Villegas Middle School
I look forward to helping you become successful in completing Advanced Art. This class is designed to help you advance your artistic skills and your overall knowledge of art. This letter is to explain my class procedures and expectations regarding behavior, class work, and grades.
Every class will start with looking at the objective for the day. This lets us know what we need to complete before the class time is finished. We will also look at the standard, which is the art principle that the objective is based on. At the beginning of class, it is imperative that each student is in their seat with materials out, ready to begin when the bell rings. During the lesson, we will refer to the objective to keep ourselves on task. It is important that you are in the studio every day in order to learn the information. Absenteeism is the number one reason why students do poorly in school. If you are not here, you cannot learn the information.
You will need these materials every day in the studio:
- Pencils – Wooden Pencils are a necessity in an art studio. You will need 3 specific leads to do your best in this class: HB, 2B, and 4B. These can be found in any basic pencil pack. Mechanical pencils are NOT allowed in the studio.
- Pencil Sharpeners – Having your own simple pencil sharpener at your table is mandatory in the studio. Make sure it has a shaving catch so that you do not make a mess.
- Large Erasers – This is an art class. You will make many mistakes that need to be erased. Pink or white, large eraser will do.
- Sketchbook – The vast majority of your work will be in the sketchbook. The minimum size sketch book is 9” X 12”. Sketch books must be white paper and AT LEAST 50 pages.
- Colored Pencils – I have many colored pencils in the studio, but this is just an option so that you do not have to share with mine. This will also give you the opportunity to have others colors that I do not have.
- Paint Brushes – Some of the projects in this class are painting projects. I have many brushes in the studio, but this is just an option so that you do not have to share with mine. A simple paint brush set will do.
- Clay Carving Tools - Some of the projects in this class are ceramics projects. I have many tools in the studio, but this is just an option so that you do not have to share with mine. A simple clay carving tool set will do.
- Paint Rag – Paint brushes need to be washed and dried multiple times in a class period, a simple rag is needed to do this. This could be a dish cloth or even an old shirt. You will not be able to paint without a paint rag. Paper towels can NOT be used as a supplement.
NOTE: I understand that there are many items required for Advanced Art, but all of these items can easily be found in the Art Section at Target, Wal-Mart, or Michaels.
Your grade will be based on three variables:
TECHNICAL DRAWING: Technical drawing will begin on Tuesday and will be due at the beginning of class on Friday. If you are absent on Tuesday, your technical drawing is still required and due on Friday. Unlike in previous courses, you will not be assigned a specific sketch to do for the week, but you WILL have a specific THEME. It is your responsibility to bring/borrow a device WITH HEADSET to follow along with a video of YOUR choice on Tuesdays, as long as it follows the THEME. It is important that Tuesday in Advanced Art be a SILENT and professional work environment. Do not forget your HEADSET. Technical drawing is worth 20% of your total class grade.
PROJECTS: You will be making 9 projects this year. Projects do NOT go home with you. We work on them every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. They are due on the specific critique days described below. Every day that the project is NOT turned in after the due date, the project will lose 10% of its total point value. Projects are worth 60% of your total class grade.
CRITIQUES: You will be critiquing several of your colleague’s projects this semester. You will fill out a critique sheet for each project that you are responsible for critiquing and paste it in your Sketchbook. If you are absent on Critique Day, it is very difficult to make up the points. Critique Days are the most important days of the semester. Critiques are worth 20% of your total class grade.
The grading scale is as follows:
A: 100% - 90% D: 69% - 60%
B: 89% - 80% F: 59% or below
C: 79% - 70%
At the end of the first grading period (6 weeks from now), any student failing the class will be scheduled a parent/teacher conference to discuss your grade in my class.
Rules regarding behavior
This year is your opportunity to further your academic success in art. There are only four rules that must be maintained in my classroom:
- Be Prepared- meaning materials, brain activity, and positive attitude.
- Be Respectful: meaning the “Golden” rule, treat me good, treat yourself good, treat everyone good
- Just Do It: meaning there is a lot of work in this class, you don’t have to love it, you just have to do it
- Just Ask: meaning Art is not easy, if you have a question don’t be afraid to ask me.
- Due to this being an Advanced course, if these rules are not followed, I will make one phone call home. If there is a second infraction, I will speak with your counselor and parents about an elective that is better suited for you.
During this year we have a lot of crucial information to cover and a lot of beautiful art to create; this is why these standards must be upheld. This year will be an important learning time for your artistic career, because of this, disruption in the classroom will not be tolerated.
If you or your parents have any questions about the information in this letter, please feel free to contact me at (951)358-1695. I am available any time before school.
I have read and understood the following communication.
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