell, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali
2nd Grade: Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Joan Miro, Henri Rousseau, Dr. Seuss, Vincent Van Gogh, Tom Otterness,
3rd Grade: Frida Kahlo, Leonardo DaVinci, Jackson Pollock, Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, George Rodrigue
4th Grade: Diego Rivera, Heather Galler, Wassilly Kandinsky, Edgar Degas, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt
5th Grade: Chuck Close, Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Georga O’Keeffe, Friedrich Hundertwasser
We also keep our curriculum lively by incorporating inspiration from literature and art careers for our art. Many of our projects are inspired from picture books, especially with our younger students. Also, all grades have projects that connect to art career choices such as: Graphic Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Art Education, Fashion Design, Entertainment Design, Photography, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Art Museum Director.
Finally we try to have each grade level have experience a variety of materials and genres. Some genre choices include: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, cartoons, realism, abstraction, and figure drawing.
In art we have three main expectations for all students:
- Work Quietly
We would love to answer any questions that you have. Please feel free to contact us anytime!