IB Art

Using the Menu to Find Assignments
By using the menu bar above, you can gain access to the lessons we will be doing all year.  If you have missed an assignment, are working at home, or are just curious about what is coming down the road, you can use the drop-down menu for Painting to take a look at everything we have planned.

Class Purpose
Welcome to the class! This course is an advanced level course with an intense focus on the methods, reasoning, and purposes of art.

My goal is to help you successfully complete the IB fine arts requirements, while at the same time helping you to become a better artist. To help facilitate that we will (over the length of the course) explore media, expand your experience with previously learned media, teach you the tools of composition, expression, and abstraction, and then give you a tool by which you can evaluate artwork—your work as well as the work of others. All of this will be done in order to help you develop and grow as an artist.

Class Rules

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Follow directions.
  4. 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.


  1. Verbal warning
  2. Conference with student
  3. Detention
  4. Conference with parent
  5. 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.

Each nine-weeks grade is determined as:

  • 70% summative: to include critiques and major projects that are a summation of material we have been working on.
  • 30% formative: to include minor projects and sketchbook assignments.

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. With the exception of sketchbook assignments, there are no late penalties.

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.

We will use the Remind texting service to help provide reminders of due dates and homework assignments. For questions, I can best be reached by email.

Website:         elamarthistory.com
Remind:          Text message to: 81010
Message: @elamism

Primary Texts

  • DeWitte, Deborah; Larmann, Ralph. Gateways to Art, 2011.       You will receive your text soon.
  • smarthitory.org is an amazing online resource that will be used in addition to our textbook.

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.
  • Several 6B or ebony pencils. These are specialized drawing pencils that you will need access to at home.
  • 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, 9” x 12” or equivalent size. This will become a tool for us both in and out of the classroom, and mandatory for this program. 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!