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A little about me:
I am a Kountze native, attended K-12 here, and graduated from Kountze High School in 2002. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 2006. I began my teaching career in 2008 at a middle school near Austin, Texas and taught 6th and 7th grade art there for four years before moving back to my hometown. The 2019-2020 school year will be my eighth year teaching in Kountze ISD. Teaching and art are personal passions for me and I am thankful for the opportunity to share those passions with my students.
I encourage prospective art students to review my philosophy on my art class and curriculum. If any of the following is a problem for you, you might reconsider your decision to enroll in art.
STUDENTS, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT CLASS IF:
- you like to work...hard. – You must if you want to pass and/or become a better artist.
- you like to follow directions. – This is a necessity for learning proper techniques and ensuring the success of your work.
- you like to be creative and experiment. – Not everything will work out the first time you try it. That's okay! But do not waste too much of your time and talent on reproducing other people's ideas and work. Be INSPIRED rather than imitative whenever possible.
- you understand effort is often more important than skill. – Many successful artists are successful because of their work ethic, not because critics immediately liked their artworks.
- you do not think art class will be an easy A. – YOU EARN YOUR GRADES. THEY ARE NOT GIVEN. For more on this topic, you should check out this article from the Student Art Guide which outlines some of the main reasons students do poorly in art class.
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