Here at Horizon Academy West, we are dedicated to the arts!
My name is Karen Whatley and I am the art teacher at Horizon Academy West! It is with great pride that I guide our students towards a future filled with Art and adventure. As students’ progress through their primary years they will be exposed to an intense arts program that is tied to our state standards, and common core. Students will be introduced to all materials and tools associated with art including, painting (watercolor, acrylics, tempera), printmaking, ceramics, drawing, collage, textiles, etc. As they make their way through the program students will experience a great deal of Art History and get to know a diverse group of artists ranging from Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Paul Klee, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Frieda Kalho, Hokusai, Georgia O'Keefe, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Mary Cassatt, Diego Rivera, and many others! Students will learn about color, shapes, textures, line, space, form, and value. Students will understand all of these elements and the principles of art as well as the many ways in which to use them! Students will also look at many cultures through art, including African, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian, Greek, Mexican, Native American, Aboriginal, and more. Students are also introduced to critical thinking and evaluation of their own and other students' artwork. I look forward to meeting each new student and helping them to reach their artistic potential!
For more information on the Art Standards, please visit the NM Art Standards Sites for K-5 and 6-8.
To view more student art, visit Artsonia.