Studio Art - Syllabus


    Course description: 

    To expand your knowledge of aesthetics, art criticism and studio materials, tools and techniques.  You will work with a variety of media, develop technical and design skills, learn about career opportunities in the arts, art from different time periods and different cultures. You will learn how to identify, discuss and write about the elements and principles of design.

    Required Supplies: (by Monday, September 13)

              A Sketchbook (no smaller than 8 x 11)

    Drawing Pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)

    Colored pencils or colored markers

    You are required to bring these supplies with you to class every day.

    Please consider buying a large portfolio (26x20) to keep your artwork protected. You need to keep all your work from all four years for your portfolio review at the end of your senior year.

    If you are unable to get any of these supplies please see me by the end of the first week.

    NY State Standards for the Arts

    Standard #1 Creating Art

    Standard #2 Knowing and Using Resources

    Standard #3 Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art

    Standard #4 Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

    Course Grading

    Your grade will be based on the following:

    A. Daily class participation        30%

    B. Artwork/Projects                   50%

    C. Quizzes/Tests/Exams          10%

    D. Homework/Sketchbook        10%

    Class Participation includes:

                Using class time to work on class projects

                Positive active involvement in class discussions and critiques

                Journaling, poetry, in-class worksheets and group activities

                Clean-up at the end of each class

                Attendance to art shows**

    **Attendance to 9th Grade Art Show is mandatory. 

    Class Expectations:

    Complete all class and homework assignments on time

    Be on-time to class ready to participate

    Use class time wisely

    Be respectful of art materials, use them properly and clean up after yourself

    Stay seated at all times unless instructed otherwise

    Participate in class room activities and discussions

    Respect all students, adults and yourself

    Portfolio Development:


    Each Art Major is required to have a portfolio review at the end of their senior year.  A portfolio review is a student presentation of work done during the four years of art classes at BAVPA. 

    Parents and students: Please note that it is very important for you to keep ALL of your artwork in a safe dry place. When you become a senior, in order to receive your Arts Diploma, you must complete a portfolio review with the Fine Arts faculty from your time at the school. You will need your work from each of your art classes in order to complete this review.



    If you have any question concerning this class, please feel free to talk to me or e-mail me at