• Description:

    Talented and Gifted Art is a course that allows students to explore various types of art and design.  It will introduce the basic elements of art as well as explore how art can affect every day life.  There will be art history and art appreciation lessons.  This course will offer experience with different media, materials, and a variety of subject matters.  T.A.G. Art explores individual creativity and allows time for peer critiques. 


    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:


    oLiquid soap



    oPaper towels

    o8½” x 11” colored paper for foldables

    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 homework 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.