Welcome to Dr Heckel's Art Class!
The Weber Middle School Art Program strives to promote the processes of inquiry, production, and reflection through an evolving curriculum that cultivates a progression of skills and insights from sixth through eighth grade. The processes, vital to the development of critical thinking and decision making skills, help students to apply knowledge in different situations and employ what they have learned to create new understandings.
To help attain these goals, the program places an emphasis on hands-on, studio based activities that engage students with a wide variety of materials. The studio experiences are introduced through the lens of art history, reflected upon through journal writing and group critiques, and evaluated by the teacher with student input. Verbal and written critiques of master artworks are expected, allowing students to see their efforts in a larger, more meaningful context. In addition, an effort is made to intersect with the core curriculum when appropriate. It is our belief that by nurturing the expression of students' imaginations, building skills and promoting visual literacy, students will enrich their lives and be better able to make sense of the world in which they live.
The following are general developmental characteristics of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students that help to inform the studio experiences planned for them:
-interested in group activities
-fascinated with narrative/storytelling
-enjoy working from the imagination
-growing importance of self-identification
-interested in individual and group activities
-increased visual awareness of the human figure
-desire to go beyond cartoons--beginning to see more realism
-interested in the combination of fantasy and reality
-desire to achieve realism
-fascination with the representation of space, with making things look three-dimensional
-increasing need to assert independence and make choices
About Dr Heckel
As an artist and educator, I strive to share my love of creativity with my students in a supportive environment. I received my BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design, my MAT from the School of Visual Arts, my MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and my EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. I am a practicing artist, my work has been shown internationally, and to date I have received 16 artist residencies through the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. I am excited to be a member of the New York State Art Teachers Association and the Society of Illustrators.