Drawing I Class Guidebook | Mrs. Wong | Room 145


This course is intended as an introduction to the artistic medium of drawing. Throughout this course, students will utilize a variety of media to strengthen their observational skills. Through still-life, portraiture, and perspective students will explore multiple approaches to representing visual experience. Students will be able to make informed and deliberate decisions about media, technique, and composition. Students will leave this course with a strong foundation in critical observational drawing skills. This course is a prerequisite for those students interested in pursuing AP Art.

Course Objectives:

  • Establish a strong foundation in drawing.
  • Develop observational drawing skills.
  • Develop a variety of strategies for the creative/expressive process.
Portraits for The Memory Project

Enduring Understandings for Semester:

  • Artists draw what they SEE and not what they KNOW.
  • Artists use elements and principles of design to organize visual communication.
  • Art embodies the search for self-knowledge and reflects relationships between humans and their environment.

Essential Questions for Semester:

  • How does an artist represent objects and space in an accurate way?
  • How and why does the choice of composition affect artwork?
  • Is observational drawing a documentation or an interpretation of the artist’s environment?
Charcoal Shoe Drawing


After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 2:20 - 3:20pm in Rooms 200H/145
  • Red Day CDS, Room 200H

Semester Projects

For a full detailed syllabus, please visit www.mrswong.org

Unit 1: Line

  • Contour Line Drawing
  • Comparative Measurements Drawing
Comparative Measurement Drawings

Unit 2: Form

  • Origami Object Drawing
  • Reflective Object Drawing
  • Charcoal Shoe Drawing
Charcoal Shoe Drawings

Unit 3: Portraiture

  • Self-Portrait Techniques
  • Final Self-Portrait
Features Practice Sketches and Final Self Portrait Drawings

Unit 4: Perspective

  • One Point Perspective Observational Drawing
Hallway Drawings

Semester Collaboration: Sol Lewitt Drawing

  • Collaborative Drawing Assignment with Ms. Parven's grade 4 class at Brown Elementary
Paper Airplane Drawing

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.
  • 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.
  • Persist! It's ok to make mistakes or have a failure in art. Making art is a trial-and-error process. You can't expect success without stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone and experimenting. If you don't try, you'll never know what you are capable of. If something doesn't work out, trust in yourself and try again!


You will be responsible for documenting all of your work (process and final product) as well as reflections in an online portfolio through Adobe Spark. At the end of each project, you will have a graded portfolio check which will require you to update your Spark portfolio link and submit the new link through Google Classroom. You will receive notification on Classroom when it is time to submit your link. Instructions for setting up a Spark page are below.


  • 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 our syllabus 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. (I may occasionally give permission to photograph your work for your portfolio using a cellphone camera, but unless I've given you explicit prior permission, I should never see your phone. I will not accept photography as an excuse if you did not get permission.)
  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.
Perspective Drawing


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
  • Sketchbook/Portfolio: 30% of final grade

Late Work:

  • If absent missed assignments must be made-up within an appropriate amount of time. If you are absent, please meet with Ms. Wong to discuss a plan for when work will be submitted.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All portfolio assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date. All drawing projects and sketchbook assignments need to be turned in to Ms. Wong in class on the day they are due.

Notes from the Student Handbook:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.