Ms. Buckman has been a member of the Green Fields faculty since 1983 and has taught art to grades 1 through 12. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education and graduated with high distinction from Pennsylvania State University. While in Pennsylvania, she lived alone in a secluded log cabin in the mountains, an experience that established her respect for the environment and an understanding of the importance of reflection. She has remained a productive artist with several paintings in both private and corporate collections. She’s also shown her work in a number of galleries. Ms. Buckman combined her interest in education with her art when she illustrated the children's book “Elena and the Coin,” published by Desert Archaeology. Awards for both students and teacher over the years include RISD Annual Art Award, Kodak Medallion Award, Scholastic Arts Program Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in of all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it.”
– Martha Graham
Lower School Curriculum
Fine Arts Education has a dual function. In the classroom, the arts are a cross curricular tool used by the classroom teachers in addressing the multi intelligences of children and for providing students with a variety of ways to express their thinking which increases comprehension. In the art studios, taught by arts specialists, art education addresses perceptual awareness and creative development. The emphasis is on the process rather than the product.
Middle School Curriculum
The Visual elements emphasized at this level are lines, shapes, texture, Experience a wide range of media both two and three dimensional, including; drawing, painting, print making, fabric, metal, and found objects. Students practice a variety of techniques consisting of weekly observational drawing, watercolor, sumi painting, batik, and repousse’.
Middle school art students are exposed to an overview of the art of various cultures. When interpreting the expressive qualities of the art at this level the students are asked to consider the question, “What influences a culture’s art and what does their art say about who they are?”
The visual elements emphasized at this level are shapes, and space (both actual and visual). Media includes both two and three dimensional including; drawing, cut paper, museum board, clay, wire and found objects. Techniques include perspective drawing, model building, and ceramic construction.
Students will have an overview of the design arts including architecture and the color and design of various products. Students will study the ideas and philosophy of architects both past and present, and are asked to consider the question how our environment affects us as people; how it affects our taste and the design of our products (including our houses); and how do people affect our environment with our products?
The visual elements emphasized are form and light. Media includes drawing, painting, cut paper and photography. Techniques consist of observational drawing, drawing with gradation, separation of shadows and highlights, illustration of the illusion of form, and portrait drawing.
Students will study the expressive qualities of these art elements, and are asked to consider the question, “What are the physical and expressive qualities of all the art elements and specifically light?”
Upper School Curriculum
Upper school students are offered a variety of experiences in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ceramics, and metals. These include options for students who have a general interest and for those who want to make a serious commitment by exhibiting work, entering competitions, and/or preparing college portfolios.
The curriculum at this level exposes students to diverse fields of art practice and provides a solid general understanding of the arts and the opportunity to develop portfolios for college. The visual arts program is a studio-based program based on the principle that the development of inquisitive, imaginative, and analytical skills is an essential part of a liberal arts education. Our curriculum is based on the belief that the complex set of skills, habits and attitudes learned in the arts not only contribute to greater visual literacy, but also to more flexible, creative, innovative and humanistic minds.
Students are encouraged to research, use critical inquiry, experiment, develop technical proficiency, and to collaborate as a means of learning about art and exploring personal vision. Upper school students examine art works from different historical periods and from different cultures, learning about both the social and historical context as well as the methods used in production. Museum visits, gallery talks and visiting artists are integrated with classroom slide presentations and technical demonstrations. The program encourages the exchange of ideas among students of all levels and all visual art disciplines. All levels of art require regular sketchbook work to support the development of habits and skills essential to learning within the arts and design. Every art student is encouraged to develop a portfolio.