"The Art Room smells like freedom... and acrylic paint." -Kaylyn Smith-8th grade

Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.                 -Albert Einstein

Schedule: 1st semester

  • 1st hr.    Clay and Sculpture
  • 2nd hr.  Art Explorations
  • 3rd hr.  Planning
  • 3B.         Reading-homework-etc
  • 4th hr.   Yearbook (1st lunch)
  • 5th hr.   Draw Paint Print
  • 6th hr.    Photo-Digital Imaging

Schedule: 2nd semester
  • 1st hr.    Art Explorations
  • 2nd hr.  Draw Paint Print
  • 3rd hr.  Planning
  • 3B.         Yearbook-ACE
  • 4th hr.   Photography-Digital Imaging
  • 5th hr.   Clay and Sculpture
  • 6th hr.   Photography-Digital Imaging
 The best way to contact me is through email,
or call or stop by after school

My classroom Expectations


  • on time
  • prepared (It's an Art class bring a Pencil!) 
  • productive (giving your absolute best effort) 
  • open minded and creative
  • considerate and respectful to yourself, classmates, teacher, room and materials 

My goals for my students:

  • Make them think, problem solve and create.

  • Have a sense of pride and accomplishment in their work.

  • Increase visual awareness and to look at their surroundings with an artist’s eye.

  • Increase abilities

  • Foster an appreciation, if not love for the arts.

  • Be their favorite class of the day


  • I set the parameters (rubric).   Students do the “BEST” work  they possibly can.

  • I will do all I can to help them achieve their “BEST” work.

  • I then will base my grade on their effort and if they met the criteria of the project.

  • Effort:  There is a difference between a little talking while working and a little working while talking.

  •  If work is not turned in I will put in a ZERO.  When the work comes in I will change the grade for full credit.*
    • *Unless this is a habit and the reason is not working in class
  • Grading:
    5 points a day.  Every Friday this will go in as a "Weekly Grade" worth 25 points.  This is mainly an effort and cooperation grade. 
    Projects are worth anywhere from 10 to 100 points depending on the length and difficulty of the project. 

Other Information:

  • Most work is done in class. Except for Yearbook and Photography.  However if a student is falling behind they may need to come in and work before or after school, or during lunch.  If that is the case they need to make arrangements with me.

  • Some work will go on display so it might not come home for a while.  Most work will be handed back once it is graded.

  • I want students to work hard, and to have fun.  I want them to have so much fun working hard that they don't realize how hard they're working.

  • It is called a Work of Art for a reason.

My Family

                               April 2013                                                       Aug 2016                                                                                         

Family: My wife and three children


"To be successful, Get comfortable with being uncomfortable"


"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
- Pablo Picasso


"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college — that my job was to teach people how to draw.
She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"


How important are the visual arts in our society? "I feel strongly that
the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I
could be prejudiced. I am a visual art." -Kermit the Frog, muppet


And if that's not enough: SAT scores of students who studied arts for more than four years were 59 points higher on the verbal portion and 44 points higher on the math portion than were the scores of students with no course work or experience in the arts.

If interested you may visit

This web page was created in 1999 for my Masters Program at MSU.  Here you will find info about myself, art education, art projects, and educational technology (although from 1999). 



Lahser HS, Michigan State University, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, MSU (again for Masters in Educational Technology)


  • Parapro (Elementary Autism)-Harlan Elementary, Birmingham, MI,
  • Parapro (Special Needs)-Centenial Middle School, Boulder CO
  • Art Teacher- Granby Elementary School, Granby CO
  • Art Teacher- Central Middle School, Ada MI (1998-Present)

Subpages (1): Yearbook