Dara Green joined the Academy faculty in 2008 teaching DMPS’ first class dedicated to teaching students how to throw on a pottery wheel. Ms. Green graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and taught for Chicago Public Schools before moving to Des Moines, Iowa. She received her National Board Certificate in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art in 2004 and 2014. Ms. Green’s classes are structured using Flipped Learning and Training to Teach models. Please explore the links below to learn more.
Throwing Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
Becky Johnson has worked for DMPS since 1980. She has taught Elementary, Middle, and High School Studio Art in Des Moines. Becky joined the Academy faculty in 2014 teaching AP Art History, Intermediate Art History, and Introduction to Art History.
Ms. Johnson holds a permanent Professional teaching endorsement w/ Administrative certification, and is a Connie Belin Gifted Education Fellow. She attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa where she received her BFA in Metalwork/Jewelry, Ceramics, and Photography. She received her MSE from Drake University. Becky has been a reader for the College Board AP Art History exam 2015 in SLC, Utah Course Descriptions AP Art History This course is designed as a high-level, challenging course with similar rigor to that found in the collegiate classroom.
AP Art History is an introductory survey course dealing with the history of art and its evolution from ancient to modern societies. AP Art History covers approximately 30,000 years of art creation, from the Prehistoric and Neolithic periods to 20th Century, Postmodern, and current art trends. Though a brief survey of Asian, African, Islamic, and other Eastern Art is studied, the bulk of this year-long class covers mainly Europe and the rest of the Western World. The course studies historical transition of art periods, as well as how culture, religion, government and history reflect the personal and sociological art trends throughout the existence of humans. No prerequisite.
Intermediate Art History In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the functions of imagery, while exploring the role art has played throughout Western and Non-Western history and contemporary trends. The focus of this course is describing, exploring, and participating in the creative process in order to better understand the role of art in history. Students are responsible for keeping a journal for notetaking and preliminary sketches. No prerequisite.
Introduction to Art History In this course, students will develop a basic vocabulary for describing visual art, while understanding the functions of imagery. We will explore the role art has played throughout Western and Non-Western history and contemporary trends. The focus of this course is describing, exploring, and participating in the creative process in order to better understand the role of art in history. Students are responsible for keeping a journal for note taking and preliminary sketches. No prerequisite.