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ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
Ceramics & Sculpture: Intermediate
1 Semester Course (20 Weeks) - .5 Credits
CTE Hallway, Studio 61
Instructor: Dr. Pamela Woods, Ed.D.
Classroom: CTE Hallway, Studio 61
Office Hours: No formal hours – individually arranged.
Always available online at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone numbers: AHS: 1(734) 246-4611, ext. 2261 or Class Website: artstudio61.com
or Emergency Text Dr. Woods at number provided in class--but you must provide your name attached to the text or I will not respond back to a student.
Contact policy: Feel free to stop by my classroom between classes.
Please email me to set-up a different appointment time. I try and respond to all emails within 24 hours.
About Dr. Woods
I have taught K-12 Ceramics and Sculpture: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced, Advanced Painting, General Art 2-D and 3-D, Fine Art Beginning and Intermediate, Commercial Arts and Video Animation, Basic Visual Arts, Marketing, and Business. My Doctorate in Education is in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in Art Education and Career and Technical Education, which I also earned at Wayne State University. I have also earned my University Teaching, Art Education, Marketing/Business, Gerontology: Social Work, and CTE Vocational teaching certifications. I am also a Certified Infant Mental Health Specialist credentialed as a Family Specialist. My area of research is Art Education and Livelong Learning. Dr. Woods is also a college professor who teaches Teachers in Curriculum and Instruction at the Masters Level of education.
Instructor Teaching Philosophy
Art education can help students learn in a myriad of ways. Understanding with the arts can center on commonalities that can in turn––bond rather than disconnect communities.
“Time goes by anyways…you might as well as something to show for it.”
Course Purpose and Goals
Entry level skills required and prerequisites
All Student in Ceramics & Sculpture: Intermediate must have completed Ceramics and Sculpture: Beginning with a B grade (or teacher permission) before entry.
Course Objectives and Expectations
This course is designed to prepare students to use art methods, materials, and visual literacy in their future endeavors. Attendance is mandatory to gain the best experience.
By the end of this course you will:
• Students can correctly identify, name, and describe the elements of art and certain principles of design, and know ceramic terms. Students can describe in writing the process of ceramic construction during a final written exam, portfolio presentation, or project display depending on classroom circumstances for assessment purposes.
• Students can create a semester-long reflective sketchbook that integrates personal artistic style and growing artistic sensibilities as they reflect on developing aesthetic values, individual artistic expression,
and inspirational imagery with the increased goal of mastery of various media.
• Students can participate in the physical development of suitable works of art by researching and applying methods and materials of professional artists within a modern and historical framework.
Students must take responsibility for their own learning. It is recommended to insure academic success in this course that students actively participate in classroom discussions, read the assigned materials, take notes, complete all artistic projects, attend the field studies, and study for exams/assessments.
Course topics will be arranged in an order to develop skills and build on prior learned knowledge presented in class. Actual projects will be selected based on student choice as tallied from pre-course assessments. Course lesson will be delivered through a variety of styles including instructor led lectures (listening and sharing), self study in the studio (reflective art making and journaling), computer aided learning (computer lab sessions, internet, smart phone), team games (teamwork, cooperative learning), field trip experiences, and others experiences as necessary.
As a student artist, you are learning to train your eyes to see and understand the visual world in a deeper more sensitive way. Student artists need to begin to appreciate and respect the artistic growth in themselves, as well as, others fellow students through their individual art making experiences. Thus, time for reflection and practice in your sketchbook is imperative throughout the course.
Learning tasks will break down into the following categories:
Individual Art Project (As many as instructional time allows)- will be graded based on 4 levels: creativity, meets assignment, craftsmanship, and effort of student. Work turned in with self-evaluation sheet and assessed one-on-one with instructor during studio time. Project may include Storyteller figures, face jugs, and sculptures. (Rubric at end of this document)
Sketchbook Journal - Independent art practice and reflection
DUE Selected MONDAYS THROUGHOUT TERM!
Assessed - Must be turned in on Monday for an "A" grade. Late work can be turned in on Tuesday for a “C” grade. After that --an "E" will be given, however, with teacher approval - some late assignments will be accepted for 50 points. The Sketchbook Journal is the backbone of this project and should represent the student’s best attempt at scholarly artwork and reflection since it will reflect the studio practices sessions on Wednesdays.
Effort rules this assignment since it is a practice.
Final Exam - Final written assessment of knowledge learned through class lectures and practices – vocabulary, studio knowledge, and demonstrated practice of artistic skill sets will be assessed. Instructor will inform students on what will be on exam.
Final Assessments may vary depending on class choice and vote of what they want to create and how they choose to be assessed as complied by the collective group at the beginning of the course.
Most required materials will be supplied by teacher as necessary.
A lab fee may be collected.
Optional materials will be providing as necessary for special issues and lessons.
Readings will address course objectives, as well as be visual sources for artistic inspiration.
Readings will be assessed through your ability to participate in classroom discussions where you should be able to contribute both understanding and questions from assigned materials.
The Anderson High School Media Center offers online tutorials on research, email practices, and basic technology understanding. I suggest that you take these tutorials to gain information to help you with all your courses. The Media Center helpline is (734) 246-4611, ext. 280.
Time management is part of the high school experience. Franklin Covey time management seminars are available online at: http://www.franklincovey.com/tc/resources, if you feel that would be beneficial.
Understanding the syllabus requirements is your responsibility. Please take the time to carefully re-review the syllabus on your own time throughout the course.
Please inform me if you feel that you are falling behind––do not wait until you are failing the course.
Anderson High School Attendance
Attendance is required and will be recorded for this course. However, if you do not attend class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed, including changes in the syllabus. I will go over missed work after the class in involved in practice time. If you miss class, you should also rely on other students in the class to get copies of the classroom notes. I would suggest exchanging names, phone numbers, and email numbers with two students to provide classroom information if necessary.
You must have an Anderson High School Principal approval “excuse” to miss an exam. Make-up work MUST be arranged with me PRIOR TO the classroom exam. Failure to appear for the regular in-class final exam without scheduling a make-up PRIOR TO the in-class exam may result in a score of ZERO on that exam.
A grade of incomplete will be given in this course in only the most extreme and compelling of circumstances. Work not done or submitted too late will be graded as zero toward course grades. Student can make arrangements with teacher to earn 50% of a late grade up until the last 3 weeks of the course WITH teacher permission and set timeline for student completion.
Cheating and Academic Dishonesty
Cheating and Plagiarism
Cheating is not an option in this class. If found to be cheating on an exam; the exam or paper in question will be counted as zero after we notify an administrator of the occurrence. You will also be expected to meet with the Principal to see if other possible consequences will take place. DO NOT RISK IT!
Since this is an art-based class, projects are expected to be unique creations. That is not to say an artistic movements cannot influence your work entirely (check with teacher). There should be examples of fresh ideas and expression in all works of art and sketchbook.
As described by the school policy: Cheating is copying from another student's work, or allowing another student to copy from your work, are both considered cheating as they represent accepting responsibility for work one has not performed, or contributing to another's acceptance of credit where credit is not appropriate.
Plagiarism is the act of presenting as your own work another individual's ideas, words, data, or research material. This includes altering the language, paraphrasing, omitting, and rearranging words to make them appear as your own. This applies equally to written, spoken, or electronic texts, published or unpublished. All ideas and quotations that you borrow from any source must be acknowledged.
Both cheating and plagiarism are considered to be serious academic offenses that will result in disciplinary action. Plagiarism and cheating in any form will not be tolerated.
Special circumstances happen in life. It is expected that you will inform me in a timely manner if a problem exists that is preventing you from doing your work. DO NOT expect special help if you do not inform me ASAP when something happens. My goal is to be here to support the real needs of all learners. Each incident will be looked at individually. Such incidents should be an exception and not ongoing events due to your lack of planning. Don’t wait until the semester ends to seek assistance.
Students with disabilities
If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to register with the counseling department for coordination of your academic accommodations. Once you have your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately to discuss your special needs.
Grades The grade you earn will be based on the total number of points you earn throughout the semester.
Grades will be assigned according to the following schedule:
It is expected that a lower grade will not happen. I will contact you if it does.
If you add up the percentages above, your grade gets distributed in the following ways (Rubric at end of document):
ASSIGNMENTS – 80% of Grade
-1 art projects 400 points
•Weekly Art Sketchbook Journal
- Sketchbook Journaling Assignments - 100 points each (16-20 per semester)
Quiz • 100 points each
FINAL EXAM – 20% OF Grade
Art Studio Rules
1. Upon entering class, check the chalkboard for any special instructions. Unless you see special instructions, you should get out your work and start creating.
2. You are expected to prepare yourself with a pencil or pen and paper prior to the beginning of a video or a lecture. Slide notes may be provided but all video features may not have prepared note sheets.
3. Clean up is everyone's responsibility. Make sure your table area and other areas in the lab that you do your work are cleaned and dry before leaving the studio. Materials are to be cleaned and returned to their proper place, this includes washing brushes and trays and leaving them to dry properly. At times it may be necessary to assign specific clean up jobs in order to keep the studio in good working order. You will be expected to help if asked to do so. Just think of the studio as your future classroom and think about the best ways to set-up your future room cleaning.
4. Clean up is normally eight minutes before the end of class.
5. Food and drinks must be put in a safe spot during class. Throw away garbage.
6. We are a yellow room.
List of Resources
Classroom Library is always available for use during class-time.
Computers: Anderson High School Media Center, two classroom computers for student use are also available.
Classroom website is at: artstudio61.com
This site is always being updated with information useful for this class.
Great Information is also listed on the following sites. You will want to refer to these sites throughout the course for info on specific questions that may come-up:
§ Color Theory Intro: http://www.nhsdesigns.com/graphic/color/index.php
§ Color Wheel: http://www.nhsdesigns.com/graphic/color/color-wheel.php
§ Color Combinations: http://www.nhsdesigns.com/graphic/color/color-combos.php
§ Tints, Shades & Neutrals: http://www.nhsdesigns.com/graphic/color/tints_shades_neutrals.php
§ Emotional Content: http://www.nhsdesigns.com/graphic/color/emotional-content.php
Art for Elementary Teachers
VISUAL ARTS - PROJECT RUBRIC
Your art project should meet all the following areas:
• Did you complete all the aspects
necessary to meet the project
• Did you apply your understanding
of the new art materials in a proper
• Did you push yourself to learn new
ways to apply methods and
• Did you try to make the assignment
your own by adding additional ideas
to it based on your own
• Are you doing high school level
scholary artistic work?
• Did you use every possible moment
during the project timeline to search
for better ways to do your work?
• Did you meet the deadline?
• Did you distract others from
completing their work?
• Did you complete research to find
new methods and materials to use
in your project?
• Did your keep your worksite clean?
• Did you return art material to their
• Is the project neat and clean?
• Is the project being handled with
care, free from wrinkles and
• Are you storing your work in a
portfolio or cabnet assigned for
this purpose to keep your work
• Is your art table clean and materials
• Are you approaching your projects
with an open artistic mind?
• Are you striving to make the
assignment your own using new
ways to approach the subject –
with fun and exciting visual
• Are you sharing your creative ideas
MEETS ASSIGNMENT – 100
EFFORT – 100
CRAFTSMANSHIP – 100
CREATIVITY – 100
POINTS PER PROJECT = 400
Weekly Sketchbook Journaling Assignments Independent art practice in sketchbook. DUE NOTED MONDAYS THROUGHOUT TERM!
Must be turned in on Monday for an "A" grade. Tuesday turned in for a “C”. LATE turn-in on Wed. will equal an “E”-50% graded after that a “no attempt” grade of "E" 0% will be given. In special circumstance the teacher will accept late work for 50 points after a teacher/parent/student conversation. You will still be responsible to complete missing work for your final sketchbook presentation to teacher.
The sketchbook is the backbone of this course and should represent students best attempt at scholarly Artwork. Effort rules this assignment since it is a practice.
The project expectations are:
Work should be done both in class and at home as necessary. Students must come to class prepared with any special materials (photographs, sketches, etc.) necessary to complete work in the classroom. It should reflect the artistic movements, artists, methods and material discussed in class during the “Element of the Arts” lectures and daily assignment practice.
FINAL EXAM - Study Guide
You will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of:
• The Elements of Art including:
Kinds of Lines
• Art History discussed in class
• Demonstrated Studio Skills shown in class
• Application of Ceramics & Sculpture Techniques learned in class
• Ceramics Vocabulary Studied