MIDDLE SCHOOL ART SYLLABUS 2015-2016
The visual arts program offers students comprehensive art experiences with detailed explorations in the classics such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and crafts. In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency working with a variety of mediums, students will learn about the history, analysis, and interpretation of art.
GOALS OF VISUAL ARTS EDUCATION:
Art in school is both a body of knowledge and a series of activities. Fundamentally, learning in art has four major components. The goal of art education is the development of these areas:
*by making art (art production);
*by responding to and making judgments about qualities that exist in visual forms (art criticism);
*by acquiring knowledge about the contributions artists and art make to culture and society (art history);
*by understanding the nature, meaning, and value of art (aesthetics).
CLASS GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS:
In addition to the school-wide discipline policy, a set of class guidelines for success and consequences has been established and will be maintained. The following is a list of the class guidelines for art:
Class Guidelines for Success:
1. Be prepared for class – bring sketchbook or folder, pencils, etc. to class everyday.
2. Be to class on time.
3. Listen to and follow directions – ask questions.
4. Respect the people, equipment and furnishings in the art room. Get permission to use other’s materials.
5. Use all tools safely and properly.
6. Be honest and accountable for your actions.
7. Use your time wisely – stay on task and work towards project and assignment objectives.
8. Work quietly – use appropriate language and have appropriate conversations.
9. Be responsible for work area and tools – clean up after yourself!
10. Have a positive attitude – you CAN do it!
If you CHOOSE not to follow the guidelines:
Step 1 – teacher and student will discuss the choices or behaviors which are disruptive, inappropriate, or unacceptable. Student will be removed from peers.
Step 2 – Parent or guardian will be contacted, behavior sheet copied.
Step 3 – Office referral.
Parent contact _______________________________________________________
Return by August 7th, 2015
Assessment is the process of judging in terms of criteria.
Criteria are expected outcomes and observable evidence of learning. The main purpose of assessment should be to improve teaching and learning and to measure student’s progress. Evaluation of each student will be by the following rubric:
* Every project is worth 100 pts, broken down into 5 sections of 20 pts each. Depending on the project, each section is different, except the last 20 pts which are always the same- Neatness and Effort!
DUE DATE & LATE POLICY
When 3-4 students finish the project, I will set a due date for each project. The due date is the time all work in class will be stopped. You have two weeks grace period to take it home or come in to class on your own time to finish. After that week you must petition and explain to me why you need more time; however, you will not be given more regular class time. If you do not talk to me about your goals for completion, I will deduct 5% per day for every day late up to 20% off. All other late assignments, sketchbooks, etc. will be deducted 5% per day for every day late.
Each week you will be given a weekly progress grade for a total of 100 points/20 points each day. Your weekly progress grade will be based on the ten class guidelines for success, as listed above. For each guideline you do not complete, you will lose 2 points per day per guideline. You also lose 10 points for each class you are absent unless it is an excused absence.
“Demand the best from yourself, because others will demand the best of you…Successful people
don’t simply give a project hard work. They give it their best work.” ~ Win Borden