• Art Syllabus

    Art is a creative and adventurous avenue of exploration, which all students need to develop confidence. I look forward to learning from your children and sharing my experiences with them.

    The objective of this course is to appreciate critique, create, and write about many types of art. Projects will be designed to teach students the course themes listed below. Our classroom will be a nurturing environment, where every student can comfortably and creatively express him or herself. The students should walk away from this art class with a lot of valuable information, a portfolio of creative artwork, many fun memories, and a deeper appreciation for the arts. 

    1. Always put your name and grade on your artwork. Otherwise, how will we know who created your masterpiece?
    2. Express yourself! This is the time to be YOU! 
    3. Do not go near the ‘Danger Zones’. This includes the closet, teacher area, still life and paper cutter.

    4. Always treat your classmates and materials with respect!
    5. During demonstrations, please stand quietly. 
    6. Wait until the lesson or demonstration is over to ask questions. Then ask ‘three before me’.

    7. Try to limit restroom use, always ask permission and take the hall pass (paint palette).
    8. For every put-down (insult), you must give three put-ups (compliments) and apologize.
    9. You can borrow books from the Art Library if you ask permission and sign them out.
    10. “What is on your mind?” The mailbox in the front of the room is for you to tell me anything you want.
         You don’t even have to put your name on the note.
    *Students unable to abide by these expectations will be addressed individually. Likewise, rewards will be granted to students who demonstrate consistent effort.*

    1. Art as a Means of Understanding The World
    2. Art as a Means of Self-Expression and Communication
    3. Philosophy and Function of Art

       Students are assessed using many different methods. Throughout the year students will keep a journal, with routine entries, and a sketchbook. These ongoing projects will show the students’ understanding and reflection of the in-class lessons. Along with those ongoing assignments, studio projects will be graded. The in-class studio projects are graded with a rubric: 1. Composition / Elements & Principles of Design, 2. Creativity / Originality, 3. Effort / Perseverance, 4. Craftsmanship / Skill / Consistency. This means incomplete work must be made up to get complete credit. Major assignments including studio projects and tests will be accepted late. Late assignments will be reflected in the grade. The overall grade will include class participation, behavior, studio projects, and creativity. Extra credit is available to every student all year long.

        I am really looking forward to working with your children and I hope this information will help acquaint you with my teaching methods. Please do not hesitate to contact at me at any time, with any questions or concerns. You can do so via email, emcinerney@cbsd.org.

       In an effort to recycle, I greatly appreciate any goods that you think we can use in the art room. We need products such as egg cartons, old newspapers, brown grocery bags, clear plastic wonton quarts/lids, and paper towel rolls, ect.
    Thank you, Ms. McInerney