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Art

Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? 3rd through 12th Grade Art

High School attended? Durant High School, Durant, Iowa

University Attended? University of Nebraska at Omaha

Degree Received? Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, K-12 Teaching Endorsement

Extra-Curricular Duties? Head Coach Varsity Wrestling, Head Coach Junior High Wrestling, Head Coach Junior High Football

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? The absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School is everything. When people ask me how my day is going or how I’m doing, more often than not I respond with, “Just another day in paradise.” I say that because I look forward to coming to work every morning and truly enjoy everything about being a part of this school. The administration, teaching and support staff are a collection of great individuals, who are very knowledgeable, generous with their time and talents, and work hard to make Bergan the best it can be. The parents are more involved and supportive here than at any school I have been a part of. They take a genuine interest in the education of their children, and want to do all they can to ensure they have the best possible experience at Bergan. Finally the students are polite, eager to learn, and take an active role in their school.

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Art Fundamentals
Elective, or will fulfill fine arts requirement for students not in a music class or drama.
Grades 9 - 12
one semester
5 credits

This is an introductory course designed to focus on the basic concepts of visual art. Students will concentrate on areas of art history, aesthetics, art criticism, along with art production. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art so, in tum, students can discover the value of art in their lives. Projects introduced include drawings, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed media.

Graphic Arts
Elective, or will fulfill fine arts requirement for students not in a music class or drama
Grades 9-12
5 credits

This is an introductory course designed to focus on the basic concepts of graphic art. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of design along with basic fundamentals the publishing and printing induslty. Students will be designing letter styles, logos, greeting cards, packages, posters and cartooning. Special attention will be given to include graphic art techniques of various cultural groups.

Ceramics
Grades 10 - 12
one semester
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
5 credits

This is an intermediate level class intended to further students' knowledge of and appreciation for art. Students will focus on the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of hand-building projects, including pinch pot, slab, coil, and combination vessels/sculptures. Emphasis will be placed on art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and art production.

Advanced Ceramics
Elective
one semester
Grades 10 - 12
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and Ceramics
5 credits

This is an advanced level with the primary focus being on sculpture using wheel thrown techniques. Emphasis will be placed on pottery techniques of various culture groups.

Drawing
Elective
Grades 10, 11, 12
one semester
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
5 credits

This is an intermediate level course designed to further students' knowledge of and appreciation for art. Students will apply their understanding of the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of drawing projects, including gesture sketches, still life, abstract representation, and portraiture. Emphasis will be placed on art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and art production.

Painting
Elective
Grades 10, 11, 12
one semester
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
5 credits

This is an intermediate level course designed to further students' knowledge of and appreciation for art. Students will apply their understanding of the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of painting projects,
including still life, landscape, abstract representation, and portraiture. Emphasis will be placed on art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and art production.

Sculpture
Elective
Grades 10-12
one semester
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals
5 credits

This is an intermediate level course designed to further students' knowledge of and appreciation for art. Students will apply their understanding of the elements of art and principles of design, using a variety of materials to create sculptures such as paper, cardboard, plaster, and wood. Emphasis will be placed on art history, aesthetics, art criticism, as well as art production.

Independent Art Study
Elective
Grades 11, 12
one semester
Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals and Painting, Drawing, Advanced Ceramics, Sculpture, or Instructor Permission
5 credits

This is an advanced level course designed to prepare students for college level art courses or a career in the visual art field. Students will focus on one att medium for the duration of the course (drawing, painting, ceramics, etc.) Students will research and develop art ideas, using their knowledge they have gained to this point. Students will be required to set goals for themselves to aid them in self-directed projects. These projects should be based around a central theme or idea. Students in this class will also be required to develop these projects into an art exhibition .