• Family

     I always knew I wanted to be an artist.  After graduating from Queensbury High School, I attended Wells College in Aurora, NY, spending one semester in Florence, Italy. I hold a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Education. My teaching career began at HCS in 1994.  While teaching, I pursued my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through SUNY Plattsburgh. I continue to further my learning by attending workshops and conferences both in art and education.

     I live in Queensbury with my husband and two children.  When I'm not painting, I enjoy cooking, reading, downhilll skiing, hiking, and spending time with my family.

  • Grade 6 Art

    Sixth grade art students will be exploring the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through various projects.  Students will attend class every other day for one semester. During this time we will be completing the following:

    • Brochure design: Understanding the Elements of Art
    • Grid drawings
      • Exploring pencil control
      • Maintaining proportion
      • Creating form through the use of value, shape, and line
    • The Art of Early Man
      • Stencil and fabric art
      • Art history
      • Reflecting on reasons for creating art 
      • Understanding Composition: Repetition, unity, movement, emphasis
    • Egyptian Art
      • Art history
      • Ceramic sculpture

     

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    Graphic Design

    Students in Graphic Design will begin to explore the fundamentals of visual communication through the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  Students will be expected to work in  Adobe Creative Suite; mainly Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, to complete exercises and projects. In addition to the Elements and Principles, students will study typography and layout.  Projects will reflect student interests as well as areas where students need additional work to master skills.

    Projects will include different forms of visual communications including personal logo design, posters, invitations, CD covers, magazine advertisements, and packaging.

    Students will be expected to maintain a portfolio of their work. This will be evaluated at the end of every quarter and will be weighted as a project grade.

     

    Materials and supplies:  

    • 1" 3-ring binder
    • pocket folder
    • page protectors
    • Sketchbook or spiral notebook, for note-taking/brainstorming
  • FOUNDATION PAINTING

    Students will spend the year exploring their artistic ablilities and critical analysis skills through a variety or wet media and genres of art.

    We begin the year with basic painting skills; color mixing, brush techniques, knowledge of materials, and the Elements and Principles.  We then move through painting with differnet tyrpes of media. Students iwll being the year with watercolor, gouache, and tempera. We will then work with oil paint and learn how to properly stretch a canvas.

    Artists in this class will also learn the porper form and vocabulary for critiquing and analyzing art.  The will write reflectively on their own work as well as famous works of art .  Students will be required to keep a sketchbook and practice outside of class. 

     

    Materials and supplies:  

    • smock/art shirt
    • 9x12 sprial bound sketchbook  
  • MS/HS CLASSROOM

    EXPECTATIONS

    • Arrive on class in a timely manner
    • Come to class with the appropriate materials
    • Stay on task, put forth your best effort
    • Turn in assignments on time
    • Make up work due to absences/lessons
    • Be respectful of others
    • Follow the HCS Code of Conduct
    • PRACTICE!
  • GRADING POLICY

    Grades are calculated in percentages and are weighted as follows:

    Daily participation 20%

    Exercises/homework 20%

    Projects 60%

     

    Projects are evaluated using a teacher/student created rubric.  Criteria on these rubrics include project objectives as well as effort, creativity, and craftsmanship. 

    Students are welcome to come in for extra help after school and during free class periods.