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Educational excellence through integration of the arts
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    A charter school with an emphasis in the arts

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Visual Art

The Visual Arts program at ArtSpace is an exciting mix of creation, collaboration and integration. The projects are aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards for Visual Art and grade level learning goals. The Visual Art program introduces students to many different media throughout the school year. Experiences with the media become progressively more advanced as the students mature.

The students develop contextual relevancy between visual art and the world around them. Students explore themes that include a personal and family focus as well as cultures of the past and present. Students create art using many different media, learn techniques, and develop an understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Students learn how to evaluate and talk about art and how to recognize characteristics and styles of a variety of artists and cultures throughout history.

Students in grade K-6 attend art class at least once per week, occasionally more if there is a special project in the works that needs more time. As with all of our art teachers, our Visual Art teacher and the classroom teachers collaborate regularly to create integrated units that enhance and deepen understanding of academic and arts learning goals..

Seventh and eighth grade students may choose art as an elective each quarter, which they then attend daily. The choices change each quarter. Examples of Visual Art offerings from the past include Art and the Environment, 20th Century Artists, Pottery and Sculpture, Painting and Printmaking, and Portfolio Development.

For more information about our visual arts programs, contact Ms. Jocelyn.

Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Beth Lexa 631 Theatre Arts Specialist
Jocelyn Reese 628 Visual Arts Specialist
Rebecca Triplett 617 Dance Specialist
Meg Boerner 641 Music Specialist and Band Teacher
Michael Barfield 638 Physical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s Assistant
Steve Lipe 610 Instructional Technology Specialist

Recent Classroom News

ArtSpace Grateful for Partnership with Old Depot Association

Over the years ArtSpace Charter School has depended on the generosity of various community organizations to support special programming that would not be affordable otherwise.  ArtSpace is very grateful for their continued relationship with the ...

Silk Road Bazaar in Western North Carolina!

[caption id="attachment_7620" align="alignleft" width="200"] A Silk Road buddhist poet explaining his inspiration to become a poet.[/caption] Right before winter break sixth graders at ArtSpace journeyed back in time to Samarkand and the Great Silk Road ...

States of Matter – A Science and Visual Art Exploration

Recently 8th grade science students at ArtSpace have explored states of matter, the law of conservation, and physical and chemical changes. Middle school science teacher Nick Rogowski and Visual Arts teacher Jocelyn Reese found this ...

The World’s Fair at ArtSpace

[caption id="attachment_7426" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2nd graders completing their tango[/caption] Wednesday, April 27th - ArtSpace 2nd graders took part in their annual World’s Fair. The fair is the culmination of a two month study of the ...

The Genesis and History of Performance at ArtSpace

Since 2001, ArtSpace  has utilized a combination of direct arts instruction, arts exposure, and arts integration to engage students in their learning.  In this 15 years ArtSpace has built an incredible performance history.  Each year ...

Charlotte’s Web: 2nd Grade Arts Integration

As part of their 2nd grade arts integrated programming, Ms. Ali and Ms. Annabell’s second grade classes study the E.B. White classic, Charlotte’s Web.  While the students experience the book during “read-aloud” time, their study ...

A+ 20th Anniversary Conference: Celebrate Arts Integration

[caption id="attachment_6845" align="alignleft" width="201"] A+ Fellow Michelle Pearson leads attendees in an energizing movement celebration.[/caption] DURHAM, NC, August 3-5, 2015 - The A+ Schools program of the North Carolina Arts Council celebrated 20 years of ...

Recycled Flower Garden

Every student from the 2014-15 school year created a flower for this garden. Flowers were created from recycled vinyl records. The Old Depot Association in Black Mountain donated the money to finance this project. It ...
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