Art Appreciation, Creativity and Expression

Teacher Name: Martha Gillespie
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Tuition: $160.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20.00
Discount for Semester Payment: None
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $25.00
Deposit (due at registration): $20.00
Grades: K-3rd
Minimum Class Size: 12
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: Yes
Class Time: 6th hour
Prerequisite: None
Estimated homework hours: 1 hour per week

Required Materials or Books:
Journal book – either spiral or thread bound, sketch book, Scissors, No. 2 pencils, art gum eraser, glue-stick, clipboard, and a set of tube water colors. Other materials swill be provided by the teacher.

Class Description:
Art is a fun way that children can express themselves. This expression takes many forms and each child is unique in that expression. This class helps students discover what art means to them and learn how to express that through a variety of art forms.

Art will be taught in a big way and a small way – like the etching on a grain of rice and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

This class will cover:
art appreciation, how to be an art curator, how to get creative and have fun with art, how an artist sees things, art from different parts of the world, capturing important moments with art, art techniques and tools, medium selection, collage and how to create your own art museum.

Students will learn the importance of detail and to notice more detail in what they see.

The students will not only learn each of these things, they will also create their own example of these things to bring home.

About Martha Gillespie

A teacher's background enhances the classroom and field trip experiences of students. God has blessed me with a broad background that gives me an appreciation for the different learning styles of each of my students. As a high school student, I was fortunate to see the beginnings of environmental awareness (now called Green) and peaceful protests to garner support for social causes. I was fortunate to travel and work in the United States, Sweden, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore. God uses my background and experiences to help me be a better teacher. He has taught me to appreciate simple things discovered in nature, wisdom of elderly people, and the faith of a child. I love these things and try to help children develop the same appreciations. Our family business, Wings of Eagles Consulting, is heavily involved in adult education. We tell our students to "Create the Vision, Develop the Passion" © 1990. It is our belief that God expects teachers and parents to help children create the vision God intends for their life and then set the stage for passion for that vision to happen.
I have taught in the public school system, private Baptist affiliated schools and home-school. I am a State of Texas certified teacher. I graduated from Houston Baptist University with BA degrees in both Elementary Education and Psychology. I also completed a MS in Psychology. I work in the Youth Department of the YMCA in Child Watch and the after-school program. I am also a certified Instructor at the YMCA, teaching Kids Fit and a kids version of Zumba.
On a personal note, I have been married to Bruce T. Gillespie for 43 years! Our family business took us all over the world. We used homeschooling because it allowed our children to travel with us and we felt it was a better option than the public school system. Each of our children went from home-school to college. My love of the sea started with my first trip to Galveston with my parents. I have been a surfer since I was 14 years old and still enjoy taking a ride on the waves. My husband and I have owned Twelve Oaks Farms since 1983. This organic farm has been the home to cattle, horses (Percheron and miniature), sheep, and dogs. The farm has remained organic for 30 years. It has been and will continue to be a place to relax while reflecting upon what God has done in our lives.