Subject Matter


Global Study's

Art History in Paris, France

Studying abroad positively and unequivocally influences my career path, world-view, and self-confidence. I was able to have a better grasp on who some of the worlds greatest artists were like Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and many more. One can only learn so much from slides on a screen. The sheer scale of some of these paintings, texture, and color are all compromised when viewed on a slide. Each artwork has a story behind it, and you can tell a lot about the artist and that story from viewing a painting in person.

 This experience has influenced the way I teach art to my students, not only has it inspired a love for art history, but it has also broaden my range of art appreciation and understanding. Now when addressing particular artists and works from history I have an excitement for the topic I am addressing.  Studying abroad has open my eyes making me more respectful of other cultures and political and economic systems, and giving me a willingness to take a stand for our world’s welfare. I truly believe this makes me a better teacher.  I am more aware of my students cultural differences and I am grateful for these differences and how they can impact the class as a whole.

Subject Matter Knowledge-Base in General and Liberal Education
An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including english, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts.

Breaking Down The Human Face With Math

The ideal human face can be broken down to basic measurements to form the rules of portraiture. I can use these rules to walk students through the steps needed to draw a proportionately correct face. In this lesson, students create a unit of measurement (their drawn eye) to map out feature placement. Students will also use fractions and ruler application to aid in feature placement. 

Social studies is an academic subject devoted to the study of society and includes geography, economics, and history. Visual art, dance, and music are all integrated within a society, so why shouldn’t the art classes also find ties to the social studies classes? To try and integrate art class, into a social studies class I partnered with Mr. Spoelhof a 7th grade Social studies teacher at Paw Paw Middle School. With his help, we were able to create a lesson that was filled with both subjects. The lesson we came up with was centered on indigenous tribes of Africa and their masks they create. Students were able to see how visual images gave masks certain meanings to the tribes and also how they could create texture and symmetry with paper.

Art in Social Studies

Art History

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