Susan Maseth


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Susan Maseth




Class Schedule -


Art Dept. -Mrs. Maseth – Room 184 
Semester 1
Block 1 -   Drawing & Painting 1
Block 2 – Art 1   2/3D
Block 3 – Advanced Drawing & Painting
                2/3 & AP Studio Art
Block 4 – Planning
Semester 2
Block 1 -   Art 1   2/3D
Block 2 – Planning
Block 3 – Drawing & Painting 1
Block 4 – Ceramics 1
                                                                             Grading Policy
Mrs. Sue Maseth - Art Dept. Room 184 - Walkersville High School
          The Grading Policy that I use for this class is a clear and consistent measure of the objectives presented in this course. It includes a letter grade scale that is derived from points for each grade and assigned an appropriate percentage (as shown below). All phases of this class will be taken into consideration in a weighted grading system. The sections and their weights are listed below: Project Grade, Homework Grade, and Daily Grade. The CRES Assessment acts as a “final exam” grade and will therefore count as 20% of the students total semester grade. The CRES Grade will also show up on the report card as the final exams in other classes. Grades may be requested at any time. Please try to give at least a one day notice to that effect. Students will be given grade printouts at midterm and end of term. The midterm grade is usually the summation of only major projects and does not take into account minor items or daily grades. I use the Pinnacle Grading System computer program which enables me to sort, record, weigh, and calculate the grades very quickly; so there is more time for me to write comments on work and suggestions for improvements. You may go online to view missing assignments, due dates etc. or call me at Sue Maseth and email:
Graded Criteria for Term Grades
            1) Project Grade – (all class projects/major assignments,
tests)                                                               -           80%
            2) Homework Grade – (includes all homework, warm-ups,
                                    notebook checks, quizzes, sketches, classwork,
                                    critiques, and other minor assignments)                         -             10%
            3) Daily Grade – (a grade based on daily participation in class
            activities, attitude, effort, clean-up, use of facilities,
            progress, attendance, etc.- developing and darkroom in photo) -          10%
                                    TOTAL TERM WEIGHTED GRADE (40% EACH TERM) -       100%
            CRES FINAL ASSESSMENT (End of the Second Term – 20%)
Letter Grade/Percentage Scale
A+        97% (100-97%)                      C          73%     (76.9-73%
A          93% (96.6-93%)                     C-         69.5% (72.9-69.5%)
A-         89.5 (92.9-89.5%)                 D+       67%   (69.4 - 67%)
            B+       87% (89.4-87%)                     D          63%   (66.9 - 63%)
B          83% (86.9-83%)                     D-         59.5%   (62.9 - 59.5%)
B-         79.5% (82.5-79.5%)               F+        55%   (59.4 - 55%)
C+        77%     (79.4-77%)                  F          Below 55% (54.9-0%)
                I understand how my grade will be calculated for this class and that the assessment will depend upon the criteria outlined above.   I also realize that this is a studio course and my daily grade depends upon my attendance, participation, attitude, and effort. Missing assignments cannot be graded and therefore will receive 0% and graded accordingly if turned in late. In Pinnacle X is excused grade and Z is never submitted for grading (0%).
Student Signature:_________________________________________ Date:_________
Parents Signature:_________________________________________ Date:________


 Mrs. Sue Maseth - Art Room 184 – Walkersville High School
          Welcome to ART 1   2/3D !!!    Are you ready for an experience?!     Ready to surprise yourself with what you are capable of doing artistically? So you say, “I can’t draw…” . I am ready to prove you wrong! Art 1 is an introductory course to what we have to offer in art at the high school level in all areas. The course will focus on the mastery and understanding of the visual artistic elements of art and design concepts in all work as defined through the objectives of each project. We will look at work the is done in many different medias (both 2D- drawing, design, painting, and 3D- sculpture, collage , and printmaking). You will be prepared to work with computers, clay, or commercial art. We will explore the styles of artists throughout history and how they relate to what you are doing today! You will learn and discuss your art through a variety of critique processes and learn just what makes a work of art. Are you “just taking this course for your fine arts credit?” Did you know how many careers are based on the visual arts and use them to make a living? Having trouble in other academic areas? Did you know that the visual arts are and can be related to many of the areas you may need to strengthen. Do you learn better by seeing information and making something with your hands rather than in verbal or written ways? Here is your chance to use this “credit” to do all of these things and have a great deal of fun doing so! Come in with your best attitude and effort and you may surprise yourself. DESIGN, CREATE, & EXPLORE THE VISUAL ARTS!!!
Unit 1   -   Line
A.     Language of line
B.     Contour lines
C.     Sculptural and gesture lines
D.     Variation of line and creation of forms
Unit 2   -   Color
A.        Color as tone and value
B.        Complementary colors
C.        Analogous colors
D.        Color wheel and color theory
Unit 3   -   Shape / Form / Space
A.        Rendering and shading to show form and scale
B.        Shape and form in 3D
C.        Positive and negative space
D.        Space and depth with linear perspective
Unit 4   -   Texture
A.        3D Texture in relief
B.        Printed texture
C.        Creating texture and space
D.        Changing and interpreting texture
E.         Space of 3D texture / compartment


AP Syllabus Outline Fall 2010               Name:______________________

AP Requirements/Projects for the Semester

Ø      4 Units – Spatial, Figure, Objects, Abstraction

Ø      9 Major Projects for class time

Ø      3 Homework Projects that relate to units of study to be completed out of class

Ø      5 Concentration Projects – self-designed and unified to be completed out of class

Ø      Sketchbook/Workbook/Journal – checked on upkeep and progress 2 times


Figure/ Portrait -      Human Form, Figure/Ground Relationships, Proportions, Portraiture, Figure Group Study - Project description with room for media/portfolio choices by individual students - (August – October 2008)

·        Figure Group Study– use of gesture, contour, space, depth, etc. – (Observation)

·         Self-Portrait – Choice of style and media from expressive, Fauvistic, collage, abstract, negative space, form and light, etc. – (Observation, Photos, Historical)

·        Recompose the Figure/Portrait/Skeleton – Abstract and reassemble the figure by using cropping, layering, Cubism, or other re-compositional devices to distort the figure from a realistic situation

§         Homework #1- Personal Narrative using the Human Figure

§         Concentration Part #1 - Self-Designed & Approved

§         Sketchbook/Workbook/Journal – checked on upkeep and progress


Spatial ConceptsLandscape/Architecture/Perspective – Project description with room for media/portfolio choices by individual students - (October – December 2008)

·        Surreal Space/Place -  incorporate a list of 20 different items into an illustration.

·        Observed Linear Perspective – Create an illustration that shows observable linear perspective rules from an interior space or set-up still life. Piece could create a mood or tone.

·        Expressive Landscape – Use a media, technique, and style to create a sense of place and expresses a feeling about this exterior landscape. Some examples are: Fauvism, long or unusual format, expressive cityscape, collage or mixed media, fantasy or surrealism, ambiguity or impossible spaces.

§         Homework #2- Spatial Problems – Cluttered Space or Night Scene

§         Concentration Part #3

§         Sketchbook/Workbook/Journal – checked on upkeep and progress


The Object – The Still Life - Study of all objects texture, form, and unify with Elements & Principles of Art - Project description with room for media/portfolio choices by individual students - (December 2008 - January 2009)

·        A Natural Object -  Choose from the following possible assignments: any natural object (alive or preserved), egg in space, the insect – mark making/expression, microscopic images come to life, animal illustration (choice of style & technique), abstraction of plant, shell, flower, vegetable, bones, etc.

·        A Man Made Object - Choose from the following possible assignments: wrapped or crumpled object, details of clothing or costume, futuristic machinery, glass or metal still life, white object still life, tromploie ’ personal still life, drapery study, shoes composition, reflections and clear objects, edible still life.

§         Homework #3 – “Chinese Menu” 10-15 Views of an Object

§         Concentration Part #4

§         Sketchbook/Workbook/Journal – checked on upkeep and progress


Exploring AbstractionAll forms and choice of subjects - Project description with room for media/portfolio choices by individual students - (January 2009 – through Spring 2009 independently)

·         Select 2 Abstracting Techniques from those listed to abstract any subject from any source – may be Concentration Related :

·         Progression Abstraction, Simplification, Unique Viewpoint, Unusual Lighting/Form, Mixed Media, Expressive Emotion, Ambiguous Space, Change of Scale, Linear Emphasis, Shape Emphasis, Color Emphasis, etc.

§         Concentration Part #5 & Includes plans for the resolution to the Concentration Project in 7-8 more pieces over the next 3 months

§         Sketchbook/Workbook/Journal – checked on upkeep and progress



AP Portfolio Types and Media

v     Drawing Portfolio – (media to choose from – pencil, pen & ink, scratchboard, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, oil or chalk pastel, markers, charcoal, mixed media, tempera paint, acrylic paint, oil paint.)

v     2D Design – (media to choose from - pencil, pen & ink, scratchboard, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, oil or chalk pastel, markers, charcoal, mixed media, tempera paint, acrylic paint, oil paint, and also computer graphics, collage, calligraphy, commercial design and graphics, advertising, photography, montage, mixed 2D media, and printmaking.)

v     3D Design – (media to choose from – clay (functional and sculptural), wood, metal, found objects, stone, plastics, mixed 3D media, Plaster-craft, plaster, papier mache`, cloth and fabric, board and paper, bas-relief in various materials, jewelry, in-the-round, subtractive and additive.)


Ø      Depending on the Portfolio Selected – Students will select media for each class, homework, and Concentration project to be completed for grading based on their AP Portfolio demands. 

Ø      Supplies for Projects – Students will be provided with as much media or materials as required for each graded work for the semester (within reason). Students may be required to provide some of their own materials or financial support with certain major projects or ideas that want to follow through with.