Mrs. Becky Miller Becky.Miller@apsva.us
Mrs. Rebecca Miller received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art History and a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Art Education from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. While at the University of Louisville, Mrs. Miller was a Dean’s Scholar and on the Dean’s List. Mrs. Miller has taught in Haddonfield, New Jersey; Heidelberg, Germany; and Vicenza, Italy. She also has taught at the JB Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, teaching families and teachers for in-service credit. She received National Board Certification in 2008 in conjunction with George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Mrs. Miller has worked as a countywide Lead Art Teacher and as a mentor to new art teachers in APS. Mrs. Miller has continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University with classes in Digital Photography, her recent favorite artistic medium.
Mrs. Miller’s goal as an art educator is to help students develop the ability to see like an artist and to think like an artist. Students are exposed to visual images, art history, art vocabulary, visual literacy, and age appropriate yet challenging art assignments, so that they can develop successful problem-solving skills, their imaginations, and positive attitudes towards themselves, others, and their community. Mrs. Miller believes that visual art provides students the chance to respect diversity and value others’ voices; to recognize that often there is not one right answer, but various perspectives and ways to problem-solve through creativity and self-expression.
Mr. Richard Russey Richard.Russey@apsva.us
Philosophy of Visual Art Education At its most basic and essential level Visual Art Education is several important things: 1) Visual Literacy – understanding how the visual world of lines, shapes, and colors create patterns, symbols, and full images that surround us everyday, and that we can create; 2) Cultural Awareness — raising awareness and knowledge about the vast diversity of cultures in the world (and here at Carlin Springs!) which have contributed to the rich history of art, thus understanding different points of view and beliefs; and 3) Interdisciplinary Content Integration — art relates to every content area of the Core Curriculum, from Reading, to Science, to Math, and Social Studies, and more. Making the connections between art and other content areas is particularly useful and important for many students to understand their school work in its sense as a “bigger picture.” Of course, rounding out all of this is the pure JOY that students experience when interacting with a wide variety of art materials, from crayons, to markers and pencils, and from paint to paper mache and ceramic sculpture.