Hello parents and students!  I am Joanne McFarland, and most of you know me from teaching the upper elementary last year.  This year, Ms. Christina Miller has decided that I will also be teaching Art to the 1st – 8th graders, and I am very excited about that! In addition to being state certified to teach elementary in Florida, I am also certified to teach art from Kindergarten through high school, and it’s where I started my teaching career.  I am thrilled to be teaching it again!

I will be using Ms. Brani’s lessons from last year as a starting point for the classes, and then adding my own lessons.  My long term goal is to develop an art program that builds student knowledge and mastery of theories and skills at age appropriate levels, and to have lessons that enhance the student’s knowledge from the prior year(s).  I have also brought in my own kiln, and I hope to be doing some ceramics projects with all grade levels.  A large undertaking, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!

Ms. Erin Sorel’s and Mr. Richard Aslanian’s classes will have art on Wednesdays at 12:30 and 1:30, respectively.  Ms. Christina Miller’s and Ms. Sherilyn Farris’s classes will have art on Fridays at 12:30 and 1:30 respectively. Art is messy.  There’s no avoiding that! I’ll do y best to teach the students to stay clean, but be sure to have your child dress in clothes that are ok to possibly get stained on the day that she/he has art.

Some of the art lessons I have planned are:

1st/2nd: Leaf prints (Georgia O’Keefe), Dancing Figures (Keith Haring) Mobiles (Alexander Caulder), Squares and Rectangles (Piet Mondrian)

2nd/3rd: Contour drawing (Mary Cassat), Sunflowers (Van Gogh), Poppies Panting (Claude Monet), Underwater Animals (Robert Wyland)

4th/5th: Curly-Q Trees (Gustav Klimt), Splatter Paint (Jackson Pollock), Secret Code (Egyptian Hieroglyphs), A-Haunting We Will Go! (Van Gog)

6th – 8th: Pop art projects (Peter Max, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol), Impressionism (Georges Seurat), Expressionism (Edvard Munch), Portraits (Picasso)

If you have any questions, I am available during school hours (when I am not in class).  The quickest and easiest way to contact me is via email at mcfarland@millhopper.com.

Sincerely,
Ms. Joanne McFarlan