WELCOME TO THE BRIGHTEN ACADEMY VISUAL ARTS CLASSROOM
My name is Jessica Harms (Ms. Harms) I am very excited to be teaching your students this year! I have experience teaching visual art for the past 10 years in the metro Atlanta area, and I am also graduating with my masters in Art Education from the University of Georgia this year. I cannot wait to share my unique knowledge, skills, and creativity with your students. If you have any questions, please send an email to
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To keep your students as clean as possible, please consider donating baby wipes to the art classroom.
As I take more photos of all the current happenings in the art classroom this fall I will upload them for your viewing pleasure.
Looking forward to a great year!
Ms. Harms' Curriculum Highlights
The visual arts curriculum at Brighten Academy is focused on creation, exploration, connections, and appreciation.
Creating, Performing and Producing
Students will explore their creativity while visual communication is developed and strengthened. Experimenting with a variety of artistic processes, tools, and materials as well as utilizing the elements and principles of design are incorporated into the curriculum.
Analysis and Aesthetic Understanding
Throughout the year, students will discover how art not only reproduces images but also relationships, experiences, and feelings. The students will also describe, analyze, and interpret artworks while utilizing their knowledge of the elements and principles of design and art history. Studying the value and meaning of art while responding to the environment and surroundings as works of art will also be encouraged.
Integrating the students’ core curriculum and surrounding environment with the study of art leads to a better understanding of the importance of expression throughout the students’ lives. By incorporating multiple disciplines, current events, local activities, and modern culture throughout the visual arts curriculum, students will gain a more meaningful, interconnected experience in the art room while reflecting on their world in a visual way.
One central aspect of the curriculum is appreciating the importance of visual art throughout history and how past artworks impact our current world. By exploring art for its historical, social, and cultural contexts, students can better appreciate how artwork reflects the shared values and beliefs of cultures throughout history. Students will also utilize this awareness to recognize how visual art reflects our current culture and how this influences our lives today.
Each student in visual art will create a portfolio where they will organize their artwork throughout the class. Each portfolio will reflect their progress, creativity, craftsmanship, and effort and will be taken home at the end of the semester.
Students will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork in events around the school and in the community. Please check-back for more information!
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