Visual & Performing Arts – 7th/8th grades

By February 2, 2020 August 7th, 2020 VPA Junior High

Welcome back!!

7th grade, 7th hour, 1st Nine weeks

I am so excited about this new school year!  I will be teaching your 7th or 8th grader in Visual & Performing Arts survey class.  This class will meet one semester for the year.

My name is Linda Vicknair.  I am married to Floyd and  I have five children.  My two oldest daughters are married.  I have three granddaughters, Lilli, Maggie and Chloe and one grandson, Anderson – and another one due in November!  My four youngest children are all graduates of FBCS.

I have been a member of FBC, Slidell for over 40 years.  I teach 7th – 9th grade girls Sunday School, sing in the church choir and play handbells. I earned a BS in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005.  I have a Master’s degree in Human Resources Education/Workforce Development from LSU.  I am certified in Business Education/Career Development and in Art.  This is my 16th year teaching at First Baptist Christian School.

The Arts are an integral part of your child’s education.  The arts not only are important in learning and creative thinking, but they also help a student to learn better in other subject areas. The arts not only teach creativity, but encourage students to think creatively, experiment, innovate, and to seek new ways to solve a problem.  Our God is THE CREATOR.  That alone, should tell us that creativity is important.  Learning a specific skill set doesn’t have the value in today’s world that it once did. Learning how to be more creative (and thus adaptable) is what prepares our students for life beyond the classroom.

The first half of the semester focuses on the Performing Arts.  Students will have opportunity to create original compositions after learning about orchestral instruments, rhythm and rap.  We will also discuss the importance of music in movies, and a quick trip to look at musical theater.  It is a whirlwind, but it will be fun! Students will also learn to write objective critiques.

The second half of the semester is the Visual Arts emphasis.  This semester students will learn drawing techniques, using observation, discovering the importance of line and shape in a design and adding value to create depth. Calligraphy and Cartooning will also be covered. Student artwork will be displayed at our annual FBCS Night at the Arts in May.  Please plan to come!

FBCS participates in the ACSI Art Festival that is held in April, Student artwork is chosen to represent our school.  The student attends the Awards Ceremony.  It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate creativity. I will be looking for excellent work to represent our school!

Donations for art or music are always appreciated.  If you have an instrument that you no longer need and would be willing to donate, that would be amazing!  I really want the students to have hands-on experience with various musical instruments.  Art is a subject of consumption.  Everything is used and needs to be continually replaced.  If you would be willing to donate towards supplies, it would be greatly appreciated!

I am expecting a fantastic year with your student, and you!

 

Linda Vicknair

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For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29

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