Classroom and Course Expectations Middle School Art
Middle School Art is
designed to continue the experiences in art production, art
history, art criticism, and aesthetics which began at the
elementary level and are enhanced with this course. Students
work in a studio setting where they have the opportunity for
more sustained and sophisticated experiences in art than has
been possible thus far. Students will work with a variety of
media and materials within a conceptual framework based on the
elements of art and the principles of design.
Students will work in media
such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal or pastels, marker, mixed
media, watercolor, tempera or acrylic, clay, fibers and found
objects. Students will work in both two and three dimensions.
The appropriate vocabulary and terminology of art will be
incorporated in the dialog between students and teacher in
presentations, discussions, and critiques.
Course work may include:
charcoal, pencil or pastel. Scientific perspective, shading for
volume, and two point perspective may be covered.
watercolor, tempera or acrylic.
a work whereby an image can be reproduced through linoleum or soft
a functional or non-functional piece from clay.
of an object from materials using an additive or subtractive
program may be taught to create photomontages.
As time and budget permits, students will work in fibers or
mixed media. Processes such as weaving, soft sculpture,
basketry, wire, and assemblage are among those that are
appropriate for the curriculum.
Grades for this course will be determined by. . .
- Process folio * (see
back page for more on this) equals 70% of grade
- Participation ** equals
30% of grade
It is important for students
to be present for each and every class. Please try to schedule
doctor/dentist appointments before or after school. It is very
difficult for a student to remain in a positive frame of mind
when there is an overabundance of work to make up. Plan on
attending class for a minimum of 80% of the time.
* Students will get feedback
on their work in the form of peer critiques, peer rubrics,
learning logs, checklists, teacher observation, self
evaluations, and trial and error results.
** Students may not opt out
of an activity they don’t like. This means that although there
may be a choice in the types of art-making available, one choice
not available is inactivity.
A simple “process folio”
will be kept by each student. This might consist of a huge
envelope box that is filled with artwork and other items of
inspiration. This will create a better, more accountable link
between what work activities are required and what’s being
produced. I will allow students time to browse their portfolio,
reflect on progress, and reset goals. You will be graded more
on the art process than the art product.
Students may obtain their
grades through the issuing of Friday grade reports, progress
reports and report cards.
All students are expected to
demonstrate proper citizenship as indicated in the student
handbook. The items listed here are specific to this class and
1. Begin working upon
entering the classroom. Never ask to leave the room until after
attendance has been taken.
2. Be respectful of art
supplies and equipment.
3. Show respect for others
by speaking politely to them.
4. No loud or excessive
noise/talking or calling across the room.
5. Clean up after yourself
and do your general cleanup on your assigned day.
6. Stay in your seat until
after the bell rings and I dismiss you.
I will be available for assistance by
appointment. I can be contacted via e-mail:
I have read these expectations and understand them. I will
honor the guidelines while in the Art room.
My student has discussed the art expectations and guidelines
with me. I understand them and will support them.
Art Index Page for 2009-2010