• Description:

    Art I is a high school level course that introduces students to the elements and principles of art and design.  It explores how art affects our everyday life.  There will be art history and art appreciation lessons.  This introductory course will offer experience with different media, materials, and a variety of subject matters.  Art I explores individual creativity and allows time for peer critiques.  Some of the topics that will be covered include the elements of design, still life, grid enlargements, linear perspective and drawing the human form.  Students will receive one high school credit at the completion of Art I.

    Supplies/Materials: 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: AI.2, AI.3, AI.6, AI.8, AI.22

    Still Life

    Objective: Students will use various media to draw a still life to elevate their understanding of the elements of art, the drawing and shading techniques, and showing depth.  Visual Arts SOLs: AI.4, AI.6, AI.7, AI.10

    Writing Critiques

    Objective: Students will use appropriate art vocabulary to describe, respond, analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical works of art as well as their own artwork and their classmates’ artwork.  Visual Arts SOLs: AI.15, AI.16, AI.17, AI.18

    Grid Drawing

    Objective: Students will draw grids and enlarge pictures from these grids.  Visual Arts SOLs: AI.7, AI.10

    Human figure drawing

    Objective: Students will learn and practice drawing and shading techniques used in drawing the human face and human body.  Visual Arts SOLs: AI.4, AI.6, AI.7, AI.10


    Objective: Students will learn and practice using perspective to make objects look three-dimensional.  Students will learn how to use one-point and two-point perspective to draw buildings, landscapes, cityscapes, etc.  Visual Arts SOLs: AI.9

    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 maintain a sketchbook and a portfolio (SOL AI.1).  Students will also be introduced to various art history movements (SOLs AI.11, AI.12, AI.13, AI.14) during this course.

    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 sketchbook in their free time.  Students should use their sketchbooks as a tool to improve their drawing skills.