Art Department

  • MISSION STATEMENT

    “Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes, to make critical judgments and justify such judgments. - These “habits of mind” are qualities that can be useful in virtually any classroom (or life situation), not just the art classroom.   -The new study makes clear, as others have done before, that the arts are profoundly cognitive. They help us think, and they help us connect thinking and feeling in ways that nothing else does.”
    -Nick Rabkin
    Columbia College Chicago
    August 8, 2007

    This quote pretty much sums up my personal philosophy about the importance of arts education, and the contributions it makes to our student’s daily academic experience. Although their time in Visual Art is limited to about 9 weeks, I work to enable my students to develop their technical skills with a variety of materials, and to find personal solutions to design challenges. I believe It’s helpful to expose students to a varied mix of artists and artworks in order to discuss and evaluate technique, build vocabulary for informed judgments, to understand visual art in relation to history and cultures, and to learn how to describe, analyze, and interpret works of art made by themselves and others. Most importantly, it’s my “mission” to design the art classes with enough practice, technique work, artists’ examples, and praise to ensure each student feels that they are successful, improving artists.

    ANH TRAN, VISUAL ART TEACHER
    Anh Tran is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and educator who loves to foster an environment where her students can also dabble in everything creative. Her goal is for her students to practice critical thinking and problem solving in creative situations. She studied art education and illustration side by side at CSU Long Beach and is currently enjoying teaching middle school art while working on her pottery in her down time.
    atran@smmusd.org