Dear Parent or Guardian,

    Welcome to our Art program at Chapin Middle! I am very excited to be your child's Art teacher this year. I have many fun, enriching, challenging, and engaging art lessons planned for the students.

    Art education is for all students.  It provides learning opportunities for the artistically talented, as well as for students who may never produce art outside the classroom.  In whichever category your child is in, Art class will be a learning, encouraging and enriching part of your child’s day. Please contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns. 

    Please take a few minutes to read through the syllabus with your child (sent to your student through our Google Classroom) outlining art room procedures and expectations, as well as what we will be working on in art class! The syllabus is available online only. Please make sure to sign the online copy when you are finished reading over the syllabus. If you would like a hard-copy printed please let me know, and I will be happy to send one home with your child. 

    I am looking forward to a great year at CMS!

    Mrs. Kara White


    My Teaching Philosophy:

    I believe that problem solving is a skill that all students should learn, and all of my art lessons require students to apply problem-solving techniques to complete our projects. 
    I also believe that students should always be given the chance to be independent and creative in their artwork. I will usually guide the lesson according to the standards, but I always welcome a student's own ideas and imagination when completing an artwork. I want our art program at CMS to increase positive attitudes towards self through these creative experiences. 

    DBAE (Discipline-Based Art Education) seeks to impart a well-rounded view of art by studying any given work or type of work using four different disciplines, tailored to specific ages and grade levels:

    1.   Art Production
    2.   Art History
    3.   Art Criticism–Students describe, interpret, evaluate, theorize and judge the properties and qualities of the visual form, for the purpose of understanding and appreciating works of art and understanding the roles of art in society.
    4.   Aesthetics–Students consider the nature, meaning, impact, and value of art, are encouraged to formulate reflective, “educated” opinions and judgments about specific works of art, and examine criteria for evaluating works of art.

    Students will start off the year by making sketchbooks- Honors students are required to provide sketchbooks. These will be worked on in the art room, and outside of school, for use of practicing drawing skills, and writing assignments/reflections.


    Grading Policy:

    If a project is not turned in by the due date it will receive a grade of 50. As soon as the project is completed and turned in I will adjust the grade in Power School. Please do not panic if you see the 50. Some students work more slowly on their projects (which is great) and it might take longer for them to turn them in. They just need to have all projects completed by the end of the grading term to receive full credit.

    Absences and Assignments Policy: 

    If your child is absent from my class for one or two days they can just catch up on what we are working on when they return to school.

    If they are absent for more than two days for any reason they will need to check E-mail AND Google Classroom for the alternative assignment(s). Most of our art projects and assignments require art materials at school and are not assignments that can be done on the Chromebook or without a teacher's direction. I will provide a different assignment that can be easily completed at home with whatever materials are available. This can be turned in when the student returns to school. Students are responsible for getting the work completed in a timely manner, and the due dates align with the school and district policies. (Exception- if the student is sick and showing symptoms, please know that health comes first, and getting better is a top priority. I will work with that student on getting assignments completed and turned in when they are feeling better.)


    Art Room Expectations and Consequences:

    To maintain a safe productive learning environment, art class expectations will be established and reviewed in each class.  Each student is expected to follow class guidelines so class time can be used for learning. Students will first have a chance to "Take a Break" in a designated classroom area or the Nest. If the problem still persists, parents will be notified when their child has disrupted the learning environment.


    Art Room Rules:

    1. Respect for each other.
    2. Clean up after yourself.
    3. Properly use all art materials and supplies as demonstrated.
    4. Volume control.
    5. Follow directions.
    6. Come prepared to work (sit in assigned seat, work on the assigned task, effort).


    First Offense:  Warning

    Second Offense: Stamp Eagle Card

    Third Offense: Stamp Eagle Card/Parent contact

    Severe Disruption: Discipline Referral