Degrees and Certifications:
State University College at Buffalo, New York Master of Science in Art Education State University College at Buffalo, New York Bachelor of Science in Art Education Erie Community College at Buffalo, New York Associate in Arts
Riverside Academy #208 Art department!
Welcome Parents and Students!
I know that this year has been unusual due to covid-19. In 2020-2021, in "A Year of Art" I will guide stuents in direct instructions for the Visual Arts either in the building or virtually on the computers. All projects help students to use their imagination. I believe in the power of intergrating art lessons with content from the classroom. This is highly benficial for those students who are visual-spatial and bodily-kenesthetic learners. It also allows students to bring knowledge they have learned in to the art room to demonstrate understanding or solidify abstract concepts from the classroom into practical use.
I align my lessons carefully to criteria in the Buffalo Public Schools curriculum and New York State Stardands for Visual Arts and the National Visual Arts Content Standards.
How You can help!
Many parents ask what they can do at home to help support their child. Give them time to create! Drawing, sculpting with clay, building with legos or other toys, creating art on the computer, taking photographs - all these help support elelments of the art curriculum.
Coloring with your child is invaluable- that simple practice of craftsmanship of staying in the lines helps so much with hand eye coordination. Practicing to cut will also help! Have students cut coupons! Exposing children to art is also valuable! While Buffalo has the Penny Burchfield and the Albright -Knox and many other galleries with incredible collections, walking through Forest Lawn Cemetery, walking up and down the streets of Buffalo, or by the waterfront allows for great art exploration. This encourages aesthetic choice and decision-making while forming a life-long love of art.
The Core Concepts & Skills
Students will work with a variety of materials including markers, crayons, paint, clay and technology. Our curriculum includes the role of artists in society, recognizing art as a form of communication and expression, and identifying elements of art such as line, shape, color, texture and space. Art history introduction is also a component of the curriculum. Throughout the art experience we are exploring different age appropriate methods of becoming artists.