Art I Syllabus

Art I Course Syllabus  

Course:          Art I (Introduction to Art) 1 Credit

                        Instructor:     Joanne Zachery, M.Ed.

         Pens, Erasers, Portfolio, Sketchbook, &  Folder with brads

Course Description and Rationale

This course will teach you about the “grammar” of art and how people from other cultures and times have used a common visual language to express their own unique perspective.  With time and practice students will become fluent in this language.


Learning is an active process.  Therefore, keep a positive attitude and learning will be fun for you and your classmates.  Attend school daily and expect to learn something new daily.  Students should respect themselves, others, and Ms. Zachery.


  1. Course Objective

    Upon successful completion of Art I, the students will

    • Be able to think with their hand.
    • Understand and apply media, techniques, and process.
    • Use knowledge of structures and functions.
    • Choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
    • Understand art in relation to history and cultures.
    • Reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and work of other artists.
    • Connect visual arts with other disciplines.
    • Course Topics
    • Art I is an introductory level of the elements and principles of design.

  2. Art I is an introductory level of the elements and principles of design.

    Elements:  line, shape, form, value, color, space, and texture.  

    Principles: balance, unity, contrast, emphasis, pattern, movement, and rhythm.


  3. Attendance Policy

    In the event a student is absent, it is their responsibility to complete any missing assignments or test missed.  The student will need to meet with me about the missed work and make up a test as soon as possible.  Students are rarely given homework in ART, unless they have an excessive number of excused absences.  All projects and assignments are completed in Room 200 of the Main Building, Computer Lab or the Library at MCHS.


  4. Instructional Methods and Activities

    Students will be given a monthly calendar to inform them of assignments, quizzes, projects, or test due dates.  The learners will also organize an A.J. (Academic Journal) and a portfolio.  The students will demonstrate their ability to understand art terms, produce projects and recognize different artists’ work to the best of their ability.  Materials used in Art include the following: crayons, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, tempera paint, oil pastels, etc. 

    I expected the student’s best effort at all times.


    Classroom Rules, Policies and procedures 

    • Being in your seat, pencil sharpened and ready to work before the BELL.
    • Bring a pencil to class EVERY day.
    • Receive instructions before starting an assignment.
    • Take care of the supplies.
    • Remain in your seat at the end of the period until the bell rings.
    • Bring your Agenda Book daily.
    • Organize your A.J. and your portfolio daily


  5. Evaluation

Grades are based on a point system.  Each assignment counts a quantity of points based on the complexity of the project.  In the event a student is absent, it is their responsibility to complete any missing assignments or test missed. 


Grade Scale:                                                     

A=93-100                     Projects/Daily Drawings - 60%

B=85-92                           Test/Assignments - - - - - 30%

C=75-84                            Class Participation - - - - -10%


F=Below 70


 VIII.     Class Participation

Participation in class includes paying attention, following directions, doing assignments, asking questions, giving feedback and having a present body.  If the student is making excessive restroom visit, being TARDY, going to see another teacher during my class time, going to his/her locker and just being absent excessively, this will make it very difficult to be involved in class participation.

If you have any questions, or concern, please feel to contact me at 873-8100 between A-Day 7:00-8:30.  Leave a Message.  I will return your phone call by the end of the day.  Have a great year!



Purpose: Art 1 is a course that provides an introduction to art through a multi-media experience. Students will learn and apply the elements and principles of design to produce creative art projects that reflect their understanding of these concepts.

Materials: You will only need a pencil, eraser, and your creative mind.

Daily Expectations: My expectations of students are that you use your class time wisely and work on the project at hand.

If you miss class: Stop in and ask what you need to do, you may have to take work home or to study hall to get caught up.

Grading: Your grade in art will come from the following:

Doing what is assigned and meeting the objectives of the project.

Your finished piece of work

Originality of your work

Being neat and careful

Using your class time wisely

Going above and beyond the project assigned (creativity)

Using your ability to the fullest


A. Provide the opportunity to learn and understand the elements and principles of design.

B. Provide the opportunity to have hands-on projects.

C. Provide the opportunity to try a variety of media.

D. Provide the opportunity to be free and creative. 

Unit 5: SPACE/PERSPECTIVE: Perspective worksheet 2-point perspective boxes 2-point perspective name design Perspective project Mixed up grids.

Test on Henry Moore             Space                      Picasso

Unit 6: TEXTURE: Texture in pencil drawing Embossed copper project

Test on Duane Hanson         Jan Vermeer             Texture

Unit 7: PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN: Balance/Movement:

Pointillism Repetition:

Repetition worksheet



Test on the Taj Mahal         Balance        Piet Mondrian

The time frame varies with each individual class for each project; I will let the class know when deadlines are approaching. A project is due for each Unit.

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