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This is the homepage for the art classes at RMCA Middle School. Art classes at RMCA use Core Knowledge curriculum; however, the emphasis is on studio projects. There are no tests or homework in the art classes. Sketchbook assignments are done in class.
Grading for art classes are as follows:
Projects 60%--drawings/projects associated with Core Knowledge units; critiques using elements and principles of art
Sketchbook 20%--Sketchbook assignments; thumbnails and value studies required for pre-approval for all projects; right-brain exercises
Participation 20%--Behavior, clean-up at end of class; planner and notebook checks
Grading for photojournalism class:
Photography assignments 20%--photographs taken for curriculum assignments, yearbook and newspaper photos
Newspaper 30%--written newspaper articles (first draft + final draft)
Yearbook 30%--creation of yearbook pages
Participation 20%--Behavior, clean-up at end of class
Calendars (all classes): Updated calendars for March-May 2013, in progress!
6th grade curriculum
7th grade curriculum
8th grade curriculum
To assist you in understanding your student's grades in art, I have added a list of grading rubrics and forms that we use in class. I have also uploaded the pouch contents form that is included in each supply pouch; 7th and 8th grade students check out pouches for the school year. The students sometimes have to share the pouches, as I continue to order the supplies for the pouches as money becomes available. Eventually each student will have a pouch. As stated in the syllabus for all classes,
"Each student will “check-out” a supply pouch which will have many of the daily supplies that we will use in the classroom. If you break or lose any of the supplies in the supply pouch due to misuse or irresponsibility, you will be required to pay for replacements."
Students are supposed to check the pouch contents whenever they use the contents in the pouches. I have explained to the students that art equipment and supplies are very expensive, and that they have a responsibility to keep the contents usable for the next student. At the present time, 6th graders do not check out pouches.
Pouch contents form (7th and 8th grades)
NEW! Updated Art Criticism form
Signature page with artist release form (required from each student)
Lecture Notes, Elements and Principles of art
Students are required to have a notebook/binder/folder in which to keep notes, sketchbook assignments, project rubrics, and bellwork questions. I usually check to make sure students bring their notebooks to class on Mondays or Tuesday. However, I have noticed that copies of review notes and bellwork drawings are being left behind. We will start having notebook checks in which I will be checking for specific items. These checks will begin January 14, 2013. I have added a list of what students should have in their notebooks. A copy of these lists are also posted outside the art classroom.
6th grade Notebook
7th grade Notebook
8th grade Notebook