Sunday, August 2, 2009


I'm Ms. Donna Blumenfeld, and I am delighted to be the new Intro to Fine Arts instructor at Chandler Prep. I will be teaching sections 6a, 6b, and 6d. I look forward to meeting all of my new students this Friday! You can read a course description below. Please also take note of the supply list for this class. All students should bring their art materials by Monday, August 10th.

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to allow you to practice many of the Fine Arts that you will study while you attend Chandler Prep. You will write, act, draw, play instruments, sing, paint, and sculpt throughout the year. The goal is for you to experience art forms from different periods in history by making art yourselves. The majority of our class time will be spent on group and individual projects, from making scale models of the Pyramids to writing and acting in your own Greek drama.

Class Objectives: We will all develop an appreciation and better understanding of art and the creative process by making and discussing art. By the end of the year, the goal is for students to:

Gain a basic understanding of poetry, music, drama, and the visual arts

Practice creating art in a variety of media

Appreciate the history of art

Learn about and use the elements and principles of art in various mediums

Develop collaborative skills

Class Materials: Students should come to class every day with the following supplies:

  1. #2 pencil

  2. eraser

  3. 1 subject, spiral bound notebook

  4. 12” ruler

  5. medium point black ink pen (gel or rollerball = good, ballpoints = not so good)

  6. 1 set of 12-24 colored pencils. These are worth investing in, as we will be using them for many projects. Prismacolor is an excellent brand, though RoseArt or Crayola will do.

  7. Glue stick

  8. scissors

  9. 1 pocket folder

Arizona Art Supply, Utrecht, and Jerry's Artarama are all excellent sources for art supplies. Michael's craft stores also carry a good selection.

I may ask that some materials be brought from home on occasion for various projects. These will always be easily available items, such as old magazines, paper plates, found objects, etc., and students will be warned well in advance of the project day should such materials be needed.

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