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    A full year course taught by Mr. Miller


    The goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of art, building on what they have learned in middle school through meaningful creative experiences. Over the next 40 weeks, students will participate in a number of thematic units that not only involve the production of art, but also the practice of art criticism, aesthetics, and the introduction of significant artists, artistic movements, and historical references.

    Projects will focus on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Students will explore a variety of media including graphite, painting, colored pencil, pen and ink, printmaking, sculpture and more. This course will provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in any of the other art electives offered at Lancaster and will also fulfill the unit of art required for graduation.


    Students are expected to come to class prepared, focused, and ready to work. Everyday upon entering my classroom, students are to look at the front board for directions. Students begin this task immediately, even if they enter prior to the bell. During the class period students remain in their seats especially at the end of class so that I can see what cleaning might need to be done.

    At the close of class students are responsible for returning their own supplies, and cleaning their work area. The class does not dismiss by the bell, but instead by my permission. If I am not satisfied with how an area has been cleaned I will hold the class as a whole, or specific individuals accountable. Since so many supplies are used and distributed during studio (work) classes it is imperative that each student is in his or her seat before being excused from the class,


    Students’ final grade in the class will be compiled from the following areas:

    Classroom artwork (70%- 80% of quarterly average depending on the number of projects):

    Each project that students produce in class will be graded and counted towards the student’s average. If a student does not complete a project in the allotted class time, she is responsible for finishing it on her own time within a week of the final “in-class” period.

    Art Journal (20%-30% of quarterly average depending on the number of projects):

    Students will be required to maintain a journal/sketchbook which will contain class notes, handouts, and homework assignments throughout the year. The homework will relate to main concepts and projects that students are working on in class. Smaller assignments will be due the following class, while students will be provided a full week to complete in depth assignments. Students are expected to stay after school to complete late assignments.

    Portfolio and Final Examination:

    Students will make a portfolio in class where all the artwork they produce will be kept in the classroom. In June each student’s portfolio will be assessed as 50% of her “Final Exam” grade. Students will also be given a part multiple choice, part written final examination on the concepts, processes, techniques, and artists covered in class throughout the year. This examination will encompass the other 50% of each student’s “Final Exam” grade.


    Students will arrive on time or early – ready to work.

    When the teacher is talking, EVERYONE is listening. (This means I expect silence.)

    Students are to remain in their seats and work quietly for the duration of class.\

    Students will follow directions the first time they are given.

    Students will show respect for their teacher, classmates and their classmates’ art.

    Students will show respect for school property and art supplies.

    Students will use the time for making ART!

    SECRET ARTIST: Lee Bontecou look up some of her art and take a picture on your phone, email me an image, or print out a picture for a teensy bit of extra credit


    Negative consequences: If rules and procedures are not followed or expectations are not being met, the following will take place:

    1st intervention: Conversation with student or verbal warning to stop inappropriate behavior

    2nd intervention: Moves student’s seat and detention with Mr. Miller (depending on the nature of the infraction.)

    3rd intervention: Phone call home to parent and conference with Guidance counselor as necessary

    4th intervention: Written referral sent to administrator

    *Severe Disruptions/Infractions: For a serious classroom disruption or infraction such as blatant disrespect, refusal to follow directions, destructive behavior, or excessive tardiness, students will receive an immediate referral and in some cases may be accompanied out of the classroom to an alternative setting.

    Positive consequences: Positive classroom behavior will be rewarded and reinforced through praise and encouragement, positive phone calls home to parents, increased freedom and seating choices, snacks and surprises, and of course good grades as a result of hard work.


    I embrace the use of cell phones in my classroom, they act as mini computers with which students can look up references and information, students can also listen to music to focus better on their work. The following are specific consequences for misuse of a cell phone in my class (misuse includes but is not limited to texting, taking pictures without permission, playing music while teacher is talking, and playing music so loud that it is disruptive):

    1st intervention: Conversation with student or verbal warning to stop inappropriate behavior

    2nd intervention: Cell phone will be taken for the duration of the class period
    3rd intervention: Cell phone will be taken to main office to be picked up by parent only

    4th intervention: Written referral sent to administrator

Last Modified on March 15, 2019