Intro to Art Class Guidebook | Mrs. Wong | Room 145

Contact Info

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

Extra Help/After School:

  • Tuesday & Thursday 2:20 - 3:20, Room 145 (Blue Days)
  • CDS, Red Days, Room 200H
Vicki C., Contour Drawing, 2015

Welcome!

Semester Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate through art activities their understanding of how to see and express in new ways.
  • apply new techniques and new materials in a proficient manner.
  • use elements and principles with expressive purpose.
  • create work that conveys a point of view.
  • explain and demonstrate through play and experimentation how original art can be created.
  • discuss and explain choices in their and other’s work.
  • reflect and analyze their own work and the work of others.
Sam M., Contour Drawing, 2015

Classroom Expectations

Each Day:

  • Come to class each day prepared with a pencil. No pencil? You may borrow one, but you will need to swap an item of your own for the pencil!
  • Come to class on time, ready to work.
  • All backpacks are to be placed at the front of the room or in the art storage cubby.
  • Demonstrate active listening and engagement.
  • Keep your cell phone away and out of sight, unless time is specifically designated by the teacher to take photos of your artwork for your portfolio.
  • Clean up your personal space and shared materials.
  • Take initiative with assignments.
  • Remain focused and work diligently throughout the entire class period.
  • Ask for help when you need it. If the teacher is currently working with a student, you can check the resources available to you for help or ask some of your classmates.
  • Try your very best! It's ok to make "mistakes" in art. That's how artists learn and stretch themselves to move into making truly great art. If you don't try, you'll never know. If something doesn't work out, just try again!

Portfolio:

You will be responsible for documenting all of your work in photographs (process and final product) as well as reflections in an online portfolio using Google Slideshow. At the end of each project, you will have a graded portfolio check. You will receive notification on Classroom when a portfolio check is happening. You will only need to create one portfolio for the semester. We will create it in class together on the first day and you will share the portfolio with me (awong@natickps.org). I will be able to see any and all updates from that point forward.

Attendance:

  • Attendance is a part of class participation. If you are frequently absent, your class participation will suffer unless you make an effort to make up lost time. To make up lost time, it is recommended that you utilize the available after school hours (see above).
  • If you are absent, check www.mrswong.org or Google Classroom for what we're currently working on. You can also email Mrs. Wong (awong@natickps.org) if you want to check on what you missed.

Classroom Materials:

  • We share the materials with many other classes. To ensure that materials are ready to use and clean, it is expected that you will properly wash brushes & water jars, put all items back where you found them and clean off your shared table (using cleaner and paper towels if necessary).
  • Sweep around your table if it is messy. There is a small dustpan and broom in the classroom.
  • You may borrow a pencil if you forgot one, but you will need to trade something for it. This is to make sure I get back the pencils that go out, which will guarantee I have one if you should need it!

To Ensure Success:

  1. No cell phones. NHS has a strict policy regarding cell phones as outlined in the student handbook. In our classroom, keep them out of sight and out of mind unless you are taking a photo for your portfolio. You should plan to transfer the photos from your phone to computer outside of class time. Before using your phone to take photos of your work, you should check with Mrs. Wong.
  2. Keep laptop put away when not in use. We will often not need the laptops and they tend to be a distraction when out on the tables.
  3. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  4. Questions about your work/grade in the class? These are not to be discussed at the very start or end of the period. During class time when everyone is working would be better. Ideally, it is recommended to ask these questions after school.
  5. Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Our classroom will function with a culture of mutual respect.
  6. When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.
Collin N., Liquid to Solid, 2016

Grading

If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work. Your grades will consist of your projects, participation and your portfolio checks.

Grading Weights:

  • Projects: 70% of final grade
  • Studio Conduct/Portfolio: 30% of final grade

Notes from the Student Handbook:

  • Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  • Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  • Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  • Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply: Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways and all bathrooms during class time.
Angela K., Abstract Watercolor, 2015

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