Welcome to Titan Art at Ulen-Hitterdal Public School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I have the pleasure of teaching Visual Art to all children in grades PreK-12 at Ulen-Hitterdal Public School. Go Titans!!! I have enjoyed my position as an Art teacher for 7 years with this being my 5th year at UH, so to many of you, I am a familiar face. I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome into my classroom. I am very excited about working with your child!
My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. I believe in hands-on experiences and learning in creative ways, both individually and in groups. It is my goal to guide my students as a community of learners, who are dedicated to working hard and having fun. My students make progress through honoring an atmosphere of respect, responsibility and safety. I want my students to feel confident that they can apply what they’ve learned in art class to real-life situations, and to develop an appreciation for the arts and to understand the reciprocal impact the arts have on them and they have on the arts
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I will introduce your child to a variety of art materials, styles, histories and cultures aligned with both Mn State and National Visual Art Standards. When appropriate, connections will be made with math and language arts topics, science, history, geography, and technology. Art is one of the few disciplines connecting all areas of study and I am happy to utilize my class to create more fluid learning. In addition, many skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will be reinforced within our lessons. These include the verbal critique and written communication of ideas during artist reflection as they relate to visual art.
Throughout the year, student work will be exhibited daily in school, at the Plains Art Museum, at tHawley Art Show, and entered into local, state and international exhibits. (Information will be sent home as dates draw near.) Each child will also have at least one of their art pieces hung at the school’s annual K-12 art show in April.
Art classes meet once each week for 45 min. Art activities are structured such that students are provided sufficient time to complete their work during their scheduled class. When possible, students are provided additional time before and after school, as well as given opportunities to complete their projects as homework. Each assignment is accompanied by a rubric which students use as a guide to insure all objectives are met. Updates on your child’s progress are sent home at the conclusion of each quarter.
Collaboration, cooperation, and open communication between home and school are keys to building a strong foundation for a successful school year. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached through the main office (218) 596-8854 or via e-mail ( ). If you would like to talk in person, I am available to schedule appointments after school.