Welcome to the Harts Bluff art webpage. Art is part of the "enrichment" team rotation classes for grades 1-6. Students in grades 7-8 can choose art as an elective class.
Art students learn about art elements, art principles, art media and techniques, artists, and art history. Our projects provide opportunities for both creativity and critical thinking. The students in all grades have opportunities to use their iPads or Chromebooks to support our projects.
The 2018-2019 school year was a great success. Our students won contests, competed in UIL, and had a great art show on campus. This year we continued our journey through time by continuing a focus on art history. From first grade to eighth grade, students learned that mankind has always used art to record events, beliefs, and feelings. Each time travel stop was introduced with an intriguing video presentation and then we tried our hand at creating time period art. We began in the Medieval period, then investigated the Renaissance, continued with the dramatic art of the Baroque period, and finished with the popular French Impressionists. The students were provided experiences with landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and genre art, all in various media. I was especially proud of the junior high students’ collaboration on a Dale Chihuly inspired, recycled water bottle chandelier. With close to 500 water bottles, this colorful sculpture can now be seen in our school’s office foyer.
Our students work hard and have a lot of fun. Come and see what they can do.
A note to parents: junior high students receive a single grade for participation. Students are graded on their work ethic, attitude, and completion of a minimum amount of work. The students are not graded on their ability. I want to encourage each student to explore his or her creativity without feeling competitive or inadequate. Art is an individual expression of self. I hope each student can simply enjoy art.