Dara joined the Academy faculty in 2008 teaching the art component for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as well as DMPS’ first class dedicated to teaching students how to throw on a pottery wheel. Dara 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. Dara is also a working artist and owner of “Halo Pottery”.
Throwing I, II, & III
IB Visual Art
Becky has worked for DMPS since 1980. She has taught Elementary, Middle, and High School Studio Art in Des Moines and has taught the last 21 years at Roosevelt High School. Becky joined the Academy faculty in 2014 teaching AP Art History while continuing to teach Art at Roosevelt. Becky is at the Academy on A days this year.
Becky 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 and has received 72 hours study credit in AP Art History @ Carleton College in MN., in 2011 and 2015.
AP Art History
This course is designed as a high-level, challenging course with similar rigor to that found in the collegiate classroom. We will operate under college-level assumptions, the first of which is that you are interested enough in this subject to take the course and, therefore, are willing to do the work entailed in learning the material. 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.