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I: Foundations of Studio Art

Instructor: Mrs. Hensley

Course Description

Art 1 is the prerequisite course for the
comprehensive high school art program
and fulfills the 1 credit Fine Arts
graduation requirement. Studio
problems are designed to build creative
and critical thinking skills through
practice in drawing, painting,
printmaking, sculpture, and other art

Course Topics

Elements of Art: Ceramics / Clay Sculptures
line, texture, value, shape, form, Scratchboard / Creating linear texture
space, color Printmaking / Multicolor Linoleum Prints
Space / Negative vs. Positive Art Criticism / Feldman Method
Drawing / Learning to See Aesthetics / 3 Theories of Aesthetic Style
Craftsmanship/Composition Watercolor Painting / 3 Styles of Art
Still Life Drawing / Narrative Work Principles of Design:
Oil Pastel / Design- Based Techniques balance, repetition, emphasis, movement,
Charcoal / Portraits contrast, variety, proportion, unity

Required Materials:
4 #2 pencils & 2 erasers to add to the class collection that you may use all year.
Sketchbook We will be using a sketchbook starting on the first day of the second
week of school. The sketchbook will be used for class notes, image collection, sketches
for idea development, journaling, and critiques so I would highly recommend a spiral
bound 9x12 sketchbook that will hold up for the entire year.
** Optional: an apron or old oversized shirt to protect your clothing.

ART I Name__________________________

2017-2018 Period _______

Students and Parents or Guardians, please read the statement below:

Mrs. Hensley went over the syllabus, course content, art studio expectations, grading,
attendance, and tardy policies. She also covered the Howard High School policy regarding cell
phones and other electronic devices. I have seen a copy of Howard High Schools Discipline
Ladder and understand the consequences outlined. Mrs. Hensley answered any questions I
had about the syllabus (a digital copy can be found at under Art 1:
Syllabus) and I understand what is expected of me in Art class.

Student Signature_________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name (print) ______________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature__________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Contact information:

Home Phone # _____________________________________________________________

Cell Phone # _______________________________________________________________

E-mail adress_______________________________________________________________

* Please sign and return this page by the first day of the second week of school. *

Art Studio Expectations

1. Sit in your assigned seat.

2. Respect others space.
3. No cursing or teasing.
4. Quiet while others are teaching.
5. Voice level should suit activity.

Students are permitted to use an electronic device between classes and during lunch as long as they can
hear and respond to staff members. Students will take full responsibility for any electronic device that is
brought to school. Students may not use electronic devices during art class for any purpose unless
specifically permitted to do so by the teacher there will be a verbal and visual cue. During tests or exams,
electronic devices must be stored in the designated container unit.

FOOD AND DRINK POLICY: nothing but water in a CLEAR container is allowed in the art room.

*Adherence to the school-wide Student Handbook policies is expected at all times. If you choose to break
any of the above rules, then you have chosen to accept the consequences as outlined on Howard High
Schools Discipline Ladder:
Sequence Contact Consequence
1 Offense Classroom Teacher Warning and Parental Contact
2 Offense Classroom Teacher Teacher Detention and Parental Contact
3 Offense PBIS Coordinator PBIS Conference, Parental Contact, School detention
4 Offense PBIS Coordinator PBIS Conference, Parental Contact, Fri./Sat. School

5 Offense Administrator Assigned Consequence per HCPSS Code of Conduct

Tardy & Attendance/Late Work Policy

Be in your seat and ready to learn when the bell rings - If you are late, the discipline ladder applies.
**The ONLY excused tardy that I accept must be accompanied by a teachers signature in your agenda book.

* For excused absences, you may make up missed work. You are permitted a one day extension for every
day you are absent. You are responsible for asking the instructor for missed work. The nature of the
assignment may require that you do the work at school rather than at home. It is up to the instructor to
decide on what day and at what time this would occur.

*Final assignments handed in late will have 10 points deducted each day until its worth half-credit. You
may receive up to credit for final assignments until the end of the quarter.

*Homework & sketchbook assignments handed in late will have 5 points deducted each day that its late.

*Extensions on a FINAL assignment will be given at my discretion and only to those students who work
diligently in class and cannot finish or work meticulouslynot to those who waste studio time.

* Do-Over Policy Not happy with the job you did on a FINAL assignment the first time around? You can
submit 1 re-do per quarter.

Class Routine

1 Drill
What are we going to do today? (The warm-up gets us started)

2 Instruction/Demo
This is when I talk about or show you things you need to know. Pay attention.

3 Studio Time
Independent time to make art.

4 Critiques
A great way to share and learn from one anothers work.

5 Clean- Up
Be responsible for your table space and put things back where you got them.

6 Closure
Did we learn what we set out to learn?


Drills: Daily warm-ups meant to help you focus and participate in class discussions. (2 pts each)

Sketchbook: an exploratory journal to keep sketches and ideas in throughout the process of completing
the product. (10 pts / activity)

Final assignments: For each unit, you will be given the following information: (100 pts total)

Lesson Objective - tells you what the problem is that youll need to solve
Criteria - tells you what specifically you need to know and do to be successful

A 90 100 (Exemplary completely fulfills objectives)
B 80 89 (Very Good - fulfills most objectives)
C 70 79 (Average - fulfills some objectives)
D 60 69 (Needs Improvement - fulfills few objectives)
E 0 59 (Unsatisfactory - Missing or Incomplete Work)

Homework: Enrichment or research done outside of class to help reinforce what youre learning. (10pts)

Exams: Midterm and final exams, including content weve covered up to that point. (100 pts)