• Welcome to my Classroom

    Name: Elizabeth (Liz) DeGraff
    Email: elizabeth_hardig-degraf@iss.k12.nc.us
    Welcome to the wonderful world of art where creativity has purpose.
    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
    -Pablo Picasso-
    About Me
    I was born and raised in Statesville, North Carolina.  I am an alumni of Statesville High School (2010). I graduated from Wingate University (Go Bulldogs!) in 2014 and earned a Bachelor's of Fine Art with a concentration in Graphic Arts/Design and a minor in Spanish, and completed my lateral entry for Art Education in June 2017. I am currently a graduate student at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC pursuing a Masters of Education in Art Education. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, and friends, attending church, teaching yoga, painting, drawing, creative writing, and going to the beach any chance I get and also walking and playing with my beautiful dogs Opie (pitbull) and Gigi (beagle mix). I am entering my FIFTH year as a Greyhound teacher, but have always been a Greyhound at heart. It is truly a blessing to be back in my hometown and to teach my passion of art to students in the community. I hope to expand the creative mind process of each student to help shape them into an overall well rounded human being. Always remember the world of education and learning has no limits or boundaries.
    My Classroom Mission

    The mission of the art classroom is to develop the mind to learn, understand, and practice the fundamentals that are essential in art and the art process. Art is very important in society today and statistics have shown by taking art classes, students will not only be successful on a personal level, but would achieve higher academic goals in other school subjects. Art History will be incorporated along with assignments to relate to the topic presently being learned and practiced. Lesson plans will follow the North Carolina Essential Standards for Visual Arts.

    Required Supplies 
    Sketchbook or Notebook (9x12, spiral bound preferred)
    Pencil/Pen/Writing Utensil