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JH/HS Art Department

USD 240 Art Department

Ms Brianna Guinn
785-488-3321 * 785-283-4774
Bennington and Tescott Junior High/High School
Ms. Guinn's Lesson Plans

Get to know your teacher

Teacher of Visual Art has always been my dream job.  In high school I was offered many classes that propelled me to this career path.  I graduated in 2016 from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor in Visual Arts Education.  As an artist I enjoy all forms of Art; expanded media, digital art, ceramics, 2-D and 3-D art.  My favorite is printmaking, as it offers many collaboration opportunities.  I received the Larabee scholarship for an exhibition of my artwork at KU.  My experiences travelling to Europe has fostered a love for multicultural artwork, which I apply to my lessons, and activities for my students.  I endeavor to create lasting student/teacher relationships students can reflect on for years after and influence the relationships of their future.

What students will learn in their art classes


7th Grade: An introduction and exploratory course designed to touch upon the elements of art.  Students are expected to complete a sketch due at the beginning of each week.  

8th Grade (Tescott): This course builds on the exploration and incorporates some art history.  Students are expected to complete a sketch due at the beginning of each week.  Art 1: This is an introduction to art with the emphasis  on basic  art skills in the areas of drawing, painting, graphics, and sculpture. The class will focus on the discipline-based art stages of art  productions, and art history.

Art 2:  Art II is a more advanced art class using all mediums. It focuses on the discipline-based art education stages of art production, art history, evaluation,  and aesthetics.

Art 3:  Art III is an advanced art class that focuses on exploring conceptual art as well as discipline-based stages of production, art history, and graphics.

Advanced Art (Bennington):  Advanced Art is an accelerated art course dealing with primarily concept driven projects and advanced design techniques. Students will need the knowledge obtained in Art I,  Art II, and Art III to succeed in this class.

Graphic Design (Bennington):  This course focuses on the processes used in the creation of digital and commercial  art. Students  will use various computer software to create prototypes of their work.

Strategies for success

Practice and a positive attitude can go a long way to becoming successful in the arts.  Practice in and of itself is good but seeking out constructive criticism to help increase any skills being learned will help even more.   

Know the standards

National Art Standards:

Grade 6-8

High School