Welcome to the World of Visual Arts!!
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Welcome to the World of Visual Arts!
I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive school year. All students will create a portfolio, a sketchbook, and keep a journal. A strong work ethic is essential for success in this class. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate the following learning skills: Initiative, Teamwork, and Organization. The programs are designed based on the goals identified in the South Carolina Visual Arts Standards. The Art 1 students will be issued an ArtTalk textbook- please bring it to class daily.
Art 1- 1 Credit: Students will create artwork in pencil, charcoal, pen, oil & chalk pastel, acrylic paint, watercolor, printmaking, and mixed media. Throughout this course, students utilize traditional drawing and painting techniques. Each project assigned facilitates in building an understanding of the properties of light, aerial perspective, scale, and proportion. The elements of art and principles of design are integrated into student projects. Teacher demonstrations and projected slide shows enable them to develop an appreciation for the visual arts as well as expose them to the various styles of painting from ancient to modern art eras. Art is a vehicle for knowing and understanding the world and their heritage. At this level, students may discover or develop a unique talent that could lead to further studies or career opportunities in visual art.
Art 2-1 Credit: Experience Art through the Eyes of the Artist! The course is organized to include works of art from various artist through multiple time periods. The students will be able to identify and use the creative techniques developed by the specific artists and the time periods that surround them with hands on activities. The course will provide students with an understanding of how to identify the mood and meanings surrounding the artwork and artist. The students will develop an ability to visually analyze of works of art. This course is designed for a second year art student.
Art 3- Advanced Art – 1 Credit: will allow students to begin developing their own personal style in their artwork with guidance. Throughout the year, each student will prepare his or her best work and exemplifying the various skills, techniques, and media they have learned throughout Arts 1 and 2. Students will have more freedom in the media and the choices of art that they choose to do to an extent. Originality in expressing ideas is emphasized by studying various approaches to composition. Pre-requisites: Two years of Art and Teacher Recommendation
Art 4- Honors Art- 1 Credit: will allow students to concentrate on developing their own personal style in their artwork with limited guidance. Throughout the year, each student will prepare a concentration of his or her best work and exemplifying the various skills, techniques, and media they have learned throughout Arts 1-3. Students will have more freedom in the media and the choices of art that they choose to do. Originality in expressing ideas is emphasized by studying various approaches to composition. Students will be able to prepare a professional portfolio for college. Pre-requisites: Three years of Art and Teacher Recommendation
Introduce students to the elements and principles of design.
Introduce a wide variety of media and materials.
Expose students to special tools, techniques, and methods.
Familiarize students with historical and contemporary artists.
Look critically at historical and student works.
Gain conceptual understanding of the elements and principles of design.
Make connections between the visual arts and careers.
Create a professional portfolio.
- Respect all people and property.
- Be in your seat before the bell.
- Come to class with your required materials.
- Participate in ALL class activities.
- Manage your time efficiently.
- Do NOT talk while the teacher is talking.
- A Warning to the Student
- Student Conference with Teacher
- Phone Call to Parent
- Lunch Detention
- Office Referral
*In the case of a serious offense, the above steps will be skipped and the student will have immediate referral to the school administration.
- Clean your work station appropriately.
- Clean and put away your supplies and artwork.
- Restroom breaks will only be allowed during individual work time.
Homework/Classwork could consist of daily and/or weekly journal and sketchbook activities. It is possible that some art projects may need to be completed outside of the classroom. Homework could include researching an art topic/artist or bringing an item to use in a project.
Homework/class work, projects, and test/quizzes will be allowed to be made up on the first day after the absence. Make up work will be posted on the bulletin board. There is a five -day limit on make-up work. It is the students’ responsibility to request the make-up work.
Tutoring is available to all students. Please sign up for a specific day and time in advance to attend during the ILT Time. I am willing to work with you with notice and flexibility.
All grading is based on the South Carolina Grading Scale. My grading policy will be organized in this structure: Sketchbook/Notebook-25%, Quizzes/Tests- 25%, and Projects- 50%.
If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit our classroom, schedule a conference, or volunteer to help out, you can contact me at 564-1100, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the best way to reach me quickly.
Please return the attached information sheet and additional forms by Friday, August 24. Please complete the volunteer form, if you are interested in attending and assisting with functions and field trips. Throughout the year, your student may be recognized for their achievements in Art by publishing their name, artwork, and possible personal photograph; in and not limited to, the local newspapers, on local news channels, the town marque, and on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and on Artsonia (which is used a student online art portfolio. Please advise if you would prefer not to participate in this type of student recognition on the attached form.
Once again, welcome to Visual Arts. Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!
Leah B. Shackleford
Student Contact Information - Shackleford Return By Friday, August 24
Student:__________________________ Preferred Name:_________________
Contact Telephone Numbers:
- It is important that you provide a working email. This will provide you with access to view, comment, and vote for your student’s artwork on Artsonia! MUST BE A PARENT/ADULT!
Is there anything you would like me to know about your student? (Health, Allergies, Interests, etc..) This helps in planning field trips and class activities. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Are you interested in chaperoning on a field trip? Yes or No
Wagener-Salley High School/Aiken County Public School District have my permission to recognize my student for their achievements in Art by publishing their name, artwork, and possible personal photograph; in and not limited to, the local newspapers, on local news channels, the town marque, and on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and on Artsonia (which is used a student online art portfolio).
YES OR NO
Please sign and return the student information form by Wednesday, August 17 to acknowledge receipt of the informational letter. Please keep the letter for future reference.
Parent(s)/ Guardian(s) Signatures Date
Students are asked to bring the attached list of supplies to school by Monday, August 27. You may be asked to bring more items thru out the school year. Please be reminded to pay the class fee of $10.00. This fee purchases art supplies for use in the classroom such as canvases and various papers.
Art Supply List
#2 Pencils (Keep a Supply on you)
Pink Pearl Erasers (Keep a Supply on you)
One 3 Ring 2” Binder
One Pack of White Copy Paper
Apron or Old Shirt- Accidents and messes do happen -Plan Ahead! There are no guarantees that the products we use will wash out! I do have aprons in the room for student use.
** They are responsible for keeping these items with them throughout the school year.
Classes begin on Monday, August 20. Students will have 10 school days to make schedule changes to enroll in a Art Class. This year, we are offering Art 1. This is the entry level for all art students. Art 2 is best suited for the second year art student. Art 3- is reserved for those students whom are completing their third year of art. Art 4 is reserved for those students whom are completing their fourth year of art. Teacher approval is required for levels 3 and 4. All the above listed courses are hands-on with the students creating artwork.