Scot Plier (LS Art Teacher: Grades 1-6)
MS in Art Education: Concordia University-Wisconsin, Mequon, WI
BA in Art Education (K-12): Carthage College, Kenosha
As I enter my first year at University Lake School (35th year overall in art education), I cannot help but be amazed at all of the wonderful educational opportunities offered here. The environment is one that values the arts and the complete development of the child- providing unique experiences that foster creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and exploration of the world itself. I find it very refreshing to be a part of this community- one that encourages both teachers and students to push the boundaries of conventional thinking, in an effort to achieve excellence and make positive contributions to our communities.
From the very beginning of time, mankind has been leaving his/her mark on the world in the form of visual artifacts. These cave paintings, clay vessels, and other visual imagery has formed the basis for much of what we know about previous civilizations.
The need for self-expression lies at the core of all of us- it is what makes us human. Much of what we see visually impacts our perceptions of where we fit in. What we value as a culture/society is often influenced by visual imagery.
The primary focus of the LS Art program is to provide an environment and exposure to a variety of media that allows students to communicate their thoughts/ideas in a visual way.
We can learn much about ourselves and other cultures through the visual arts.
In Lower School Art (1-6), students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of experiences in both 2-D and 3-D design. Students will understand the importance of effective use of the art elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, depth) and design principles (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationships) in the creation of meaningful visual imagery. Drawing and painting are the focus in the first trimester- printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics the second trimester- and fabrics, stained glass, and jewelry making the final trimester. In addition, there will be collaborative assignments and exposure to a variety of significant artists and cultures throughout history.
-Students will demonstrate creative problem solving skills as they determine their own solutions to assignments.
-Students will be able to think critically when a different direction needs to be made through the course of an assignment, or when things do not turned out as planned.
-Students will be able to collaborate effectively with others when working together on group assignments.
-Students will be able to communicate their ideas visually using a variety of materials and techniques.