Throughout my teaching career, I have emphasized the importance of teaching within a historical context as well as considering contemporary art.
PBS provides a wellspring of information that I can integrate into my classes.
Assessment as Dialogue: Shifting Power Dynamics in the Classroom Todd Elkin’s experimental curriculum, “Assessment as Dialogue,” upends the traditional power dynamics in a classroom and asks students and teachers to collaborate on the most effective methods of learning.
Scenius, Inspiration, and Invention Todd Elkin reflects on the ways in which his classroom embodies the concept of “scenius,” in which creative inventions emerge from social contexts, as the students working near each other riff off one another’s strategies and ideas.
My name is Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne and I am the Visual and Performing Arts department leader at Con Val High School where I have taught since 2007.
I feel passionate about helping students find their way into art; I wholeheartedly believe that art is for everyone.
Research, design, fabrication, exhibition, analysis and critique of student works are all essential components of the curriculum.
INSTAGRAM First Year Students take three studio art courses each semester: design, drawing and sculpture.
These classes place emphasis on developing foundational art and design skills in a variety of media, employing an appropriate art and design vocabulary, as well as using classroom critiques to encourage analysis and self-evaluation.
Second Year Studio art courses in design, drawing and sculpture continue at an advanced level.