Art III Syllabus

Art III Course Syllabus:  2018-19

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Course description:

(prerequisite: Art II)

Art III is an intermediate level art course, where students will continue to explore the Elements and Principles of Design as a method for understanding, appreciating, criticizing, and producing works of art.  They will continue to learn about various artists and art styles, and how to appropriate these styles into their own art work.  Using a variety of media, students will continue to learn skills in drawing, painting, and design.  Students will be encouraged to photograph and organize their work in order to build a portfolio, which can be used in successive art classes or for college applications. A responsibility toward materials, tools, and equipment is stressed through various art activities.  The bulk of the work produced in this class will be in the form of visual/studio products.

Tentative schedule:

  • Drawing or painting media
  • Personal Reflection drawing, graphite pencil
  • Watercolor Techniques Sampler: wet-into-wet, flat wash, graded wash, dry brush, scraping, masking with fluid, masking with tape, and salt textures.
  • Floral/vegetal anomaly collage and painting, watercolor
  • Gesture and mass drawings, pencil and vine charcoal
  • Still-life of glass and metal objects on toned paper, charcoal
  • More colored pencil exercises
  • Candy composition, colored pencil
  • 3-point perspective drawings


    Honorable Efforts

    Students are expected to do work that reflects honest effort and personal, independent thinking.  Incidents of cheating will result in notification of parents, assistant principal, and guidance counselor.

    Make-up Work

    It is the responsibility of the student to find out what assignments were missed and to make arrangements to make up the missed work.  All make-up must be completed in an appropriate amount of time.  All late/missing work must be turned in by the end of each, current nine weeks grading period.  Work from previous grading periods will not be accepted.

    I (the teacher) stay late most days.  Students can use this opportunity to stay after school to make up missing work, to get ahead, or to receive more individualized instruction.  The student must arrange for an appointment with the teacher ahead of time and arrange for transportation home.


    Sketchbooks will be worked on both in and outside of class, and they will be graded per entry.  Entries will include class exercises, design plans for projects, and artist research and homage assignments.



    The grading scale for assignments will be the same grading scale used by BCPS.


                “A” grade:  excellent work – excellent skill, design, or concept.

                “B” grade:  good work – good skill, design, or concept.

                “C” grade:  average work – average skill, design, or concept.

                “D” grade:  below average work – below average skill, design

                “F” grade:   incomplete or un-attempted work.


    The three “C”s of Grading Art – general rubric

  • Composition – design, visual arrangement of parts within a picture.

  • Creativity – concept, originality of idea, depth of meaning, ambition.

  • Craftsmanship – skill, accuracy, attention to detail, neatness, proper construction

  • A “5” grade will be given for any assignment that is not turned in, or for an assignment that does not have the student’s name on it.  As soon as the assignment is turned in, the “5” grade will be replaced with the new grade

  • Grade appropriation:

  • Formative (40%) – class performance, clean-up, sketchbook exercises 

    Summative (60%) – projects, sketchbook assignments (artist research/homage), tests.



    Art II – Art V (including AP Studio) students will not take written exams. Instead, students will complete a studio exam project that will combine techniques, skills, or processes learned during the semester.  Students will be given the exam project assignment at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date.  

    Behavioral Expectations


    Readiness – as you enter class, store backpacks under tables or against the wall, get your materials out, sit in your assigned seat and get working.  Look at the screen or objectives board for specific instructions. 

    Preparation – bring required materials and sketchbook to class every day.  Keep hand-outs in your folder.  Have assignments at a level of completion so that they can be turned in on time.

     Effort – come to class with a positive attitude and an open mind.  Be willing to learn new information and new skills.  Be willing to try something new, even if it’s a little scary at first. Be willing to ask for help, accept help, and be willing to offer help to fellow classmates.  Take the initiative to stay after school to make up missing work or to receive individual help from the teacher.


    Care – Act responsibly with materials, tools, equipment, and others’ art work.  Clean-up work area and contribute to the order of the classroom.  Limited food and drinks (no meals) are allowed in class for students in Art III. Be mindful that drinks can spill and potentially damage art work.  Too much eating and drinking can also serve as a distraction toward focusing your energy and attention on your work.  Please store drinks on the floor under the table or on the counter next to the sink.

    Safety – Understand that all art materials, tools, and equipment, when used incorrectly, can pose a danger to your health and to the health of others.  Use art materials only for their intended purposes.  There is to be no running, playing, or “scuffling around” in class.  This is not only very distracting but could cause someone to get hurt.  If you spill water or paint on the floor, please clean it up so that no one slips and falls.

    Respect – Treat others the way you would like to be treated. 

  • Exercise good manners toward teacher and fellow classmates.

  • Expectations for the teacher

  • To treat all students fairly and equally.

    To treat students with patience and kindness.

    To respect each student as a unique individual.

    To push students so that they may reach their highest potential.

    To be helpful/to find ways to help you succeed in class.

    To provide a positive and environment that promotes inspiration and creativity.

    To maintain an environment that is safe and functional.

    To attend class.



    It is expected that students should try to visit the restroom between classes, and as little as possible during class time.  If a student truly needs to use the restroom, they must first ask the teacher for permission to go. If permission is granted, then the teacher will fill out a hall pass for the student.  Only one student is allowed to use the restroom at a time.  If I suspect that a student is abusing his/her restroom visit, then I reserve the right to refuse or delay the student from going.


    Disciplinary Consequences and Procedures



    Students will only be permitted to use cell phones in class for taking pictures and researching information on the internet, per specific class assignment. If a student is caught talking, texting, or playing games on their cellphone, then the cellphone will be confiscated and given to an administrator.



    Students will not be permitted to wear hats and backpacks during class.  Backpacks should be placed under the tables or against the wall, and hats should not be visible.  Students can store their hats in their backpacks.  Hats will be confiscated and given to the student at the end of class, or to an administrator if this is a recurring problem.



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