Wyatt Visual Arts Syllabus


Welcome to my class! I am looking forward to our time together in Art. Please take a few minutes to read through this letter outlining art room procedures and expectations.


Course Content:

In art class, our course of study will focus upon problem-solving, using the elements and principles of design in order to create expressive, but well-organized works of art. We will also focus heavily on basic drawing skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of both two and three-dimensional materials and mediums, and will also have opportunities to write about and discuss their own works, and the works of others.


  1. Students will create artworks using a variety of media and techniques.
  2. Students will identify major artists and styles.
  3. Students will begin to analyze their own artwork, other student’s work and the work of well-known artists through critiques and in-class writing.
  4. Students will develop their own style by creating sketches to plan for major art projects.
  5. Students will create a portfolio of work throughout the course that demonstrates increasing skill and ability
  6. Students will maintain a visual journal in which to keep class notes, sketches, observational items and vocabulary.
  7. Improve his/her verbal skills by learning the visual vocabulary and apply those terms during class discussions, critique and projects.
  8. Ask questions! Think! Learn! Create! Have fun!


Just as you have high expectations for me as your teacher, I have high expectations for you as my student. I expect you to come to class prepared and ready to create original artwork. You are required to bring a pencil and eraser every day to class. While you are here, please be responsible with supplies and always be on task so you can do your best work. If you cannot complete a project or assignment on time, it is your responsibility to speak with me about an extension. Unexcused or missing work will result in an incomplete or failing grade. 


The art room is a place of mutual respect. I expect you to treat your peers, your teacher (whether a substitute or me), and yourself with the highest level of respect. Please be polite and do not put down your artwork or the artwork of another classmate. If appropriate behavior becomes a challenge for you, we will meet to find a solution. If necessary, we will include parents and administrators.


Effective artists constantly practice their drawing skills in journals or sketchbooks. As part of the middle school art program, students are required to complete sketchbook assignments as homework. You will be assigned 4 sketchbook assignments to help you build your creative drawing skills. Due dates and topics will be clearly posted in the art room and online.  


Art projects and sketch assignments are evaluated using grading rubrics. Rubrics will focus on concepts I hope you will master during the 9 week period. These include your understanding of art skills/vocabularycraftsmanshipproblem solvingoriginality/communication, and self-reflection. Levels of mastery for each concept will be explained in detail during class. In addition I will be evaluating your use of class time to develop your skills and complete your projects and assignments. I believe this to be very important in your artistic development. Grades will be posted via infinite campus.


Special Expectations:

1.  Come to class prepared, on time, and with required materials.

2.  Turn in completed projects in assigned location.

3.  Label all work clearly with first name, last name and period.

4.  Clean your entire area at the end of the period. Check the floors for trash, put art materials away in designated location. Make sure chairs are pushed in and tables are wiped down if dirty.

5.  Absences from school must have a note from home. Extended deadlines on projects will not be given unless this is an excused absence.  


Requested Class items:

During the year we will be doing unique projects that require items not commonly found in school. If you have any of the items listed below and would like to donate them for student use, I would appreciate it very much.


*Hand Sanitizer *Disinfecting Wipes  *Duct tape *Office supplies 


Grading Procedures:

Major Projects: 30%

Tests: 35%

Participation/Class Work: 10%

Quiz: 20%

Homework/Sketchbook Assignments: 5%


The grading of artwork will be divided into two categories: major projects and class work. Projects are the final evaluation of the student’s ability to demonstrate his/her problem-solving skills as well as mastery of the techniques and ideas learned and practiced in class.


Projects will be graded based upon completion, craftsmanship, and standards. Each project will be given a specific due date. If the student cannot make the due date based on-class work time, he/she will need to take the project home to complete it. If materials cannot be taken home, the student will need to make an appointment to complete the project before and/or after school.


Class work grades will include exercises practiced in class leading up to larger projects, writing assignments and other various class assignments. In addition, the student’s grade will be calculated based on participation grades. These grades will be given based on the student’s ability to participate in class work, follow all class procedures, and remain on task. Students are expected to remain on task for the entire period.


Never hesitate to contact me with your questions. Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me quickly

Please allow me 24 hours to return phone calls.

Many thanks!

Email: abridges@gcps1.com

School phone: 434-634-5159

 It’s going to be a great year in Art!



Art Supply List



Pencil Case

3 Ring Binder

Hand-Held Pencil Sharpener




Disinfecting Wipes

Liquid Hand Soap

Hand Sanitizer


Copy Paper




P –   Arrive on time.

               Enter quietly.

               Materials ready.


R –   Sit quietly.

               Wait for directions.

                Listen carefully.


I –   Soft talk.

              Participate in discussion/classroom.


D – Begin work on time.

              Revise/correct work.


E –   Complete all tasks.

               Help peers.