My name is Mrs. B-Haynes. I have been teaching art with Omaha Public Schools since 2008. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a K-12 Art endorsement. I love teaching the students at Dundee Elementary. We will have a lot of fun this year!

Focus in Art


Unit: Who is an Artist?

Conceptual Lens: Artist’s Identity

Aesthetic Focus: The nature of the artist

Unit Overview:

Have ever wondered what an artist is? Are you wondering what we are going to learn about in Art class this year? We are going to learn about some really big, important ideas…beauty, time, nature, art. We are going to learn about some of the most famous artists of all time. The best part is that we are going to discover that YOU can see, think, talk and create like an artist!

First Grade

Unit: Artists tell stories

Conceptual Lens: Artist as Storyteller

Aesthetic Focus: Instrumentalism Theory

Unit Overview:

Remember last year we found out that we can all be artists? This year in first grade, we are going to learn something new and important about artists: Artists tell stories! Did you know that art can tell us about people of all ages, times, and places? Artists can help us imagine how people live, think, feel, grow, and learn. And most exciting of all…you as an artist can imagine and tell your own stories through the artworks you create!

Second Grade

Unit: Artists explore materials and cultures

Conceptual Lens: Artist as explorer

Aesthetic Focus: What can art be?

Unit Overview:

Have you ever wanted to be an explorer or dreamed of traveling to faraway places? This year we are going to travel the globe to explore interesting art forms and cultures from many times and places! We will also learn about ideas and materials that artists use from many cultures. As artists, you will create your own artworks experiencing the same kinds of ideas and materials you have discovered on your journey!

Third Grade

Unit: Artists live and work within a community/ Subjects of Art

Conceptual Lens: Artist as Citizen

Aesthetic Focus: Expressionism Theory

Unit Overview:

You are an important part of our community! A community is a place where people live, work, and learn together. This year we will learn that artists also live and work within a community. We will also explore the subjects of art and how artist can use these when showing their community.

Fourth Grade

Unit: Artists use a Visual Language

Conceptual Lens: Artist’s Style

Aesthetic Focus: Imitationalism Theory

Unit Overview:

Have you ever looked at an artwork and thought, “It looks so real, how did they do that?” or “What is that? What does it mean?” Well, you are in luck! This year we are going to unlock the mystery of understanding and creating realistic and symbolic art. We are also going to look at artworks and learn about artists from our Midwest Region!

Fifth Grade

Unit: Artists interpret social and historical influences on American Art

Conceptual Lens: Artist’s Influence

Aesthetic Focus: Formalism & Instrumentalism Theory

Unit Overview:

Tradition, history, change, innovation, controversy, and justice are words that will describe the discussions we will have in art this year. In fifth grade we will explore American Art. Everything we learn about will help us define American Identity. What does it mean to be an American artist? What kind of art and what cultures do you think we could study? What are some pressing problems that we face as Americans? What is important to you and how will you express it?

Sixth Grade

Unit: Artists acquire a world view

Conceptual Lens: Artist Perspective

Aesthetic Focus: Imitationalism Theory, Formalism Theory, Expressionism Theory, Instrumentalism Theory

Unit Overview:

Through your elementary art education you have been learning about the Artist’s Identity, Artist as Storyteller, Artist as Explorer, Artist as Citizen, the Artists Style, and in fifth grade the Artist’s Influence from the perspective of our families, communities, region and nation. This year we are going to acquire a World View of art, exploring four powerful art theories. These theories are super big ideas. In art, super-sized ideas are called Aesthetic Theories. To understand this we will play the role of artist, philosopher, historian, and archeologist to explore world art throughout time.