Art Grows Minds
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Art Grows Minds
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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas
 
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After 10 years of teaching digital photography, I have fine-tuned 5 beginning projects that focus on 4 essential photography composition skills. The fifth project is a cumulative assessment project to summarize those skills. The next collection
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This bundle includes handouts for 5 Photoshop projects that I teach at the beginning of the year in a high school Computer Graphics class, a.k.a. Graphic Design class. (See my Graphic Design I: Photoshop Part 2 bundle for ones that follow these, and
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These 4 Photoshop projects designed for high school students build on the skills learned in the Beginning Photoshop Projects bundle and introduce more design theory and conceptual challenges. I include teacher notes about how I teach the Computer
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These 5 projects focus on Line, Color, Texture, Pattern and Depth in photography composition. They are best if preceded by the basic composition projects I also offer on TpT, called "Five Lessons for the Beginning of the Year" or other similar basic
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I have taught the Adobe Illustrator to high school students for 11 years and have fine-tuned some favorite projects for you. This collection includes: Transparency Design with Letters, Notan, Skateboard (or Snowboard) Deck Design, and Portrait in
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This packet of 10 mini assignments focusing on art elements and principles of design with teacher notes is designed for high school Art I students, but can easily be adapted for middle school. If you are not already very familiar with how to use
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This collection of high school photography lessons builds on the skills learned in Part 1 and 2. The lesson topics are Portraiture, Flower Photography, Action Photography, Light Painting, Expressing an Idea, and Photojournalism. Teacher notes and
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This packet contains 8 lessons for increasing observational drawing skills for Art 1 and Art 2 and one lesson for Art 3, 4 or AP, including the handouts. Later volumes will include imaginative drawing as well. All of these drawing lessons have been
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This collection inscludes Unusual Angles, Lighting, Photojournalism, Expression in a Series, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt and the Camera as a Sketchbook, as well as others, along with Tips and Resources. These are appropriate for
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This lesson introduces the surrealist imagery of Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann, and Robert and Shana Parkeharrison. Students use a family story as inspiration for a surreal photomontage using Photoshop, adding paintbrush and texture layers for a
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This is a collection of lessons that show students how to apply special effects to their photographs, such as solarizing, digital cyanotypes, blurring to simulate depth of field, and even the Lomo look. These are great projects for in between
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This collection builds on Vol. 3, the beginning Illustrator Projects and includes Op Art, Symbols, Typography, Logos and Infographics. All projects include teacher notes and handouts.
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This collection is for the second half of a Computer Graphics class, when students are comfortable with Adobe software and exploring and experimenting. These projects are more involved than the earlier ones and require more planning. InDesign is
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This packet contains 10 mini assignments, in the form of handouts, that I have used with high school Art I and II students, but can easily be adapted for middle school. It also includes introductory material. I have left this as a Word document so
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This project for high school art students explores the history of abstract expressionism and non-objective, gestural mixed media compositions. Jane Davies is the contemporary exemplar. I include Materials Needed, Resources, Introductory Activities,
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This year I have Computer Graphics classes that have trouble focusing on independent projects. I decided to try Follow Along with the Teacher style projects for the Adobe Illustrator unit and it kept them engaged and successful. So, I thought I
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In this lesson students learn about contemporary conceptual art, and brainstorm and create a unique conceptual art piece. This lesson uses the humorous conceptual biennial exhibit project of Shea Hembrey as an introduction. This is a very fun and
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This packet contains 10 mini assignments that I have used with high school Art I and II students, but can easily be adapted for middle school. These focus on self-reflection, other cultures, design and drawing skills, expressing meaning. I have left
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Gelli Printing is a fun monoprinting project that encourages experimentation and being open to surprises. A few of the finished prints are frame worthy, but most are perfect for cutting up for mixed media projects. I've included the very popular
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This packet contains 10 mini assignments that I have used with high school Art I and II students, but can easily be adapted for middle school. I have left this as a Word document so that you can easily adapt it for your needs. If you are not
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I teach high school art, including the gifted, as well as college studio art classes. In the past I have taught IB high school and middle school art and I have taught art for 25 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

The arts can make us understand the world more deeply. It encourages thinking about any topic in new ways, while challenging the student to reach new levels of skill and thought. I do not just focus on art for arts sake, but believe as art educators, we are training young minds how to think about all aspects of life while pushing them to higher levels of complex thinking.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been honored as Virginia Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, as well as our regional art educator of the year. I have served on the board of our state art education association as well as our regional art education association, including leading workshops. I find it very important to attend conferences to understand how art education is evolving. I have written a range of art curriculum for two school systems. My art has also been included in many exhibitions.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Masters of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Painting, Hollins University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married to an artist, and a mother to a professional illustrator and another who is still in college, majoring in illustration.

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