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6-8th Exploratory Art

Mrs. Stacey Paulsen Woodward-Granger Phone: 515.438.4263 Email- spaulsen@wg.k12.ia.us Class webpage: wg-artdept.weebly.com Course Description- This course will cover a variety of art mediums and styles. The elements and principles of design will be at the core of the instruction. Most of the instruction will be project based, along with some reading and writing requirements. The elements we will be studying include: * Line * Shape * Form * Space * Value * Color * Texture These elements of art are applied to an artwork using the principles of design, which include: * Balance * Variety * Emphasis * Rhythm * Proportion * Unity

The vocabulary of the elements and principles of design is important to understand and use to speak Art with other artists about art. Assignments- Sketchbook Assignments-pages must contain either sketchbook assignments, artwork, artwork pre-planning, doodles, written ideas, and/or any other content. (Sketchbook Assignments=25 points each). Most projects are worth 100 points and have due dates. You can expect to lose 20% of the points for each week an assignment is late. You are required to bring a sketchbook and pencil to class each day, along with creativity, style, and a good attitude. Educational Philosophy- Creativity and effort are more important in my classroom that talent. It will be apparent if effort is not present in your work. I believe that naturally talented artists are very rare; instead, I believe art can be learned by anyone who has the desire. Class Rules & Expectations 1. Attend class regularly and be responsible for all assignments. (5 daily participation points are to be given daily) 2. Be prepared for class, bring all necessary materials and work with you. 3. Attend to personal needs (restroom, drinks, etc) between classes. Leaving class will be limited. 4. During presentations and demonstrations you are expected to be attentive, ask questions, and take notes. 5. During work time, you are expected to use your time wisely, work cooperatively, and speak quietly. 6. Stay on task for the ART activity we are doing. It is not acceptable to use work time for study hall or sit and do nothing. 7. Be respectful toward yourself and others in class. 8. Use all equipment and materials in a safe and responsible manner.

9. Clean up after yourself Classroom Discipline Procedures- In the event that school and classroom rules are not followed, I will go through the following procedures. Verbal Warning Teacher/Student discussion time Phone call/email home Office referral Severe Action- Any and all safety and severe disrespect issues are a direct ticket to the office. Grading Scale A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF 94-100 90-93 87-89 84-86 80-83 77-79 74-76 70-73 67-69 64-66 60-63 59-0 Grading Criteria Project grades will be determined based on the following. Preparation * Do you enter class on time with your materials ready? * Do you hand in projects on time? Quality * Do you complete projects to the best of your creative and technical abilities? Time on Task * Do you use all the time available for the assigned project? Clean-up * Do you clean up tools you got dirty? * Do you put away materials you got out? * Do you leave your work area cleaner that you found it?