BEGINNING MIDDLE SCHOOL ART
Katy Setchell, Art Instructor
Art Spaces/Ofﬁces: Health Ed. Room and Elementary Art Room
School Voicemail: (303) 453-3112
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, and form are studied in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.
ESSENTIAL LEARNING RESULTS
๏ 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-crafted work of art,
while using art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
๏ Students will identify and compare the characteristics of works of art from various
cultures, times, and places.
๏ Students will focus on creating meaningful works of art based on particular ideas or
I. ASSESSMENT: ART PROJECTS, CRITIQUES, AND WRITTEN REFLECTIONS
(70% of your grade)
Artwork assessed according to learning objectives for unit
Formal and informal group critique
II. WEEKLY CLASS WORK AND DAILY CLASS PARTICIPATION
(30% of your grade)
Daily class participation during group discussions
Weekly sketchbook assignments
Small art homework assignments- see “sketchbook and homework assignments.”
Students will receive a grade based on a rubric that evaluates their level of craft, fulﬁllment of
the project requirements, and overall effort during the project. These rubrics are available
online at our classroom webpage.
Late art projects, homework, and sketchbook assignments will receive a maximum of
50% credit, except in the case of an excused absence. Students who miss class due to illness
are allowed two days per absence to turn in late work.
Beginning Middle School Art - Unit Plan (subject to change)
UNIT ONE: DRAWING
Elements of Art: Line
๏ Contour Line Drawing
๏ Still Life Drawing
Elements of Art: Value and Texture
๏ Realistic Self Portrait
UNIT TWO: SCULPTURE
Elements of Art: Form
๏ Paper Mache’ Retablos
UNIT THREE: PAINTING
Elements of Art: Color
๏ Pop Art Exploration
UNIT FOUR: CERAMICS
Elements of Art: Form
๏ Animal Piggy Banks
UNIT FIVE: ART HISTORY
๏ Artist Research Project
UNIT SIX: ARCHITECTURE
Elements of Art: Space
๏Two Point Perspective
๏Design a Dream Home
FINAL ASSESSMENT EXAM
๏ Students are expected to join our classroom online and maintain full
responsibility for all sketchbook and homework assignments as well as major
projects in the class.
STUDENTS MUST JOIN CLASS WEBSITE BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 8TH
๏ Students are expected to bring their sketchbook and pencil/eraser to class
SKETCHBOOKS MUST BE AT LEAST 8.5”X11” AND ARE DUE IN CLASS BY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8TH
๏ Students are expected to be in their assigned seat, silently working in their
sketchbook by the time the bell rings. Failure to do so will result in a tardy.
๏ Students are expected to be respectful of our art materials. Students are
responsible for returning materials to proper area, and using proper care
when cleaning tools.
๏ Students are expected to be respectful of our classroom environment.
Students are responsible for cleaning their table/area and may not leave the
classroom until this expectation is met.
Beginning Middle School Art
SKETCHBOOKS ARE DUE EVERY WEEK ON THE LAST DAY OF THE WEEK
As an artist in Beginning Middle School Art you need to do at least one
ﬁnished sketch per week in your sketch book. The purpose of a sketchbook is to
encourage you look harder at things, use your imagination, and explore ideas and
techniques that interest, challenge, and stimulate you. In addition to the weekly
sketchbook assignment, you are encouraged to ﬁll this space with your own work and
drawings of your choice. Use your sketchbook as a place to let out your ideas and
thoughts through your art.
Sketchbooks will be due every week on the last day of the week. Each
sketchbook assignment should take between 30 and 60 minutes and must be done on
your own time. The assignments are worth 20 points each. You will receive 20 points
for drawings that meet the following expectations:
Drawing must ﬁll the entire page
Drawing must employ full color or shading (media of your choice)
Drawing must show great attention to detail
Drawing must be chosen off the following list (in no particular order)
1. Draw the inside of your closet
2. Draw the contents of your desk drawer
3. Draw the contents of your refrigerator
5. Draw the contents of your medicine chest
6. Draw the contents of your garage
7. Draw your dad’s work table after he’s worked on a project
8. Before the dishes are washed, draw them
9. Draw a pile of laundry waiting to get washed
10. Draw a pile of bicycles on the sidewalk
12. Draw the guests at a dinner party
13. Draw yourself in a mirror
14. Draw your brother/sister/friend practicing his/her instrument
15. Draw your hand in multiple positions
16. Draw your hand holding a variety of objects
17. Draw your hand against other parts of anatomy (chin, knee, etc.)
18. Draw your bird, cat, dog, ﬁsh, snake, leopard, lobster acting unusually
19. Draw what is in the rear-view mirror of your car
20. Draw a dead bird in a beautiful landscape
21. Draw a ﬂower growing next to a turned over garbage can
22. Draw a piece of cake and make it look delicious
23. Draw one popcorn kernel; draw a bag of popcorn
24. Draw moving water, still water
25. Draw an object when looking through a tube (microscope)
26. Draw an object seen through glass (how does the glass make a difference)
27. Draw something ﬂoating
28. Draw a dark object in a light environment
29. Draw a dark object in a dark environment
30. Draw the contents of a light room when sitting in a dark room
31. Climb a ladder, draw what is below
32. Climb a mountain (hill), draw what is below
33. Lie on the ﬂoor, draw what is eye level
34. Dig a hole, put a whole in the hole, draw what is in the hole
35. Fill in the hole, cover up the whole, draw the covered hole
36. Find a quiet place in a crowd, draw the crowd
37. Find a quiet place, draw the quiet
38. Find a noisy place, draw noise
39. Shine a light through an open weave structure, draw the cast shadow
40. Draw an object that is lit by a candle
41. Draw a ﬁgure that is lit by a candle
42. Draw your sister/brother by the light cast by the TV or computer screen
43. Draw your father/mother by the light cast from the TV or computer screen
44. Draw an apple, pear, banana
45. Draw an apple, banana, and a wrench
46. Draw a scoop of ice cream and an old shoe
47. Draw an apple, a vacation photo, a hammer and a gold ﬁsh
48. Tighten a C clamp on a banana, draw it
49. Draw your art teacher
50. Make a drawing that says something about the environment
51. Look out your bedroom window, draw what you see
52. Look out your bedroom window, draw what you would like to see
53. Change the size relationship (scale) of the insect and something else (i.e.
building, ships, cars)
54. Draw a portrait of your best friend as an insect
55. Draw a self portrait of you as a beautiful insect
56. Draw a family insect portrait
57. Cut out a photo into small pieces, rearrange the photo in some other order,
58. Draw the concept of the uses of a chair (sitting) without the chair
59. Draw an aerial view of your back yard
60. Make a portrait of yourself as you see yourself in twenty years
PLEASE FILL OUT, DETACH AND RETURN THIS FORM TO MISS SETCHELL
____________________________ (Print student name) and I carefully read
and discussed each of the individual sections on the syllabus. I will make a
commitment to support my child in meeting all expectations of this course.
Students, please initial in the boxes below:
I will join our classroom online and maintain full responsibility for all sketchbook and
homework assignments as well as major projects in the class.
I will bring my sketchbook and pencil/eraser to class every day.
I will be in my assigned seat, silently working in my sketchbook by the time the bell rings.
I will be be respectful of our art materials.
I will be respectful of our classroom environment. I will be responsible for cleaning my
table/area and will not leave the classroom until this expectation is met.
Parent/Guardian Signature Student Signature
Parent/Guardian Name (printed)
SKETCHBOOKS ARE DUE IN CLASS ON