• "Creativity Takes Courage” 

    - Henri Matisse

    Letter to Parents for Spring 2020: The following letter was sent home with students at the end of the Fall Semester

    Parents of PHS Artists,

    I have very much enjoyed my first semester with Ponder ISD. Your kids are amazing and I feel fortunate to be a part of this district. As the semester comes to a close, I would like to share a bit about Secondary Art before we start the second semester.

    Each class begins with a sketchbook assignment. These are quick sketches often revolving around a National Holiday designated for that day. I grade on the completion of the sketches every Friday. We have a place to store our sketchbooks in class, so students should have them everyday. If you notice low sketchbook grades, that indicates they are not completing their daily sketches. Students do not lose points if they are absent. At the beginning of the year we made our own sketchbooks. Some are holding up better than others and some students are beginning to run out of pages. Please check with your kid(s) as to the condition of their sketchbook. If the sketchbook needs to be replaced, our class budget would appreciate it if you sent one to school with your student(s) when we come back from the break.

    We are also always in need of No. 2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not ideal in Art class) and pink erasers. They seem to disappear rather quickly…

    Every student that walks into the room is an artist, though talent may vary. In regards to grading, grades are generally based on completion, following instructions, effort and when the situation applies, creativity. This allows for all levels of talent to be graded as artists. I also take progress grades when we are working on a project to help everyone stay within the allotted time frame for the assignment. If your student is struggling with grades, I am happy to answer questions about how they use their time in class or if they have missing assignments. Thank you all for a great first semester


    Ponder Art Syllabus

    Welcome to art class at Ponder High School! 


    Class structure

    We will begin to understand Art through Art History, the Elements & Principles of Art & Design, Art Evaluation, Vocabulary and Self-Discovery. The biggest goal of the year is to tap into our personal creativity and explore how to move ideas from our heads to a piece of work. An integral aspect of Art is problem solving and we will learn Design Thinking to aid in the implementation of our artistic goals.


    Class Procedures

    A warm-up activity will be posted daily. These will mostly consist of quick sketches. Completing this activity will serve as part of your participation grade. If working with materials,  we will reserve 5-10 minutes at the end of class to clean up the room. This requires the participation of all students.


    Taking Risks

    Being an artist often requires us to try new things and extend ourselves. The exciting part is making the choice of how we express our ideas and our craft. The Art classroom will remain a safe place to take risks, share pieces of ourselves and discover our artistic talents. Not everyone will excel at every art process. Most importantly, we will all participate, listen and support one another to cultivate a safe environment to create.



    Minor Grades: participation, daily assignments, quizzes

    Major Grades: projects, paper and tests

    All projects are due on the due date. If a student needs extra time to put extra effort into a project, they can sign the Extra Effort notebook and have an extra week to work on their project outside of class. If students did not sign the notebook or turn in their project on the due date, 10 points will be taken off the grade for the project. If a project is over one week late students may turn in the assignment for a grade of 75, if complete and 50 if incomplete. If a student signs the notebook and does not turn in their work after one week, one week late grading rules apply. Most assignments are stored in class and completed in class, therefore an assignment is not considered turned in until it is directly handed to me. 



    Please bring pencils and your sketchbook* to class. You are welcome to bring other supplies, just remember if you bring them, you are responsible for keeping track of them. 

    *if the sketchbook we built is falling apart, please bring a replacement to class


    Donations and volunteer opportunities

    We are accepting donations for the art program at this time! Plain computer paper, No. 2 pencils, pink erasers and glue are always needed. If you or someone you know wants to share an art skill, please let me know! The kids would love it!


    Contact me!

    Parents if you need anything, please email me anytime at nprobst@ponderisd.net or call me at 940-479-8435 during my conference from 1:49 - 2:35. 


    Thank you for supporting me during my first year at Ponder ISD. 
    I am excited and proud a part of such a wonderful district

    Nicole Probst

    Art Teacher- Ponder Junior High/ High School