Valley Central School District

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7th Grade Finals:
June 6th - A Day
June 7th- B Day
There is no 6th  Grade Final.
Studio Art Final:  June 12th 
VOICEMAIL:  Ms. Behr   (845) 457-2400 x: 19373 
                         Ms. Foti    (845) 457-2400 x: 19214
                        Ms. Nozell (845) 457-2400 x: 19339 
When do students have ART?
6th graders have art every other day (A or B) for one semester (either Fall or Spring).
7th graders have art every other day (A or B) for the entire year.
STUDIO ART Pre-Session Meets EVERYDAY from 7:25-8:02. (In case of a 2 hour delay, Students meet at 9:25)
STUDIO ART 2nd Period Meets EVERYDAY.  
 We are offering ACCELERATED STUDIO ART to 8th graders this year!  
We are able to offer a HS Art Class in 8th grade this year.  Students are chosen by skill and interest to join this class.  One section meets pre-session with Ms. Behr to accommodate scheduling conflicts and one section meets during the day (2nd period) with Ms. Foti. By taking this class in 8th grade, students are able to earn 1 HS art credit and will be able to enter advanced art classes as early as their freshman year in HS. 
Students who are in Jazz Band or Select Chorus are able to attend practices pre-session with the understanding that they must make the class missed up on Tuesday and Thursday of the same week during their lunch period.  

 All students need a pencil everyday in Art class...
And they need to come to class ready to learn, work together and have a good time! 
What do kids learn in Art?
Watch the Video "Art Speaks" by clicking on the link below: 
We concentrate on how to make art, art history and how to appreciate art...
Really like this art ed visual
 Art really is reflective of many life lessons are taught that focus on the challenges that middle school students face as they journey from tween to teen and beyond.
Ms. Behr , Ms. Foti and Ms. Nozell have worked on developing the curriculum collaboratively, so students in one teacher's class will learn the same concepts and complete the same or similar projects as students in the other teacher's class. We will post our projects including powerpoints for students to review in the Articles section on this Department website throughout the year so students can share what they are learning about in class.
 Grading in Art
Middle School is about helping kids grow into young adults.  Just as T-ball turns into Little League which eventually turns into Varsity, so it is with grading in Art.  So yes, skill and natural talent helps--just like it helps in math, if a student has a natural understanding or aptitude towards numbers. But there are many things taught inherent in the Art process: creative problem solving; understanding and implementing processes; completing work to the best of one's ability;--these all factor into the student's grade. 
Every quarter there are 2-3 art projects, a take home project and a journal grade which counts as a project.
The basic criteria for projects do not change.  They are:
~Use of Project Time
A project's weight in the overall quarter average is dependent on the amount of time completing the project.
A Grading Rubric is used for each project and students reflect on their projects through journaling.  
Students may re-submit work if they wish to improve their grade.  There are also limited extra credit opportunities if students have completed the required class projects. 
All students must complete the final test/project at the end of the course.  The final  is 20% of the class average (the equivalent of one quarterly average).  Students are given a review packet and the review powerpoint will be posted as a pdf file.  
Specials Department Showcase: 
The Specials Department showcase their work each year in March.  The Art Department will transform the cafeteria into an Art Show for this night.  This year the Showcase is scheduled for March 30, 2017 from 6:30pm -8:00pm.
VCMS Art is displayed throughout the school, the District office and at times, in the community as well.
This year we will attempt to create an online gallery on this website as well!!! 
Working Outside of Class Time: 
There will be art post-session on Tuesday and Thursday.  A student needs to let his/her teacher know they intend to stay ahead of time; not all art teachers stay on those days so we need to let the teacher who is staying know which students plan to stay.  Students may come in during study hall provided the student has asked for a permission pass previous to study hall.  Students are allowed come in during lunch periods as space in the classroom allows.
 STUDIO ART Students may come in during lunch on Tuesday and Thursday with Ms. Behr. Students may take art projects home if they don't finish in class once we are on the last day of the project.
Taking stuff Home
Students have an individual portfolio to keep their work in as they get it back.  They are asked to keep work in school until the Art Show, however, if they create something that they want to take home they are able to if they talk with their teacher.  They may be asked to bring it back to participate in the art show. All students are encouraged to take home their portfolio at the end of the year.  Left behind portfolios are considered to have been discarded--and are discarded during summer cleaning (teachers do scavenge them for project samples!)  
If you want to ensure that your child brings home his/home portfolio, please contact the teacher so that we can make sure your child knows that you want it brought home.  
ART Club 
Ms. Nozell is running Art club this year.   It is aimed at serving the 8th graders who are not taking art this year but are interested in art.  The meetings are held every Thursday post-session in Art Room 1.  Contact Ms. Nozell for more information. 
Please join us on MARCH 30, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8:00 pm for the Art Department Exhibit at our Night of Specials.  We will be in the Cafeteria.   
 So your kid is talking about a career as an artist? 

Did you know that:

  • 1.25 million Americans work in the visual arts.
  • One in 111 jobs is in art and design.
  • The economic impact of art and design exceeds that of sports worldwide.
  • The creative industries are an estimated $30 billion export annually.
  • Jobs in design have increased 43% in the past ten years.
  • Yearly sales of art reach an estimated $10 billion in the United States alone.
  • There are over 532,000 designers working in the U.S.
  • More people are employed in the visual arts than in all of the performing arts and sports industries combined.
  • 200,000 people are employed in the film industry.
  • People spend approximately $55 billion annually on video games.
  • The computer animation industry generates $33 billion annually.
  • Jobs and employment in many creative industries are growing faster than the labor force as a whole and make up 30% of the work force by some estimates.
  • America’s nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year.
  • By 2016, jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 42%.
  • Arts-related businesses in the country's largest cities represent 4.3% of all businesses and 2.2% of all jobs in the United States.
    • There are 3 million people working for over 600,000 arts-centric businesses in the United States.
    • Employment growth by arts-centric businesses since 2007 was 12%, more than four times the rise in the total number of U.S. employees.
    • Designers are the single largest group of artists, followed by performing artists such as actors, dancers, musicians, and announcers.
    • Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19% from 2006 to 2016.
    • Median salaries of: Creative Directors–$90,000, Art Directors–$86,505, Fine Artists–$48,870, Multi-media Artists and Animators–$61,555, Graphic Designers–$46,925, Set and Exhibit Designers–$49,330, Producers and Directors–$86,790, Broadcast Technicians–$40,270, Photographers–$36,090, and Film and Video Editors–$66,715.
    • Wage and salary employment in the motion picture and video industries is projected to grow 11% by 2016.
    • Animators, film and video editors, and others skilled in digital filming and computer-generated imaging have the best job prospects in future of the motion picture and video industries.
    • There are about 94,000 computer artists and animators working in the United States.
    • Jobs for photographers have increased 38% in the past four years.

    Sources: Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Entertainment Software Association