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Artwith Mrs. Miller in Room B109                                  September, 2017


Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Safe.


To: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and parents,

Welcome to the start of the 2017 - 2018 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 Courses:

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 study art history both ancient and modern, discuss art criticism and develop their personal aesthetics, as they relate to Western and non-Western cultures. 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 6th grade and choices in Three-dimensional art, Two-dimensional art and Mixed Media/Digital art for grade 7 and 8 each year.



The units of study for 6th grade are: Elements of Art and Principles of Design, Symbols of the Sea, Asian Art. In these units, students strengthen their art skills, learn new vocabulary and express themselves through the use of different art media

The units of study for Three-dimensional art are: low-relief sculpture verses sculpture in the round, functional art verses fine art, and installation art.

The units of study for Two-dimensional art are: Realism, Abstraction and Non-Objective art.

The Units of study for Digital Mixed Media are: mixed media art, printmaking and digital art.




Student’s grade will be based on a point system. Assignments will be posted on PowerSchool with approximate due dates*. Grades for all classes are based on class projects, planning work, written evaluations, tests, and classroom expectations/3B’s. 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 (dependent on materials). 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 3:00 pm. Students staying after school must have a ride home and be picked in the front by the main office [promptly at 3:00 p.m. If students are unable to stay after, they should talk to me to find alternatives for them to complete unfinished artwork.


What to expect from your art teacher:

·         Someone who will try to make student art learning interesting and fun!

·         Someone who is fair, helpful and supportive!

·         Someone who will grade and update PowerSchool when projects are complete.

·         Someone who will contact parents and return calls with 24 hours.


Expectations of art students:

To be a successful art student, you need to:

        Come to class on time and be prepared with a pencil and other materials needed.

        Remain in your assigned seat and do not distract others.

        Use class time and materials effectively.

·         Stay focused on discussions and work. Ask questions and for help when needed.

        Turn work in on time. If you are behind, be responsible and stay after to catch up.

·              Always keep trying!


Expectations for Parents:

        Please ask your child what he/she are doing in art.

        Answer questions your child may have about your opinion about an art piece.

        Check PowerSchool and discuss assignments and grades with your child.

         Please contact me if you have any questions.



Please contact me if you have questions. I can be reached by either school phone (203) 239-1683 ext.3734 or email 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