Khepera Charter School is a K-8 African-Centered Academy devoted to the Rebirth of Academic and Cultural Excellence. It is a tuition-free Philadelphia public charter school.
My name is Mama Jaye McNair and I am the art teacher at Khepera Charter School. I am very excited to be a part of the Khepera community, and I am looking forward to a wonderful, productive, and creative year with your child.
Art education at Khepera will center on African and African American cultures, art forms and artists. Our goal is develop skill and character in our children using pedagogy and by teaching discipline, routine and structure. Lessons will encompass the major aspects of art including drawing, painting, weaving, collage, three-dimensional art/sculpture, and the elements and principles of design. Throughout the year students will complete at least one project in each of these areas.
During art lessons students will participate in art making, art history, critique, and aesthetics activities. Children will be looking at art (critique/art history) to learn about other cultures, places, artists and works of art. Students will be talking about art (aesthetics) to discuss meanings, ideas, feelings, and moods, and will be making art (art making) to create expressive visual images. In addition, most art lessons will be connected to other subject areas such as science, history, language arts, and mathematics, and will focus on the Pennsylvania’s Standards for art.
Each K-5 student is required to bring a smock inside a plastic Ziploc bag (freezer size) to art class. Smocks are preferably old, large, button-down collared shirts, but any large old shirt will work. Please write your child’s name, classroom teacher, and room number on the smock and plastic bag with permanent marker. Students will keep their smocks in their classrooms and will bring them to art class every week.
I look forward to working with you and your child to promote a successful year. I am always open to discuss suggestions, comments, and concerns. Please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (215) 843-1700.
This is the rubric used to grade art work created by our scholars
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