• Christina Mode-Hardin, EdD, PhD

    Aiken IntermediateSchool


    Welcome to Visual Arts!  My name is Dr. Hardin and I have been teaching Visual Arts for over 30 years.  I look forward to helping your child excel and reach their potential. My goal as an educator is to guide your child toward academic success and to help build critical thinking skills that will help them blossom into adulthood. I am dedicated to the well-being of your child and I need your cooperation in helping him/her reach his potential. The art room is a wonderful space for creative work. It's large, full of light, and contains many, many materials. Art appreciation and art history classes are a combination of traditional academic fare and hands-on art work. The course varies in content so as not to be repetitious for those students who may re-enroll during their sixth grade year. Art history and art appreciation units are taught through books, videos, and research. Sometimes, students have projects which require writing. Visual art units include individual and group projects. Mask making, drawing, painting, found object sculpture, and calligraphy are a few of the additional areas that are explored in sculpture and drawing.

    The best time to reach me is 11:00-12:00 M-F.  



    • Maintain a strong work ethic.
    • Work through and solve visual problems effectively.
    • Refine the ability to draw/render what you see/feel.
    • Understanding how art elements and design principles communicate content.
    • Increase awareness of the creative process.
    • Increase knowledge and correct usage of art tools and materials.
    • Pursue the art-making process with a passion—be fearless.


    SUPPLIES: Most supplies and equipment will be provided by the school, but the following supplies will need to be purchased by each student: Wooden pencil and large eraser, tub of white icing, banana, raw egg and other strange items upon request


    CRITIQUES and ASSESSMENTS: The majority of class time is spent making artwork, though students are expected to participate in group and individual critiques throughout the semester. Students are expected to respond in writing about their art work and art-making process after each completed assignment.


    GRADE/CONTENT SPECIFIC GRADING SCALE EXPECTATIONS                                       

                    Citizenship, Process and Participation                             40%

                    Projects and Quizzes                                                           60% (**Includes a Final Portfolio)            

    Final grades based on semester average.

    **Portfolio Final: Students are expected to keep all work in chronological order in order to show progressive gains in artistic creativity.

                                                                                            LATE WORK POLICY

    Late work will be accepted no later than 2 weeks (14 calendar days) beyond the assignment due date and will be recorded as a 1 at that point. Late work turned in within the first week(within 7 calendar days) will be deducted points. These deductions will be made from the final assignment grade. *Students with excused absences will be provided the number of days they were absent for make-up work.


    Tutoring will be scheduled on an ‘as needed’ basis Tues 7:05 – 7:25 and/or Thurs  7:05– 7:25