Welcome to Art

To All Parents and Students:


This will be an exciting year for you in art.  I am glad you chose to take this course (again).  I know that you might have questions about the art this year. Hopefully most of your questions about art will be answered in this letter.  What is an art education? It is an area of education that provides programs in art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism for students in the public schools. *


In art there will be opportunities to focus on at least two or more different media with focus on various materials or styles within: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or other crafts.

             There are four content strands for a well- rounded art education, they are:  Perception, Expression, Historical, and Evaluation. In art, students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks.


Art students express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imaginations fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills. By analyzing artistic styles and historical periods, students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.*


For you to be able to fulfill the course requirements, you will need to create and/or study:


Various projects

A Sketchbook

Artists/Careers

Vocabulary

Tests/ final exam/portfolio

        Artist Statements



Grades are based upon participation, following the requirements for each project, craftsmanship, that is, doing as neat a job as possible ( taking pride in your work), and of course, creativity.

Most students should make a grade of 90 or above.  

If your grade is lower than a 90 it is because you did not follow the requirements for the project in a proper fashion, for example, signing your work in the way prescribed for that particular project.



 Please note: missing just one project can cause a very low grade!   


Class expectations follow the Discipline Management Plan and the Art Safety Rules, please sign and return the safety rules to me as soon as possible.


Supplies: provided as needed.  I am looking forward to a very exciting and rewarding year with you!  If you have any questions, feel free to call or contact me via e-mail.  


Sincerely, Ms. Wilson

                                                              ** Davis Publications Inc., TEA.