Degrees and Certifications:
BA: Iowa State University Teacher Certificate : Nazareth College additional coursework: Eastern Michigan, Concordia College, Spring Arbor College
Ms. Kim Furey
"Every child is an artist..." Pablo Picasso
This is my 6th year of teaching art at Bach. Teaching art is my passion and it gives me great joy when I see my students gain both understanding and enjoyment from art. Teaching art is also my second profession. I graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Applied Art and Design and with a minor in Child Development. I was an interior designer for many years before obtaining my teacher certificate and credentials. I started at Bach as a long-term art teacher substitute and a teacher assistant in 2003. Ann Arbor Public Schools released me from my teaching assistant duties to sub long-term in other Ann Arbor school's art classrooms as needed before being hiring me permanently as the art teacher at Bach. I can't begin to explain how lucky I feel to be here. Everyday Bach students show creative effort, positive attitudes, and an enthusiasm for art.
In the Bach art room, we experience learning through the elements of art and principles of design. Art history is a large component of our art curriculum. We focus on learning about the lives and works of historical and contemporary artists. We learn how art has affected civilization and other cultures throughout time, and how understanding art in the past inspires great thinkers of our future. Students will become aware and appreciate that art is all around us and adds value to our lives. My students also have opportunities to observe, interpret, and describe artistic works. They will begin to understand art is used to communicate ideas and feeling.
Art at Bach School also reflects classroom learning...math, science, social studies, and language arts. Each grade level explores a variety of materials, genres, and processes. Even though you will see many finished projects hanging in our hallways, I want my students to experience the idea that art is a process - a way of living and seeing - as well as in the form of a finished product. This is a valuable concept to share with my students, as they are natural artists. They see the world with open eyes and fresh ideas, and I want them to be encouraged to continue to do so.
In the art room we strive for our own creativity through activities that challenge our imagination. We help each other to do our best work, to stay focused, to work respectfully, and to have fun. Every year, my fabulous students continue to inspire each other and me!