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Andrew Breen

About Mr. Breen
Mr. Breen received his BFA in Fine Art Photography with a minor in Art History from Columbia College Chicago in 2007. After working in the photo industry and teaching at the Evanston Art Center, he decided to pursue his passion for teaching by earning his teaching license from Northeastern Illinois University. He student taught at Amundsen.
 
He spent the last 5 years at Goode STEM Academy where he was a part of the award-winning MCA S.P.A.C.E. program (School Partnership for Arts and Civic Engagement). In 2021, Mr. Breen earned his MA in Digital Communications and Media Arts at DePaul University, which included a co-designed, web-based virtual reality project with his Viking students.
 
This is his 3rd year teaching at Amundsen. He will be teaching Graphic Arts I and IB Visual Art. He also co-sponsors GSA.

Outside the classroom, he likes to tend to his native plants and raised garden beds, listen to electronic music, binge-watch a dark comedy or drama, and start a new experimental art project.
Current Courses Taught
MYP Graphic Arts / Graphic Arts I
This IB Middle Years Program Visual Art course will familiarize you with art and design fundamentals, contemporary and traditional art-making processes, methods for close reading and interpreting art, and the ways in which artists are influenced by and shape the world. You will also articulate and express your ideas visually, verbally, and in written form. This course emphasizes design elements and principles in the purposeful arrangement of images and text to communicate a message. Students will utilize industry-standard software and also study the cultural and historical design works of different periods, genres and styles by considering context, audience, and techniques.
Units of Study:
•Composing our Graphic Life (Logos and Publication Page)
•The Journey is the Destination (Travel Posters)
•Lean Forward (Virtual Reality)
•Ready to Wear (3D Prototypes)
•Photo Constructions (Photo Collages)
•Book Report (Cover Designs)
 
IB Visual Arts

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to further study of visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.


The aims of the arts subjects are to enable students to:

  1. Enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
  2. Become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
  3. Understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts
  4. Explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures
  5. Express ideas with confidence and competence
  6. Develop perceptual and analytical skills
  7. Make artwork that is influenced by personal and cultural contexts
  8. Become informed and critical observers and makers of visual culture and media
  9. Develop skills, techniques and processes in order to communicate concepts and ideas

Our course units will cover a variety of media and genres. This is subject to change based on time and interest:

  • Cultural Identity and Growth
  • Laying a Foundation
  • A Sense of Place
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Material Transformations
  • Mock Exhibition
 
 
Mr. Breen's Google Classrooms
Advisory 513
1st: Graphic Arts I (rm 113)
2nd: Graphic Arts I (rm 113)
3rd: Prep
4th: Graphic Arts I (rm 113)
5th: MYP/Graphic Arts I (rm 113)
6th: Lunch
7th: IB Visual Arts (rm 305)
8th: Prep

Tutoring TBD
Office Hours by appointment only ([email protected])