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    Illustration and Cartooning Grade 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Studio in Art

    This course is for students that love comics, cartoons and the illustrations found in magazines and children’s books. It is designed for students who want to discover what makes particular cartooning and illustration styles unique and popular, and how to develop works of art with the same excitement and fun. Students must be willing to push beyond their own existing styles and try things that they have never done before. Students will focus primarily on character design and storytelling, and create a variety of artworks demonstrating these skills.


    WELCOME to Illustration and Cartooning!

    A full year course taught by Mr. Miller


                The goal of this course is to provide students with a thorough and in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts and skills of illustration and cartooning through rich and meaningful creative experiences.  The course builds on skills that students have developed in previous high school classes.  Key skills in this course include storytelling, pacing, character design, lettering and expression of emotions.  In addition to developing these art skills, the study of cartooning and illustration prepares students for diverse opportunities in their future studies and a variety of career avenues. Illustration is offered as a major in most college art programs, leading to careers in children’s book illustration, commercial illustration, political cartooning, comic cartooning, animation and book jacket illustration.


                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.  These directions may vary from simple supply distribution and preparedness, to written work, or simply continuing where a project was left off from the day before.  Students begin this task immediately, even if they enter prior to the bell.  During the class period students are expected to remain in their seats.

    At the close of class students are responsible for returning all of their own supplies, and cleaning their work area as needed.  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 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, so that I can see what cleaning might need to be done.


    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 or artwork that the student produces in class will be individually graded and counted towards the student’s final average. If a student does not complete a project in the allotted class time, he or she is responsible for finishing it on his or her own time. All projects must be handed in by the end of the marking period in which they are assigned.

    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. These homework assignments will relate to main concepts and projects that students are working on in class.  The amount of work required to complete each assignment will vary.  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.

    Final Evaluation:

    The major final evaluation will be an end of the year research project.  Students will research an illustrator, cartoonist or comic artist, and illustrate a biography of that artist.  Students will develop their own unique style to illustrate this piece.  Students will be assessed in terms of the written, researched aspect of the project, and on the visual aspects of the project.  Students will need to demonstrate proper research skills including citations and a bibliography featuring a variety of quality sources.  Visually, students will demonstrate pacing, sequencing and lettering skills as well as a fully developed, consistent style.  Students will also submit a portfolio of work created throughout the year for assessment in June. 


    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!



     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.



    SECRET ARTIST: Marie Severin earn a teensie bit of extra credit by taking a picture of on her works on your phone, or printing it out or emailing an image of her work to me

    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