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Valderas, Luis


Art-1 Syllabus

Art-I  Syllabus L. Valderas                                             

You have enrolled in a course that will take you on an exciting journey into the world of ART. Your admission into this class will enable you to study various art media including: pencil, ink, pastels, paint, clay and papier-mâché. Through the use of these various mediums, you will develop your artistic skills and techniques as you design, develop and create original pieces of art on a daily basis in class. Art I projects for the year include: drawing, painting, sculpture & printmaking in a variety of media. 

In addition to creating hands-on art projects, students will be required to learn the basic principles and elements of art, as well as develop their speaking and writing skills through both written and oral presentations of their own artwork, peer critiques and art history research.

The art classroom is an uncommon one in that there are seldom any singular “right” answers to problems you, the student must solve. Under the established guidelines and direction from your teacher, the remainder of your education in class will be dependent on your own initiative in the areas of creative expression and freedom of choices you will experience and practice in your artwork.

Grading Policy :

  Assessment: Throughout the year you will be evaluated on project designs, sketchbook artwork, information given through class lectures, handouts & demonstrations. These evaluations may take place in the forms of tests, rubrics, teacher observations, and critiques. Student’s classwork, participation and class performance will be averaged to provide a 100% of the student’s grade.

Final Projects/Sketchbooks/Tests 50% &

Daily Class Work/Studio/Lab Maintenance 50%

Sketchbook:  In order to improve and develop your drawing skills and sharpen your artistic perception of the world around you, all Art I students are required to keep a sketchbook. These drawings will encompass both quick study designs as well as finished quality artwork from classroom and homework assignments along with art theory notes.

Projects:  Grading will be based on your ability to follow the guidelines of an assignment, your expression of creativity/originality, craftsmanship, class time management, behavior and your ability to meet project deadlines. In addition to final project grades, progress grades will be given at different intervals of projects.

Participation: Class attendance and active participation are a must. Students are expected to come to class on time with appropriate art supplies to complete assigned work. Students not working during class time and/or behaving inappropriately in class will be subject to disciplinary action and loss of points on his/her daily participation grade.

Late work:  Assignments not turned in by assigned due date will be graded as late work. Late work assignments will have 10 points deducted for each day the assignment is lateAny assignment more than 3 days late will only be accepted (with a teacher conference) for a maximum grade of 50 if work meets all project requirements.

Absences:  With an excused absence, a student has two days to make-up missed work. Students must make arrangements to get missed assignments and submit make-up work to teacher. Students will receive a failing grade for missed assignment not turned in by allotted time. 

Art-2 Syllabus

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 new 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 professionalism 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.

Grading criteria 

·         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

Meeting deadlines 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.

Make-up work 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.

A few general notes :

Do not mark on or otherwise damage tables or furniture.  We share a studio and expect it to be clean and non-distracting.

I typically don’t give passes 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 before school .

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.

Leave backpacks and large bags/books under your table Only art materials should be on your table.

The seating chart 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 quiet talking 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.)
  • insubordination


BFA Secondary Art Education- University of Texas-Pan American 95
Visual Arts Program- Art Institute of Dallas 88-89

Department: Fine Arts-Level-Art-1

Art Department - Art Level 1 - Mission Statement

Students should know, understand, be able to do: Express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined efforts and problem-solving skills through the four basic strands: perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation.


Students should know, understand and be able to:

1. Create visual solutions by elaborating on direct observation, experiences and imagination.

2. Create designs for practical applications.

3. Demonstrate effective use of art media and tools in design, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

4. Development of time managenment skills, and implementation of project deadlines.

5. Demonstrate an understanding and adherance to school district/classroom discipline/safety policies.



1 Conference 8:50-9:40 a001    
2 Art-1 9:45-10:35 a001    
3 Art-1  10:40-10:30 a001    
4 Art-1 11:35-12:35 a001    
5 Lunch  12:40-1:35 n/a     
6 Art-1 1:40-2:15 a001    
7 Art-1 2:20-3:10 a001    
8 Art-2 Pre AP  3:05-4:05 a001    

If you have any questions about your child's progress please feel free to email me at: 


Classroom Policies

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Project Date

Student Handouts

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Assessment Drawing-1.doc 8/24/2010
Art2 pre AP Drawing assignments.doc 8/20/2012
Value and Gradation Project.doc 10/12/2010
1Pt Perspective.doc 9/25/2010
Assessment Drawing-2.doc 8/31/2010
Assessment Drawing-3.doc 8/31/2010
Gradation Scales .doc 9/23/2010
Value Scales .doc 9/23/2010

Web Resources

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Drawing the Human Figure2.pps 1/28/2011
Printmaking Part1 of 2.pps 3/23/2011
Printmaking Part2 of 2.pps 3/23/2011
Historic Photograph and the Story.pps 10/11/2011
The Importance of Images.pps 10/7/2010
Writing About Art.ppsx 9/20/2012
The Modified Grid Method.pps 9/23/2011