"Education should enable students to understand and appreciate their own cultures and to respect the diversity of others." - Dr. Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

    Photo credit: Madeline Hampton
    WHY STUDY ART AND ART HISTORY? See below for a convincing tale. Mr. Nisbet does not believe that art and art history are simply electives and courses that allow students to "rest" during their daily schedule. Art and art history are equally as legitimate in a 21st century curriculum because of the development in critical and creative thinking skills. Fine arts classes are not for "craft production", rather a platform for students to engage in original thinking, visual and spacial problem solving and design, and cultural and social respect and awareness.
    21st Century Skills and Learning - click here
    According to the U.S. based Partnership for 21st Century Skills, made up of 19 states and 33 corporate partners, believe (as I do) in the following skills and knowledge for a graduating high school student:
    Interdisciplinary Themes
                  • global awareness
                  • financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy
                  • civic literacy
                  • health literacy
                  • environmental literacy
    Learning Skills
                  • creativity and innovation
                  • critical thinking and problem solving
                  • communication and collaboration
    Life and Career Skills
                  • flexibility and adaptability
                  • initiative and self-direction
                  • social and cross-cultural skills
                  • productivity and accountability
                  • leadership and responsibility  
    email: jeffrey.nisbet@gcisd.net
    phone: 817 251 5210 ext. 3074



    2017-2018   Schedule
     1st Period AP 2D DESIGN
     2nd Period AP ART HISTORY 
     3rd Period    AP ART HISTORY 
     4th Period       SEMINAR 
     5th Period AP ART HISTORY 
     6th Period AP ART HISTORY 
     7th Period AP ART HISTORY 
     8th Period CONFERENCE 


     1. Be ready for class: mentally, emotionally, and physically.
    2. Respect the classroom environment.  
     3. No cell phones. 
    1. Students are expected to respect all aspects of the fine arts and will demonstrate professionalism in the classroom. 
    2. Students are expected to actively participate in final critiques.
    3. Students are expected to arrive on time to class and promptly begin working. Students are expected to be autonomous and self-driven.
    4. Students are expected to work on art the entire class period. No other class work. If all projects and writing assignments are completed before the deadline, students are expected to continue working either in their sketchbooks, experiment with additional artwork, or can take digital images of their work.
     5.  Students are expected to be open and willing to try new ideas, mediums, techniques, and concepts: “I can’t; I won’t; I don’t want to” will never be said – ever.
    6. Students are expected to think critically, conceptually, intensively, abstractly, and creatively.
    7. Students are expected to try their best to write and speak at the college-level. There will be written assignments in this class.
    8. Late work will not be accepted.