I am pleased that your child is interested in becoming an active member of the Art Club. Our first meeting is Thursday after school at 2:15- 3:15, however, it is not mandatory, this being the first one. Students must have turned in an official enrollment form to attend since it acts as not only a permission slip but has other contact information that we need. We will walk out as a group at 3:15 to the bus loop for pickup by 3:30.
In our first session, we will discuss the objectives of our club and develop together a mission statement that we all will uphold. I believe one of the most important commitments the students make in joining a school club is to conduct themselves as model students since we will be representing our school as a formal organization. Establishing our own set of rules and expectations together will set the tone for the rest of the year and we will be consistent in being accountable as individual players on the team.
I will begin assigning committees to work on different projects that primarily serve our school in many capacities. I believe service within our school walls is a perfect place to start since students get to see the impact of their artwork in their daily surroundings. I would like to work on service projects that benefit and promote the arts in our communities as well. Therefore, if you know of any potential design opportunities out there, don’t hesitate to contact me. Extending ourselves beyond our campus by serving our community is a positive life lesson and a win-win experience for artists and their real-life clients.
I will be keeping a written record of our meetings along with photos and samples of our many “jobs.” As well, I am interested in creating a website link to our school site to exhibit our artwork. Please let me know if you prefer that photos of your child not be incorporated into the art club webpage. I always make a point to not use last names if I refer to students, but I also enjoy providing recognition to winners of competitions or artist students with a successful project. Just let me know your thoughts about this.
If you have time to send an email if a student will be absent from art club, please do since I will be taking roll each Thursday. I will let you know if a meeting has to be cancelledtoo.
I believe that much artistic talent exudes from collaborative sessions like this. We will be learning the best ways to capitalize on our individual strengths while working with others and all the good they have to bring to the table. My design background is showing!
Thanks again for sharing your child with me at Lufkin on Thursday afternoons. I am a parent too and realize how difficult it can be to juggle your schedule. You may always reach me on my cell at 336-504-1866 during the meetings or for last minute change of plans.
Beth Barlow, Art Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org