• Course Content: This course is designed for students who wish to further their skills in a variety of drawing and painting techniques and media. Focus is on the understanding of form, the interaction of light and shadow, spatial depth, compositional structure and visual perceptions. Students will develop their skills and individual approach and prepare portfolio pieces for assessment.  This course also serves as a preparation for AP Studio Art. Artwork created in this course can be used in an AP Studio Art Portfolio.


    Class Objectives:

    • Student will be able to create artwork that requires them to select subject matter to communicate personal ideas through a series of original, related works.
    • Student will successfully demonstrate the basic steps to final production, preliminary sketches, and examine ideas visually/verbally.
    • Student will participate in self ­critiques, as well as class critiques.
    • Student will apply creative skills in developing original/conceptual works of art at an advanced technical level.

    Required Materials: (needed in class every day)

    • Side Spiral Bound Mixed Media 
    • #2 pencil
    • Portflio 18x24

     Sketchbook: Work in your sketchbook is an ongoing process that will help you make informed and critical decisions about the progress of your work. Your sketchbook is the perfect place to try a variety of concepts and techniques as you develop your own voice and style. This will become your Investigation Work Book (IWB).  I will be checking it each week.  Date all pages as you complete them.  There will also be observational drawings due (3 each 5 weeks).

    Your IWB has 4 criteria:

    1. Independent research- even if the start of your research is from an assignment, take a personal, independent approach
    2. Critical research- critical analysis of your work and work of others, using specific, specialized vocabulary of visual art (elements, principles of design and aesthetics, vocabulary specific to photography or painting, vocabulary relating to art movements, media or techniques). You must avoid using “I like” or other slang terms.
    3. Contextual research- investigating other cultures (especially non-Western) for inspiration-expand your mind! You are not copying work of other cultures just using what you explore for inspiration and ideas for your own work.
    4. Visual research- ideas and plans for studio pieces or photo shoots, examples of artists, art movements, techniques or? you are researching. Experiment with media or techniques.


    Plagiarism: Plagiarism of art works will not be tolerated.  If a student is found guilty of plagiarism, they will receive a 0 for the project.  Students will be expected to produce ORIGINAL and CURRENT work and complete all work for each project.

    Class Work & Homework Expectations: Students will be expected to finish art projects in class.  Art projects are created best at school where students have access to all materials.  Students will also be expected to complete occasional writing and sketchbook assignments for homework.

     Classroom Behavior Expectations:

    • Be a Responsible Student. (Bring your materials to school, get your work done, clean up your mess, etc)
    • Be a Respectful Student. (Respect the teachers, administrators, substitute teachers, and other students.  When the teacher or another student is talking, watch, and listen out of respect.  Respect other student’s property, the classroom materials, and the school.  Be respectful when talking.  No vulgarity. Speak in a positive manner.
    • Be a Trustworthy Student. (I can trust you to take care of the classroom, to clean up your mess, to complete your work, and to speak appropriately)
    • Always do Your Personal Best
    • CELL PHONES are not allowed in class.

    (In addition to these classroom rules, all rules and guidelines in the student handbook are also followed.)

     Clean Up and Exiting:

    • Begin packing and clean up when the 5 minute bell rings, not before unless directed to do so.
    • Clean and return borrowed supplies from your table and floor area.
    • Leave your desk area free of any work, papers, paint, water, or trash
    • Remain in your seat until the bell rings

     Discipline: Any student who does not follow the expectations listed above will receive a teacher detention (1 day after school 10th period).  Misbehavior when there is a substitute teacher results in 2 days of teacher detention.

     Attendance Procedure:  Regular attendance and class participation are important to succeeding in this course.  To get the most out of this course, you need to be present and engaged in your work. There will be a daily participation grade of two points—one point for being present and on task, the second point for being prepared with necessary materials (pencil, sketchbook, etc.)  Participation points can be made up after school if you are absent.

     Absences: If you are absent when sketchbooks or assignments are due, it will be due the next day you are in school.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for any information given on the day of an absence.