CHS ART IV Syllabus

Instructor: Mrs. Olander           Room:414

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-9:00a.m. (or by appointment)

Email:  login:chs  password:art  




In Art IV students develop, clarify, and apply their philosophy of art and art making developed in Art III through in-depth, independent, and advanced explorations with media, techniques, processes and aesthetics.  Exceptional initiative, serious involvement, and commitment are expectations of the Art IV students.  A portfolio evidencing high quality, a broad base of knowledge, and in-depth understanding of personal art forms is developed and refined.  Students take part in planning and installing an exhibition of their work.

Grading, Policies and Evaluations

·      MAJOR GRADES-60%   Projects, Gallery Visits, Website, Portfolio

·      MINOR GRADES-40% Daily Participation, Class work, Homework, Sketchbooks, & Quizzes.

·      PARTICIPATION: In order to get the entire daily participation grade, full participation and appropriate behavior is required from the moment the tardy bell rings until the end of class

·      Gallery Visit: Complete one gallery visit each six weeks as a major grade. The form you fill out can be found on my webpage on the CHS website.

·      DUE DATES: for in-class assignments- I will give a deadline for the last day to work on a project in class. The official due date will be set for a few days later to complete the work outside of class time (before/after school or during lunch).

·      All work (including homework and sketchbook assignments) is due at the beginning of the class period ON the day it is due.

·      If you are working on homework, in class during the day it is due, points will be deducted from your assignment.

·      LATE WORK: Late assignments will receive 10 points off the original grade for each day the assignment is late.

·      All work should be turned in on the day it is due. Any work that is turned in late will not receive full credit.  10 points will be deducted each day that an assignment is not turned in.

·      If students need extra time to work on a project they need to see me to schedule time in the classroom before or after school or during lunch. The student is encouraged to work diligently during the time he or she is given. If it takes them more time, they should take this time before the end of the assignment.

·      Labeling Work: Points will be deducted from assignments because of failure to include the following information on assignments. In order to get full credit for assignments the following must be included legibly on the back of your work: 

                Your first and last name

                      (Sign the work on the bottom right corner on the front of the work & Include full name on the back)

                Date the assignment is turned in


                Class Period


               (When required – self-assessment check list and comments)













Policies, Procedures & Guidelines of the classroom:

·      Be Prepared: Be in your seat working on your daily warm-up journal when the bell rings.  Have your materials with you and take care of business before you get to class. You will not be able to leave the room unless it is an emergency.

·      Be Responsible: Keep the art room and your working environment clean at all times. Throw away your trash in the trash cans, please. Leave things better than you found them.  Wipe up your tables, clean your palettes and paint brushes.  If you get something out, put it up.  Check the floors and sweep up any scraps left behind. Help your neighbors clean up when you are done.

·      Be Respectful: Respect your fellow classmates and your teacher. This includes respect of personal space, property (artwork, supplies, etc), and not talking while someone else is addressing the class.

·      Be Positive:  Have a positive attitude and an open mind.

·      Follow the Directions the First Time they are Given.

·      Follow all CHS and Carteret County Rules.

o  Food/Drink is NOT permitted in the hallways or classrooms. Only clear water bottles with bottle caps are acceptable. No soft drink cans/cups, juice cups, etc. No food is allowed in the room.

o  Abide by the CHS dress code.

o  Cell phones and ipods/mp3 players are NOT allowed. Put them away and turned off while in the room.

·      Dismissal: Please remain in your seat until the bell rings. Seniors or students with passes must have their pass with them and have a clean area in order to leave early.  Leaving early is a privilege not a right.

·      Make sure you are using your time wisely!

·      Always be ready to learn at all times!! DO NOT work on other curriculum.  There is no such thing as “finished early”. There is always room for improvement.


□Art Box or Bag            □2 pieces of poster board      □1 box of 12 color pencils

□4  HB or #2 pencils           □1 metal pencil sharpener       □1 box of 8 classic markers    

□1 large black marks-a-lot      □1  eraser                      □1 black vis-à-vis marker

□2 extra fine sharpies               □1   1.25oz. Elmer’s Glue       □3 black extra fine Uniball or sharpie pens

□1 fine point sharpie          □2 glue sticks                      □Roll of Packing Tape for image transfers             

□2 spiral Sketchbooks no lines (approximately 9”x12”)

   1 Sketchbook will be for daily warm-ups and class notes. 

   1 Sketchbook will be used for homework sketches and your visual journal

(If you do not have access to a sketchbook – you may punch holes into plain white paper and put it in a 3-ring binder.


Supply Fee $5.00.  The supply fee covers most of our papers, paints, brushes, tools and materials not on your art supply list. It is a onetime fee. A check can be made out to CHS.


These supplies and fees are due by Thursday February 3rd.

Sketchbook #1:  Daily Warm Ups and Class Work, Sketches and Notes:

We will check warm ups every 10 days.  Make sure you label your warm ups with the number and date of the warm up. Do 2 warm ups per page, drawing a horizontal line to divide the middle, and use the fronts and backs of pages. (Occasionally we will use an entire page).

Labeling your Sketchbook #1: Cover – Daily Warm Ups and Class Work
Page 1: Your Name and Information
Pages 2-35: Warm Ups
Pages 36-70: Class Work, Class Sketches, and Notes


The portfolio is designed to address a very broad interpretation of technique and media.  Drawing light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means, which could include painting, printmaking, mixed media, etc.  Abstract, observational, and inventive works may demonstrate drawing competence. We will also include subjects in our portfolio ranging from still life, portrait, figures, landscape, abstract, and nonobjective.  It is important to include works from direct observation as well as pieces that show your creativity and inventiveness.  Think about using nontraditional materials for some of your works.



Any work that makes use of [appropriates] other artists’ works [including photographs] and/or published images must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication.  It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy an image [even in another medium] that was made by someone else and represent it as one’s own.


This refers to the total work of art.  Mastery of drawing should be apparent in the composition, concept, and execution of the works, whether they are simple or complex. 

Students will submit a minimum of 10 actual pieces of art works in one or more media.  The works selected should exhibit their highest level of accomplishment in drawing.  The works may be on flat surfaces or can be 3 dimensional.

The works submitted may come from the Concentration and/or Breadth section.  They may be a group of related works, unrelated works, or a combination of both.




A concentration is a body of related works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular artistic concern.  It should reflect a process of investigation of a specific visual idea—not a selection of class assignments.  In this section the evaluators are interested in the work presented but also in visual evidence of the student’s thinking, selected method of working, and development of the work over time.

All pieces should be included on your website with a reflection.  



Student work in this section should show evidence of conceptual, perceptual, expressive, and technical range.  It must demonstrate a variety of drawing/painting/printmaking/etc. skills and approaches.

Again all pieces should be included on your website with a reflection.  




Major Grades [60%] and Minor grades [40%].

Major grades:  1 major art work every 2 weeks.

Minor grades:  weekly sketchbook, project check points

       Grades, and a once a week class participation grade



 Class critiques will be held at the end of each 2 week set of projects.  Individual critiques will be on going as the art work is being worked on in class.  The out of class work will have individual critiques, often written notes, at the check point grading dates during the 2 weeks.



Visual Journal/Altered Book Homework, Individual check-ins on projects, Group Critiques,  




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