Horace W. Porter

Middle School Visual Art

Various 2016 pictures 494 - Copy 

Art and Technology with Mrs. MacDonald 

The year is off to a great start! In the 7th grade art room, students are busy learning about value in art, and the various pencil techniques required to draw from life. They are beginning to use this knowledge to draw their sneakers. This exercise provides crucial practice on how to best create implied three dimensionality and form on a two dimensional surface. Students will also create plaster masks, draft 2-point perspective cityscapes, and design their Lions Club International Peace Posters! Students will be assigned homework to complete the drafts of their Lions Club posters at home this year (to save time). The theme this year is, “The Future of Peace”. This will be a whirlwind quarter in the art room! 

Elementary Technology

I am pre-testing students in grades 1-4 elementary technology classes in order to assess how much they know about computers. Once their skills are assessed, we will begin assignments using the various Microsoft programs available, such as MS Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Fourth grade is already excited to partner up with the Porter PTO to create flyers for upcoming PTO events! Look for their flyers on the walls soon.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year of growth and learning for my students in both art and technology!!

Teaching Philosophy
My personal philosophy is that participating in visual art class should be an enjoyable, interactive experience, while building essential skills required to succeed in visual arts in high school and beyond. This is a mutually respectful learning community wherein students feel safe to explore art media and processes. It is my hope that students choose subject matter, materials and methods that are important to them in expressing and communicating themes. Students' opinions matter, especially when it comes to how to communicate ideas successfully. I am open to suggestions from students their guardians or parents, as we collaborate to help all students learn.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at kmacdonald@hwporter.org.
I look forward to your input!