Crystal Bauer
Educational Background:
Bachelor of Art Education:  Viterbo University
Bachelor of Fine Arts:  Viterbo University

Educational Experience:
3 years Aquinas Middle School and High School

Art 7 and 8, and Art Foundations at Aquinas High School

Inspiration to Teach:
When I was in high school, my Spanish teacher told me I would be a good teacher because I always helped my peers who were confused about the lesson; my art teacher always pushed me to do better than my best work. Because of the support of those teachers, and my love of art, it was an easy decision to choose a career in Art Education. 

Teaching at Aquinas:
One of my favorite things about teaching at Aquinas is working with students who are motivated to learn and develop their skills in art. Each time a student has a break-through in their work, I am reminded of the things I love about art and the reasons I wanted to become an art teacher. 

Without question, I continue teaching Art at Aquinas because of the people that surround me every day. The faculty, staff and families make Aquinas a positive environment to work in. 

Favorite Quote:
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."  Scott Adams
Art Foundation (AHS)
This course incorporates art production, art criticism, art history, art appreciation and art aesthetics. Students will gain experience and insight into their own interests by hands on immersion into different art mediums, art principles, elements of design and topics.
7th Grade Art
Seventh grade artists gain confidence and ability through drawing, painting, collage, pastel, and mixed media units focusing on areas such as portrait and perspective. Other units include working with wire, fibers, and plaster. Students learn the elements of art through the creation of a color wheel and analysis of works of art. Art history is integrated within each unit with discussions of famous works and art from cultures around the world.
8th Grade Art
Eighth grade artists review the elements of art and learn more about the principles of art to help them become better at composition and design. Students work two-dimensionally on units such as reduction printing, painting and drawing, and three-dimensionally in paper mache and ceramics. Art history and art criticism (describing, analyzing and interpreting works of art) are integrated into each unit. The careers unit includes discussion of education and experience needed to achieve goals in the art field.