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Jeff Konigsberg, Art Teacher

art.jpgOur Cambridgeport art curriculum is designed to challenge all students. Emphasis is placed on effort applied by our young artists. We believe in the importance of self-expression. Children need time and encouragement to access their ideas in a media–rich, real art environment.  
Knowledge of the essential elements, principles, concepts and techniques of art, and time to practice these ideas, is of equal importance. To this end, we rotate between mandatory lessons and choice-based exploration.

Our Mandatory Lessons will include:

Pre-K - Kindergarten

  • Collage
  • Kinds of Lines Drawing
  • Color Mix Painting
  • Paper Sculpture
  • Foam/cardboard Sculpture
  • Paper and Textile Printmaking
  • Clay Exploration
  • Clay Aliens/Robots/or Crazy Shapes
  • Flowers Drawing from observation
  • Animal Drawing from observation

1st - 3rd Grade

  • Non- Objective Color Theory Collage
  • Elements and Principles of Art Group Project
  • Elements and Principles of Art Mixed Media drawing
  • Faces Drawing
  • Faces Collograph Print
  • Drawing Flowers
  • Drawing Animals
  • Animal Collograph Print
  • Clay Relief Animals
  • 3D Paper Sculpture
  • Depth/Informal Perspective Drawing and Shading

4th - 5th Grade

  • Non-Objective Painted Paper Color Theory Collage.
  • Elements and Principles of Art Group Project
  • Elements and Principles of Art Mixed-Media Painting
  • Negative Space Drawing of Plants/Shading
  • Animal Drawing/Collograph Prints
  • 3D Paper Sculpture
  • Paper-Mache Animals
  • Depth/Informal Perspective Drawing, 1-Point Perspective Drawing, and Shading

Our Choice-Based Curriculum
My choice-based approach to teaching art is inspired by the Centers model, recognized as Teaching for Artistic Behavior, or T.A.B.

art.pngI first learned of TAB in 1997 as an Art Education graduate student at Massart. At that point I had four years of teaching experience, and was seeking a more inclusive education model.

The TAB concept enables students to experience the work of the artist through authentic learning opportunities and responsive teaching. Choice-based art education regards students as artists and offers them real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through the making of art. 

To this end, six centers will be gradually introduced over the course of
the school year: Drawing, Collage, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Resource Library.

In addition, most choice classes will feature re-introductions to individual centers via short-term projects, new materials, and challenges.