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Art I Course Syllabus 2009-10

Art I Course Syllabus 2009-10

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Class syllabus for 2009-10 Art 1 class at Reservoir High School.
Class syllabus for 2009-10 Art 1 class at Reservoir High School.

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Art I: Foundations of Visual Art
Reservoir High School Art Department
Evan La Londe, Instructor 
Course Syllabus
 Art is, after all, only a trace-like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravelythrough life with great happiness.
-Robert Henri (1865-1929)
Welcome to Art!
In this class you will be given the tools and methods to enable you to understand the visual world in which we live.Learning about art is like learning a new language, but this language is one that everyone can “speak,” and understanding itwill allow you to see and understand the world in a completely different way. Everyday you see images on the television, inmagazines, on billboards, in books, and in countless other places. Indeed, we now live in a world that bombards us withimagery everywhere we look. In order to understand this world of graphics and moving imagery, you must first understandthe processes that led to its creation.You will have the opportunity to develop this understanding through the discovery of your own unique solutions to avariety of art problems. The solutions you create will come from many media experiments and will take the form of personal prints, drawings, sculptures, collages, paintings, and craft objects. To inspire and direct you through the process of makingthese works we will look at and examine the work of artists who have come before you, and also the artists who are workingalong side of you in the world today. You will discover and experience the methods that artists used to create art: research, brainstorming, sketching, and experimentation with media, creating the final work, and the critique or reflection on that work.
Fundamental Experiences
In this course you will discover how to:-Use your eyes to critically observe the world around you in order to understand what you see.-Identify and apply the elements of art and principles of design-Use Feldman’s four-step process for making critical judgments.-Use various idea-generating approaches, including: imagination, observation, memory, verbal-to-visual, andexperimental.-Develop creative problem solving skills, as well as design and technical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking,collage, sculpture, and crafts.
As you can see from the above description, this class is truly about personal process and self-discovery, not solely “end-product” based. Basically, this means that no one expects you to be a “master artist” right away. You will be graded on allparts of your process, with the greatest number of points allotted to how well your final product meets the criteria of theassignment.
You will be graded only on your own performance and progress on your individual effort, growth, andimprovement-NOT on how your finished work compares to the rest of the class. At the completion of each problemyou will assess your own progress through written reflection before submitting the work for a grade.
 For some students, this process will come easily and naturally, others of you will have to work a little harder to earn a topgrade. This may even include spending time after school. In this way learning art can be compared to learning math,English, history, or any other subject. Sometimes you need a little more help, or a different sort of guidance to be successful.
You will be required to
complete a portfolio
that will include all of the work done in class and at home, (that includes allsketches, sketchbook, and visual journal). A portfolio review will take place periodically between the instructor and thestudent throughout the year.
Grading Policies & Procedures:Deadlines:
for all assignments will be set at the discretion of the instructor. It is
responsibility to meet with me aboutdiscussing an extension for a deadline
at least three days before
the assignment is due.
Late Work:
You will create artworks in a variety of formats, which will include independent work in a visual journal,sketchbook, and in-class problems. Although all artists work at different speeds, you must complete work by its assigneddeadline. Here are the late work policies:For each day late you submit a
assignment after the deadline, you will be deducted one letter grade, (or 10%) off of your grade. For each day late you submit an
assignment after the deadline, you will be deducted half a letter grade, (or 5%) off of your grade.Incomplete work will
be accepted; only finished work will receive a grade.
Each student will compile a portfolio that consists of work completed in class or at home, sketchbook/visual journal, reflections and exams. Each work in the portfolio will be graded according to the following criteria:
- Meeting the criteria or objectives for the specific assignment. Ex. An assignment may include specific preparation/brainstorming.
Studio Skills
– Proper handling of equipment, responsible use of time, respect for others and their work, clean up, andclass participation.
Craftsmanship / Presentation
– Neatness and respect for your work should be evident in the appearance of a completedassignment.
– Thoughtfulness to the composition and its relationship to your personal ideas.
Homework: (Visual Journal/Sketchbook):
Visual journals are small, personal books that we make in class. It willallow you to experiment and expand on ideas for making art in different ways. Visual Journals will be collected twice aquarter, once around interim, and then again at the end of the quarter. Sketchbook/notebook will be used both in-class andout of class. Often times you will receive a drawing assignment to be done in your sketchbook. Together, the visual journaland sketchbook will account for 30% of your grade.
Quarterly Grade Breakdown
Classwork 70%-
Classwork includes all in-class works.
Homework 30%-
Homework includes sketchbook assignments and visual journals.
Participation 10%-
Participation includes daily behavior and engagement in class. You can receive a maximum of 4participation points per day, every day. Points will be deducted for lateness, (2 pts. per lateness) wasting class time, negativebehavior, etc.
The final exam and performance assessment will count 50% and 50% respectively, of your final exam grade.
If you are legally absent, you may make up missed work-you are permitted a one day extension for every daythat you are absent, (upon submitting your signed, blue absence slip). You are responsible for asking the instructor for missedwork.
The nature of the work may require that you stay at school, rather than at home
. It is up to the student andinstructor to decide on what day and time this will occur.
You are not required to buy anything for Art I. All materials will be provided.
However, students with a stronginterest in art are
to purchase:A hard-bound sketchbook
(hard cover book or spiral bound.) that is 8.5"x11" or 9"x12" (DO NOT get tabletbound pads (taped binding) because they fall apart after a month of use.
Sketchbooks can be found at local arts or office supply stores such as Michael's, Office Depot, Staples, JoAnn's, etc.*
 Links to supply stores and other suggestions for the serious artist can be found on the Art Department Web Site.
Studio Expectations/Class Routine:
1) All tools and materials must be handled with care and respect so that they are in the best possible condition for the next person’s use – which of course, may be you!!! Tools and materials, therefore, must be used only for the purpose for whichthey were designed and intended. All studio tools and materials must be returned to their proper place – even if they were not properly stored when you arrived in class. Each of you will be responsible (and will occasionally be graded) for theequipment you have used.2) Any spills or accidents with materials must be promptly cleaned up. (All students who share space at a table areresponsible for that table and are expected to help clean up any messes, even if they are not personally responsible.)3) You may leave your seat only to get supplies and to clean up, not to socialize!4) No more than 4 people may sit at one table, unless instructor gives special permission.5) The studio will be left in excellent condition at the end of every class – tools and materials will be properly stored, works-in-progress will be put away, the tables and stools will be cleared of all debris. Materials that may have fallen on the floor during the studio work periods will be picked up and stored properly. The condition and proper care of your table is your responsibility!!!6) You may drink bottled water in this class; however,
it is not permissible to drink other beverages or to eat food of anykind
, as those substances might spill, stain, or otherwise deface your artwork, or the art of those around you.7) For some people, conversation helps them to make art; for others, quiet, focused thought is best. In this class, talkingquietly while you work is okay – as long as your conversation is not adversely affecting your work, or the work of thosearound you. I will be the judge of how much is too much!
Students should be sitting in their assigned seats when the bell rings. Penalties for violations include:
First offense:
Second offense:
Lunch detention
Third offense:
an assigned before or after school detention, and a phone call home
Fourth offense:
referral to administration for resulting consequences.
Academic Integrity
Each student is responsible for holding academic integrity. If there is a question in reference to a student’s academicintegrity, they will be referred to their administrator by way of a disciplinary referral, they will be given due process, and theappropriate consequences will result in Reservoir High School’s Academic Honor Code. This academic integrity will impacta student’s eligibility for credit in this course.
National Art Honor Society (NAHS)
 NAHS is a nationally accredited honor society in which students participate in avariety of events and activities. We take special field trips, we host RHS’s annual CoffeeHouse, we do art projects withyounger students, we have crazy contests and festivals, and we make lots of fun things! In general we relax and have a goodtime once a week after school.
Art Shows and Exhibitions:
On our website, you can access lots of information regarding scholarship opportunities,contests, and county programs that you can apply for.

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