SYLLABUS--The only difference between the JH (7th and 8th grades) syllabus and the ART 1 and Advanced Art Syllabus is that JH students will not have individual sketchbooks CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE (AKA Positive behavior) You may--
Talk to your table mates while you work on projects.
Help yourself to tools and materials (if you passed the safety test). Ask if you don’t remember where something is.
Use headphones to listen to music and/or block out noise while working on projects. NOTE: If you are caught using your phone for any other reason than listening to music or, if you spend too much time picking out music you will lose the privilege. No mulligans. (PS: I decide what constitutes too much time).
Use a pass during studio time without asking to: 1). go to the computer lab to retrieve something for this class, or to: 2). use the bathroom. NOTE: Repeatedly needing to leave class will cost you weekly points.
Work on other homework if your project is completed and your sketchbook is up to date. You may NOT play games, watch videos, etc on your computer or your phone ever. If you are caught up in here and don’t have other homework you will be expected to work on an extra credit drawing or research project for this class. Just sitting will cost you points.
Always have your sketchbook with you.
Not stop working before the clean-up timer rings.
Be respectful of everyone in the room. This class is a BULLY FREE ZONE.No form of name calling or negative “teasing” will be tolerated.Also, keep your hands, feet, etc. to yourself.
Remain seated and quiet while someone else has the floor. This includes your classmates and guests, as well as me (or a sub).
Clean up after yourself and take care of equipment, which includes but is not limited to: returning tools and materials to their drawer, cupboard, or shelf; wiping down your table; washing out your brushes and pallets and storing them properly; and picking up anything that has fallen on the floor.
Never use an art tool as a weapon and never vandalize another student’s art work even while “goofing around”. A violation of this rule will result immediately in you being done with the project, receiving a zero, and spending the remainder of the time allotted to the project writing an apology if applicable, working on homework for other classes, and/or doing an extra credit research project.
GRADES A student who turns all his or her assignments in completed and on time cannot fail this class.HOWEVER, simply meeting the basic requirements at the minimum standard will NOT result in an A. Grades are based on the following criteria in four different areas: WEEKLY POINTS (25 per week): measure how you conduct yourself in class. Questions I’ll be asking about you as I assess your weekly points include: Did you use all the class time available to you? Are you respectful of your classmates, the studio space and the tools and materials? Have you cleaned up after yourself, put tools and materials away where they belong, wiped down your table, and checked the floor around where you are working? Did you come to class on time and prepared? Did you start working as soon as the bell rang (on studio days)? If you have an excused absence not getting the point you would normally get that day will not count against you. For example: one excused absence in a regular five day week means you have 20, not 25 points available. Your total points will be divided by 20 not 25. NOTE: Absences do impact your grade because they limit the time you have to finish a project. Tardies cost you points. Repeatedly leaving class costs you points. Leaving a mess costs you points.
EXERCISES/SKETCHBOOK/HOMEWORK POINTS (vary, usually 10 points per drawing): measure how seriously you practice the various skills and techniques you are shown. Exercises are more highly controlled than projects because they focus on teaching a specific skill. Questions to consider: Did you take your time and make your best attempt? Have you followed each step of the prompt? Does your product closely resemble the example? When applicable, were your drawings from observations? Were you willing to make a second attempt? REMEMBER: JH does not have a sketchbook.
TEST AND CRITIQUE POINTS (vary): measure your understanding of and ability to communicate (verbally or in written form) about art. You will be tested on safety within the studio and won’t be allowed to use certain tools or material until you pass the safety test. You will also be tested on a variety of art terms. Understanding the terms you are given will help you to know how to talk about art during our critiques. In written critiques you will be expected to apply art terms correctly.
PROJECT POINTS (50 points, some projects may include a first step worth fewer points, which will be graded separately): measure how well you utilize the various skills and techniques you’ve learned (form), and measure how well your project communicates a specific meaning (content). Things to ask yourself as you work: Did you consider all the elements of the assignment, meet them, or intentionally change them? (It’s a good idea to talk changes over with me before diving in. I may have a specific reason for including the part of the criteria you wish to change). Have you taken care in the making process, eliminating or hiding mistakes, being intentional with your mark making or construction, and heightening a specific point of view? Did you problem solve andwere you willing to adjust or redo parts of your project as problems emerged? What art communicates varies. Some art overtly challenges the viewer to consider a political or social issue. Other art simply conveys a concept, such as beauty or loneliness.In this class student artists—that’s you— are expected to focus at least part of their attention on how and what a piece of work communicates. The points you earn in each of the four area above will be added together and given a percentage grade.The four percentages will be equally weighed, added together, and divided by four for your final grade.
FEEDBACK I will give you feedback on your Exercises and Sketchbooks if I think you need to work on a technique more. Occasionally you may be asked to resubmit an exercise to receive the points. Projects will be returned with a feedback sheet. This sheet will have ten criteria listed for each project. Some of these criteria will be the same from project to project. Other criteria will be specific to the project.
SAMPLE FEEDBACK (Mosaic self portrait. I filled out the points on the left to give you an example.) POINTS: STUDENT: 5 The artist followed (or intentionally changed) each requirement of the assignment—size, material, and subject matter. 5 The artist completed the assignment in a timely manner--meticulously (without hurrying) and efficiently (on time). 4 The artist applied the skills we have worked on thus far in class to enhance his/her work on the project. 5 The artist was intentional with regard to composition, mark making, color or value, and scale. 4 The artist addressed the negative space as well as the positive space when completing the project. 3 The artist showed ownership of the project, taking care to eliminate or camouflage mistakes, smudges, drips, etc. 3 The artist included a meaningful symbol and a geometrical border. 4 The artist utilized a variety of tiles to fit the image and create interest. 3 The artist meticulously covered the whole picture plane and maintained an even appearance of grout. 5 The project was properly labeled. Total Points 41/50 The final project grade is 82% or a B The criteria is assessed on a 5-point scale as follows: 5—The artist uses the skill, technique, or concept consistently and successfully. 4—The artist attempts the focused skill, technique, or concept with irregular success. 3—The work shows both a limited attempt at employing the skill, technique, or concept and limited success. 2—The artist rarely uses the skill, technique, or concept and needs more practice with it. 1—The artist has not considered or tried to employ the skill, technique, or concept. Points are then added together to get your total out of 50. On the rare occasion the criteria on the sheet does not apply to your specific project you will be given 5 points in that box. Example of how your final grades will be averaged: Daily points 95% Exercises/Sketchbooks 77% Projects 92% Tests/Critiques 68% TOTAL PERCENTAGES AND FINAL GRADE: 83% (B) Letter grades are based on the percentages in the student handbook.
BEFORE I TALK ABOUT EXTRA CREDIT-- Tests can always be retaken for an average of the two grades. I also accept do overs of exercises or sketchbook assignments but you must have attempted it the first time before you get redo points. These points will be added to the exercise and sketchbook category as extra credit. I accept late work up to the last week of the quarter however you are docked 10% the day it is late.
EXTRA CREDIT—up to 5 points per drawing or paragraph Extra credit can be earned by research or critique. Pick a topic or question from the research list and write an informative paragraph addressing that issue, artist, or genre. Or, pick an image from the file and write a paragraph describing it using at least five art terms in a meaningful manner.Write a second paragraph evaluating its meaning for additional extra credit. These points will be added to the critique and test category. To earn extra credit Project Points you can write a page evaluating your project. In the first paragraph explain what your goal was. In paragraph two, explain what problems you would reconsider if you did it again and how you would change the project. In a third paragraph explain what you think was the most successful. This assessment must be specific and indicate a sincere attempt to understand your process and outcome. NOTE: The only area you cannot earn extra credit is in Weekly Points. You will have a grade every week in this category. These are the easiest points to earn because they are determined entirely on your behavior. I want you to succeed. So, here’s your fair warning: I get weary when I need to remind you to keep working, get to class on time, or pick up after yourselves. YOU WILL BE DOCKED POINTS that cannot be regained if I constantly remind you of my expectations.
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