Ms. Foti    (845) 457-2400 x: 19214
                            Ms. Nozell (845) 457-2400 x: 19339 


    ART FINAL EXAM 2018:  Instead of giving a written end of year final, we took the questions and made them into end of unit quizzes. 
    The Art Final Exam Grade on the Report Card is the quiz average over the duration of the course. 
    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.
    Why don't 8th graders have ART?
    The NYS requirement for art in 7th and 8th grade is 20 weeks total. This could be offered by having only one semester every other day or as VCMS offers it--40 weeks every other day in one of the years (7th grade).  This allows flexibility to meet all the required electives in 7th and 8th grade. 
    We are able to offer a HS Art Class in 8th grade this year to selected advanced students.  Students are chosen by skill and interest to join this class.  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 need a package of pencils for Art
    You don't have to buy brand new pencils...just collect up the ones laying around the house! 
     Pencils should be sharpened and students should be 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 Life...so 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. 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. 

    Is there a Final in Art Class? 

    There is no final exam in Art. 

    At the end of each project,  students will have a quiz.  The average of all the quizzes and the average of all the course projects will be weighted 40/60 and counted as the Final Test when calculating the Final Average.  

    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 
    VCMS Art is displayed throughout the school, the District office and at times, in the community as well.
    Working Outside of Class Time:

    Teachers have office hours posted on their web pages. 

    Students may ask for a pass during lunch or make arrangements with teachers to stay post-session on Tuesday or Thursday.  

    If a student is not finished with a project, they may ask to bring the project home to finish. 

    Taking stuff Home
    Student work is kept until after the Specials Night Art Show.  Then student work is returned to them and they are encouraged to take the work home. 
    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  from 6:30pm - 8:00 pm for the Art Department Exhibit at our Night of Specials.  We will be in the Cafeteria.