Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. I am so honored to be the art teacher here and want to thank you for the tremendous support you showed me last year.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jana Lucas. I have been a teacher in Cherry Creek schools for 19 years. This is my second year at Sagebrush and in the art room. I have my BA in elementary education, my Masters in curriculum and instruction in the creative arts, and added my Art endorsement about 7 years ago.
I have classroom experience in 4th – 6th grades, but have found that my passions truly lie in the arts. I feel very blessed and privileged to be where I am today, with all the students at Sagebrush.
With a new year, comes new challenges. I have spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on the kind of teacher I want to be in the art room, and the kind of experiences I want kids to have when they leave my room. My goal is that every child that enters the art room at Sagebrush feel like an artist and gain an understanding and appreciation for art.
One of the ways that I see students reaching the goals of the art room is by giving students choice. This year students will get to have this experience by me tweaking what I do in the art room. I will be doing this through TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior).
Ideally TAB will teach students to be independent, critical thinkers. Student mode of thinking about art will transfer into other content areas of school. Students will become “Art Smart”. They will gain the ability to discuss art, and why artists use certain colors or why artists use a particular technique.
This year, the work students will bring home might not look like they have in the past. Students will be bringing home art projects that may not look as polished or fridge worthy, but they will feel like an artist who has nearly mastered a medium or two. The artwork will be “kid authentic”.
Not all the projects this year will come directly from students. Some students will work on the art projects I demonstrate. Some students will choose to use the “how to” instructions I have at certain stations. I will incorporate some “Have to” projects throughout the school year. These are projects that students will be required to do. So, students will have a chance to choose what they create, but there be some “Have to’s” sprinkled in.
People (especially young students) are wired to be learners. They love to explore and experiment. “What happens if I mix this color with that color?” “What happens if I use this watercolor paint on top of that crayon?” So on a regular TAB day, one will see kids working on independent projects, experimenting, and trying new materials. Giving them choice will only help spark their curiosity.
I am really excited about this year and what I see will be a program where students will excel.