Art Syllabus 6th-8th grade

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Art Syllabus 6th-8th grade 6th -8th grade WHMS Visual Arts Syllabus   Welcome to my class!  I am looking forward to the 2014-15 year in Art.  Please take a few minutes to read through this letter outlining art room procedures and expectations.   Course Content:

In art class, our course of study will focus upon problem solving, using the elements and principles of design in order to create expressive, but well-organized works of art. We will also focus heavily on basic drawing skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of both two and three- dimensional materials and mediums, and will also have opportunities to write about and discuss their own works, and the works of others. Objectives

Students will create artworks using a variety of media and techniques. Students will identify major artists and styles. Students will begin to analyze their own artwork, other student’s work and the work of well-known artists through critiques and in-class writing. Students will develop their own style by creating sketches to plan for major art projects. Students will create a portfolio of work throughout the course that demonstrates increasing skill and ability Students will maintain a visual journal in which to keep class notes, sketches, observational items and vocabulary.                 Improve his/her verbal skills by learning the visual vocabulary and apply those terms during class discussions, critique and projects. Ask questions! Think! Learn! Create! Have fun! Just as you have high expectations for me as your teacher, I have high expectations for you as my student.  I expect you to come to class prepared and ready to create original artwork.  You are required to bring a pencil and eraser every day to class.  While you are here, please be responsible with supplies and always be on task so you can do your best work.  If you cannot complete a project or assignment on time, it is your responsibility to speak with me about an extension.  Unexcused or missing work will result in an incomplete or failing grade.    The art room is a place of mutual respect.  I expect you to treat your peers, your teacher (whether a substitute or me), and yourself with the highest level of respect.  Please be polite and do not put down your artwork or the artwork of another classmate.  If appropriate behavior becomes a challenge for you, we will meet to find a solution.  If necessary, we will include parents and administrators.   Effective artists constantly practice their drawing skills in journals or sketchbooks.  As part of the middle school art program, students are required to complete sketchbook assignments as homework.  You will be assigned 4 sketchbook assignments to help you build your creative drawing skills.  Due dates and topics will be clearly posted in the art room and online.      Art projects and sketch assignments are evaluated using grading rubrics.  Rubrics will focus on concepts I hope you will master during the 6-week period.  These include your understanding of art skills/vocabulary, craftsmanship, problem solving, originality/communication, and self- reflection.  Levels of mastery for each concept will be explained in detail during class.  In addition I will be evaluating your use of class time to develop your skills and complete your projects and assignments.  I believe this to be very important in your artistic development.  Grades will be posted via infinite campus.   Special Expectations:

1.       Come to class prepared, on time, and with required materials. 2.       Turn in completed projects in assigned location. 3.       Label all work clearly with first name, last name and period. 4.       Clean your entire area at the end of the period. Check the floors for trash, put art materials away in designated location. Make sure chairs are pushed in and tables are wiped down if dirty. 5.       Absences from school must have a note from home. Extended deadlines on projects will not be given unless this is an excused absence.                        Requested Class items:

During the year we will be doing unique projects that require items not commonly found in school.  If you have any of the items listed below and would like to donate them for student use, I would appreciate it very much.   *Hand Sanitizer *Disinfecting Wipes         *Duct tape        *Dental Tools    *Q-Tips (needed badly!) *Wire coat hangers *Old frames  *Hair magazines or books            *Office supplies *Styrofoam Egg cartons *Plastic storage containers (any size) *Blow-dryers     *Shoeboxes   *Mat board            *Wood Bases (2×4s or similar cut into 6” or smaller squares) *Old Maps *River Rock (small)- needed badly *Used crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paint trays, acrylic paint, markers (old to you, new to me!)   Grading Procedures:

Major Projects/Tests: 40% Participation/In process Class Work/Quiz: 50% Homework/Sketchbook Assignments: 10%   The grading of artwork will be divided into two categories: major projects and class work. Projects are the final evaluation of the student’s ability to demonstrate his/her problem-solving skills as well as mastery of the techniques and ideas learned and practiced in class.     Projects will be graded based upon completion, craftsmanship, and standards. Each project will be given a specific due date. If the student cannot make the due date based on-class work time, he/she will need to take the project home to complete it. If materials cannot be taken home, the student will need to make an appointment to complete the project before and/or after school.   Class work grades will include exercises practiced in class leading up to larger projects, writing assignments and other various class assignments. In addition, the student’s grade will be calculated based on participation grades. These grades will be given based on the student’s ability to participate in class work, follow all class procedures, and remain on task. Students are expected to remain on task for the entire period.    Never hesitate to contact me with your questions. Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me quickly.   Please allow me 24 hours to return phone calls.   What will we cover in Art 1/Art Exploration?

Unit 1: LINE: Pen and Ink Practice line techniques Text/Letter Sculptures Pen and Ink reproductions Choice Unit 2: TEXTURE: Texture in pencil drawing Scratchboard Weaving with Yarn Unit 3: SHAPE: Positive Negative shape painting Construction paper sports figure Tessellations Unit 4: VALUE: Pencil grades/scales Contour drawings Value, line, and texture in sketchbook Value scales and techniques grid with pencil Drawing brown bags Unit 5: SPACE/PERSPECTIVE: Perspective worksheet Perspective project City Scape Room Design Unit 6: COLOR: Discussion of color terms and theory including: monochromatic, Complementary, primary, secondary, intermediate, value, tint, shade, tone, hue, Neutral, analogous, warm, and cool. Value scales (tint, tone, and shade) Color theory charts Color wheels Monochromatic painting Unit 7: FORM: Clay

There will be a 1st semester final over the Elements of design and any other notes taken over the 1st semester. There will be vocabulary quizzes and sketch journal checks as well. What will we cover in Art 2?

Unit 1: VALUE: Pencil grades Contour drawings Value, line, and texture in sketchbook Value scales and techniques grid with pencil Texture differences drawings/ 4 tasks Drawing brown bags Drawing bugs Drawing plants Seeing solids Still life drawings Unit 2: SPACE/PERSPECTIVE: Perspective worksheet 2-point perspective boxes 2-point perspective name design Perspective project Mixed up grids Unit 6: COLOR: Discussion of color terms and theory including: monochromatic, complementary, primary, secondary, intermediate, value, tint, shade, tone, hue, neutral, analogous, warm, and cool. Value scales (tint, tone, and shade) Color theory charts Color wheels Monochromatic painting Warm or Cool painting George Seurat pointillism painting Canvas Painting revamp Unit 7: FORM: Clay Unit 8: PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN: Balance/Movement: Pointillism Repetition: Repetition worksheet Motifs Synectics Collage Emphasis: Colored Pencil Burnishing Colored pencil worksheet Fruit Jars Contrast: Pop art Unity: Watercolor Proportion: The human body/portraits: Proportions of the human body Head angles Full body drawing Face placement Break down of facial features (Ears, eyes, nose, and mouth) ®ˆ and ®ˆ drawing of a human face Caricatures Cartoons There will be a 1st semester final over the Elements of design and any other notes taken over the 1st semester. There will also be a 2nd semester final over the principles of design and all other techniques covered 2nd semester. The time frame varies with each class for each project; I will let the class know when dead lines are approaching.

Field Trips 1. San Antonio Museum of Art: Fall 2. *Chalk it Up: Saturday Oct. 11 with 10 participants: Carpooled Event 3. The McNay Art Museum: Spring 4. Junior Visual Art Scholastic Exhibition April : Carpooled Event on Saturday Limited Participants 5. Artpace San Antonio: Spring

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