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Welcome - Fine Art I spring 2018

WELCOME BACK TO OUR FINE ARTS STUDIO!!!! . As you know String Theory is a very special place, in the art room we practice traditional skills and infuse them with cutting edge technology. Last year we focused primarily on familiarizing ourselves with the iPad in the art room. This semester we will dive deep into traditional materials and techniques. We will still use the iPad as a tool in many of our projects, but we are going to get a lot messier!

We will continue to start every class with 15 minutes of sketch time. This is an important time to clear the rest of your day away and get in touch with your creative side. This is INDEPENDENT WORK. You cannot access your original creative selves if you are chatting with your neighbor. This will be the quietest part of the day in our room - You should be "In the Zone".

EVERYTHING in the art room starts with sketching. This is how artists brainstorm ideas, get things down quickly, and plan larger projects.

Remember - There is no "Done" during sketch time. We are never NOT making ART in this room. You can always improve your drawing, go back to an old drawing, or start a new one.

SKETCH TIME prepares you mentally for a day in the studio. But you need to make sure you come with the materials you need. It is MANDATORY that you bring your sketchbook EVERYDAY. This is an important part of our daily process.

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In addition to your sketchbook and a fully charged iPad, you will be required to bring a pencil, your stylus and earbuds, EVERYDAY. Failure to due so will negatively affect your grade. Earbuds are necessary for individual review of resources and tutorials without disturbing the rest of the class. During some studio session you will also be permitted to listen to your own music.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LISTENING TO MUSIC DURING CLASS - YOU MUST CREATE A PLAYLIST BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS. This way you can hit play, and be done with it, if choosing music becomes a distraction you will lose this privilege.

So let's review...you need 5 things, everyday. This is part of your participation grade.

FULLY CHARGED IPAD

EARBUDS

SKETCHBOOK

STYLUS

PENCIL

Our projects will range from observational drawing to abstract painting. We will draw, collage, paint, work digitally, and often combine mediums to achieve our creative goals.

CREATING FORM AND SPACE WITH WORMIES

FIGURE DRAWING: GESTURE NAME PROJECT

DESIGNING PERSONAL "COLOR WHEELS"

KEITH HARING/ABORIGINAL DRAWING MASH-UP SELF PORTRAIT

AND MUCH MORE!

IN ORDER TO OUR BEST WORK WE NEED A PEACEFUL, POSITIVE, & PRODUCTIVE STUDIO ENVIRONMENT? DISCUSS IN PAIRS FOR 5 MINUTES WHAT THIS MEANS, BE PREPARED TO SHARE OUT AND BRAINSTORM AS A GROUP. WE HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES IN THE STUDIO IN TERMS OF ART MATERIALS AND CLEAN UP, BE SURE TO INCLUDE THESE IN YOUR THINKING ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE IDEAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

GRADING

There are three major types of grades in this room;Tests/Projects, Quizzes, and Class Engagement.

Tests/Project Grades will be cumulative or final projects. They will be graded using the following rubric.

*Hint - Getting a Good Grade in this class is not about talent, it’s about WORK. Work Hard, Be Brave, do your best! Being a good artist is not just about talent. It's mostly about WORK.

“Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and GO TO WORK” - Artist, Chuck Close

Your grade will be based on a number for each of the four categories. I will include these numbers in the private comments section as I grade your projects. You can also come talk to me if you want to know more about your grade or suggestions for how to improve your work. Please see the chart below to see how the numbers will add up to a grade for you.

You must take responsibility for checking PowerSchool and iTunes U to make sure you have completed and submitted all of your assignments. If you do not have access to PowerSchool, please see your advisory teacher.

QUIZZES will be smaller elements, occasional sketchbook turn-ins, or practice sessions that lead up to larger projects. They will be worth anywhere from 10-50 points.

CLASS ENGAGEMENT

Being engaged and ready to work everyday is critical to your success in this class. It starts with sketch time. You should come in and get to work as soon as the bell rings, without instruction from the teacher. If you have forgotten your sketchbook, you should go directly to the blue bin on the windowsill, get a piece of paper and begin working.

Your class engagement grade is a mix of daily "zone" grades. Meaning you came with all your supplies and got right to work, remaining focused and quiet during sketch time and studio time. On Fridays you will be expected to share and sometimes submit a photograph of your weekly sketchbook spread. These will be graded as pop quizzes. You will never be required to turn in your sketchbook. It should be your personal place for safe experimentation. Ideally an artist has a sketchbook with them always. If you want to improve as an artist this should go beyond a class requirement and become part of your lifestyle.

A note about iTunes U

We no longer have the luxury of an e-mail notification from Google classroom when I grade a project. Please don't wait until something gets to PowerSchool to check on your grades, make it a regular practice. Anything less than full credit will always have comments as to how to revise your submission and improve your grade. If you see a grade you are unhappy with in PowerSchool, refer to iTunes U and find out why before you come to me. I am always happy to discuss grades, but do your part, show your engagement.

A note on submissions.

How an artist presents their work is as important as creating it. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING YOU SUBMIT HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED CAREFULLY (with your iPad level to the surface of your work) AND CROPPED. Sloppy submissions will adversely affect your grade no matter the quality of the artwork.

EARLY FINISHERS ALERT!

Make sure you have completed your project to the best of your ability. Like I said...We are never not working! If you are finished it is expected that you go back to your sketchbook, or work on iPad researching ideas, practicing new apps or drawing digitally. No games, YouTube, or work for other classes. Period.

OK THAT COVERS THE BASICS - NOW'S LET'S MAKE SOME STUFF!

Created By
Jennifer Desnouee
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Credits:

Created with images by holiho - "colored pencils paint school" • Lee Inkul - "drawing.no.4" • Catkin - "pencils pen leave" • Ian D - "iPod earbuds" • Sean MacEntee - "ipad" • Pexels - "art arts and crafts blank" • isatorres - "oil yellow painting" • novelrobinson - "paint streak color" • SupportPDX - "Parker Knight Tue Feb 14, 2012 13"

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