Meet the Teacher - Great Oak Middle School

Mrs. Giannamore- Visual Arts
Welcome to the art room. I will
be your child’s teacher this
year. I have been teaching art
for 31 years. I have been at
Great Oak School for 28 of
those years. Besides teaching
Middle School students, I have
also taught Elementary and
High School levels. I also teach
a university level class to our
next generation of art teachers.
Art and the
Common Core
Along with the No Child Left Behind Act, Art
was designated as a core academic subject area
to be taught by a highly qualified teacher, and
with all of the responsibilities to the common
core as in any other subject area. The State of
CT. mandates students graduating from high
school have one credit in the Fine Arts, and
beginning in 2020 students will have to obtain
an additional credit in the humanities. All
universities also require credits in the arts.
In order to help teachers align their subject
area with the common core, the NAEA and
professionals around the country, worked to
develop a new set of standards that teachers
can use when devising their lessons. These
lessons are also aligned with math, science,
and language arts as the idea is that all of the
disciplines should be connected.
Standards of
the Visual Arts
The new standards are based on:
Creating- conceiving and developing new
artistic ideas
Presenting- interpreting and sharing
Responding- understanding and evaluating
how the arts convey meaning.
Connecting- Relating artistic ideas and work
with personal meaning
There will be performance standards for each
grade level that I will turn into measurable
goals for the students. They will be given preassessments (not graded) to see where their
knowledge or skill level is before we begin an
activity and then an assessment as the end of
the project in the form of a rubric, test,
written assignment (graded)
& Enduring
Every art lesson will begin with an
Enduring Understanding. These are the
“big ideas” that you want students to
understand and recall after they’ve
forgotten the details. These core ideas
should be central to art and have a
value beyond the classroom. Students
should also make connections to other
Essential Questions. These are thought
provoking questions that are not
answerable with finality in a brief
sentence. The aim is to stimulate
What will my
child learn in
Communication Skills- through art critiques of
student work, discussions on artwork and
artists using visual art vocabulary, as well as
presentations of student work
Cultures- Students will learn about diversity
and multiculturalism as they study the history
of art and artists of different times and places.
Critical Thinking Skills- students will learn to
read visual images, by describing, analyzing,
and interpreting their work and the work of
Creativity and Expression- students will work
through ideas by observing, problem solving,
experimenting, and creating art work
Follow Through– through commitment to
produce and complete art, students will gain
personal satisfaction of a job well done to the
best of their ability
What Procedures Will
Be Provided To
Students To Aid Them
In The Achievement Of
A Successful Art
Instruction and Directions given orally
Written copy of Directions provided for each
assignment along with art vocabulary
Teacher Demonstration
Opportunity for Student Practice and teacher
to monitor for understanding
Daily review of information and questioning of
Supplemental materials provided to enhance
learning: reading for information, educational
videos, visual aids, interactive lessons
Sample project provided
Formative assessments (quizzes, written
assign., critiques)
Teacher available at Flex for extra help
Final project
Summative Assessment (Rubric, test, writing,
• Come to class on time every day
prepared with a pencil and eraser.
• Make up work when you are absent.
• Work more than talk
• Ask for help if you don’t understand.
• Finish all of your work. Credit will not be given
for incomplete work- extra credit will not be given
• Take work home or work during flex
if you need to.
• Follow directions given orally and on
handouts provided
• Put forth your best effort.
• Be creative
• Work should be neatly presented.
• Study for tests, quizzes, and take
your time on written assignments.
Grades and
In a 30 day rotation there will be
an average of 4 assignments.
Assignments and student grades
will be posted on Power School.
Please check it often and contact
me with any questions or
concerns before the conclusion
of the 30 day rotation.
[email protected]

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