It is with great pleasure I get to tell you about the Arts
program at Aspen Valley Middle School. My
name is Eric Simons and I am the Arts educator. I use the term “Arts” because
my skills are not limited to the Fine Arts.
If I had to choose one word to describe myself it would be “eclectic”.
My classes can include a blend of the Fine, Performing & Martial Arts as
well as a heavy integration of the other academic disciplines.
I say “other” because Art is an academic discipline here at
Aspen Valley: It utilizes Science, History, Math and Language Arts to create
and express its intended purpose. Art
makes the various concepts of the other disciplines amazing and without them
art as we know it would not exist.
Classes focus on the foundational elements of art and
principles of design along with thematic units. I heavily support
experimentation, exploration and inquiry in the class with emphasis on layering
and processes. Reflection in the form of critique is another component of the
It is my intent in the class to build up their
problem-solving aspects because I believe, in this age that is heavily
inundated with information and electronic access to that information, that
those who are well exercised at problem-solving and thinking outside the box will
be the most desired in a competitive market.