Course Overview

Visual Art: Beginning

Grade Level:  9,10,11,12

 

This is a beginning level class with varied introductions to visual communication.  Visual Communication students will learn to communicate as both the viewer and the artist.  The above includes the study of basic knowledge including the following:  aesthetics, art history, art making, art critiques, vocabulary, and techniques.  The Elements of Art and Principles of Design will be covered, all of which is followed with a hands-on lesson.  Each lesson will be aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards. If a student wishes to proceed to the Intermediate level of Visual Art, they must pass Visual Art Beginning both by academic standards and attendance procedures.

 

 

 

Visual Art: Intermediate
Grade Level:  10,11,12

 

Prerequisite:  Visual Art: Beginning

 

Visual Art: Intermediate is focused on the application of knowledge learned in Visual Art: Beginning.  Students will begin to experiment with technique and develop a deeper understanding of how to create a strong visual statement using the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design; including aesthetics, art history, art critiques, vocabulary, and technique. Each lesson will be aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards. If a student wishes to move to Visual Art: Proficient Honors they must pass Visual Art:  Intermediate both by academic standards and attendance procedures.

Grade Level:  10, 11, 12






Visual Communication Classroom Procedures and Expectations                

 

Name_________________________________________         

Parent’s Signature_______________________________

Day Phone Number_____________________         

E-mail______________________________

 

            I need students that want to learn about all things art:  art making, art history, art critiques (how to discuss art), and aesthetics (the philosophy of art).

           

            I expect all students to be enthusiastic, self-disciplined, well behaved, mature, and always willing to explore new ways to create.  Art is an academic area of study, and has specific elements and principles that it is based upon to ensure a strong visual statement (not just self expression).  Therefore, please understand that good art comes from the brain, heart, and hand and never has to be a photographic image or something “real.”  I have very meticulous expectations and procedures that create an atmosphere that the above goals can be met.  If you like the way the class sounds, and if you can follow the rules, I will enjoy your being a part of my class.  As an artist in this classroom, I expect your full dedication.  If you succeed, you will earn an A.

 

Grading Scale:

 

Each lesson that we do will be a unit lesson; therefore, each part of that unit will be graded and weighted on a 1 point scale.  The average of each part of the lesson will be weighted on a 2 point scale making up the entire unit.  For example:

Lesson:  Color Theory Painting

-Painting Technique:  Part 1

-Line Modulation:  Part 2

-Focal Point:  Part 3

-Unit:  The average of part 1,2, and 3 multiplied by 2

Below is a numerical example:

-Painting Technique:  89

-Line Modulation: 84

-Focal Point:  100

-Total:  273 out of 300 points, 273 divided by 3 = 91

The Unit Grade would be a 91

The 91 would then be factored into the final grade 2 times.

Grades will be entered into the gradebook as the lessons are completed.

 

 

         Below are important guidelines to follow because they will be factored into the final grade, weighted as 2 points, equal to a unit grade.  Those are Conduct, Punctuality, and Preparedness. A description is given below.

          You should have good behavior, follow the expectations; be polite and kind in words, deeds, and actions to other students and their artwork.

 

            You should complete all work.  You must attempt lessons with an open mind, and be willing to try everything that you are taught.  You should master the concepts and demonstrate verbally and visually that you can execute what you have learned.  Retaining the above knowledge will build a strong base for understanding art.  Your artwork will not be graded on how real that it looks, but on how willing you are to let yourself be creative.  If your level of success isn’t what you expected, don’t get discouraged.  Art is a journey, and the only way to travel is through attempt.  You must continue, explore, and learn from your efforts. You should understand that visual art is like all of the arts:  dance, music, drama, etc.  It must be practiced

            You should have good attendance and punctuality.  I need you to be focused and alert in the art classroom, so make healthy choices.  If you are absent, you are responsible for following the procedures of the C.A. Erwin High School Attendance Policy.

 

 

Below are the requirements for your grades:

 

To receive an A, you must have a completed piece of artwork.  The work should include craftsmanship of exquisite quality.  Every instruction that I have given must have been followed (including individual instruction), and I should see that you are able to apply what we have already covered in class; including the use of vocabulary when speaking about your art.

 

To receive a B, you must have a completed piece of artwork.  The work should include craftsmanship of a great quality.  Every instruction that I have given must have been followed (including individual instruction), and I should see that you are able to apply what we have already covered in the class.

 

To receive a C, you must have a completed piece of artwork.  The work should include craftsmanship of satisfactory quality.  Every instruction that I have given must have been followed or attempted (including individual instruction), and I should see that you are able to apply what we have already covered in the class.

 

To receive a D, you must have a completed piece of artwork.  The work will have included craftsmanship of an unsatisfactory quality; however, all of the directions that I have given to you were still attempted.

 

To receive an F, you must have an incomplete piece of artwork.  The work will have included craftsmanship of an unsatisfactory quality, and you did not follow the instruction given to you.

 

*If a piece of artwork is not finished when we move to the next lesson, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to finish it.  I can not allow you to take my supplies home with you. You will have until week 7 of the 9 weeks to have all work complete.

 

 

 

Expectations and Procedures:

 

1- Listen and focus.  All attention should be on the teacher.  In this class, I do not use a text book; therefore, all the demonstrations, directions, answers to questions, and base knowledge comes from me.  When I speak, put down your art tool, focus your attention on me, and listen.  During studio time, focus on your artwork.  Never disturb another student, and stay on task! 

 

2- Do not talk while listening or working!  This is a silent class.  Raise your hand to be recognized.  Everything that comes into your mind does not need to exit your mouth.  No student is to behave in a manner that is disruptive to listening or learning.

 

3- Students should be in the classroom at the sound of the bell.  If you are not, then you are tardy.  The bell you hear after the warning bell is the tardy bell.  Get all materials needed for class from your locker before coming to class.

 

4- The seat you are in right now is your assigned seat.  Sit facing the front of the classroom.  Do not move your chair to join another student without permission.  You may not change your seating assignment when a student is absent.  A substitute will have a seating chart.  When we watch a video, you will remain at your table but face your chair toward the TV, unless you can’t see the TV.  If you can’t see the TV you may move your chair 

 

5- A sharp pencil and usable eraser is REQUIRED everyday!  Keep several in your book bag. No artwork is ever to be signed or drawn in pen. 

 

6- Do not touch materials placed on your desk until you have been given permission.  Do not touch another student’s artwork from either your class or another class unless given permission.

 

 

7- Art tools must be handled with care.  They can be dangerous.  They are never to be used as toys or weapons.  Sometimes we must share tools.  Take good care of the tools so that they stay in good working condition.  When you wash a brush, put it back into the container stem down, bristle up.

 

8- The art classroom is not a salon.  Please groom yourself outside of the classroom.  Dress appropriately by the school dress code.  We will be working with messy materials; therefore, dress suitable in case you spill art materials on your clothes.

 

9- You are responsible for cleaning your area, the sink area, and any other area designated by me.  I am very meticulous with how I expect you to clean up.  Do not start clean up until directed.  Clean up, go directly to your assigned seat, and stay there until the bell rings.  You may not move around the room after you have cleaned up!  Keep your table in line, and push your chair in when you leave.  Fourth period students will put the chairs up after the dismissal bell rings.  You are responsible for both chairs at your set of tables.  If your partner is absent, you may put his/her chair up when you finish your clean up.

 

10- No eating in the classroom, and no drinking coffee or soda in the classroom.  Clear water in clear bottles are fine and recommended.  No visible food items are allowed.  If you bring food into the classroom, you will be instructed to put it away or put it in the trash. 

 

11- You may not go out the backdoor exit except during a drill or with special permission.  You may not go into the art room office, the upstairs loft, under the loft, or  next door without permission each and every time.  If we have a fire drill, exit through the backdoor, turn left, and go to the second light pole in the parking area.

 

12- I expect you to continue working without comment or staring when we have a visitor.  A visitor is anyone (students included) that come through the art room door for any reason.

 

13- You should have behavior that exemplifies that of ladies and gentlemen respectively, and never make a comment to another student that is negative or hurtful.  Be kind to others! When you have a substitute, you must be on your best behavior, or it will result in a referral.

 

 

Leaving The Classroom:

           

            Before you may be excused to the restroom, raise your hand, wait to be recognized, and ask to be excused.  Do not ask to go to another teacher’s classroom, or ask to use the classroom phone.  The answer is NO!   Third period students should visit the restroom during lunch.  

Wait Time:  You will need something everyday to occupy your waiting time or drying time.  You may read a book, read a magazine, draw on your own paper, write, do homework etc.  There may be days that I ask to see what you have brought to class for waiting and drying time.  Whatever you have brought must be both art room and school appropriate.

 

 

Choices:  Every action that you do in this classroom comes from a thought before the action.  Please make sure that you think about your actions and make good choices concerning your behavior, your artwork, and your attitude in the class.  You have complete control of how successful you are in art. You also have complete control of the success between me as your teacher, and you as my student.  Your choices (I’m positive will all be excellent!), will create the atmosphere in which you are learning.  I look forward to a wonderful semester in art with you!

 

ALL ERWIN HIGH SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED IN THIS CLASS.  READ ALL THE RULES IN YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES HANDBOOK!