Number of students that were enrolled in an art class at Millis High School during this past school year. Of those,
completed the semester-long Art, Design and New Media course. These (mostly Freshmen) students earned their Artistic License, giving them the authority to assert their design knowledge and to always think creatively. During semester 1 we also experimented with stop-motion while the semester 2 classes went more in depth with photoshop.
completed Fundamentals of Studio Art I. This class was a survey of methods and materials associated with student art creation, including drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery. One highlight of this year was experimenting with the batik process. About half of these student are moving on to AP Studio Art and that makes me so excited for next year!
completed Digital Photography and Advanced Computer Art. This was a jam-packed class with a thorough grounding in basic photography (including the elements and principle of art and always considering the rule of thirds - since it works 90% of the time). Advanced proficiency with photoshop was a goal throughout the year, though some of my favorite projects were those that activated lots of creative toggles by combining digital and analog skills - Check out Kelly's Paper Lantern Blog post or Amelia's Gradient Self Portrait to see what I mean. I hope to incorporate more like this next year.
completed Studio Art II/III and and this group got a first hand glimpse into the world of AP Art...since they were combined in the same class! Half of these students graduated but the remaining four will be taking AP next year and already have some portfolio quality pieces.
students successfully submitted AP Studio Art Portfolios! This is an especially exciting number as it represents the first ever AP Art class at Millis High School. And I couldn't have asked for a better group. We experienced a few learning curves, especially around digital submission requirements, and just the extreme demands of a course this rigorous - but they all did a great job!
students were inducted into the newly formed Millis Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Another first in the Art Department of Millis High School. Our leadership team is comprised of two Juniors so I'm looking forward to this Chapter growing in the coming year!
students received a prestigious Scholastic Art Award. We hadn't submitted to this national program in years so this also felt like a first!
original works of art were displayed in our online art gallery, Artsonia. This represents a large portion of our artwork but not all. And finally,
is the number of page-views for this very blog and website, 4,700 of them being unique visitors.
Thank you for stopping by! How did your school year go?
Okay, so I gave an extra point if they could prove that the artistic licenses made it home :)
One of my professional goals this year was to focus on arts advocacy, especially in the interest of celebrating the creativity and efforts of the art students here in Millis. I am happy to report that 2014-15 was a very full year and I have been looking forward to doing some reflection (...and arts-promoting). Even though I am not a numbers-person, I thought this might be a good place to start: