# of Credit Hours
Contact Information (phone, email, personal website)
Fall semester 2011-2012
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This is a painting class that uses watercolor, acrylic paint, pastels, and tempra paint to explore creative expression and artistic and intellectual discovery using the MYP philosophy.
Course Goals/Learning Objectives
· To apply skills in a variety of painting media to communicate original ideas.
· To Analyze the work of other artists through the study of context.
· To acquire knowledge about the history of painting and synthesize that information as part of the creative process.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Students will be taken and challenged at whatever level they are when they enter the classroom.
Cell phone use is permitted by permission only and never during teacher directed time. Cell phones may be used to do internet research by permission only.
There are a lot of supplies needed for this class, which far exceed the budget allotment. Because of this, there is a $20.00 fee for supplies needed for the class. This will help cover the costs of watercolors paper and paints, canvas, palettes, pastels, and acrylic paints. Each student will also receive a set of decent paintbrushes. If money is an issue right now, and you are not able to pay for the supplies, please know that the supplies will still be provided for you. If you are fortunate enough to be doing okay financially, please consider sending extra for scholarship.
· Students are in charge of keeping track of and taking care of their own brushes, supplies and artwork.
· Students are responsible for cleaning their area each day.
· Students who leave class early without permission will be marked absent for the day.
· Students are expected to be on task during studio work times. If the student finishes the assignment early, they are allowed to (expected to) continue to make art. The teacher can give suggestions of what that might be, or the student can work on something of their own choosing until the next project. Extra credit may be rewarded.
· Grading for this course will be done in three different ways depending on the type of assignment.
1. Exercises- Exercises are small assignments given to the student, which are meant to promote skill in working with the paint. These assignments typically have a specific outcome. They will be graded during class on a casual basis. Students will get full points for all exercises that are completed and show best effort at achieving the goal of the exercise. These will include, color wheels, color-mixing, practice sketches, media exploration, and blending practice.
2. Regular Projects- These projects are larger assignments that are meant to measure not only skill, but also creativity and artistic intent. These will be graded on a simple rubric that measures not only the product but the effort put into completing it. To get graded for these projects, students must take a picture of their work and submit the piece digitally through google docs along with a paragraph describing how the artist was thinking about the project and how it fulfills the goals of the assignment.
3. MYP Assessment Project- At the end each quarter, the students will complete a project for a final project for MYP assessment. The MYP Assessment focuses on four separate areas; knowledge and understanding, application, reflection and evaluation, and personal engagement. It must include research to support the artists ideas, contextual research which shows what other artists or cultures are making art related to the work the student is doing and reflection about the work before, during and after the piece has been created. (an example of this packet is online under “MYP unit example”) Students will be lead through this process gently. This assignment will also be turned in online, is graded with the MYP assessment rubric, and is worth a larger portion of the grade.
Student Code of Conduct
All students are expected to adhere to the Southwest High School and Minneapolis District Citywide Discipline Policy, designed to promote a safe and respectful learning environment. For more information about your rights and responsibilities consult your Southwest Student/Parent Handbook
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