Hey RQMS students. I hope all is well and I miss you tremendously. Artist Phil Hansen once said, “Perhaps instead of telling each other to seize the day, maybe we can remind ourselves each day to seize the limitations.” I feel that this is more true than ever. Our world has been shaken and we now find ourselves in an unique learning experience. Most of us have lost access to the traditional art supplies at school and may be completely limited in what we have at home. While at first these limitations may cause you to stop making art, I would encourage you to see what materials you have around you to supplement your art supplies. Prior to us leaving, one of my 8th grade students was grinding up grass to make a green watercolor paint. Other artists have used abandoned coffee as paint. The world around us can provide us with all sorts of different art materials. I’d encourage you to use this time to create art with whatever you have around you. Please feel free to tag me in Instagram @art_with_mr.beach or post your work to SeeSaw.
Be safe and keep in touch.
Mr. Kelly Beach
As an art teacher, it is my goal that every student will leave my classroom with transferable skills that will allow them to be successful in whatever career path they choose. It is my mission to teach students to make careful observations of the world around them, find problems that need to be solved, envision a solution, and engage and persist through the problem solving process while constantly reflecting on their work and progress. Students are enabled to embrace their strengths and interests while sharing their own skills and ideas with their classmates. Through a Teaching for Artistic Behavior process, students embrace leadership positions and become teachers themselves. I feel that it is my job to encourage students to take risks, step outside of their comfort zone, explore new possibilities, and express their individual view of the world through the art making process.