Hello and Welcome to Art!

I am excited to welcome you to Art at the Academy! Be ready to enjoy art the IB way.

I have high expectations of my students, and projects include specific requirements to be met, which, combined with our IB aspects, lead to a rich art experience. Due to the rigor of the class, I try to keep most of our assignments contained to the classroom, but do offer Open Studio time before school for students to come in and work.

Students can come in for Open Studio to work on their art. This is a less-structured work time, but I do expect students to be using their time, the art supplies and the room wisely. Students also may take work home if they so choose (although I don't encourage it) but must have care not to damage their art and ensure that it returns to school for their next day of art class.

Class Content


  • Our projects and creations are IB-based and work from a structure built on the Elements and Principles of Art. We incorporate history, current events, and cross-curricular references in our work.
  • Students will be challenged to think creatively but also must learn to follow directions and obey the protocols of an art studio.
  • Art class is hands-on and can get messy, so putting some thought into what to wear is a great idea, and smocks or cover-ups are also welcome.
  • Students are evaluated on their own skills and strengths and not compared to others. Art is a unique experience in that the doing of it is sometimes more important than the end product. Students are encouraged to simply try their best, follow instructions, and put in effort to grasp techniques and skills. 

Some tips- 

  • Slow Down: So often students get excited with a project and rush into it, or rush to finish. Art is not a race and requires thought and care, so take your time so that your project turns out the way you want it to.
  • Draw LIGHTLY:  Everyone strives for perfection and their personal best, and while art can be successful when imperfect (and is actually sometimes enhanced by small "mistakes"), it is much easier to enjoy your work when not bothered by silly blemishes. Drawing with a lighter hand from the start of the project, so that any dislikes or mistakes can be easily erased, will make work much easier and a lot more enjoyable.
  • Think: Think about what you want to do with your project before you start. Work out all the kinks in the planning stage.
  • Practice!: Much of the physical part of art is simply using hand-eye coordination. If you practice drawing, sculpting, cutting, gluing, etc., you will improve.