Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Fine Arts from Luther College. M.ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Welcome to Visual Arts at Capitol Hill! I am happy to be joining the Capitol Hill community this year as the Elementary Visual Art teacher. Additionally, I will teach two sections of sixth grade Media Arts! I am new to the St. Paul School District and I am so excited to be here! I am originally from Minnesota and am grateful to have relocated here from Iowa with my spouse and our two daughters! We live in St. Paul with our three cats! Our family loves to bike and play outside whenever we have the opportunity! Prior to completing my teaching licensure and Masters Degree, I was a professional ceramic artist. I then worked in Special Education which lead me to pursuing my degree as a Visual Art Educator.
Visual Art Students will be encouraged to follow their curiosities as student artists! We will explore a variety of art making materials, styles and techniques, in addition to learning about art history. Looking to diverse art exemplars from around the world and locally will allow us to think critically and share our thoughts about what we notice. Students will be supported to practice specific techniques or practices to show understandings. There will be many opportunities to experiment while using artist choice to identify, create, revise, share, reflect, compare, describe, and interpret.
This 2020-2021 school year holds many questions and it is a year like no other year for SPPS. I am available to help students and to answer questions along the way. My hope with distance learning is that students will be able to create and practice art skills whenever possible without their screens. They will be able to use their iPads to document and share their art practices.
Visual Art Standards
The Minnesota Academic Standards in the Visual arts consist of 4 Strands.
Strand 1 is Artistic Foundations.
Students will be able to identify and apply their knowlege of the elements of art. This includes line, shape and form, color, texture, and space, and value. They will also be able to identify and apply various tools, materials, and techniques used in both two and three-dimensional artworks and demonstrate an understanding of personal, social, and cultural influences these have on arts.
Strand 2 is Artistic Process: Create or Make.
Students will create original two and three-dimensional artworks to to express ideas, experience, or stories. They will also use the feedback of others to revise their artworks.
Strand 3 is Artistic Pocess: Perform or Present.
Students will share and describe personal artworks using the artistic foundations and reflect on the feedback from others.
Strand 4 is Artistic Process: Respond or Critique.
Students will be able to compare and contrast the characteristics of a variety of artworks.