Art-2 Pre-AP Syllabus
Welcome! Art 2 Pre-AP
is the preparatory class for enrollment in Art 3 (& 3AP), and subsequently Art 4 AP. Art 2 is both a continuation and a departure from what you have experienced in Art 1.
In Art 2 you will
experience challenging new mediums and modes of expression;
develop your technical skills (craftsmanship); and
exercise your individual creativity.
In Art 2 you will be introduced to many
mediums and styles
, and continue your development of the familiar ones. In addition to old favorites such as ebony pencils and tempera paint, this year you will also be experiencing oil painting, silk-screen printing, and assemblage to name a few new things. It is urgent you maintain—or improve--your craftsmanship in the old, familiar areas, while developing your technique in the new ones.
In Art 2 you will also be expected to display a level of
in everything you do. Projects will vary in length—some daily activities, some 6-weeks projects, some easier, some more difficult. You are expected to complete them, on time, in a finished and craftsmanly manner. Critiques and displays will be part of the course. Be proud to present your work.
Will you get to do “whatever you want?”
Within the objectives of the assignment, yes. In Art 2 you will still work on assignments and exercises, but ones that I hope you find to be more advanced, exciting, and challenging than ones you’ve encountered before. Plus, the way YOU approach these assignments will be up to your technical ability, imagination, and energy. Being free and creative is the most fun and important aspect of art, yet
the most meaningful results come from thinking, planning, preparation, and execution
. Please remain open-minded. Remember, you can always work on other projects outside of class, or for extra credit!
Some things to expect may include (but are not limited to):
design matte medium transfer surrealism figurestudies
computer-assisted drawing abstract drawing
serigraphy (silk screen) self-portraiture watercolor
masterwork oil studies mixed media acrylic painting
assemblage/collage pop sculpture ceramics
Desire, Dedication, Depth
At the start I like to point out that Art 2 is not a “blow-off” course.
Do not expect a passing grade for simply showing up.
The course is an advanced elective, and will be rigorous. You may anticipate many hours spent at home working on your projects to bring them to the level I require. I use the same grading scale as your other classes; an “A” represents excellence, a “B” shows strength and promise, a “C” meets the basic criteria, and a “D” suggests a need for serious improvement.
Projects will count for 50%
of your 6 weeks grade; “projects” include major, complete works of art, tests, research papers, etc. Projects will be weighted, depending on the length of the assignment. You will have one at-home project per 6 weeks.
Daily grades will count 50%
of your 6 weeks grade; “daily grades” include weekly sketchbook assignments, film notes, quizzes, worksheets, homework research/material gathering, participation/progress checks, brainstorming sheets, sketches, etc.
Semester exams count 20% of the semester average
is critical to your success in this class, as, indeed, it is in the “real world” of work. Artworks must be turned in on the scheduled due date. Every effort is made to insure that projects are due on the first day of the week (so that you have an extra “panic weekend” to complete them).
Late work will receive a maximum grade of 50.
All work must be turned in before the close of a grading period.
of daily grades is due one day after your return from an absence. It is
your responsibility to find out what you may have missed
and gather the necessary supplies. If you are out for an extended absence, a fair extension will be allowed.
Projects are due on the pre-assigned due dates,
unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please speak to or e-mail me if there is a question.
Do not mark on or otherwise damage tables or furniture.
We share a studio and expect it to be clean and non-distracting.
to the restroom, lockers, counselors, etc. In an emergency, please present me a pre-written pass (found near my desk) for my signature. A ten point deduction from your participation will be charged for each occurrence.
Bring necessary materials
! If you have to return to your locker, car, office, or other classroom for supplies, you will receive a tardy. Plan ahead and drop off materials and projects
Following school policy, please
do not wear hats
in the building, or bring food or drink to class.
Eating & drinking
while using art supplies is hazardous to your health, not to mention dangerous to vulnerable artworks on the table!
Use of electronic devices (phones, iPods, PSPs, etc.) is prohibited
during school hours. I am required to collect them, if seen. I play a wide range of interesting music selected to help you relax and concentrate on your work. Occasionally, and with my permission, you will be allowed to listen to your own music, and use your phone camera. Please don’t abuse the privilege.
and large bags/books
under your table
Only art materials
should be on your table.
will be in effect for the school year, unless changes are required by me. Each 6 weeks, one person from your table should be appointed “captain” to help with roll, distribute papers & supplies, manage his/her tablemates, and oversee clean-up.
There will be times when I insist on silence, but usually
is tolerated. Keep it low and private. You must remain in your assigned seat, and work all period, each day. Remember, we are not here simply to have fun—the enjoyment of art is fun, but making it is work.
If you hear my bell
, the class is too loud.
Your “Studio maintenance & participation” grade counts a great deal of your 6 weeks grade. You will start each 6 weeks with a 100, but will be charged points for the following:
failing to clean up and care for materials properly
not bringing supplies or projects
not using class time wisely (including excessive talking, inappropriate language, out of seat, horseplay, etc.)