• Course Syllabus 2017-2018



    Alice Sprinten, Crafts; Contemporary Design and Techniques, Davis Publication, Massachusetts, 1987

    Arthur Williams, Beginning Sculpture, Davis Publication, Massachusetts, 2005


    Google Classroom code: exw408


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    Supplies Needed:

    Sketchbook- 81/2”x11” or larger, spiral or sewn binding- PLEASE NO TAPED BINDING AS THEY WILL FALL APART

    Pencils with erasers

    Storage box such as a shoebox

    You may also want to have a few materials at home to complete assignments started in class such as glue, pencils and colored pencils

    Completion of a computer user agreement form ASAP- Generally done in homeroom

    A plan for a device (computer, smartphone etc.) with which you will complete assignments online.  If you do not own one, you need to arrange for public access to a device in order to complete work by the deadline.  Let me know if I can help in any way.


    Topics to be covered:

    An deeper investigation into how the elements and principles of art are organized for a particular visual effect.

    Art History will be explored as it relates to assignments.

    Students will use media in new ways, extending upon and challenging previous knowledge and experiences.

    Students will continue to examine the fundamentals of craft and sculpture

    Students will extend their art vocabulary to help express themselves both verbally and in writing.

    Students will learn to critique a work of art.

    Each student will learn to photograph and maintain their work in a digital portfolio throughout the year.

    Students will participate in outside events such as enrichment activities, exhibitions and competitions to learn how to display and promote your work



    Students are expected to arrive to class on time each day and work for the entire class period.

    In the event of a legal class absence or lateness, the student is responsible to provide a legal pass upon return and will make up work missed due to the absence.

    Upon return from a legal absence, students are expected to meet deadlines known prior to the absence, and are given a fair amount of time to make up assignments that were given during the absence.

    Students are responsible for being aware of and completing assignments online.

    10 points off for each day an assignment is late with a max of 2 days to hand in an assignment late

    Students will maintain a level of respect for themselves, their peers, the teacher, and the classroom.

    All safety rules must be followed.

    Students will not attempt to use a tool or material without having its function demonstrated or explained. Refer to the code of conduct for consequences related to safety and destruction.

    Class participation is expected.

    Each week students will have the possibility of staying after school to work on current projects if needed.. An “open studio” will generally be offered at least once a week.

    Students are also welcome to attend other classes during a lunch or study hall period provided with a pass issued in advance.   



    Participation is worth a portion of the grade. This includes maintenance of the room, volunteer work, contribution to demonstrations and discussions, and daily productivity.

    Sketchbook, written, and homework assignments will be worth a portion of the grade.

    Projects will be worth a portion of the grade.



    The final exam grade is the average of the portfolio, a final project and a formal assessment.

    The final exam grades may also be included as a portion of the 10 week average.

    The final exam is worth 1/5 of the course grade.


    An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.

    • Charles Horton Cooley