Marie Smyly

Phone: 251-943-1255


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Art, French minor 2009, University of MontevalloB.F.A. in drawing and printmaking, 2011, University of MontevalloM. Ed. in P-12 Art Education, 2013, University of Montevallo

Marie Smyly

"This is my fourth year teaching 7th grade art at Foley Middle School and I'm happy to be a Foley Lion! I'm from Birmingham originally and received all three of my degrees from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama: B.A. Art 2009, BFA concentrating in Drawing and Printmaking 2011, and masters in P-12 Art Education in 2013. In my class we try to concentrate on not only the standards for the class, but the interdisciplinary aspects of art. Art is used in so many different ways, besides just the academic. We learn technical skills while studying art from around the world and art history. Sometimes these topics will actually influence the theme of a project, such as the style of the Surrealist movement or the famous prints created from woodcut blocks in the Japanese tradition. Students can look forward to working with clay and glazing, block printing, learning the correct way to blend colored pencils to create new colors, finding the light source, how to use different mediums together on one piece, painting with different materials, how to make things "look 3D" as they often say (correctly use 1 and 2 point perspective), and more of course!
I am also the sponsor of "The Art Pride", Foley Middle School's art club. We are responsible for the S.T.E.A.M. themed ceiling tiles around the school, the murals, repainting our beloved lion when needed, and lots of special projects. The club is open to any student in the school. I announce the years' sign up process the second week of school. We also maintain The Pride Pages, which is Foley Middle's online Arts magazine. This year our new addition will be to integrate creative writing pieces into our magazine (also by popular demand). 
I look forward to seeing the stellar art that FMS students always produce!