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“Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.”
– Salvador Dalí

Vanessa Smith, Art Teacher

Visual Arts Teacher, Vanessa Smith 
Ms. Smith earned her BS in Art Education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and has an extensive background teaching art. She has taught at Forest Hills Elementary and Middleton High school, as well as Walker Middle and Martinez Middle. Vanessa is happy to now take leadership of the growing Davidsen Visual Arts Program. She loves her new position as an influencer and is inspired by her students.  
"Every day is an adventure!" she says.

Kassandra Cochran

Art Teacher, Kassandra Cochran
Ms. Cochran joined the Davidsen Visual Arts team in 2018, but is a long time veteran of Davidsen Arts. She holds a BA in Music Education from the University of South Florida and was the beloved band director at Davidsen for 11 years. She is now excited to bring her experience and success from the music program to the Visual Arts team, and is grateful for the chance to focus on another of her great passions, drawing and painting. 









Visual Art 1 (6th Grade)
Students are introduced to the building blocks of visual language learning essential skills and techniques required to make and explore art. The work of artists like Marisol, Mondrian, and Vermeer will be part of their learning curriculum.

Exploring 2D and 3D Art (7th Grade)
In their second year, students who elect Visual Arts will explore art making beyond pen and paper, venturing into three dimentional art like sculpting and building. While creating their own projects, students will learn about the work of Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali , and George Segal.

Visual Art 2 and Visual Art 3 (8th Grade by invitation)
Eight graders who show high interest and effort will continue their art learning in an invitation only environment where they will be encouraged to create and explore in a direction of their choice.

Displays and Contests
Davidsen art students enter work in local and national contests. 
We participate in the Dali Contest, Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, and many others appropriate for their level. Student work is also regularly and proudly displayed in areas throughout the middle school campus to be seen by other students and visitors.

What Ms Smith says about Visual Art classes
Students love taking art at Davidsen because while they work independently, they can also discuss their ideas and plans with other student artists, and have a place to share their creations. They also love having access to the interesting media and tools we provide in the classroom. Young people greatly benefit from making art because they practice creative problem solving, learn to think outside of the box, appreciate and give constructive criticism, and most importantly, they get to experience that wonderful feeling of personal success that comes with creating art.

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