Welcome to Art Class!
About Mrs. Leadford:
I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a degree in K-12 Visual Arts Education. I have been teaching art at Our Lady of Refuge since 2012. At home I enjoy spending time with my husband and my sweet boston terrier named Toby. My specialty in art is painting but also enjoy graphic art, home design, jewelry making and crafting.
Why is art important?
In Art class students will learn vocabulary, art history, criticism of art, and production. This foundation in art education is important for students to learn so that they may gain an awareness and deep appreciation of the production of fine art. Making art teaches students how to problem solve in a new way using their creativity to communicate in multiple mediums. Art gives each child the opportunity to express themselves and build confidence in their accomplishments in and outside of the art room.
Each year in Art class students will learn key concepts and specific artistic skills to build upon from one school year to the next. Every grade level’s learning goals focuses the elements of art, and become more challenging and complex as the students skills progress. When grading students projects I focus on the following: artistic skills used, following directions and craftsmanship/neatness. Below is an example of some of the art concepts and skills taught to grades K-5: