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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Four Step Process


Well this is different. Mr. Sands (that's me) has moved from Art One and started teaching Art Three. Before putting together the lesson plans for my new found class, I took a long, hard look at how I was teaching. I realized that, although I could come up with some creative lessons, the projects were more about the outcome I wanted to see then what the students wanted to create. I decided to revamp my entire teaching style. Here's what we're doing now.


Each project now follows a four phase process; Initiation, Design, Production and Presentation. During the initiation phase, I present the student's with a topic and a theme. This project's topic is text as an element (check out our Pinterest page for example) and the theme is culture.
Next, during the design phase, the students were tasked with creating a list of 20 items related to culture. From this list, they designed 10 thumbnails of possible art projects. Depending on their design, they selected the medium and based on the medium, they explored techniques they would need to accomplish the project.

 This is where we are today...

Once the design is solid, the student's will be ready to begin creation of their work.



For the final phase, presentation, the students will post their work to their blogs along with their personal reflection of the piece. The actual piece will then be presented to the class on Feel Good Friday where students will write comments for their fellow artists to read later.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meet Kim Sudkamp


My brother & I


New Art Teacher : Kim Sudkamp

I am from Apex, North Carolina though I did not attend Apex High.  I earned a BFA in Art Education and a BFA in Studio Arts Ceramics at East Carolina University - School of Art and Design. I've taught for a semester in another county, but this will be my first full year of teaching.  I am looking forward to working at Apex High School.  I've heard many wonderful things about the school and I'm so happy to be a part of it.

Sudkamp Art Website

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Meet Melissa Purtee

New Art Teacher : Melissa Purtee

I believe that students have great ideas and that they should be able to use them to make art that expresses what they think is important. I was born in Kansas and grew up in Michigan, where I earned a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design. Shortly after graduating I moved to North Carolina to accept my first teaching job.

This year will be my ninth year teaching and my first year teaching high school. I’m so excited to be a part of the Apex High School Art Department!

Purtee Art One Website
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