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Monday-Friday 1:45-2:15 or by appointment.
is an 9 week exploratory program offered to all seventh graders.
Students are taught to use a variety of media and techniques through a
series of practice activities. Students will then use their new skills
to complete projects like watercolor paintings and macrame jewelry.
Students expand upon their pottery skills from elementary school by
learning to build coiled pots using a hand extruder and decorate clay
pieces they roll on a slab roller with relief carvings. Students are
responsible for all vocabulary related to the art forms they will be
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Make a macramé jewelry piece using flat and spiral knots, complete with closure loops and appropriately spaced beads.
Build a clay coiled pot that can hold food or water without leaking. The pot should be symmetrically balanced.
a watercolor painting utilizing a variety of techniques taught in class
(i.e. - wash, crawl, dry brush, masking, saving white space, salting,
spattering, and lifting).
Create a digital slide show showcasing student artwork.
Make a papier mache sculpture over an armature with attachments using a recycled paper clay.
Decorate the foyer space with handmade origami pieces.
Learn to create digital art pieces using various art links.
Class will start with a lesson on safety and a discussion of rules
& procedures. There are three major units of study: watercolor
painting, clay coiled pot making, and papier mache sculpture building.
Other smaller projects are worked in as time permits.
first unit is on Watercolor Painting. Students will be assigned terms
and techniques will be demonstrated. Students are then asked to practice
the techniques themselves. The first big project is then assigned. It
is to be a watercolor painting of their choosing, but it must
incorporate the techniques practiced in class. Students will work
through step-by-step completion of a painting, starting with a practice
sketch, layering techniques and testing mixed colors on scrap
paper. When the paintings are finished, they will be displayed in the
second unit is papier mache sculptures. Students will build an
armature to support the layer of papier mache. After creating their
sculpture, the sculptures will dry. Once they are dry, students will
show the personality of the piece by painting and creating add-ons.
Sculptures will be varnished to preserve them.
third unit is pottery. Students will examine the many different ways
that pottery is made. There are a number of terms given to cover the
materials, equipment and techniques used. Students will participate in
demonstrations using the equipment safely. They will be assigned a
project of creating a clay coiled vessel that is symmetrical and reaches
certain size guidelines. They are asked to create a piece of their
choosing that fits the requirements. They will learn to slab clay, use
an extruder and connect coils properly. They will also glaze the
pottery using a number of different methods.
Watercolor Practice Pieces
Various Digital Pieces
are asked to bring a pencil to class and keep a folder in the art
room. They are asked to participate in all activities and use equipment
Students’ grades will be based upon:
v Projects are worth 100 points each.
v In class practice activities are worth 50 points each.
is no actual homework for this class; projects are completed in the art
room. Students are asked to look for art outside of class and bring the
pieces to class with them for critique purposes.
can not be completed in the class time provided, students are asked to
make arrangements with the teacher to complete their work at another
RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR CLASS:
explained to students on the first day of class that Rules are there for
their safety. The consequences for breaking a rule are things
like: calls home, detentions, guidance referrals, and office
referrals. Procedures are in response to annoying behaviors and receive
verbal warnings at first, but if the behaviors persist, then further
actions will be taken.
v Do not touch paper cutter.
v Do not touch the kiln – assume it is always running.
v Do not touch or stick any object in fan.
v Use art materials for their intended purposes.
v Recognize the value of art.
v No running or jumping in the art room.
v Push stool in before leaving.
v Put items in trash – no throwing.
v Clean up your mess, leave your area neat.
v Do not talk while someone else is speaking.
not interrupt to ask to use the phone, bathroom, get a drink etc.,
unless it is an emergency. You will realize appropriate times to do