• Course Syllabus 2017-2018



    Joseph A. Gatto, Exploring Visual Design: The Elements and Principles, Davis Publication, Massachusetts, 2000


    Google Classroom Code:  period 3: bqm1jbj  period 4: nifg9


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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

    Lidded plastic container, such as a ‘to go” container - 5x7 or larger- to be used as a palette

    You may also want to have a few materials at home to complete assignments started in class.  Such materials include a glue stick and colored pencils.

    A completed user agreement form ASAP to your period 3 teacher

    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.  Please let me know if you need help with this instruction.


    Other Helpful Materials:

    Students may want to begin a collection of quality materials if planning to continue investigating their artistic abilities in the future. Some materials may include a set of drawing pencils, graphite sticks, good quality drawing paper, paints and brushes, and a professional portfolio. None of these materials are required for class.

    Students in the past have found it helpful to use a digital camera to document their works of art for a digital portfolio. In addition, the digital camera may be used to photograph subjects used as inspiration for works of art produced in class.  Of course phone cameras can provide quality images and are also used as a documentation tool.


    Topics to be covered:

    The use of the elements and principles of art to design and create work.

    Art History will be explored as it relates to assignments.

    Students will become familiar with a variety of materials and methods used to used to create two and three dimensional art. Some materials may include: graphite, pencil, charcoal, paint, printmaking, collage, plaster, and mixed media.

    Students will become familiar with art vocabulary to help express themselves 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 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.


    Portfolio and final exam process:

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

    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.






    it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

    ~ Vincent Van Gogh