2012-2013 Academic School Year
Instructor: Ms. Beth Isaacs
Course Description/Objective: The goal of this course is for students to explore their artistic ideas through the development and practice of drawing skills and techniques. Beginning Drawing is based on the elements of art (line, value, color, shape/form, texture) and the principles of design (unity, repetition, pattern, emphasis, size, harmony). Students will learn to create works of art incorporating these principles in visual expressions. Sketchbooks will be maintained to emphasize practice. Students will explore a variety of materials which may include: graphite, pastel, conte, colored pencil, charcoal, ink and watercolor. Active in- class participation as well as completion of assignments is required for success. Through, class critiques, self-assessments, and teacher assessments, students will practice critical thinking and problem-solving.
Grading: Grades will be earned from the following scale:
0-59%=F Grades will be earned by points accumulated in the following categories:
75% Class Assignments (including daily sketches and outside sketchbook activities)
25% Participation/ Performance
Testing will consist of new vocabulary, an artist’s life, etc. and will be included under class assignments.
Participation: Students will receive 5 points per day (+25 per week) for participating in class. This includes working responsibly (cell phones off, for example), having materials, and being on time.
Make-up work: It’s the student’s responsibility to obtain missed work before or after school. Students will have as many days as the length of the absence to turn in or make up work.
Tardy Policy: Students will be in the room when the bell rings, not just coming in the door. After the first tardy warning, subsequent detentions will be assigned (15 min. for 2nd tardy, 30 min. for 3rd w/ phone call home,1 hour for 4th w/phone call home) w/administrative referral after that.
1. Arrive on time
2. Listen quietly while teacher’s instructing
3. Respect others (students and adults).
4. Work quietly throughout the hour.
5. Clean up well.
6. Respect materials and others’ artworks
7. Leave food, drink out of the classroom (Keep water bottles away from artwork!)
8. Make up absent work.
9. Enjoy the process.:)
Student Art Fee: $30 see Fee Hand-out
Please keep the course syllabus; detach and return this page tomorrow
Agreement (Consent) form
Having carefully read this syllabus for Beginning Drawing, I/we agree to all of the rules and procedures herein and do so by signing below.
Student: (sign)_________________________________ Date____________
Parent/Guardian: (sign)________________________________ Date __________
Parents and Students,
I am very excited to be restarting up the Drawing Program at Mt. View! I look forward to exploring and discovering art with my students! I am available before and after school for help. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Your support is appreciated! Thank you.