• Welcome to the Walkertwon High School Art Department

    Dear Families and Students,

    Welcome! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ms. Oldham, and I am the Visual Art Teacher at Walkertown High School. I hold a B.A. Degree in Fine Arts, with a certification in Art Education from Winston Salem State University. I have taught for 15 years at the elementary level with 10 of those year being in the BED (behavioral educable disabled) setting.  This is my second year working at the high school level and I absolutely love what I do!

    The Visual Arts Department of the WS/FCS has historically been in the forefront of visual arts education. The foundation of this program is built upon a Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) approach. This method embraces four components: art history, art production, criticism, and aesthetics.

    I look forward to providing students with the opportunities to explore intersections between art, history, community and technology. Striving to utilize digital technology to effectively present key ideas, create a more engaging classroom environment, and extend learning beyond boundaries of the classroom. Forms of new media are continually being integrated into my lessons in efforts to promote 21st century teaching and learning skills.

    In the 2012-13 school year we will begin implementing the North Carolina Visual Arts Essential Standards. What does this mean?

    Art learning and experience involves the use of a wide range of mental processes as students mature in artistic expression and abilities. Gaining knowledge in art is a process, and can be divided across three specific strands: Visual Literacy, Contextual Relevancy, and Critical Response. Each of these strands is relevant across grade levels and provides unifying threads of understanding supported by the school system’s goals and objectives.

    I am very excited about the integration of the arts into the core subjects as an interdisciplinary motive for teaching and learning. Learning to look at art, talk about art, and create meaningful and personal works of art is a skill that is vital to a young person’s development. These skills not only promote literacy, diversity, and critical thinking skills, but also various modes and styles one might learn, as well as the ability to empathize within present and future relationships. My efforts will be geared toward exposing the students to  as much of the art world in many areas, as possible.  I will use various artist from in and around the city that will come in and share their wealth of knowledge with the students  to help accomplish this goal.

    We in the WS/FCS believe that all students are capable of achieving success through art.

    Feel free to contact me regarding any questions or concerns throughout the year via email or by phone. Thank you!

    Name: Nina Oldham   (nsoldham@wsfcs.k12.nc.us)
    Subject: Art
    Contact info: 336.703.4151
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    Welcome letter
    Grading Policy