Cliff Elective Class

Visual Arts


Teacher Contact- Email is the preferred method or a voicemail can be left at 720-424-1777

 This Week In Class

 Visual Arts Requirements and Policies                                                

It is the responsibility of every student to be familiar with and honor classroom policies and Department Requirements listed on the Denver School of the Arts VA home page.

Students involved in a quality art program will learn to convey ideas, and emotions through their artwork. Students will improve their ability to analyze, critique, and understand as they create. Students will practice and experiment with a variety of art materials and techniques while developing drawing and painting skills. Students will learn to express their ideas visually and communicate personal concepts through writing assignments and Artist Statements.

Flash Drive- Each student is responsible for their own work, and also saving that work. Any writing assignments or digital files must be saved in a secure place not on a school computer. Saving work on a USB flash drive is an easy way to do so. Please make sure that you use a 1G or larger.

Evaluation- This course follows The Denver Public School Grading System

In-Class Assignment- Students will be evaluated on how well they have met the stated objectives for in-class art projects, written assignments, and tests. With each completed project an artist statement is also to be included with student work. This allows students to explain the concept and techniques used to create the work. Craftsmanship is also closely looked at in this course, and is graded. Work is to be neatly presented and labeled. The presentation is a part of the grade.

Professional Points- all students are expected to be responsible and to do their best work at all times. Points may be earned for putting forth best effort each day and being on time and prepared. Points may also be deducted for unexcused absences, being tardy to class, late Sketchbook Assignments, class disruptions, misuse of materials, lack of participation or not putting forth one’s best effort in class.

There will be a final exam in the course.

Classroom Procedures

Be in your seat when class begins.

Be open to trying new techniques, receptive to learning about all areas of art and maintain a positive, inquisitive attitude.
Critique participation is an important part of art school process and all students must fully participate
Be open to trying new techniques and receptive to learning about all areas of art.  A positive, inquisitive mind-set is expected from all students.

Critique participation is a major part of the art school process.

Care for the studio space, equipment and supplies in a cooperative and responsible manner.  Clean up and replacement of tools is a group responsibility.

 NO FOOD (except water bottles with screw lids) is permitted in VA classrooms. Drink cups or cans left at the studio door will be thrown away.  Repeated offenders will be assigned cleaning duties in the studio after school.

Students are not allowed in the Bookroom or Jewelry studio without teacher permission.

Focus for the full block-period without excessive noise or horseplay.

Respectful behavior toward the instructor, peers and the artwork of others

The computers in this lab are not yours.  Do not change anything as other VA students use these each period.

Do not save anything to the desktop or computer.

Computers may be used for research as directed by teacher.  Students are responsible for keeping their assigned device safe from falls, spills and clean.

Students must return the laptops and other digital devices at the end of class.

Cell Phones

No texting or voice communication during class.

No cell phone use of any kind during testing or critiques.

Cell phones and headphones are a distraction to the learning process and will not be permitted during class.  When class begins all devices are put away.

There will be no use of headphones or ear buds during instruction.  Students may listen to music with teacher permission once the class is working independently as long as it is not a distraction to others and you can still hear me if I need to address the class.

Raise your hand if you have a question or need help.

All artwork must be original work created by you.  No copy work.

If it is not yours do not touch it.

Clean up materials and the area you are working in, put away your artwork and tool boxes before you leave the Visual Arts room.