Mrs. Laporte

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Mrs. LaPorte

TEACHER: Mrs. LaPorte
Monday-Friday 7:30-7:45 & 2:15-2:30 or by appointment 2:15-2:45.
Art 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 using.
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.
Paint 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).
Make a papier mache sculpture over an armature with attachments using a recycled paper clay.
Art Class will start with a lesson on safety and a discussion of rules & procedures.  There are four major units of study: watercolor painting, clay coiled pot making,  papier mache sculpture building, and knotting macrame jewelry.  Other smaller projects are worked in as time permits.
The 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 halls.
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.
The 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.

The fourth unit is creating a piece of macrame jewelry.  Students will measure their wrists/ankles and use these measurements to draw a paper pattern with evenly spaced beads.  After making decisions about desired materials, students will learn to make a closure loop for their piece.  Next, they will transfer their paper patterns to the actual string.  Students will watch demonstrations on tying flat and spiral knots, using either their left or right hands.   Jewelry pieces will be completed using one or both of these knot styles.  Once the first piece is finished, students will be allowed to make a second piece for a friend.
  • Blind Drawings
  • Watercolor Practice Pieces
  • Positive/Negative Cut-outs
  • Sound Drawings
  • Rose Windows
  • Various Digital Pieces
  • Macrame Jewelry
  • Coiled Pottery
  • Nonobjective Painting
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Action Painting

Students 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 safely. 
Students’ grades will be based upon:
v     Projects are worth 100 points each.
v     In class practice activities are worth 50 points each.
There 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.
If work can not be completed in the class time provided, students are asked to make arrangements with the teacher to complete their work at another time.
It is 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.
v     Do 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 this.