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No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
Edward Hopper, American Scene Painter, 1882-1967

In this course, students will have an opportunity to create, present, respond and connect to visual
arts, focusing on
. This course will consist of
the exploration of the elements of art and principles of design, multiple artistic concepts, mediums,
movements and techniques. Students will develop and implement their original ideas through the use of
paper, cardboard and varied relief or freestanding sculpture assignments. Students will have an opportunity
to appreciate and interpret works of art in terms of history, aesthetics and culture. Students will work
individually and cooperatively on short-term and long-term projects.


Students will utilize 21st century learning and innovation skills. They are the following:
CREATIVITY-the ability to use the imagination to develop original ideas or designs
CRITICAL THINKING-disciplined intellectual criticism that combines research, knowledge of
historical context, and balanced judgment
COMMUNICATION-the exchange of information between people
COLLABORATION-working together with one or more people to achieve something


Students will:
BE PROMPT to class in order to understand all directions given and prevent disruption
BE PREPARED to work for the entire class period and full cycle
; completion of all projects is mandatory
BE POSITIVE about art class, about their classmates work, and about their own work
BE RESPECTFUL towards the teacher, their classmates, the art supplies, and the art classroom at all times;
bullying, verbal abuse and cursing are unacceptable


A vital part of the course will be the REQUIRED SKETCHBOOK. It will be a collection of ideas,
sketches, handouts, and written work that will count towards the students grade. Sketchbooks are
available at many retail stores with prices starting at $1.00. Spiral-bound sketchbooks are best!
Paper without lines is preferred for sketching, but paper with lines is acceptable. Students will have
until the end of the FIRST SEMESTER in order to obtain a sketchbook. Until they are unable to obtain one,
their sketchbook grades will be worth ZERO.
Please see me IMMEDIATELY if there is an issue obtaining a sketchbook.

The main content of this course involves the production of different studio projects. Each studio project will be
introduced through teacher and student-led discussions, demonstrations and other varied prompts and practices.
Students will work in class on
Throughout the art production there will be individual and/or group critiques and assessments.
Evaluation of the students studio project will be at the end of the creation. Students will be graded by using a
with a 5-1 scale, 5 being highest and 1 being lowest. Both teacher and student will complete the scaled
rubric, with the criteria pertaining to each studio project. Assignments are due on due date. Missed work will
result in a lower grade. Extensions for assignments, due to absences, need to be made with the teacher.
*Daily class participation=25%*
Students will be graded on a 5-0 scale
5-ALWAYS: on task, follows directions, respectful of rules, with little to no talking
4-MOSTLY: on task, follows directions, respectful of rules, with little talking
3-SOMETIMES: on task, follows directions, respectful of rules, with some talking
2-RARELY: on task, follows directions, respectful of rules, with much talking
1-NEVER: on task, follows directions, respectful of rules, with lots of talking
0-Detention or removal from class that day
All prep work for assignments will be done in the students sketchbooks. This will include all ideas, sketches,
handouts, and written and visual work. Students will be provided an area to store their sketchbook. Students
will be solely responsible for the whereabouts of their sketchbook. The teacher is not responsible for lost or
misplaced sketchbooks.

Any student unable to comply with the art room rules and expectations will be handled
accordingly. Students will be issued warnings then assigned detentions. Students may also
have their seats moved, meetings with school staff and/or parent(s), etc. for not complying
with rules and expectations. All consequences are non-negotiable.


Cell phones are for
ONLY! Examples: Researching an artist, art history
movement, artistic literature or images. You MUST ask for permission FIRST before utilizing your cell
phone. Using a cell phone without permission will result in consequences.


In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must review this syllabus with a parent. After
reviewing it, YOU and YOUR PARENT must sign off acknowledging and agreeing with the terms of the
syllabus. Hand in this sheet by THE END OF THE FIRST CYCLE and you will receive a 100.
If you do not hand it, you will receive a 0. HOLD ONTO YOUR SYLLABUS!
It will be stapled onto the inside cover of your sketchbook.

______________________________________ ______________________________________
Students Name
Parents Name
______________________________________ ______________________________________
Students Signature
Parents Signature
______________________________________ ______________________________________
Students Email Address
Parents Cell, Work or Home Phone Number
Parents Email Address

*This information is for solely for the E.C. Goodwin Technical High Schools Art Department. This information
is kept private and confidential. It will only be used for art-related communication.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-Scott Adams, American Cartoonist