About Me

Hello My Name is Allison Bell Hoyt and I am the K-8 art teacher. I am a founding teacher and have taught at SDCCS since 2002. I am a San Diego native, and I went to college at the University of Arizona. I am a visual artist, and my mediums of choice are painting and ceramics. When I am not making art or teaching, I love yoga, gardening, knitting and making my own Kombutcha. I also have 3 pet frogs. My husband is a film-maker and a restaurant owner. His restaurant is located in Mission Hills and it’s called Starlite.
I love teaching at a school that believes that academic excellence and art education go hand in hand. For more a detailed description of my program check out my blog: allisonmariebellhoyt.wordpress.comIMG_8823.JPG

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Meet Remy

Our newest team member is the amazing Remy Cox. He has jumped right in and has already really bonded with all our students. His enthusiasm, joy and passion for his subject matter is contagious. I can’t wait to see what he does with our music program. If you got a chance to see the performances he did on peace day it was very moving. If you would like to help out with music class get to know Remy by contacting remy@sdccs.org.

Meet Mayra

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Have you met Mayra? She is our talented dance instructor. Here you will find a letter about her classroom and philosophy.

Hello my name is Mayra Alejandra De Alba. I am the dance teacher at SDCCS. I grew up in the awesome city of Chula Vista California. I was introduced to dance at the age of one and knew that dance would always be part of my life. In my school years I danced at Bonita ballet and the join the California Ballet Company in Kearny Mesa. I studied at the school of Creative and Performancing arts from middle through high school. While in high school I had the amazing opportunity to study around the world with extraordinary dancers and companies. Post high school graduation I went to San Diego State where I gained my BFA teaching credential. I have danced professionally, choreographed and built my teaching for over 20 years. I have had so many creative learning experiences. I’m currently one of the creative entertainment imaaginners at Disney Resorts where I choreograph parades, special presentations and princess animation. I am super passionate about my work and thankful to all my students and families for being a HUGE part of my dance family. I’m excited our upcoming dance year and future performance opportunities!

Meet Coach Lindsey

Have you met our lovely Coach Lindsey? I am going to take a moment and flatter Lindsey for running a top notch program. Lindsey is also doing a fabulous job helping implement a physical education program for our sister school, Mountainview. Here is a letter IMG_8926which summarizes her program outline.

Welcome to 2017-2018 Physical education at SDCCS! I am excited to start the new year with you and your students. As a PE teacher my goal is to guide children in the process of becoming physically active now and for a life time. Along with these concepts, they will be taught strategies and continue progression in individual and team sports, while developing in several areas of physical fitness. For safety purposes we would appreciate your efforts in making sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing on scheduled physical fitness days.

In addition to informing you about my my program I wanted to also tell you about myself. I am very involved in physical activity and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, by participating in activities such as swimming, running and team and individual sports. I am passionate about teaching techniques for balance of physical activity and fun. And also how physical fitness can help to cope with challenges through out one’s life. My goal is to continue your child’s growth in physical education and knowledge over several years. And helping them to experience and discover the joys of movement. I also wanted to let you know that I am always looking for volunteers and help. There are organizing, cleaning, and decorating tasks to be completed.
Thank you in advance for your support and my door is always open so please come say hello!
Thank you!
Coach Lindsay
lindsey@sdccs.org

Middle School Curriculum

Hello Middle School Families,
Happy goal setting week! It is not possible for me to conference with the whole parent population, but I do want to let you know what my goals are for your children in art class. Below you will find some bullet points and vocabulary about the themes we will be discussing and exploring during the middle school years in my mixed media elective courses. The more you can connect with your child at home about what they doing in art class the more you will be able to see and understand your student’s artistic development.

Middle School Art Lessons:
•Exploring the color wheel and learning how to use color schemes: monochromatic, complementary, triadic, analogous, and split complementary colors.
•How to use various painting techniques to suggest value, depth and implied texture in work.
•Learn the eight studio habits of mind: developing craft, engaging and persisting, envisioning, expressing, observing, reflecting, stretching, exploring and understanding.
•Analyzing how the principles of art are combined to communicate meaning in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks.
•Artists integrate the characteristics of the tools of a selected media in original artworks to support artistic purposes.
•Artists can emphasize the subject of their artwork and make it aesthetically pleasing to the viewer by arranging composition.
•Using the rule of thirds and the golden ratio.
•How to use perspective to suggest depth within work.
•How to use the tools, materials and techniques of various 2D and 3D media to make intentional choices and original art.
•Using hierarchy, proportion and overlapping to create depth in work.
•Photography terms, rule of thirds, depth of field, cropping and composition.
•How to make three dimensional objects while learning various ceramic techniques.
•The elements of art: line, shape, color, space, value, form, and texture.
•The principles of art: pattern, balance, contrast, movement, emphasis, rhythm, unity.
•Discovering the characteristics of art history periods and movements.

Middle School Art Vocabulary

Drawing vocabulary:
proportion
placement
highlights
shadow
variety
harmony
value
scale
composition
¾ view
profile
oblique
gesture
tonal range
hierarchy
hatching
cross-hatching
stipple
foreshortening
perspective
dominance
contour
blind contour

Painting vocabulary:
matte
gesso
tempera
acrylic
watercolor
wash
glaze
pigment
mural
canvas
large-scale
grid
color harmony
palette
critique
transparent
opaque
under-painting
composition
hue

Ceramic vocabulary:
elasticity
shrinkage
texture
wedging
recycled Clay
kneading
molds
drape
extruding
centering
trimming
glaze and underglaze
functional/non-functional

Many other topics and vocabulary will also be discussed throughout the year. Also I like to use art as a vehicle for teaching critical thinking and life skills that are so important in the middle school. On the first day of art class we always revisit my lesson that there are no mistakes in art. This is a way of helping kids feel safe and understand that practice and failure are not things to be afraid of. When a mistake happens we learn from it. This helps students trust the process and not to be too focused on the outcome. When problems or misunderstanding arise art helps us to talk about and process these emotions. Art helps us to feel less alone and gives us a voice, it re-balances us, it helps us gain perspective and it keeps us hopeful.

Students in middle school share their work and learn how to participate in critiques. This gives students an opportunity to develop a sense of personal style and taste. While also learning how to have a dialogue about art and how to give feedback and support to their peers. At the end of the year in May we have a culminating art show. On Art Night we transform the class rooms into gallery spaces. Students pick a favorite piece from the year that we will display. I need a lot of parent help getting the work hung so please contact me if you are interesting in helping out.

That’s my plan for the year in a nutshell, I hope this gives you a quick glimpse into what my curriculum looks like. My classroom is choice based and students learn at various stations. If you would like to come in and volunteer and help run one of these stations any time your child has art class I would love to have your help. You can email me at allisonb@sdccs.org or just pop in on the day of. You can also stay informed of what is going on in my room by visiting my blog: allisonmariebellhoyt.wordpress.com.

Looking forward to another great year of art with your kids!
Love,
Miss Bell

Bridging Art Curriculum

Happy goal setting week! It is not possible for me to conference with the whole parent population, but I do want to let you know what my goals are for your children in art class. Below you will find some bullet points and vocabulary about the themes we will be discussing and exploring during the bridging year. The more you can connect with your child at home about what they doing in art class the more you will be able to see and understand your child’s artistic development.

Bridging Art Lessons:
•Exploring the color wheel and learning how to use intensity to make colors brighter.
•How to use the value scale to make colors lighter or darker.
•How to make shades and tints when mixing monochromatic and complementary colors.
•Printmaking techniques to duplicate images. Learning about patterns and and techniques for making original compositions.
•How to sculpt using different 3-D shapes like cubes, cylinders, spheres, pyramids and cones.
•How to draw with perspective.
•Drawing the human face with proportion.
•Naming the difference between different types of balance in work, symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.
•How to use positive and negative space to enhance overall composition.
•How to use the tools, materials and techniques of various 2D and 3D media to make intentional choices and original art.
•The elements of art: line, shape, color, space, value, form, and texture.
•The principles of art: pattern, balance, contrast, movement, emphasis, rhythm, unity.
•Discovering the characteristics of art history periods and movements.

Bridging Art Vocabulary

Contour
Gesture
Silhouette
Slab
Slip & Score
Perspective
Symmetry/Asymmetry
Radial
Ancient
Plastic
Leather hard
Green ware
Bisque
Glaze ware
Cubism
Surrealism
Craftsmanship
Critical thinking
Color theory
Hues
Tone
Unity
Rhythm
Intensity
Converging
Parallel
Perpendicular

Many other topics and vocabulary will also be discussed throughout the year. Also I like to use art as a vehicle for teaching critical thinking and life skills. On the first day of art class we learn that there are no mistakes in art. This is a way of helping kids feel safe and understand that practice and failure are not things to be afraid of. When a mistake happens we learn from it. This helps students trust the process and not to be too focused on the outcome. When problems or misunderstanding arise art helps us to talk about and process these emotions. Art helps us to feel less alone and gives us a voice, it re-balances us, it helps us gain perspective and it keeps us hopeful.

We always end our work sessions with sharing. This is a time for kids to develop a sense of personal style and taste. While also learning how to have a dialogue about art and how to give feedback and support to their peers. At the end of the year in May we have a culminating art show. On Art Night we transform the class rooms into gallery spaces. Kids will create a large piece throughout the year that we will display. I need a lot of parent so please contact me if you are interested in helping with this event.

That’s my plan for the year in a nutshell, I hope this gives you a quick glimpse into what my curriculum looks like. My classroom is choice based and students learn at various stations. If you would like to come in and volunteer and help run one of these stations any time your child has art class I would love to have your help. You can email me at allisonb@sdccs.org or just pop in on the day of. You can also stay informed of what is going on in my room by visiting my blog: allisonmariebellhoyt.wordpress.com.

Looking forward to another great year of art with your kids!
Love,
Miss Bell