Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Art in Art Education Pk-12 Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis on Transformative Teaching)
Hello and welcome to my classroom. I am very excited to work with your son or daughter this year! I'll tell you a little about myself.
I received my undergraduate degree from Fairmont State University. My graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from George Mason University with an emphasis on Transformative Teaching. I have a background in the US Army with 27 years of experience, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. I have spent nearly ten years volunteering/working with the area homeless and transitional housing in Leesburg, VA.
I teach Foundations of Art 1 & 2, and Drawing at Osbourn High School.
Foundations of Art 1: The student is introduced to the basics of art through the various media: drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. We will also be learning to appreciate art by studying various artistic movements and the artists representing them. Students will learn a lot about the elements and principles of art as well as art vocabulary. Foundations of art 1 provides the student a taste of the different types of art so they can later choose a focus area; such as drawing, painting, or ceramics. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to take this class.
Foundations of Art 2: The student will continue to improve their skills and understanding in all media they learned in Foundations of art 1. Their projects will be more extensive and elaborate, and work to create 2-D and 3-D projects. Students in grades 10-12 are welcome to take this course.
Drawing: Students create with a variety of drawing media: charcoal, pastels, various pencils, and mixed media. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to take this course.
WithIn my classes, I encourage students to stay active in art outside of the classroom with a personal sketchbook, visits to museums, and learning about artistic contributions via videos or movies.
In December, we will showcase student work in a exhibit located in the Fine Arts Commons Area (in front of the auditorium). Exact Date will be distributed as we get closer to the date. Please stop by to see the amazing student work! In March, we hold a student exhibit at The Manassas Museum, in April we showcase student work at City Hall, and in May we have a Division Art Show in conjunction with the Night of Excellence. Students who have artwork selected for these exhibits are recognized with a "Congratulations" certificate.
Please contact me at anytime by phone, email, or in room #2010 if you have questions or concerns.
Benita J. Klein, M. Ed.