• Ms. Sara Haag
    Name: Ms. Sara Haag
    Email: sara.haag@slps.org
    Room Number(s): 318
    Subject(s): Intro to Art, Photography, AP Studio 2-D Design
    Building Phone: (314) 776-6040
    Quotes I Love:
    "Let's face it. No kid in high school feels as though they fit in." -Stephen King
    "Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere." -Albert Einstein
    "Look up at the stars and not down on your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist.  Be curious." -Stephen Hawking
    "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but rising up every time we fail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 
        Hi! I am one of Roosevelt's art teachers.  I am proud to say that here at Roosevelt we have a very strong art program.  If interested, students are encouraged to take Intro to Art early in their high school career (freshman or sophmore year) to have room for all the amazing classes we offer later on.  As a department, we have Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Photography, and AP Art to choose from.  
        Here's some info on me; I graduated from Maryville University in 2002 with a degree in Art Education.  I am very close to having a Master's degree in Studio Art from Webster University. This is my 5th year at Roosevelt and my 6th year with the district.  I am proud to be a "Rough Rider."  My husband and I live in the city, and have for many years.  We enjoy spending time with friends and family together. I enjoy making art, reading, trying new things, making new things, and teaching.  As a teacher, I am enthusiastic, encouraging, and always looking for new ways to teach skills, techniques, history, and application of the best subject... ART!
       I'm so excited for this year to be memorable and rewarding for all of us. 
    This course is designed to build on the the ideas of purposes, inspiration, and creation of visual solutions using direct observation and imagination. We will cover the purpose of art criticism, select and analyze artworks using the steps of art criticism to form precise conclusions. We will explain aesthetic theories of art, and compare and contrast contemporary and historical styles, identifying themes and trends. We will compare and contrast the media used in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpting. We will describe the media of crafts and architecture. We will demonstrate the effective use of art media and tools in original works.  We will cover the basic elements and principles in design while learning about art traditions and cultures from around the world. 
    This is an additional exploration into visual art techniques, processes, and media. Students will be challenged to develop their capacity to interpret and create images. Students will build upon interpretive and technical skills that enhance the understanding of the power of photography to communicate their perspective of the world. The study of the elements and principles will be used in professional and historical examples and they will be used to enhance the expressive quality of students own work. Students will also learn to enhance their observational skills, and increase their artistic vocabulary to better verbalize their thoughts and feelings of the visual world in which they live, and recognize and understand the interconnections with other academic areas.
     This course has been developed to accommodate students who have expressed an interest in completing the AP 2-D Design Portfolio Exam.  Therefore all content meets the requirements as stated in the student exam poster.  Through direct teacher instruction, emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of qualitiy pieces of artwork.  Students will address all three sections of the portfolio: Breadth, Concentration, and Qualitiy.  Students will be challenged to develop their own personal work.  Students will develop a mastery of concept, composition, and execution of their personal ideas and themes.  Students will also understand that art making is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to determine outcomes to problems. Students will be expected to develop a comprehensive portfolio that addresses each of these issues in a personal way.  Fomulaic solutions to problems are discouraged.
    Be respectful of others. (Don’t use unkind words)
    Be responsible (be on time, have notebook and writing utensil with you, do work)
    Be safe (Take care of supplies as they are your own, and use common sense as you move around
    the room)
    Be kind (Use helpful, encouraging words towards your peers, say PLEASE and THANK YOU!)
    Be cooperative (this includes cleaning up on time)
    Be Brave (Try new things and be open to new experiences)