WEEK OF OCTOBER 20th-24th
Alhamdullah we are wrapping up the first project of the year for all art classes! This week we will focus on putting the finishing touches on the projects. Each student will receive a rubric and will have a chance to grade themselves on their work. After the rubrics are finished, the entire class will participate in a critique. During class critiques, each student will be required to say one positive thing and one thing that needs to be improved in their peer's projects. This will help the students work on their weaknesses in the projects to come. JAK
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1st-5th
Welcome back! I am pleased to announce that we have a brand new art room! We will have class there from now on, unless otherwise specified. This week we will begin the first project of the semester; the following projects will take 6-8 weeks to complete. Any student that finishes their piece before it is due, will be given a small project to work on. Please make sure you bring the supplies I asked for during the first week of class. See you in the new art room! The focus for the first project will be on the first two elements of art: LINE & COLOR.
6th: Broken line mosque landscape
7th: Asma' Allah al Husna positive and negative space
8th: Octagonal geometric Islamic patterns
9th: Aluminum foil Islamic ornamental art
I am looking forward to seeing you this 2014-2015 school year. I am excited to teach you the foundations of visual art and aesthetics in our new art classroom! This year we will focus on a few very important things:
1. Learning the elements of art and incorporating them in each project.
2. Time management and learning how to pace oneself while working on his/her art piece.
3. Incorporating Islam into art projects and learning how to appreciate the beauty in everything.
4. Learning how to properly self and peer critique artwork.
5. Properly taking constructive criticism to aid in self improvement.
The students will be graded on neatness, efficiency, completion of the project by the due date, and meeting the rubric requirements for each project. Students will also be graded daily on their in-class progress. The projects will be considered major grades and will be graded as follows:
65% will be based on the finished piece.
35% will be based on the daily work put into the project.
Points will be deducted for excessive talking in class, incomplete artwork, wasting time, and not following directions.
The general rules of Iman Academy apply to all art classes, with the addition of a few.
1. No disrespecting or making fun of other student's art work.
2. Projects must remain in class.
3. If a student is absent or has a special circumstance, he/she must contact me to make up for the time lost in class. (All make up will be done in the classroom, and the due date will not change.)
4. No working on another student's project.
5. No backpacks or supplies from other classes in the art room.
6. All supplies must remain in the classroom.
7. Minimal movement around the room, especially during projects that require paint or water.
8. Each student is responsible for cleaning their area after use.
GENERAL SUPPLY LIST
The following supplies will remain in the classroom for students of ALL grades to share and use throughout the entire school year. Specific paper will be provided to the students per project. Each grade will receive a separate list of supplies as needed, per project. JAK
-paper towel roll
-box of Kleenex
-colored tissue paper
-permanent markers (black AND colored)
-colored pencils (Please DO NOT get the erasable kind)
-white Elmer's Glue-All
ABOUT SR. SAHAR:
I am a mother of two precious children, Sarah, 20 and Sami, 26. I am proud to have had the opportunity to teach and connect with your children for the past nine years, and I am honored to be teaching yet another year at Iman Academy SE.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the Fine Arts University of Damascus, Syria where I specialized in interior design. I also taught art at the University before working as an interior designer for the International Exhibitions Department of the Damascus Ministry of Tourism for 7 years. I designed and supervised the installation of numerous award-winning exhibits throughout Europe.
Because of my passion for art and learning new techniques, I chose to continue my education here in the US. I took two semesters of Painting and won first prize at the end of the year exhibit, for my still life piece. Every year I participate in workshops, which allow me to grow more as an artist and as a teacher.
As an art teacher, my goal is to instill artistic appreciation in my students. Art has a far-reaching influence on all aspects of life, and its emphasis on design, presentation, and unique perspectives engenders a greater appreciation and excellence in all other subjects.
GOALS FOR 2014-2015
1. Incorporating more Islam and Islamic thinking into the projects.
2. Having peer critiques and self critiques after each project is finished to teach the students the value of constructive criticism in self improvement.
3. Having an end of the year art show where the parents are invited to see their children's artwork.