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Artwith Mrs. Miller                                                   September, 2016


To: 6th, 7th and 8th grade Students and Parents,


Welcome to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year! Please review the following to gain a better understanding of what to expect in the art room with Mrs. Miller this year. 

Description of Course:

Art at North Haven Middle School uses a curriculum that is aligned with the National Core Arts Standards. Lessons include four components: Create, Respond, Present and Connect. Students are expected to develop their artwork through independent and collaborative analysis, planning, problem solving and evaluation. These components are designed to promote higher-order thinking skills and prepare students for the 21st century.


The North Haven Middle School Art Curriculum offers four units for each  6th grade and choices in Three Dimensional art, Two Dimensional Art and Mixed Media and Design for grades  7 & 8 for each year. 

The units of study for 6th grade are: Elements of Art and Principles of Design, Symbols of the Sea, Asian Art.

The units of study for Two Dimensional Art are: Elements of Art and Principles of Design, Abstract and Non-Objective Art, and a unit on Realism.

The units of study for Three Dimensional Art are: Low RElief Verses Sculpture in the Round, Fine Art Verses Functional Art, and a unit on Installation Art.

The units of study for Mixed Media and Digital Design: Mixed Media and Photography, Printmaking, and Digital Presentation.



  • Teach and help you explore art and art media.
  • Help after school on Wednesdays 2:10 until 3:00pm.
  • Return emails/phone calls from parents/guardians within 24 hours during the school week.
  •  Update PowerSchool grades when work has been turned in.


STUDENT EXPECTATIONS (based on the three B’s):

  •  Be responsible, come to class on time, with materials needed and use class work time efficiently.
  • Be respectful to everyone, listen and use your time appropriately.
  • Be safe use all materials responsibly and clean up after yourself.



  • Offer ideas and opinions if asked about Art by your child (it could be part of an assignment)
  • Review PowerSchool assignments and your child’s grades.
  • Contact Mrs. Miller with questions/concerns.



Student’s grade will be based on “points” . Assignments will be posted on PowerSchool with approximate due dates*. If a grade is not filled in within two weeks of assignment posting, please check with teacher.

*Assignment posted due dates are posted when the general class is completing the project and students should be ready to turn in work. While people complete work at different speeds and degree of difficulty, one may need extra time to keep up with the class. Once the assignment date is posted, a student has two weeks to complete the project by either staying after, coming in during study period (if available) or taking work home. If the student is unable to turn in work within two weeks, the student should talk with the teacher immediately or work may be penalized.


Extra Help and After School:

 Students may stay after school on Wednesdays until 2:50 pm. Students staying after school must have a ride home and be picked by the front of the main office at 2:50 p.m.

 If students are unable to stay after, they should talk to me to find alternatives for them to complete unfinished artwork.



Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. I can be reached by either school phone (203) 239-1683 ext.3109 or email me at:


I look forward to working with you this year, and I am certain that this will be an exciting year in art!


Christine Miller