Hello, my name is Matt Ackerman and I am very honored to be the art teacher at OHI. I am originally from Ohio, my wife teaches in the district, and our three children attend Oak Harbor schools. I received my B.A. in Art Education from WWU and my M.A. in Art Education from Boston University. We will explore a number of mediums, from graphite, paint, origami, to paper making and clay. I will be transitioning the 5th graders into middle school art and preparing the 6th graders for Junior High and beyond.
Some resources I have available to parents and students include a website and YouTube channel. The website www.artbyackerman.com is used to showcase student work and to post assignments/project visuals. My YouTube channel, Mr. Ackerman, is used for instruction in class and out of class. If a student misses substantial time or the beginning of a lesson, some of my lessons are on YouTube, in order for them to get caught up or redo.
Grading this year is on a Pass/Fail system this year. Any total grade equaling 59% or lower is considered failing. I grade on a 4 point scale similar to the National Art Standards. In Skyward I have to use decimals due to the conversion to percentages.
2.0- F it’s unfinished or didn’t meet the project goal
0- F and it’s missing
There will be grades in between the above numbers, based on level of completion, understanding, quality, neatness, etc. Such as 3.7, 2.9, 3.2, etc.
I am also the Advisor for the Art League at OHI. We are in the building process of what our function will be at the school, but for now we are a safe haven for creative freedom once a week after school. We are looking forward to opportunities to be creative on campus and off campus. At the end of the year the Art League will be taking a field trip to a Museum or two for a fun Art focused off campus retreat for the day.