The visual arts are essential for a well-balanced program of study. A structured, yet flexible curriculum best suits the students’ educational needs. Lessons are based on the SC Standards focusing on the Elements and Principles of Art. Common Core Standards and technology play a vital role in the art classroom. A visual environment, incorporating concepts and skills from four branches of knowledge: aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production, allow children to explore and create, retain and strengthen acquired concepts and skills, develop problem-solving strategies, obtain a sense of pride and accomplishment, and nourish their creative self.
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Hi! I’m Cindy Behrends. This will be my 29th year of teaching – 20th at Midway Elementary. Teaching art is my true passion. My classroom is my sanctuary. One of my favorite things is watching my young students create. I attended the University of South Carolina where I received my Bachelor of Arts, Art Studio, and Masters +30, Art Education. I live in Columbia with my husband, Huck, daughter, Juliette, and cat, “Kitty Mulan Carlisle.” Huck, Juliette and I like to do art, bike, swim, ride horses, ski, and dance. Juliette’s dad enjoys skateboarding every weekend, and surfing and skiing when he gets the chance. We love to visit California, Utah, Colorado, and the SC beaches.
Sharing my love of art with the students at Midway Elementary for 18 years has been a delight. I earned my Bachelors and Masters degree in Education from the University of South Carolina. My husband and I have 2 sons who are Midway Alumni and two Boston Terriers. Our family loves spending time in the water at the lake or the beach. My favorite medium is watercolor. My favorite artists are the Impressionist artists. Visiting France a few years ago was a dream come true. I visited several museums and saw many of the works of the Impressionists that I had studied in school. The artwork was exquisite.