Dear Parents,My name is Tracy Henderson and it is my privilege to be a part of your child’s visual art experience. I have been married for 32 years to my husband, Bill and we have a son and a daughter. Wags, the Bichon Frise, completes our family. This is my 10th year at Boyd and I am blessed to be able to work at such a great school!Our art program is firmly rooted in the standards set by the Texas Education Agency. TEKS for elementary art are organized into four strands:Perception — developing abilities to organize ideas from the environment.Creative expression/performance —developing the ability to express ideas in original works of art.Historical/cultural heritage —developing understanding of art from a variety of cultures and historical periods and developing understanding of various cultures and historical periods from art.Response/evaluation — making judgments about personal artworks and the works of others.
Art projects are evaluated with the following 4 areas taken into consideration:
Expression – Does the Artist…
understand the concept?
use resourcefulness and imagination in problem solving?
Involvement – Is the Artist…
pleased with the work?
showing growth in skills and applying previously-learned skills?
taking risks and pleasure in the creative process itself?
Personal Development – Is the Artist…
following the directions?open to comments and suggestions with regard to their artwork?willing to share ideas and encourage other artists?
Materials – Does the Artist…
experiment with materials?
exhibit coordination in using them?
use materials appropriately?exhibit satisfactory craftsmanship?
Also, I will periodically, but informally (as they are working) ask questions about their project, such as:* Do you like it? Why or why not?* How is your craftsmanship?* What is the best part?* Have you viewed your work from various sides or from a distance?* What more could you do to increase the quality of your art piece?
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I check email at the beginning and end of the day and will do my best to answer in a timely manner. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your child’s creative development!
Tracy HendersonArt SpecialistBoyd Elementary