Art 1

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Class Purpose
Art I is a foundations course where the emphasis is on awareness of the various aspects of art. Over the span of the course you will experience a wide range of art media and techniques, and explore the relationship between the discipline of art and your life. As a beginner’s class, your mastery of skills is not as important as your participation and growth. I strongly believe that if you put forth effort into every assignment, your artistic ability will improve regardless of what you are capable of now.

Class Rules

  • Be respectful to all others. We all joke around, myself included. Respect people’s limits when someone finds your comment offensive instead of funny. Respect people’s space, requests, class work, and property. You should expect to be treated with respect in return.
  • Be prepared. You are expected to be ready to learn and participate every day. You need to bring the few materials that are required of you, and you need to be in the class by the bell, quickly getting to your desk so we can start the day’s lesson.
  • Follow directions.
  • Abide by the Student Code of Conduct (SCOC). There are expectations of dress and behavior that are district wide, and those apply to this classroom as well.
  • Consequences

  • Verbal warning
  • Conference with student
  • Detention
  • Conference with parent
  • Referral
  • Serious infractions will result in an immediate referral to the AP’s office.

    Tardy Policy
    A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in the room as the bell begins to ring. The door is shut as the bell rings. A student will need a valid pass to gain entrance to the class

    Grading
    The Quarter (or nine-weeks) grades are composed of two types of assignments:

    • Summative: to include critiques and major projects that are a summation of material we have been working on.
    • Formative: to include minor projects, practice exercises, and sketchbook assignments.

    For regular level art the grade weights are 40% formative, 60% summative. For Pre-AP the grade weights are 35% formative, 65% summative.

    Late Work and Improving Your Grade
    Artwork takes time. Good artwork takes longer. All work turned in will be graded as-is. Once it has been evaluated, you may take any project and complete it or rework it for a higher grade – everyone can rework any artwork for any reason, for full credit, within any given nine-weeks period. There is no late penalty.

    Tutoring and Working Beyond the Classroom
    Once school begins tutoring times will be posted. There will opportunities both in the morning and afterschool if you want to come in and work or get help. Additionally, it may be possible for you to take your work home if the provided tutoring times do not work for you.

    For questions, I can best be reached by email.

    Website: elamarthistory.com
    E-Mail: james.elam@killeenisd.org

    Materials List
    You can get these materials at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and occasionally H.E.B.

    • Several #2 pencils. All you will need are traditional #2 pencils. I will provide specialized drawing pencils when they are needed.

    If you do want to get your own drawing pencils, be sure to get at least a #6 and/or an Ebony pencil. A wider variety of pencils would be better, and some stores sell pencil kits. When buying pencils, an H lead means a hard lead, which is good for technical, precise, fine-line drawing. B leads are soft leads and are good for shading. The higher the number on the pencil, the darker the lead is.

    Regardless of what pencil(s) you get, do not get a charcoal pencil.

    • A large eraser. Any kind of eraser but the pink one! Both the Factis white erasers and the kneaded erasers are good, but really any will do.
    • Spiral-bound or hardbound sketchbook, 8 ½” x 11” or equivalent size. This will become a tool for us both in and out of the classroom. Do not get a sketchpad.

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    Last Words
    I would like to add that I am here to help you. Whether you are having trouble in this class or another, or even a problem outside of school, I will be glad to help you to the best of my ability. But there is a catch – you have to tell me what is going on. I am a lot of things, but a mind reader I am not. Let me know what is going on. I look forward to this year with you! I hope you enjoy it, have fun, and learn!