Hello! My name is Mr. Gerick. Thank you for stopping in and checking out my teacher page. Here is a brief overview of my art teaching philosophy, as well as an overview of the projects the students will be creating over the course of the marking period. 

    I received my BA in Art Education from Kean University back in 2009 and was fortunate to learn from Dr. Joseph Amorino, who is a cutting-edge pioneer in the world of art education. Generally art lessons are presented in a discipline-based approach (D.B.A.E. - discipline-based art education) in which students are shown examples and asked to re-create them exactly as shown, but Dr. Amorino created the sensory-based model (S.B.A.E - sensory-based art education) which encourages the creation of art from one's own sensory experiences. The fact is that students (and artists in general) create more genuine, personal artwork when it is from their own personal experiences, emotions and ideas. There is more engagement with the art-making process, rather than just trying to copy the teacher's (or historical artist's) example. I try to bring this spirit into all of the projects in the art room. In this way students are developing their creative problem solving skills and creative-intelligence, as well as given the opportunity for personal, self-expression by making the artwork uniquely theirs. 

     Below is a general outline of the art lessons and projects that we may do throughout the course of the marking period. (Keep in mind this schedule can change based on holidays, vacation time, snow days, State testing, etc.). All of the art lessons are based on the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and are centered around the Elements and Principles of Art and Design.

    • Week One - Blind Countour Drawings: learning about contour lines (outlines) and how all objects have an edge. Practice in basic drawing skills.
    • Week Two - Line Variation: learning about the different kinds of lines and experimenting with mark making on the paper using different mediums and art tools. Introduction to abstract art.
    • Week Three - Expressive Lines: learning that the quality of line can create an emotional response. Depending on the kind of line used an artwork can feel calm or energetic. 
    • Week Four - Shapes: learning about the two main categories of shapes, namely "geometric" and "organic".
    • Week Five - Shape vs Form: learning how flat, two-dimensional shapes can be translated into three-dimensional forms. Introduction to sculpting with clay. 
    • Week Six - Value: learning about value scales and understanding how value creates the illusion of form on a flat surface. Also working with monochromatic color schemes. 
    • Week Seven - Space: learning how to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface, using perspective, relative size of objects, background/middleground/foreground, etc. 
    • Week Eight - Color Theory: learning about basic color theory, such as color families (primary, secondary, intermediate), warm and cool colors, color mixing, complementary colors, etc. Introduction to Fauvism and landscape painting. 
    • Week Nine - Pattern, Rhythm and Movement: learning how to move the viewer's eye through a work of art using repetition of line, color and shape. Basic print-making techniques are also explored. 
    • Week Ten - Emphasis and Contrast: learning how to make the viewer's eye focus on a particular part of an artwork using emphasis through contrast, color, shape, etc. Introduction to collage.  

    Students are not assigned any homework, but they are always free to take projects home to complete them. The deadline for all projects to be turned in is by the end of the marking period. The gradebook is generally updated every week. Grades are broken down into 75% art projects, 15% quizzes and 10% participation. If you ever have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me! You can reach me via email at: jgerick@laceyschools.org