Getting to know DP // Beth Maddens, Art

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Hello Detroit Prep families, friends, and visitors! I have been teaching art at Detroit Achievement Academy for the past two years. This year, I am thrilled to both continue my practice there and have the exciting chance to be a part of Detroit Prep’s founding team.

Before teaching at DAA, I attended Wayne State University and received my Bachelor’s degree in art education (K-12). While in school, I worked in an early childhood setting, and student taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. I am passionate about art as an integral part of education, and feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of a school community that is supportive of this.

Our art curriculum is based off the Michigan visual arts grade level standards, with an emphasis on the Elements of Art (line, shape, form, color, texture, value, and space) as building blocks to be used by our artists in their creative endeavors. Students’ artwork is being gathered into portfolios, providing the opportunity for them to see and reflect on their own growth before taking their artwork home near the end of the school year.    

One of things that I really enjoy about my job is the chance to collaborate with amazing classroom teachers! At an EL (Expeditionary Learning) school, expeditions culminate in a Celebration of Learning, where students have the chance to share all of their work and learning on a topic. This often involves a final product with an art component. I am always excited for the chance to integrate across subject areas in this way. I am already loving watching our artists stretch their creative muscles each week and am so excited to see how they grow throughout the year!