Art at Albemarle Middle School

September 17, 2015

Wanted (in the art room!)

Please send in:

cardboard tubes (toilet paper, paper towel, mailing tubes)

old (clean) t shirts

September Sketchbook Challenge

  • Draw the offspring of 2 improbable animals

  • Draw a mysterious device

  • Draw an unfit means of travel

  • Draw a monster doing a mundane task

  • Draw a liquid in motion

  • Draw an outlandish house

  • Draw a science project gone wrong

  • Draw a cartoon character as a zombie

  • Draw an action scene

  • Draw something broken

  • Draw a futuristic appliance

  • Draw a treehouse

  • Draw something on fire

  • Draw a horrible monument

  • Draw an unlikely pair

August 20, 2015

School Supplies

I went to Hobby Lobby today and it seems that the pumpkins and pilgrims had been out for some time and the little worker elves were busy setting up Christmas decorations.  I suppose then that it is not preemptive of me to go ahead and post my back to school supply list.

You can find all the AMS class supply lists here at Teacher Lists. Just type in our zip code and choose Albemarle Middle School.

But, because I am visual here's what you need as an AMS Bulldog Visual Art Student for the 15-16 school year.

Visual Arts Supply List

1  1-2" 3-ring binder for sketches, notes and brainstorming.  Wait.  What?  Notes? IN ART?  WTH, MizzSmiff?
Colored Pencils.  Optional but STRONGLY encouraged.

Markers.  Also optional, but STRONGLY encouraged.

Sharpies or something similar.

Pencils.  EVERY DAY.  Bring a pencil to my class.  These are my favorite #2 pencils but honestly, please just bring a pencil to my class.  Please.

An eraser.  These erasers are my very favorite and once you use one, it will be your favorite, too.  We all make mistakes.  We all need a do over.  These erasers are the best and I use them all the time.  Yes, I make mistakes.  All. The. Time.

You also might want to get a pencil box or pouch to keep your supplies in. Label everything.  

In the meantime, don't think about school and enjoy your summer.  Go outside and play, even though it is hot out there.  It will be August 25th before we know it. I'll see you then!

March 23, 2015

The end of third quarter is almost upon us.  Just a reminder that art students have until March 27th to turn in, make up or redo any art projects from this quarter that they would like to be regraded.

New blog post up at MizzSmiff's Art Room!  Check out our latest oil pastel project.

March 5, 2015

Art progress reports went home today.  Please note that if students have not turned in a project or have received a failing grade, they have the opportunity to make up the work for full credit if the project is turned in prior to March 27th.  Students will also receive 5 extra credit points added to their lowest grade if their progress report is returned, signed by a parent.

If you have not checked out my blog, MizzSmiff's Art Room, click on the tab above for updated information and lots of pictures about what is happening in art at AMS.

October 20, 2014

I am so excited to say that my grant request from Donor's Choose has been approved.  I am hoping to be able to purchase a class set of digital cameras to help promote digital literacy.  If you should feel so inclined, please follow this link to donate to the AMS Art Classsroom.  Use the code SPARK until October 27th. and all donations, up to $100.00 will be doubled.  Thank you in advance for your support!

September 28, 2014

New Blog Post up at MizzSmiff's Art Room!

Our first ART CLUB meeting will be Monday, September 29th. from dismissal until 4:00 pm. in the art room.  Students must have returned their permission slip to me to be able to attend.

Welcome to Art at Albemarle Middle School!  I am excited about art this year!  

We have changed the structure of exploratory classes at AMS.  All Exploratory classes will be on a semester schedule for the year.  For the first time, students in the arts in middle school will be participating in ASW testing this year.  More information on that will be coming.  

I have a blog where I post lots of pictures of what we are doing in class. Check out Mizzsmiff's Art Room 

Art at Albemarle Middle School can also be found on Facebook
Just ask to join the group
I'll be posting lots of pictures of the wonderful work our students are doing, as well as information about Art Club and Artalympics.

Exploratory Schedule for 2014-2015

Block 1

8th Grade

A - 8:00-8:44

B - 8:46-9:30

Block 3

7th Grade

A - 10:20-11:04

B - 11:06-11:50

Block 4

6th Grade

A - 12:30-1:14

B - 1:16-2:00


Supplies that would be helpful (but are not obligatory) for all art students:

Colored Pencils
Handheld pencil sharpeners
glue sticks
Pencil pouch or box to hold supplies
In addition, students may want to have an apron or smock to store in the classroom to wear on 'messy days'


 Every child has the right to expect an education rich in the knowledge of the arts and culture.


A comprehensive Art Education program exposes students to a tangible record of culture and society.  Art Education enables students to become active participants in the creation of that record.


 A comprehensive Arts Education program encourages active learning by providing opportunities for intellectual growth and diverse experiences in heterogeneous classrooms.  The artistic process of seeing, internalizing, interpreting and creating is student driven with teachers as guides.


A comprehensive Arts Education program teaches tolerance for differences, allows for self expression, encourages acceptance of others and celebrates individuality.  The Arts foster an appreciation of the past and promote participation in today's world.




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