Visual Arts Beginning Level III
Teacher Contact- Email is the preferred method Jim_Cliff@DPSK12.org or a voicemail can be left at 720-424-1777
This Week In Class
Expressive Drawing with India Ink
This Week’s Sketchbook Assignment Due Friday March 17th
Writing #1 Tuesday, February 7
3rd Quarter Show and Potluck Thursday, March 9
Writing #2 Tuesday, March 14
Writing #3 Tuesday, May 9
4th Quarter Show and Year End Celebration Friday, May 19
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.
Sketchbook– A sketchbook is required for weekly sketchbook assignments and may be purchased through the VA Department. Sketchbook Assignments reinforce vocabulary and concepts that will be presented in class. Each Sketchbook Assignment will be discussed in class before it is due. You are to draw the assignment so that it fills the entire page in your sketchbook. Give yourself 1 inch borders around the edge of the page using a ruler. Use this space to clearly label the assignment and write you name. Each Sketchbook Assignment must be completed in the sketchbook and be presented as part of the weekly in class critique to receive full credit. Each Sketchbook Assignment is worth up to 10 points. 1 point will be deducted for each day it is late.
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.
Sketchbook Assignments- It is important to spend time interpreting each assignment in a unique and creative way. Each assignment must be done with as much professionalism as possible. Completed assignments and work must reflect an effort that is to the best of your ability.
Writing Assignments- students are responsible for visiting galleries or museums and writing critiques about a specific show and experience. Instructions and forms can be found on the website under the VA Forms tab and also printed.
Contest Requirements- 6th grade is responsible for participating in 2 shows or contests during the course of the entire school year. These are contests they had to submit work to and must document. The Contest Documentation Form is on the website under VA Forms.
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.
Important Things to Remember While in the Classroom
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.
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 middle room 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. Each student is responsible for keeping their assigned device secure and safe from falls, spills, etc. and returning the laptops and other digital devices at the end of class.
Cell Phones-may not be used for viewing reference photos or conducting research.
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 in class. All devices are put away at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted.
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 before you leave.