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Come and see the Akins Journey Theatre perform CHICAGO- HIGH SCHOOL EDITION on Thursday & Friday, Jan. 17th & 18th and Saturday, Jan. 19th, 1pm & 7pm


Hello, and welcome to Art class!


About Me:

My name is Sarah Barrentine, and I'm happily entering my eighth year of teaching and my fourth year at Akins High School. I look forward to working with all of you during the 2018-2019 school year, which we're sure to make a special and memorable one.

In 2009, I graduated from The University of Memphis, where I majored in Art and English. Shortly after that, I began teaching Reading at Westwood High School in Memphis, Tennessee. After moving to Austin, I began teaching at LBJ High School, where I taught English to students in grades 9-12 for three years.  In 2015, I became a Reading teacher within the Department of English Language Learners at Akins, and I’ve just transferred to the Fine Arts Department this year.

It has been a joy to see my students learn, grow, graduate, go on to college and careers, and begin to do fantastic things with their lives. It is my honor to continue in what I consider to be one of the most important and rewarding professions in the world - teaching!


Please feel free to call or email me should you have questions or need assistance. Have a great year, Eagles!

Course Objectives:

Art I is a year-long studio art course that focuses on the foundations of art using a variety of mediums.  Students will be tasked with learning various art media and their unique vocabulary and creating works that will require them to master technique and craftsmanship.  Art I also incorporates an art history component which will require some research and writing.


This year in Art I, we will focus more specifically on the following: elements of art, contour drawing / composition, perspective, figure structure / portraiture, value / lighting, and printmaking. Students will become more fluent in art terminology, and they’ll become increasingly sophisticated when it comes to speaking about, thinking about, reading about, viewing, and creating art.