I'm Mr. Hevel. 2016-17 will be my 3rd year teaching at Mount Diablo High School. I'm excited to be working with such an amazing team of teachers and students. In total, I've been teaching for about 22 years and have worked with all ages of students from 3 year old to PhD students. I'm also a professional artist that works with a wide variety of materials, but I mostly use found objects to create wild sculptures that critique American culture. I've exhibited my work in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Chicago, Missouri, Texas, Paris, Lyon, Belgium, and London. I like being an artist and teacher because each aspect of my life informs the other. My experience as an artist has allowed me to make a lot of connections to other artists that helps my students, while teaching fulfills the leader in me. I truly love helping students craft their goals, helping them develop ways of getting to their goals, and watching them leave high school to meet them. Seeing students in the "Ah Ha!" moment of learning something new is really exciting. I'm also known as a pretty hard teacher, but when you finish my class I know you will feel a great sense of accomplishment you might not get anywhere else.
I hope you have great year!
10 Thoughts on Why Art Makes You Smarter
“The eye of the artist is like the eye of the scientist-trained to see details and nuances. Artists compare the work on a page with the vision they hold in their mind. If the marks on paper don’t match their idea, they have to figure out how to adjust the drawing to make it come out right." ~www.artistsupplies.com
“A critical mind facilitates heightened awareness by taking intellectual risks and avoiding simplistic interpretations. Art provides ample opportunity to move away from black and white assumptions and into a spectrum of divergent pedagogy.” - The Swartzentruber Studio
"Young people who are involved in making something beautiful today are less likely to turn to acts of violence and destruction tomorrow." ~ former U.S. Attorney General, Janet Reno
“The arts instill foundation skills needed for employment, but also for life, skills like reasoning, making decisions, thinking creatively, solving problems and visualizing.”
~ Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 1991
“A three-year study of arts-based delinquency programs in three different cities showed that at-risk youths participating in the arts programs improved their attitudes, behavior and academic performance, decreased delinquent behavior, and increased communication skills.”
~ Community Counts: How Youth Organizations Matter for Youth Development, Shirley Brice Heath, Milbrey W. McLaughlin, 2000
“SAT scores of students who studied arts for more than four years were 59 points higher on the verbal portion and 44 points higher on the math portion than were the scores of students with no course work or experience in the arts." ~ College entrance Examination Board, 1995
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." ~Albert Einstein
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Piet Mondrian
“A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.” ~ Maurice de Vlaminck
“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” - Andrew Wyeth