Lynn Nanni

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   Lynn Nanni                                   2015-2016

   Hi, I'm Lynn Nanni and I look forward to a wonderful year working with our students here at Har-Bur. My goal is to encourage students individually so they can achieve their full potential in art. Art includes reading about art history and different cultures, viewing art reproductions and discussing many aspects of art like why artists create, judging the best, etc. Art is also improving their skills to express themselves using a variety of different mediums. It's great to see the students get excited about how much they personally improve and I am fortunate to be the catalyst and guide for that improvement and share in the joy of learning. Please feel free to contact me, through phone or e-mail, at any time with any questions you may have. It's a pleasure to be part of the Har-Bur family where we engage students to persue academic and creative excellence in a nurturing environment.

The goal of the Region #10 Art Department can be clearly seen through the
"Essential Questions in Art"

1.How do artists communicate through their art?

2.How do artists solve problems?

3.How do artists describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate their own and others art work?

4.How do artists develop a professional work ethic?

5.What is the connection between art and culture?

Below you will find general information on my grade 5 regular art classes, my grade 5 problem based learning classes, and my grade 7 classes. You will also find information on assessments and expectations.

Grade 5 Regular Art Class  Learning Targets


Texture, color, line, shape, space, balance, and repetition.

Subject Matter

Landscape or seascape,interior, still life, genre, portrait, animals, and sculpture.


Drawing, painting, printmaking, cutting, tearing, gluing, sculpting, and handbuilding with clay. When we are working on realistic art, we will use the expression " Train your eye to see what's there". They need to practice at home to really improve.

Major Art Categories

Realistic, Abstract, and Nonobjective

Art History and Culture

Students will be reading about the different periods in art history, viewing art reproductions and discussing them,and then creating art work that focuses on that period in art history. Near the end of the year, the students will read about, view and discuss Asian Art. Then they will create a project or two using Asian Art themes as time permits. In the spring, as a culmination of what they have learned, the students will be going to art museums. One museum focuses on the periods in art history and the other museum focuses on Asian Art. The museums are very student centered with activities for the students as they tour the different galleries. The cost is usually around $25

Art Criticism

Students will verbalize reactions to viewed artwork using art terms.


Students will express likes, dislikes, and why.

Daily Life

Students will make connections between art lessons and their daily life.

Grade 5 Problem Based Learning    Learning Targets

The students will work in teams and create a city park, a candy bar wrapper design, and a poster.


Grade 5 Assessments

Assessment is based on the skills and concepts covered in each individual lesson. An assessment symbol will be on the back of the work. These are the assessment symbols we will be using:

+ = above grade level

+ = excellent at grade level

 = acceptable at grade level

- = at grade level but needs improvement

- = below grade level

Self-assessment also is an important part of learning and I continue to assist the students with self-assessment.

Grade 7    Learning Targets

I see them for one quarter, four out of the six day rotation. There will be three projects in art; a realistic cityscape, a clay animal sculpture that starts realistic and becomes abstract, and a nonobjective design. There will also be homework that prepares the students for the projects. If they lose the homework paper, the assignment can be done on any paper and is explained in the homework section of this website. Students will be handed a list of the focus points for each project. Students will be given feedback as they work and upon completion of the project.The students will also self assess each project. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be part of their art class.

When the cityscape is graded and passed back the students have 3 days to add more and improve their grade. If a student needs more time on the nonobjective mandala design or the animal sculpture, they may come to the art room during L block or a study hall provided they get a pass from Mrs. Nanni.

Grade 7 Assessments

Students use a rubric to self assess when the project is completed. The result is a numerical score based on each part of the project.

In all Classes

In the art room I encourage positive behavior. I expect students to follow directions, show effort, and participate. They need to show good listening skills, respect toward others and their work, clean up and care for materials. Students should stay focused applying the concepts and skills of the lesson. 

As an artist and an art educator, I encourage our students to express their creativity, solve problems, and be the best they can be. I expose them to famous artists and artwork, discuss when in history the art was created and try to get the students thinking about the “essential questions” in art. 

At Home

As parents, you may want to encourage your child’s growth in art education by:

1. Giving children a place to work at home. A place they feel can get messy without having to worry about it.

2. Always encourage and be interested in what your children are doing. Children see things differently so it is important that they can express themselves their way. Never work on your child’s artwork. You may want to help your child but show them on a scrap piece of paper how to improve their work and leave it up to them if they use it or not.

3. Get your children to talk about their artwork. Ask them to tell you about it, what they learned doing it, what they like and dislike about it, what famous artwork they looked at in class and what art words were used to discuss it.

4. Give children a place to display their artwork and a place they can save pieces that are important to them. (So you won’t be overwhelmed with a lot of work, I recommend at the end of each year have the children pick their favorite 5 pieces and create a portfolio of their work at home.)

5. Guide them to see art in all that they do and see each day. Take them to see art exhibits. Take rides and comment on the beauty of the countryside, the shape of the buildings, how things appear far away, and the fashions that surround our lives.

One reminder, I constantly remind students if paint or clay lands on their clothes, leave it alone. The best cleaning procedure I have found is to let the spot dry, scrape or brush off the excess, and then apply some type of stain remover and wash in cold water. As always, I look forward to a wonderfully creative and productive school year !

Mrs. Lynn Nanni