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Visual Arts

Visual Arts Teacher

Shepard, Lindsey Art, Advanced Art; Integration Specialist

Visual Arts

Wheel - Intro to Studio Art (Grade 6) -- Studio Art (Grades 7, 8)

Advanced Art/Ceramics/Intro to Sculpture (Grade 8)


Classes focus on skills that relate to an understanding of elements of art and principles of design.  Assessment is based on progressive theories of art education from Harvard University.  In the department we collaborate with and integrate content from Science, History, Math and English.  There is an emphasis is on reflective, creative and analytical writing.


The class integrates technology with the use of a state of the art Promethean Board in the classroom.  Art history is at the touch of a finger with Google Art Project.  This gives the class access to museums and galleries all over the world.  Art classes work in collaboration with the science/SLWRP class in celebrating Wood Middle School as an Ocean Guardian School.  Artwork is featured on www.stopwaste.org.


Some fun projects the classes plan to work on are Mexican yarn painting, ekphrastic poetry, metal repousse masks with creative storytelling, ancient ceramic amulets, personal symbolic amulets, website business plan, multicultural functional pottery, linear perspective (reflection writing process).


In addition to the above projects, the classes will work on portraits for orphans.  Students are linked with orphans from around the world and create a gift of a portrait.  Students will also create sculptural teapots telling a story of students’ and their family’s journey to California.


The Art department teams with musical theatre students to create stage props for upcoming musicals, while the band instructor assists with the musical score.  Art students also go on field trips to see theater performances with the drama and music students.

Vibrant school mural projects are created by the Art department.  Open studio hours after school are provided for students, and there are a number of opportunities to earn community service hours.

The Art department offers progressive theories based on traditional education.  The future vision is to expand Arts Integration through Common Core.


Art teacher, Ms. Lindsey Shepard, is currently completing an Arts Integration Certificate program through the Alameda County Office of Education.  She holds a teaching credential from Mills College and a BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts with a major in Ceramics and Glass.