Art I

> Contact Information:
Donna Lehman
Phone: 240.236.7400
> Introduction:
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Art program at Middletown High School. I believe this is an excellent opportunity for students to explore several art mediums and techniques in art. Students will produce several projects using different media, subject, technique and style. Students will use problem solving to develop more in-depth artworks. Students will critique their artwork based on the elements of art and principles of design.
> Course Objectives: Students will be able to…
- Learn art concepts through the elements of art and principles of design.
- Explore a variety of art materials, mediums, techniques, and styles.
- Improve basic artistic skills.
- Be introduced to art history and appreciation.
- Create projects that yield individual creativity and personal interpretation.
> Grading Policy:
     County Benchmarks are required for this course. Each Benchmark will count no more than a regular project grade in the
      term in which the Benchmark is administered.
     Course Grades will be calculated as follows:
      (70% of the Course Grade)
          Projects are worth 40 points and are graded on a rubric system:
40 points
10 points
- Did the student follow the objective of the project?
- We will go over the objective and assignment for each project
   and students will get a handout on each project.
10 points
- Composition based Foreground, Middle ground, Background,
   Rule of Thirds, Division of Space
Color and Value
10 points
- Full range in values, rich
- Use of color(s) and color scheme
10 points
- Effort to create something that challenges you.
- The work is unique and demonstrates devoted time.
         Benchmarks are worth 40 points and are graded on a rubric system:
Required Benchmark Exams
Portrait Benchmark Assessment
40 points
Landscape Benchmark Assessment
40 points
Still Life Benchmark Assessment
40 points
Written Response Benchmark Assessment (Essay)
40 points
  (20% of the Course Grade)
Critiques: verbal (15-20 points) and written critiques (25-30 points). Critiques are at the end of each
project. Verbal critique grading is based on Comments and Etiquette.
- Comments: Student are required to make 4 comment based on Analysis, Judgment, and or Interpretation.
- Etiquette: Students are required to be polite, quiet and attentive to their peers during critiques
  (10% of the Course Grade)
Classwork: including warm-ups, weekly assessment, exercises, and sketches (10-30 points).
Make-up Work: If you are absent see me as soon as you return for make-up work.
Late Work:   If the assignment is not turned in by the due date it will be late (1-7 days late work will drop one letter grade, 8-14 days late work will drop two letter grades) Two weeks after the assignments due date the assignment will not be accepted for credit.
HAC Online Grades: Regularly monitor your progress online via our grading website. (
Academic Dishonesty: Students may not give or receive unauthorized aid on any assignment. Students will be held to the expectations and actions included in the MHS Honor Code found on the MHS Website.
> Tutoring: I am available during Knights Quest and after school from 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm. See me for availability.
> Instructional Materials: Students are required to bring pencil (not mechanical), eraser, notebook paper, and folder with pockets to class daily. It is recommended that students buy a sketchbook or art journal (spiral bound not ruled).
> Bell Schedule: [Regular day]
  • Period 1: 7:30-8:50
  • Period 2: 8:55-10:15
  • Knights Quest: 10:20-10:55
  • Period 3: 11:00-12:50 (includes Lunch, we are last lunch shift)
  • Period 4: 12:55-2:15
>Classroom Rules:
  1. Be in your seat on time and immediately begin the warm up.
  2. Bring all necessary materials to class
  3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
  4. Be respectful. No swearing, teasing, or yelling
  5. Be respectful of all art and school materials
  6. Follow all directions. No headphones
> Student Expectations:
  READY:  Focused and alert | Bring required materials | Assigned work completed | Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings
  RESPECTFUL: Observe classroom safety guidelines | Honor commonalities and celebrate differences | Support and encourage    
                           classmates | Use appropriate language at appropriate times
  RELENTLESS: Complete all assignments on time and with integrity | Give your best effort | Be open to feedback and capitalize   
                          on opportunities to improve
> Discipline Procedure:
  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Individual Conference with the Student and Parent Contact
  3. After-School Detention and Parent Contact
  4. Referral
The following Behaviors are considered serious classroom offenses and warrant immediate office referral:
  1. Destroys Property                                                  
  2. Refuses to do what the teacher instructs
  3. Behavior stops class              
  4. Hurt another person