Middle School Art Syllabus
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” –Klee
Instructor: Ms. Lindanne Phillips: North Jefferson Middle School
Academic Year: 2011-2012
Course Philosophy: In beginning Middle School Art, students will experiment with a
variety of media to create visual art. The elements of art (line, shape, space, color, value,
texture, form) are studied in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Students will
begin to apply the principles of design, (rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety,
emphasis, and unity) in their art making practices. Students will express their individual
and collaborative ideas by asking essential questions while throughout their art making.
Art is a form of visual communication; therefore, student will continually reflect (both
verbally and in written form) discuss their artwork, art making practices, as well as,
artists, cultural art traditions, and art history.
All art projects and journal work reflect the Alabama Art Standards.
Students will select, organize, and employ visual images, themes, and ideas in
works of art to express an intended meaning
Students will use the elements and principles of design and different styles of art
to communicate ideas and experiences.
Students will practice and demonstrate the techniques for a well-crafter work of
art, while using art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
Students will identity and compare the characteristics of works of art from various
culture, time, and places.
Students will continually reflect upon their art making practices in verbal and
Materials and resources:
Text –ART by Scott Foreman. Reference books will be available in the art room library,
as well as in a reference section in the library. A variety of book, slides, prints, videos,
and actual artworks are used as resources to support core concepts and course activities.
Power Point presentations designed by Ms. Phillips will implement technology, as well as
Power Points created by students will deepen students understanding of art.
*** Students are required to bring the following items to class everyday***
Journal/Sketch (8 ½” x 11”not a note book) for class bell ringers, in class work, and
Art Pencils and Magic Eraser
Consistent and Timely Work
Work not completed on due dates will receive 60% until completed. (Student must make
arrangement to complete work before school.)
Grading Procedure Class Projects (skill development) 50%
Art history journal work 25% (bell-ringers)
Maintaining a safe, clean work area 15%
90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
0 – 59 F
Projects will be graded with a critique, evaluation or rubric.
Homework Policies: While this is primarily a studio class, students may need to spend
additional time outside of the classroom, depending on projects, research, and absences.
1. The student is responsible to maintain a safe and clean work area.
2. Students are responsible for any material covered or announcements made during their
3. The school's attendance and tardy policy will be strictly enforced.
4 .The school’s discipline policies will be strictly enforced.
5. Inappropriate or disrespectful comments are unacceptable.
6. Students will remain silent while all instructions are given.
7. Creativity is encouraged.
After each art exercise, art work is displayed in the school commons. Also, each student
will create a visual art portfolio. An end of the year art show highlighting each student’s
best work will be scheduled at the same time as the end of the year band concert. Parents
and friends are encouraged to come to view our year’s accomplishments.