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  • Classroom and Course Expectations

    Classroom and Course Expectations

    Middle School Art

    Course Description

    Middle School Art is designed to continue the experiences in art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics which began at the elementary level and are enhanced with this course.Students work in a studio setting where they have the opportunity for more sustained and sophisticated experiences in art than has been possible thus far.Students will work with a variety of media and materials within a conceptual framework based on the elements of art and the principles of design.

    Art Production

    Students will work in media such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal or pastels, marker, mixed media, watercolor, tempera or acrylic, clay, fibers and found objects.Students will work in both two and three dimensions.The appropriate vocabulary and terminology of art will be incorporated in the dialog between students and teacher in presentations, discussions, and critiques.

    Course work may include:

    Drawing:in charcoal, pencil or pastel.Scientific perspective, shading for volume, and two point perspective may be covered.

    Painting:in watercolor, tempera or acrylic.

    Printmaking:creating a work whereby an image can be reproduced through linoleum or soft cut.

    Ceramics:creating a functional or non-functional piece from clay.

    Sculpture:construction of an object from materials using an additive or subtractive process.

    Computer:Photoshop program may be taught to create photomontages.

    Reading:in the form of AR or independent reading and/or reading within the content area as in Art History and Art making processes.

    Optional:As time and budget permits, students will work in fibers or mixed media.Processes such as weaving, soft sculpture, basketry, wire, and assemblage are among those that are appropriate for the curriculum.

    Grading Guidelines

    Grades for this course will be determined by. . .

    1. Process folio * (see back page for more on this) equals 70% of grade
    2. Participation ** equals 30% of grade

    Attendance Policy

    It is important for students to be present for each and every class.Please try to schedule doctor/dentist appointments before or after school.It is very difficult for a student to remain in a positive frame of mind when there is an overabundance of work to make up.

    * Students will get feedback on their work in the form of peer critiques, peer rubrics, learning logs, checklists, teacher observation, self evaluations, and trial and error results.

    ** Students may not opt out of an activity they don't like. This means that although there may be a choice in the types of art-making available, one choice not available is inactivity.

    Process folio

    A simple "process folioā€¯ will be kept by each student.This might consist of a huge envelope box that is filled with artwork and other items of inspiration.This will create a better, more accountable link between what work activities are required and what's being produced.I will allow students time to browse their portfolio, reflect on progress, and reset goals.You will be graded more on the art process than the art product.Students may obtain their grades through the issuing of, progress reports, report cards and the use of power school.

    Behavior Guidelines

    All students are expected to demonstrate proper citizenship as indicated in the student handbook.The items listed here are specific to this class and teacher.

    1.Begin working upon entering the classroom.Never ask to leave the room until after attendance has been taken.I allow one pass per week for any reason.

    2.Be respectful of art supplies and equipment.

    3.Show respect for others by speaking politely to them.

    4.No loud or excessive noise/talking or calling across the room.

    5.Clean up after yourself and do your general cleanup on your assigned day.

    6.Stay in your seat until after the bell rings and I dismiss you.

    Other school rules that DO apply to this class...

    No food or drink of any kind is allowed

    You'll receive one pass per week to use for any reason

    Cell phones must be turned off and out of sight.If I see your phone, you're giving me permission to confiscate it and if it's your first offense, then you'll get it back at the end of class.Second offense, I give it to Mrs. Hagen and you'll need to negotiate with her to get it back.

    IPods' or MP3's are only allowed after I have taken attendance and have spoken to the class, or have taught the lesson for the class period.If I suspect you're using it to text, then I'll confiscate it and you'll need to negotiate with me on the first offense and Mrs. Hagen for any subsequent offenses.


    I will be available for assistance by appointment.I can

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    Students:I have read these expectations and understand them.I will honor the guidelines while in the Art Studio.



    Parents:My student has discussed the art expectations and guidelines with me.I understand them and will support them.



  • This topic

    Drawing Basics

    "We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us.  The sooner we get them out the better."-Walt Stanchfield

    This quote from Mr. Stanchfield beautifully illustrates the drawing process.  Practice makes better, and the more you practice drawing the better you get at it.  Drawing can be broken down into a few essential skills:

    • learning to draw is learning to see.  That is, learning to observe carefully.  
    • learning to concentrate and focus attention.  
    • learning to draw takes time
    • developing hand/eye coordination
    • using line in a sensitive manner
    • constructing successful compositions
    • using value and perspective to create form and spatial depth

  • Warm Up Drawings


    I propose we start every class every day with a warm up ritual or drawing. We do a few minutes of quiet concentrated blind contour drawing from observation of a real thing, person, setup, or scene. Can we ritualize the art experience? The art class needs a devotional time to cleanse souls and center consciousness. Life outside the class and inside the student is turbulent, disorientating, sometimes violent, often depressing, and always confusing. How can we better help today's youth, than to give them a ritual liturgy to focus on learning art? Repeat the practice every day.

  • Painting

    • Ceramics

      • Photoshop