Graduating class of 2005

June 2005 marked completion of the first year of classes at the new private upper elementary school of Leport Schools in Fountain Valley, and my first year with LePort Schools as a guest teacher in art history and in drawing.

LePort Schools is committed to providing a rational education for young people in a conscientious learning environment. By bringing in guest teachers, the school offers a learning experience that is more varied and broad in scope.

My art history course is integrated with the school's general history curriculum. Students learn about the great works of art from across the ages that dramatize the exciting story of human history. In drawing class, students have the opportunity to learn about some of the fundamental skills artists use to produce fine art, and in the process develop their cognitive and motor skills.

This first year was tremendously rewarding. I experienced my students' growth in their knowledge, skills, and personal character. It is also a privilege to work with faculty who are committed to the rational needs of students, and enabling students to grow intellectually and personally.

In 2006 LePort Schools moved into a brand new building in beautiful Mission Viejo. Enrollment increased 90% from last year, which is very promising news for the future of this maverick school.

Samples of Student Work

Winged Victory

The following are excerpts from answers that students have given in class assignments for Art History:

These assignments required that students convey their grasp of the fundamental spirit of the art works under study. These assignments also demonstrate students' familiarity with historical art periods, as well as specific art works. In oral questions students also demonstrated their correct pronunciation of "Riace" and "Laocoön."

Why do we call Greek art heroic?

We call Greek art heroic because is shows a sort of victory you can't explain.* Even in the Hellenistic Period when the Greeks were in despair, they had the Winged Victory, showing this dramatic happiness in them. She looks like a goddess who just saw her country win a very victorious battle."

-- Jolie, age 10

* Teacher's note to student: It is indeed possible to explain. You just need to know enough facts to explain it.

The Riace Warrior is a sculpture from the Classical Period. The sculpture called Laocoön is from the Hellenistic Period. Carefully examine the two statues. Answer the questions below (one paragraph per question).
Question 1: What is Classical about the Riace Warrior?
Question 2: What is Hellenistic about the Laocoön?

The Riace Warrior is Classical because it shows the strength of the Greeks. It shows a man with power, with pride, and with strength. His face shows an intelligent, independently strong Greek who has won something to be proud of: a battle for Greece.

Things that are Hellentistic about the Laocoön are how sad the scene is: two young, strong boys and their once proud father being strangled to death. [] It looks like you just had a whole tragedy told to you in a scene. Their faces almost want to make you cry for this disasterous event that has happened to them."

Kian, age 11

Riace Warrior