• Description:

    Art Appreciation will introduce students to the basic elements and principles of art and design in preparation for Art I.  The elements that will be covered during this course include Color, Value, Line, Shape, Texture and Form.  In addition, students will discuss art history and aesthetics, as well as learn about art from various cultures, including origami, masks, and calligraphy.


    Students are expected to have the following materials each time they come to class.

    Sketchbook:  Must be at 8 1/2” x 11” or 9”x12”, wire-bound or hardcover, with white, unlined pages. Wal-Mart carries inexpensive (around $4) wire-bound sketchbooks in the home office section and more expensive sketchbooks in the craft section.  Craft stores like Michael’s have a wide variety of sketchbooks, and bookstores like Barnes and Noble sometimes have hardcover sketchbooks on sale for around $5.00.  If you cannot find a wire-bound or hardcover sketchbook, you may also use a three-ring binder filled with white printer paper.  Tape-bound sketchbooks are not acceptable.

    Eraser:  Any eraser will do, but gum erasers work best if you can find them. Wal-mart carries gum erasers in their arts and crafts section and their home office section.

    Pencils:  At least two #2 pencils, your choice.  If you choose to use mechanical pencils, you are responsible for your own graphite.  I do not keep any in class.

    Ruler:  Your choice of style.

    Markers, crayons or colored pencils:  These are not required in class, but students should have a set so that they can add color to any work completed at home.  Do not bring permanent markers to school.

    If you have trouble finding any of these supplies, please see me as soon as possible.

    Extra Credit:

    • Pencils
    • Liquid soap
    • Yarn
    • Tissues
    • 8½” x 11” colored paper for foldables
    • Paper towels

    Pacing Guide & SOLs:

    The following topics and correlating SOLs will be covered throughout the semester.

    Elements of art

    Objective: Learn the art vocabulary as it deals with the basic elements of art and design.  Learn and use the basic art elements.  Students will learn and show depth in their drawings.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 6.9, 6.18

    Principles of design

    Objective: Learn the art vocabulary as it deals with the basic principles of design.  Learn and use the basic design principles.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7

    Asian art

    Objective: Learn about historical art techniques from various parts of Asia.  Topics will include origami, calligraphy, and koi fish paintings.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.8

    Mask making

    Objective: Learn the historical and cultural significance of African masks. Students will create a variety of masks using different techniques.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 6.15, 6.17, 6.18, 6.19

    Creating an advertisement

    Objective: Students will create a persuasive artwork advertising a product of their design.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.4, 6.5, 6.12


    Objective: Students will learn about the life of American cartoonist Walt Disney and compare hand-drawn classic animation to more modern computer-generated animation.  Students will create their own cartoon characters.  Using iPads, students will create a short animated video with their characters.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 6.11, 6.13, 6.15


    Objective: Students will learn about the life of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Students will design and draw architectural plans of a house.  Visual Arts SOLs: 6.9, 6.11, 6.12  Math SOL 6.10c

    Crafts/Self Expression (if time allows)

    Objective: Students will explore craft projects as well as have the opportunity to explore projects and media of their own choosing.

    Throughout the course, students will be expected to maintain a sketchbook and a portfolio (Visual Arts SOL 6.1.)

    Attendance Policy:

    In accordance with the Southampton Middle School student handbook, any student who misses nine or more classes will not receive credit.  In addition, four tardies will equal one absence.  Please see your student handbook for more information.

    Make-Up Work:

    If you miss any class assignments, it is your responsibility to make them up.  You must submit make-up work within five days of returning from absence.  More information on the make-up work policy can be found in the student handbook. 

    Late Work:

    Most of your work will be completed during class time but if you have homework or need to take a class assignment home to complete, it should be turned in at the start of the next class.  For every day an assignment is late, five points will be taken off.


    Class Participation – 35%.  Class participation is graded on daily assignments as well as the handling of class materials in the correct manner.  Students are expected to come to class prepared and use their class time effectively. 

    Sketchbook & Quizzes – 25%.  Students are required to keep a sketchbook.  The sketchbook will be used for class notes as well as in-class sketches.  Any sketchbook assignment that is not completed in class should be completed at home.  Sketchbooks will be checked on Fridays. Quizzes will be based on class notes.

    Tests & Projects – 40%.  Project grades will be based on time and effort spent on the project, as well as creativity, preparation, correct use of materials and neatness.  Tests will be based on class notes and will be given at the completion of each unit.

    Class expectations:

    All students are expected to be ARTISTs:

    • Act Responsible (make good choices)
    • Respect (yourself/others/materials)
    • Try Your Best (think ART smart)
    • Imaginative & Creative
    • Stay Seated (raise your hand and be patient)
    • Talk Quietly (keep working)


    Failure to follow the classroom expectations will result in the following consequences:

    • 1st Offense: Conference with teacher
    • 2nd Offense: Note/phone call home
    • 3rd Offense: Referral to guidance/main office

    Sketchbook information:

    • Students are responsible for their sketchbooks and are required to bring them to each class.
    • Sketchbooks are not a storage folder.  Graded work that is passed back to students should be stored somewhere else. 
    • Sketchbook grades will be recorded on a grade sheet attached to the back cover of the sketchbook.  Students are responsible for keeping track of their grade sheet.
    • Along with sketchbook assignments, students are expected to work in their sketchbooks in their free time.  Students should use their sketchbooks as a tool to improve their drawing skills.