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 art room, students will be learning about value in art, and use the various pencil techniques required to draw from life. Students will be learning about Leonardo DaVinci and his use of proportion in drawing the portrait. In addition, students will create clay vessels learning about applique and inscising. Students will create the Fire Prevention Posters and also design their Lions Club International Peace Posters! Students will be assigned homework to complete the drafts of their Fire Prevention and Lions Club posters at home this year (to save time). 
This will be an exciting quarter in the art room! 

Elementary Technology

I will pre-test students in grades 1-4 elementary technology classes in order to assess how much they retained and 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. Grades 1-4 will be able to create posters for the various school-wide events throughout the year! 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!