Mrs. Michele Kelly's Visual Art Program 

PS 207 Elizabeth G. Leary

What's happening in art...

Students will be wrapping up the current class units and beginning the journey of the Independent Art Project and Art History Report. 

The Independent Art Project is designed to be an open-ended project that gives the students the ability to explore their individual creativity.  This project should act as a reflection of what the student has learned over the course of their studies in the visual arts.  Students are expected to utilize a number of techniques and creative methods, such as drawing skills, color theory, and compositional planning. Students are expected to research artists and styles of art for inspiration in the development of this project.  All research should be documented in the journal. Additionally, there will be a research component that will ask the students to understand the life and works of their chosen artist. Students will compare and contrast their artwork with the artwork of their chosen artist and finally critique their work in order to create an Artist’s Statement. Students will be given time in class to work on each of the components but will need to do most of the required research at home. Research can be a print out from the computer or a book. A list of suggested websites is provided below. Students should refer to the rubrics for both the project and writing components that are listed on the class website’s homepage to understand how the project and writing components will be graded.

A break down by week is listed on the individual class sites.

All assignments are outlined in detail on the class website:

*Please continue to use the class website to keep you up to date on all that is happening in the art classroom. 

How to use the website

To use the website, please click on the grade link that corresponds to your class level. Your first assignments have been listed with the directions on how to complete each task.  I have also included a copy of the welcome letter and the return slip were handed out on the first class session on the Welcome Back link.

The website is the best way to keep track of everything pertaining to this class.  It is updated weekly, and contains detailed instructions for each assignment. Students will also copy the assignment information into their agenda/homework books during class. My class is 99% paperless, so please use the website to ensure a successful year.

Art Pre- Assessment

All students will be taking an art assessment on the second day of class. This pre-assessment will not effect the student's grades. I will be sharing outcome of the assesment with you via Engrade, however the pre-assessment is meant to gauge the progress in student learning. The Pre-Assessment will involve art vocabulary that is commonly used in the art lesson. Most of these words are also used in the other common core subject areas. There is no need to study for this assessment.


Elements of Art & Principles of Design

Class Schedules

Monday:         7th Grade Related Arts, 804, 803, 802, 602
Tuesday:        8th Grade Related Arts, 604, 234, 703, 605
Wednesday:   7th Grade Related Arts, 505, 704,  6th Grade Related Arts
Thursday:       Advanced Art, 601, 801, 603, 702
Friday:            504,
8th Grade Related Arts, 701, 6th Grade Related Arts,


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