Students per Class: average class size around 20 students
My art classes are seperated by grade level. In sixth grade our focus is on the elements of design. We learn these principles through a series of hands on projects. My seventh grade classes focus on sculpture. We study the different types of sculpture from the ancient Egyptians to contemporary works. My eigth grade classes concentrate on drawing and painting skills. Studio projects range from realistic drawings to Op Art and digital self portraits.
We have only one computer in our classroom and the digital cameras in our library are outdated. They only save on floppy discs, We really need some new digital cameras and photo enhancing software.
Art is such an awesome subject and I strive to instill a love for the arts in my students by exposing them to artworks from different cultures and time periods. I like to incorporate as many hands on studio projects that I can squeeze into a semester. I want my students to experience art by creating original artworks themselves.
My name is Mike Thompson and I grew up in Manchester, Georgia. I have been teaching Art at Pike County Middle School for the past fourteen years. I coach middle school football and I love the outdoors. My family loves to travel and we spend as much time as we can at the beach every summer.
College and Degrees:
Bachelor's Degree in Art Education- University of Georgia, 1994
I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Integrating Technology and Curriculum online from Grand Canyon University. I will be finished in February of 2009
fishing, camping, enjoying watching my girls play travel soccer and basketball.
Kon Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl
Salty Piece of Land, by Jimmy Buffett
White Cargo, by Stuart Woods who grew up in my hometown of Manchester.
"Be more concerned of your character than your reputation, because your character is who you really are, and your reputation is merely what others think you are" John Wooden
creating pottery, playing the guitar, reading good books
Gas Station Attendant 1982-1985
Assortmentof jobs during college ranging from pizza delivery to making clocks, camp counselor during summers
Produce Delivery Truck Driver 1992 1994
Middle School Art Teacher- 1994- current
Why Do I Teach?:
I love kids. I have always loved working with kids, when I was in high school I helped coach recreation football. During college, I worked as a camp counselor during summer breaks. I love teaching middle school because I teach the kids for three years and I witness so much growth during that time. It is the most dynamic age group to work with.