Figurehead Role Essayscorer

Thanks for visiting the visual arts page. I hope that all students in my class will not only learn new techniques and the vocabulary of art, but also learn to hone their critical thinking skills and develop a love for creative thinking. During the trimester that students are with me they will be exploring various media and concepts. Below you can find a short synopsis of the  projects that each grade level will be doing. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Email is the best method, you can click on my name to the right to get a link to my email address and other contact info.


The 6th grade experience has a focus on understanding the elements of art at a deep level. We will look at Line, Shape, Space, Color, Form, Texture, and Value throughout the trimester as a kick of for each of our projects. a deep understanding of the elements of art creates a strong base of understanding how art is made.


The first project that the 6th graders will be experiencing involves creating a ceramic whistle. The elements of art focused on for this project are form and texture. We will also look in-depth at the four stages of clay and what you can do with the medium. The whistle project creates an understanding of what is required to make a aesthetically pleasing work of art that must also serve a function. For inspiration the students are directed to look at the animal kingdom, mythology, or to create a personification of an object in the creation of the sculptural part of the project. Students are encouraged to experiment with textures by using found objects to press into the clay, manipulating by hand, as well as carving using traditional clay tools.


The second project that the 6th graders will be attempting is a series of Contour Drawings. For this project we look at the elements of art Line, Shape, and Space. Students will be asked to focus deeply at the minute details of individual objects ranging from organic forms like the hand to more complex forms like a running shoe. The goal is to emphasize the importance of observation to be able to truly understand what we see and try to draw. The students will be asked to reflect on how they have shown growth over the course of creating 6 to 8 drawings.


The third and Final project of the 6th grade experience will look at the elements of art Color and Value. Students will be creating a color wheel on the iPad, as well as learning about the 5 major color scheme, warm, cool, analogous, complementary and monochromatic. Then, using one of the  color scheme students will explore liquid watercolor paints applied to an abstract design inspired by one of the contour drawings created earlier from the second projects. 


The 7th grade experience shifts focus from the basic elements of art onto the principles of art. During this trimester we will be looking at the principles Emphasis, Harmony, Gradation, Movement and Pattern/Rhythm. The principles of art utilize the elements of art to make things happen within a work of art. During this trimester experience we will also be looking at the historical styles of art Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as taking a look at communicating ideas through graphic design.


The first project the 7th graders will be working on involves the principles of art harmony, emphasis, and gradation. We will be studying the influential styles of art impressionism and post-impresssionsim, looking at what in history caused the movements to happen, as well as what were the major characteristics of the styles. We will explore the works of the major artists of both movements, with the students choosing to "adopt" a masterwork to be inspired by. Students will then "modernize" the painting in their own composition, bringing the works of the late 1800's into our times. We will be attempting to create a harmony of the element of art texture in the works, as well as attempting to use at least one of the other elements of art to create emphasis. Because pencil is much easier to design with, students will be creating a sketch to base the painting on. This year we will be trying something new, the students will be painting on stretched canvas. After the students finish their painting project, they will choose to do a reflective writing or video describing their work.


The second project the 7th graders will be creating is actually two projects on one canvas, if you can think of a T-Shirt as a canvas! The first part of the project is always one of our most popular, and looks to how movement and pattern/rhythm can be created with color in a Tie-Dye. We will explore several different options in how compression in a folded piece of fabric can create rhythmic patterns of colors and shapes. The second step of this project will look at the work of graphic design in creating a silk screen print that will be used to communicate an idea though imagery and text. Students will get to choose between three different design choices, creating advertisement for a fictitious band, brand, or company, illustrating a quote, or designing a personal logo that tells us three things about who they are with imagery.

The 8th grade

Mintzberg Model: 10 Different Roles of a Successful Manager

Managers wear a lot of hats. Understanding these “hats,” and reflecting on how you’re wearing them, is the best way to grow as a team leader.

Henry Mintzberg, understood this and organized the roles of management systematically in his 1990 book Mintzberg on Management: Inside our Strange World of Organizations. Since then, the PhD from MIT and internationally renowned academic and author on business and management has gone on to stress the importance of practical application of business theory. Mintzberg maintains that management is often more art than science, evident in his very practical and applicable model outlining 10 Management Roles:

In his book, Mintzberg divides managerial work into three categories: interpersonal roles, informational roles and decisional roles. These roles require developing peer relationships, carrying out negotiations, motivating subordinates, resolving conflicts, establishing information networks, making decisions with little or ambiguous information and allocating resources. In this process, at different times, managers “wear ten hats” divided into the three categories:

Interpersonal Roles

  1. The Figurehead: performs ceremonial duties. Examples: greeting visiting dignitaries, attending an employee’s wedding, taking an important customer to lunch.
  2. The Leader: responsibility for the work of subordinates, motivating and encouraging employees, exercising their formal authority.
  3. The Liaison: making contacts outside the vertical chain of command including peers in other companies or departments, and government and trade organization representatives.

Informational Roles

4. The Monitor: scans the environment for new information to collect.

5. The Disseminator: Passing on privileged information directly to subordinates.

6. The Spokesperson: Sharing information with people outside their organization. Examples: a speech to a lobby or suggesting product modifications to suppliers.

Decisional Roles

7. The Entrepreneur: Seeks to improve the unit by initiating projects.

8. The Disturbance Handler: Responds involuntarily to pressures too severe to be ignored. Examples: a looming strike, a major customer gone bankrupt, or a supplier reneging on a contract.

9. The Resource Allocator: Decides who gets what.

10. The Negotiator: Committing organizational resources in “real-time” with the broad information available from their informational roles.

Applying the Model for Improvement

As a manager, you may tend to shy away from some of these roles that you don’t favor i.e. you may tend to avoid monitoring and handling disturbances. Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses according to these ten roles can help you to develop your skills and knowledge and become a more well rounded manager.

ACTIVITY: Think about how much time you spend on each role. Write down the ten roles on a piece of paper and score yourself from 1–5 on each role with 1 being “Very skilled” to 5 being “Not skilled at all.” Consult the list below for improvement tips in the roles where you scored the lowest.

Tips for Improvement

  1. Figurehead: If you struggle wearing this hat, start with cultivating humility and empathy. Focus on using your energy to be a good role model and become more aware of your image and reputation and how you can consistently display model behavior.
  2. Leader: Anyone can be a leader, but not everyone can be an authentic leader who is respected by his or her team. The most important skill here to develop to improve is emotional intelligence.
  3. Liaison: Not everyone is comfortable being a networking ham, but it’s part of the job. You can start by attending small networking events and work your way out.
  4. Monitor: The challenge of this aspect lies in its details. Become a better “skimmer” so you can scan through a lot of information and get to the big picture without experiencing information overload. It’s also important in this area to keep up with industry news.
  5. Disseminator: If you struggle in this area, work on improving your communication skills. Knowing not only what to share, but how and with whom. If you have difficulty expressing things properly, engage a colleague to help in the beginning with proofreading or being a second pair of eyes as you adjust in this role.
  6. Spokesperson: This is an area where a lot of people feel challenged. Read blogs and research how to deliver great presentations and how to deal with the media. Speak with your company leaders to discuss how the company’s brand or image should be represented in the community.
  7. Entrepreneur: Work on problem solving and creativity skills or again, if this is not your strength, employ colleagues who excel here with brainstorming sessions or “crazy ideas” meetings. In addition, change management is a huge necessity in this area.
  8. Disturbance Handler: You can read up on how to handle team conflict to improve your conflict resolution skills, but it may also be helpful to constructively coach team members who have a habit of bringing emotion into the office.
  9. Resource Allocator: To wear this hat, prioritization is key. Take advantage of online tools and systems for this as well as budgeting tips.
  10. Negotiator: Read about Distributive Bargaining or Win-Win Negotiations to beef up your skills. Role playing can also be an important tool here to strengthen your ability to negotiate.
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