Suzanne Hofmann

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Suzanne Hofman

Art classes are in full swing at SHMS!!

"Visual Art is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings!" George Tooker

The SHMS Art Program encourages students, grades six through eight, to engage in a variety of problem solving techniques. With art being one of the first written forms of communication, there is a wonderful history rich with artists and art movements to satisfy any taste in art!

The Elements and Principles of Design are the foundation for any work of art. These are incorporated in all of the projects generated in art class. We work on 2-dimensional projects like perspective, face structure, still life, and abstract drawings and paintings. Our 3-dimensional work comes in a variety of forms, such as pottery, basket weaving, and mobiles.

Sixth grade art students meet every-other-day! We focus heavily on experiencing a variety of art tools. We use, but are not limited to pencil, colored pencil, oil pastel, paint and clay. We incorporate Elements and Principles of Design in every piece of work we do and artists discover they are actually very good at creating meaningful, well executed works of art!

Art has been used to document history since the beginning of time. Early artists like Rembrandt and Michaelangelo began their careers by working along side well known artist of their time to learn technique. Our Museum Project helps our 6th grade artists in the same way, by giving them works of art to duplicate and learn from. This kind of "study" is a fantastic learning tool! And finally, working in clay! 3-dimensional artwork is a big favorite! Be ready to be amazed at your talented artists!

Seventh and Eighth grade artists will find new challenges in the semester to come. Some classes will focus soley on 3-dimensional work (mainly in clay), while other classes participate in creating art from a variety of medium, historical aspects and art movements. A few highlighs for this year are printmaking, painting on unusual surfaces, coil clay work, and scratchboarding.

Bi-weekly drawing assignments are instrumental in guiding our artist in the use of imagination and technique. The drawing assignments is the only homework for art! Some of the projects we are doing at the seventh and eighth grade level are what we call "Whole Projects". Instead of the art teacher doing all the prep work, our artists will start with discovery and work their way through the whole process of creating works of art! As their teacher, I'm always excited to experience those "ah ha" moments that come with this kind of indepth work!

Prepare for success and fun as we begin our 2017-2018 school year!


"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do" ~ Edgar Degas


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at:
Suzanne Hofmann
hofmanns@usd230.org
913-592-7323

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