• Course Syllabus

    Art Classroom Rules

    My rules are always subject to growth. The more we learn, the better we become at articulating what we need.
    When you distil all of the ideas for rules, these are the most important ones: 

    Be respectful, be productive, be safe, be the hype.  

    Sounds easy, right? It is. 

    There are a few small rules as well. 

    • No cell phones open or out of backpacks- earnable opportunities. 
    • Practice care for our art supplies. 
    • Clean up your space. 
    • No bathroom breaks the first 15 minutes of class.
    Grading             Trashion show
    Participation 50%  
    Assignments 40%
    Tests            10%
    Participation is 10 points a day and worth half of your grade. If you show up prepared for class, you are productive and respectful to all, you receive 10 points every day. It's that simple. If you get less than 10 points, I will add a comment in Skyward, so you can understand why you have a less than perfect grade for the day. 
    Assignments will be done during studio time in class. There will be ample time allowed for each assignment. 
    Tests will be at the end of the semester and will include terminology, technique and styles we discuss in class. All tests and quizzes will be open-journal, so you will be able to use your notes to be more successful. 
    Note: Once I enter one student's assignment in Skyward, it shows that all the other students are missing that assignment. Please do not be concerned about the missing assignment message in Skyward. It does not affect your student's grade. However, if I enter a zero for an assignment, it affects the grade and the student needs to make it up. 
    I give students 2 "free" absences--these will get you a "no count" for the day. After two absences, I assign a zero for participation for days absent. Students can make up the participation by working before school, after school, or working on art at home. Students may make up participation by drawing at home for 45 minutes for each day missed. They should draw objects from life (kitchen utensils, tools, furniture, people, pets, etc.). The drawings should be shaded. 
    If you're worried about missing school, please email me, and we can come up with a solution. 

    Class points

    Participation points (10 pts/day)
    Show up, bring your art supplies, be respectful and productive--the easiest 10 points ever. 2022 edit: I get that we have days where you are not feeling it or we have other homework that is important. I get it. You are entitled to one day of grace per semester where you can quietly work on other homework and still receive participation points. However, if you use this day and continue to not be productive, you will lose points. 
    Assignments (25 pts) x5
    You’ll have an assignment due once every two weeks unless I change my mind if projects
    appear bigger in real life. We will talk about a rubric when they are assigned. I’ll add it to the
    calendar. In papers, I would like perfect grammar but won’t grade down if I can read it clearly
    and you don’t get upset when my grammar is off (Which is often).

    Reflections (10 pts) x20
    Friday we will take some time to think about the last week. What stands out to you? Write
    something down about it. Don’t want to write? Draw. It’ll be the last 10 minutes of class on

    Tests (50 pts) x 1

    We will have one test per semester. This will be OPEN JOURNAL so you can use your own
    notes to get a great score. Take good notes in class and you’ll do great on this one test.


    1. Absences & tardies should be avoided. Please be in class on time. If you are late, you will

    lose participation points unless excused.

    1. Absences are excused by a note or phone call from your guardian to the office. Every student

    gets 2 unexcused absences without losing points. Unexcused absences will give you zero

    points for the day.

    1. If you have an excused absence, I have at-home assignments to give you full points for the day, otherwise you will get a "no count."


    Yes, we will again look at the E & P, but they are our tools for this year. We will apply E& P in our analysis and evaluate how artists create a message through their context and medium.

    Here are some of the concepts we will work on: 

    Elements: Line, shape, form, texture, color, value, space

    Principles: Unity, balance, emphasis, contrast/variety, pattern, movement, rhythm

    Theories: Mimetic (from Nature), Expressionistic (from self), Pragmatic (for audience),

    Procedural: (formal criteria)

    Media: pencil, pen, collage, colored pencil, charcoal, tempera /acrylic paint, mixed media

    Units of study: Line, composition, value, perspective, color/painting, figure drawing & portraiture


    Quarter schedule: 


    Quarter 1: Drawing

    • Bloomsday Assignment
    • Figure Drawing –2 weeks
    • Landscape drawing. 
    • Sketching
    • Comics- anatomy 
    • Okanogan Lore


    Quarter 2: Printing

    • Negative/positive space
    • Mat board prints
    • Intaglio
    • Animal Alphabet prints- lino cut (for whole sheet print)
    • Gelli Prints
    • Relief printing
    • Color theory
    • Build your brand!


    Quarter 3: Painting

    • Color wheel anatomy
    • Mixing Colors
    • Shadow work with acrylic
    • Atmospheric perspective with watercolor
    • Grid/tri-color harmony 
    • Painting landscapes
    • Alternative tone paintings

    Quarter 4: Ceramics

    • Ceramics 101: Terminology
    • Clay chemistry
    • Pinch pots
    • Coil structures
    • Slab houses
    • Mugs
    • Glazing Techniques

    Field Trips: Art II Students have the option of joining on art club field trips. Priority is given to
    seniors, Art II students and Art Club depending on space. You must have passing grades to join
    in on art events and adventures. This class will be a mix of lecture, independent research, and
    group projects. We will experiment and see what happens. This is the year we figure out which
    assignments appeal to you, dear student.

    Learn More: Canvas Resources for Instructors - Course Syllabus.