• Drawing & Painting


    This is a two-semester course.  The first semester introduces you to drawing techniques.  You will complete projects using pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, and color pastels.  In the second semester you will create paintings using watercolor, tempera and acrylic paint.   Other mediums may be added to your repertoire as the year progresses. The majority of projects will contain some part of observational drawing and/or painting skills to train your hand to convey what your eyes see.  The Elements of Art and Principles of Design will be studied in class and will be effectively used in your artworks. Likewise, the history of art and its use in multiple cultures will be addressed in each unit of lessons.


    Course Objectives


    By the end of the school year, you will be able to draw and paint successful and create aesthetically-pleasing compositions using a variety of media. You will also be able to communicate ideas and messages through your visual artwork, as well as to derive meaning from various artworks.


    Class Materials


    Classroom materials are supplied to each student. Sketchbook, 12 colored pencils, drawing pencils, eraser and a watercolor set are optional for students to keep a personal set.


    *   The following are OPTIONAL, but recommended:

    -         Multiple pencils of different shades

    o       8B,6B,2B,B,2H,4H,6H

    -         Multiple brushes of different shapes and sizes

    o       Rounds, flats, filberts, details



    Classroom Attendance and Procedures

    1. When the bell rings, you are expected to be in the classroom and either retrieving your materials from the cabinet or being in your seat. Painting takes a lot of time, especially cleaning up, so make every minute of class count!
    2. Your attendance, participation and effort are crucial for success in this class. Though I gladly encourage cooperative learning (helping your neighbor, sharing ideas, etc.), you must be on-task during studio time. If you are clearly off-task and goofing around to the point of disturbing others, you will receive verbal warnings, followed by detention and/or phone calls home. Each warning will be serious and consistent. Your seating arrangement may also be altered to prevent long-term distractions.
    3. In order to cover a wide range of art styles throughout the semester, it is crucial that artworks be completed in a timely manner.
    4. If you receive a low grade on an assignment, you may re-work it before the next project is due and turn it in for a better grade.
    5. Clean up your area at least 5 minutes before the end of class. You are responsible for the cleanliness of your own area!  ABSOUTLY NO GUM!
    6. Cell phones and mp3 players are not allowed. If you are seen using a cell phone or music player, you will be referred to the office.
    7. You are responsible for your make-up work if you miss class. Being absent does not automatically grant you a due date extension, and it is up to you to consult your neighbor or the instructor for guidance on missed work.
    8. Last but not least, be respectful: to your classmates, to your materials, to the furniture, and to me.


    Grading and Rubrics

    Eventually, you will be creating your own rubric in cooperation with me for each of your project grades. This gives you the opportunity to decide what criteria you will be graded on!


    Each art project will be worth a total of 25 points. It is up to you and your classmates (with my final approval) to decide how you want the points distributed into grading categories, such as Craftsmanship, Time/Effort, Creativity, Accuracy, and so forth, and how many points each category is worth.  Completion of preparation tasks (such as sketches, notes and research) will likely be included in your final project/portfolio grade.  The process of grading art differs from grading academic subjects. The criteria used to determine your grade is divided into two areas:  Portfolio & Effort.
















     Your class assignments and projects make up the portfolio grade.  You will be expected to turn your work in on specific dates.  Portfolio grades will be determined by the following:



                1. Assignment is neat and clean in appearance

    2. The assignment does not have additional unrelated drawings on the page

                3. There is an accurate observation of detail

    4. The overall design is pre-planned and done in a logical, sequential manner

                5. There is a mastery of technique                                                                            

                             Design and Composition

                1. Composition is pleasing to the viewer

                2. The elements and principals of art are used effectively 

    3. The assignment is consistent with the technique or artist being studied.


                1. The assignment shows originality

                2. The student’s personality / voice comes through

                3. The assignment is interesting to look at

                4. It is creative

                5. It holds the viewer’s attention

                             Time Management / Completion

                1. The entire page is filled with the assignment

                2. The assignment is completed accurately

                3.  Class time was used wisely

    4.  Much time and energy went into the planning and design of the art


     Portfolio work will make up 70% of your grade.  If you receive a low grade on an assignment, you may redo it at your own time before the next grading period.  The higher of the two grades will be earned.  Assignments take time however, and it is much wiser to pay attention to directions and detail the first time you do the assignment, rather than do it over.   If you finish an assignment before it is due, you will be given an additional assignment. It will incorporate the same technique of the assignment you finished. It will contribute to your time management / completion grade. You are expected to work with the technique you are learning each class period until a new assignment is given.


    The Effort Grade:

     This part of your grade is determined by your attendance, attitude, and commitment to the subject matter.  


                1. Punctuality to class

                2. Consistent attendance


                1. Self-motivation

    2. Responsibility for clean up of your own as well as shared equipment

                3. Mature behavior towards your classmates and teacher 

                4. Attentiveness to directions


                1. Being prepared

                2. Staying on task during the entire class period

                3. Seriously working on the assignment

                4. Commitment to self-growth regarding learning new techniques


     Your effort grade makes up about 30% of your total grade.  It is given at the end of each quarter.  Being off task, talking excessively, wasting time, walking around without teacher permission, not working on assignments, socializing, doing homework, making up excuses, being noisy or disruptive, cleaning up too early, misusing equipment, coming unprepared to class, wearing electronic devices, using cell phones, abusing chitchat rules, being insubordinate or argumentative, talking back, abusing hands off policy, and failing to clean your work area and equipment will adversely affect your effort grade.


    Tips for Success

    1. Always have all materials available, especially pencils and paintbrushes.

    2. Don’t hesitate to ask for help! 

    3. Even if you’re struggling, stay confident and have a positive attitude.

    4. There is a "hands off" policy regarding work done in this classroom by other people both from your class and from other periods.  Look and enjoy but don’t touch. Working on someone else's project is considered plagiarism and is not allowed. Refer to page 9 of your agenda for details.

    6. Talking with each other while working is permitted in good taste. Speak using academic language and proper vocabulary. Avoid inappropriate language and subject matter.

    7. Dress appropriate for class in accordance with the school’s dress code policy.



    School Policies

     You are subject to all of the policies, standards, and conduct expectations that Segerstrom Fundamental High School requires of you.


    Please sign the bottom portion of this page and keep it in your portfolio.


    I have read and understand the requirements and expectations for this Drawing and Painting course as presented in this syllabus.



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