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Artsonia: An Online Art Portfolio for Every Artist!
Click here to view Mills Lawn's online exhibits! 
After a few weeks of school, you may begin to wonder where all of the artwork goes throughout the year.  I am keeping it in a safe place!  Upon completion, artwork is photographed and published on  Some projects may also be displayed, either temporarily here at school, or out in the community.  Others are stored in the art room until March.  At that time, all students participate in a portfolio review.  Each student chooses their best work from the school year to display in our art exhibit, and all of the other work will go home.  In May, the exhibit work will also be sent home.  Until then, you can check out most of it at Artsonia.
I am constantly updating our school's Artsonia page, so keep checking!  Also, make sure that someone is signed up to manage your child's space on the page.  Your child can have family members and friends (13 and older) join their Artsonia "Fan Club," so that they receive notification when there is a new work of art published on their page.  If admirers want to comment on the art, these comments will be published as soon as the parent manager approves the comments.  Artsonia also has a gift shop with a variety of items, like t-shirts, coffee mugs, and keychains, that can be personalized with student art.  The gift shop works like a fundraiser for the art department, and we use that money to buy art supplies, like clay and glazes!  It's a really great program.  If you have any trouble at all with your child's account, you can send them an email or call.  They are very helpful.  1-(800)-869-9974
Please let me know if you ever have any questions about Artsonia or our Art Program at Mills Lawn:
 About me:
I have been teaching Art at Mills Lawn for 20 years!  I am lucky enough to have taught at Mills Lawn School as the K-6 Visual Art Specialist since 1996.  I am an alumnus of OSU, where I studied Art Education. There I was trained in DBAE, or Discipline-based Art Education, which formed the framework for the current model: Comprehensive Arts Education.  This philosophy integrates the creation and production of art, history and cultural context, criticism (responding to art,) and aesthetics (knowing theories of art.)  I received my Master of Education in Art Education from Wright State University.  I have presented at state and national art education conventions, as well as the local Dayton REACH conference.  Two years ago, a unit I designed for 6th grade was published in Scholastic ART magazine.  
Aside from my regular position, I have been a co-director and choreographer for many of our all-school musicals, including Lost in the 50s, Schoolhouse Rock ("Interplanet Janet"), and MLS on Broadway ("You Can't Stop the Beat.")  I also spent several years producing and directing our "WMLS Morning News" school broadcasts, and organizing all-school cultural festivals.   
About our Art Program:
Every Mills Lawn student comes to the Art Room each week for an hour of Art class.  Lessons are based on: learning about, recognizing, and utilizing the various elements and principles of design.  These are the building blocks used to create a work of art.  The elements of art are line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color.  The principles of design describe the ways that artists use the elements of art in a work of art.  These principles include balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, proportion, rhythm, variety, and unity.  To learn more about these concepts, click here: 
SPECIALIST GRADING:  The grading scale used for all special classes is based on a check system.  Students receive 2 grades each quarter.  One is based on their performance, the other is based on our character traits for Bulldog Brave behavior, or Skills for Life (Cooperation, Personal Best, Responsibility, Respect, and Honesty.)  In Art, I grade SFL daily, and performance (or artwork) is graded upon completion.  
If students are meeting the expectations set in the criteria or rubric, they receive a .  
represents an average grade, and it means that they are doing just fine.  
+ indicates that the artwork exceeds expectations for the student's grade level.
 + is reserved for artwork that far exceeds expectations. 
- indicates the work is not meeting expectations for the student's grade level.  (With a strong effort, the performance grade will inevitably meet expectations.)
 -  would indicate that a student is not making any attempt to complete art projects.  
"How can you put a grade on a child's art?"  
There are many things factoring into the grading process:
1.  Demonstration of various elements and principles of design. 
2.  Demonstration of the technique or style being practiced for the particular lesson.
3.  Creativity.
4.  Craftsmanship (neatness.)
 Recognizing that artists have different strengths and different styles, students can excel in any number of ways in art class.  Some students have the natural ability to be extremely neat and precise, others do very well with creativity.  I try to remind students that personal best is demonstrated in many ways, and their art can show an extra effort with things like added details, exploration of color blending, or outlining, for example.  Each assignment is different and gives different opportunities for young artists to explore new ways to create art and express themselves as artists.  Sometimes there are specific directions to follow, other lessons are more open-ended.  But there is always room for artistic choices and creativity.
My job, as a Visual Art Specialist, is not only to provide opportunities and materials for students to create, but to help each artist develop and grow to their full potential.  I enjoy seeing them reach levels of achievement that surprise them.
Materials always needed for the Art Room include: plastic or styrofoam egg cartons, extra art shirts, newspaper, and buttons! Also, just a friendly reminder that every artist needs to have an art shirt to keep at school. Art shirts are worn to Art class each week, in case we are working on a messy project. Please be sure it's labeled with the student's name. Adult t-shirts work great, as they can easily slip them on over their heads, but old dress shirts with buttons are fine, too!

PBL and Visual Art Standards

The basic principles of PBL gel nicely with the three areas of learning in the Ohio Visual Art Standards: PERCEIVING/KNOWING, PRODUCING/PERFORMING, and RESPONDING/REFLECTING. Art is a great place to practice talking about how work can be improved, and helping each other grow through critique. With primary grades, critiquing is done at a very basic level, and it become more in-depth in the older grades. It encourages young artists to think critically and act more deliberately about the choices they make in their creations, while lending insight into why other artists make the choices that they make.

Volunteers are always needed in the art room with displays and organization.  If you are interested in volunteering your time, please email me at  I have one hour of planning time at 1:35 every Thursday (and some Wednesdays.)  Those times are ideal for having an extra hand.  Thank you!
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