Phone: 520-696-6300


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Art Education (2004) Masters in Education Leadership (2017) Family Facilitator, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (2018) Engineering is Elementary (2018)

Ms. Cooper

Hi!  My name is Patricia (Patty) Cooper, and I’m grateful to get to be the Art teacher at Amphi this year.  I grew up in Buffalo, NY, and have lived in the Southwest for over 25 years.  Bisbee, Arizona was my first home out here, and I am a proud attendee of Cochise Community College in Douglas, AZ.  It was in Bisbee that I first was called to teach in a small preschool there.  I also worked at Bisbee High School as a math tutor while in college.  I graduated from the University of Arizona for Art Education, and then returned several years ago to earn a Masters in Education Leadership with a Principal certificate.  I've been teaching Art since 2004, except for a few years that I got to stay home when my boys were little.  I love teaching Art because it allows us to use colors, shapes, patterns, and more to have a visual voice in the world.  

I have two teenagers, both boys, and we have a dog (Valentine), a cat (Simba), and a Veiled Chameleon (Mabel).  We live near to Amphi Middle School, and I cannot wait to have a fabulous year with you all.  Together, we are making history!  


Defining Moment in Education

This is so hard to narrow down- but one of them was when I started teaching here in central Tucson.  I taught Art in a trailer in the parking lot of a school, and it was challenging.  We had no sink, no way to clean brushes, no running water.  The middle school students that I was teaching were so willing to create a community- and together, we did.  They got buckets of water from the school, we rotated resopnsibility, and we made a great year happen.  They took care of the classroom, the environment, and taught me so much about working together. 

My Education Philosphy 

This is simple for me- I believe that every child is a powerful person and deserves to be treated with respect, care, love and integrity.  Every single child is capable of greatness, and I get to be the facilitator for a part, an aspect of their learning.  We are partners in this journey, and I learn as much- if not more from my students than they learn from me.  The best thing I can do for my students is to be an expert in my field, so I can provide them with content, methods, techniques and skills that they can use positively in their lives, and in the world around them.  


Art Syllabus and Classroom Expectations:


Art Syllabus


Ms. Cooper/Visual Art Syllabus 2020-2021 SY  520-696-6300                                

Office Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 7:15-8:00 am/ and 3:05-3:45 pm

Wednesday:  8:00-11:30/12:00-1:05


Course Details: Visual Art is an elective class designed to build the visual skills of young people in the areas of drawing, painting, and sculpture and more.   

Objectives: As a result of taking art, students will be able to describe and apply the Elements and Principles of art and design in their work.  They will have a strong foundation in visual communication, and how to plan, design and create powerful imagery that communicates an intended message.  

Grades:  Effort and Time are a key component of what I base my grades on for students.  Has the student put time and effort into their project?  Did they use the skills we learned for the project?  Or did they rush through, and turn in the first thing that came to mind?  Bellwork, homework and long-term projects make up the rest.  In visual art, it is evident fairly early on if a student is learning the material as we create our work.  If that’s not happening, then I reteach the material a different way.  I use a rubric to assess each area of learning, which is on the back of this paper.   

Bellwork:  20% (Time and effort)/ Long-Term Projects:  70%/ Homework:  10%

 Second semester brings a special gift to the Amphi Middle Zoom Art experience:  Student Teacher Isabel Betsill (Ms. B).  Here is her letter introducing herself:  



If you have any questions/concerns, please call or email me.  I am here to be of service!  



      Patty Cooper, M. Ed L

      Art Teacher

      Amphi Middle School

Art Room Rules and Procedures (In person learning)

Amphi Middle School 2020-2021

Everything in the art room has a procedure- from entering the room, to washing our hands, to doing bellwork, studio work, lining up to leave.  If there are no procedures, then there is chaos- and chaos in the art room leads to unproductive time spent, and frustration all around.  

The three main rules in the art room are:

  1. Listen and follow directions
  2. Raise your hand
  3. Be nice

“Listen and Follow Directions” covers just about everything-from classroom procedures, to project directions, to clean up, following directions for fire drills and emergency school procedures, art critiques, homework- it’s all wrapped up in “Listening” to one another, and “Following Directions”- for whatever is happening, or whatever procedure is being taught.  

“Raise Your Hand” is important because it allows all students to have a voice in the classroom.  If one student is yelling out, or calling out over other students, then generally kids tend to stop wanting to participate.  

“Be Nice” is a guiding principle that is especially important in art.  When we are creating art, we are sharing our hearts- we are at our most strong, as well as our most vulnerable.  “Be Nice” covers classroom behavior, comments, critiques, and gallery walks- but also things like walking into class, being polite, using our manners.  We get what we give- and when we put good things out there- we get good things back.  

When we choose to not follow the classroom rules, there are consequences- as with anything.  I will always give a Warning first, and provide an opportunity for the student to correct behavior.  Time Out will follow if the behavior persists.  While in time out- the student is expected to listen and pay attention to the lesson, or the work at hand.  When they are invited back to join the class, I want them to see that as a privilege, and be prepared to know what to do- seamlessly.   Contact home follows if the undesirable behavior persists.  Parents/caregivers will be called and invited into the process of communication and solution, for the student so they can be successful in class.