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Course Syllabus
Beginning Art
2011-2012



Beginning Art 1, 2

Teacher: Aimee Florence
Room: 902
Phone #: (619) 585-2334
Email: aimee.florence@sweetwaterschools.org

Course Rationale:
  1. A. Art 1: Students will recognize and apply basic artistic elements and principles, utilize creative and critical thinking, and identify cultural, gender, and artistic contributions throughout history through the development of two- and/or three-dimensional projects that employ a variety of subjects, applications, tools, materials (pencil, markers, paint, paper, etc.), and technology, and through exhibiting, observation, research, note taking, reading, writing, and discussion of art.
  2. B. Art 2: Beginning Art 2 is a continuation of Beginning Art 1. Students will deepen and broaden their investigation of art, develop their personal style, expand their artistic applications, and improve their craftsmanship and techniques through the creation, exhibiting, observation, research, note taking, reading, writing, and discussion of art.
  3. C. Please note that in order for the student to earn A-G credit for the course, students need to earn a scholarship grade of C or better.
Pre-requisites: None
Textbook: None
Scholarship Grades: Scholarship grades will be based most heavily on Project production that illustrates mastery of Artistic Concepts. Evaluation of assignments may be made by a variety of processes: Projects, progress reports, quizzes, portfolios, critiques, oral presentations, sketchbooks, performances, written assignments, notebooks, unit exams, teacher observation, etc.
  1. A. Project production (Idea development, rough work, and completed projects).
  2. B. Mastery of Artistic Concepts outside of Project Production
  3. C. Exhibition of work
  4. D. Oral assignments
  5. E. Writing assignments.
  6. F. Vocabulary acquisition
  7. G. Reading assignments
  8. H. Sketchbooks/Notebooks
    1. I. Compilation of all student work by portfolio, sketchbook/notebook, electronic presentations, or
      file for review. (Save all of your work.)
    2. J. Educational Equity assignments related to diversity of culture, gender, and special abilities.
    3. K. Technological assignments that access, manipulate, organize and/or present information.
      1. L. Careers assignments relating to the opportunities, educational requirements, and the employment picture in the field of art
Grading Scale:
  1. A. A+ 101% - 110% Exceptional * * Used sparingly on individual projects to
A 90% - 100% Great Work indicate that a student has excelled beyond
B 80% - 89% Above Average their normal A-level capabilities.
C 70% - 79% Average
D 60% - 69% Below Average
F 50% - 59% Unsatisfactory
  1. B. Students have an opportunity to improve assignments grades after initial grading. Usually 30 days without penalty. If project is due less than 30 days before grades, there will be less than 30 days without penalty. A penalty of 15% is imposed for work accepted after the deadlines.
Mastery Learning: CPH provides various opportunities to assure mastery of the content standards by all students. The block schedule provides 1 hour of Standards Mastery Intervention (SMI) during each school day. Teachers will use Quiz Results or Project Progress Results to determine the students who need support during the SMI period prior to the Unit Test or Project Completion. If students do not demonstrate mastery (receive a C or higher) on the Unit Test or Project Completion, they will be required to retake the test or work on their project during the SMI period.
Unit Tests: Sample: The unit test will consist of the state standards that are covered in each chapter. Each unit exam may contain multiple-choice questions and/or opened response questions. Students are required to show all their work, despite the type of question asked on the exams.
District Quarterly Exam: Sample: Students will be required to take a district quarterly exam in the spring and in the fall. The exam is multiple-choice and is based on the standards students have learned in the quarter.
District End of Course Final: Sample: The final exam is cumulative and covers the standards addressed each semester. The final consists of fifty multiple-choice questions. There will be 10 additional questions for the accelerated courses.
Homework: Sample: Assignments will be given on a regular basis and will be collected the following day so the teacher can check each the work and provide feedback to students. Students having difficulty with assignments are required to attend SMI and tutoring to receive assistance. The main purpose of homework is to build understanding in order to master the standards on the Unit tests.
Quizzes: Sample: Short quizzes will be given throughout each unit to check for student understanding. The teachers will use the results of the quiz determine if students need additional assistance during SMI period.