• The Beetle Sphere by Ichwan Noor






    Applied Art and Design I


    • Sketchbook (8 1/2 x 11" or larger, spiral-bound)
    • eraser,
    • assorted drawing pencils
    • hand-held pencil sharpener
    • zipper pouch (to keep supplies in)
    • Optional:  crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, sharpies &/or other color markers



    • Applied Art & Design I is a full year course that meets on “B” days.
    • No previous art classes required.
    • Text resources include readings from  ArtTalk by Rosalind Ragans.  
    • Course Description/Objectives:
      • This course is designed to expose students to the idea that art is everywhere.
        • Through historical and cultural examples, students will discover that art is an integral part of the world and a means through which people communicate.
      • Students will practice and apply specific procedures, techniques, and processes to create functional artworks. 
      • Students will conduct research with the purpose of being prepared to understand, define, and apply the design elements.
      • Students will participate in various types of critique sessions
        • "Formal  critique" sessions discussing master artworks
          • Analyze artworks to provide accurate, detailed, cogent descriptions,
          • Apply understanding of specific design elements to identify /explain how they are used in the production of art.
          • Discuss aesthetics considerations
          • "Interpret" artist's intentions
        •  Critique work of self and peers
          • (Similar to above plus explanations and self evaluation throughout the experience.)
    • Instructor Extra Help/ Studio Time Information: B-day Block 3 
      (use email to make appointment)


     Each of the thematic units and lessons in this course is designed to help students meet one or more of the the New Jersey Standards for Art Education.  A novice art student should be exposed to a variety of mediums, techniques, tool utilization, art styles and artistic periods, and ways to evaluate one’s own work and work created by peers.  The curriculum was written to allow students to experiment with art techniques, skill-building and communication through demonstration, practice, and formative and summative evaluation.

    The goals and objectives for each lesson unit are centered on the design elements that are the basis of all visual art.

    Topics Addressed

    • I.    Introduction to Line 4-6 weeks
    • II.   Introduction to Shape 4-6 weeks
    • III.  Introduction to Form 4-6 weeks
    • IV.   Introduction to Space 4-6 weeks
    • V.    Introduction to Texture 4-6 weeks
    • VI.   Introduction to Color 4-6 weeks
    • VII.  Introduction to Value 4-6 weeks”
    • VIII. Introduction to Sculpture 4-6 weeks
    • IX.   Introduction to Art History 4-6 weeks
    • X.    Introduction to Art Media 4-6 weeks

    Classroom assignments are graded using a rubric that includes the four general components below plus criteria for goal achievement in building the unit-specific skills and techniques introduced and practiced with each new project.  

    • Effort / Class Participation: 
      • Willingness to stay on task "bell to bell".
      • Willingness to practice to become better at the skills introduced in each lesson unit
      • Meeting project objectives
      • Active engagement in critiques sessions
    • Craftsmanship / Quality:
      • Use materials and techniques to the best of ability.
      • Willingness not to settle for minimal results.
      • Aim for best work possible /  exceed expectations.
    • Growth: 
      • Artwork should show a natural progression of improvement as the year goes on.
    • Creativity:
      • Explore new ideas.


    Students’ grades will be updated in Powerschool on a regular basis.

    • It is very important that grades are checked often so that students have the opportunity to make up any missing or incomplete work on a timely basis.



    • Students are expected to work  from bell to bell.
      • Students are expected to work the entire period and give 100% effort.
      • Students are expected to grow in skill as the year continues.
        • Artwork should improve and progress beyond what is required. 
    • Daily Schedule:
      • Students need a sketchbook, pencils, and eraser for class.
        • Students are expected to start each class period by completing a sketchbook assignment.
          • When the students enter the room, they are to begin a drawing in their sketchbook.
          • Using our Google Classroom links students practice new skills by creating a different picture daily.  
          • Students may also be expected to work on sketches for homework.
        • On Friday of every other week, I will check sketchbooks to make sure drawings have been completed (missing drawings must be completed for homework). 
      • After completing the daily sketch assignment, students are expected to work on their LONG TERM PROJECT assignments
        • Project due dates are always given at the beginning of each assignment.
        • When work is not finished by the due date it must be taken home for completion.
    • Students are responsible for all stages of their projects - including storing work at the end of each day and cleaning up supplies.
    • Lab safety/health
      • Sharp tools (such as exacto-knife) and/or heated tools (such as a hot glue gun) are sometimes used for project work.
        • Safety procedures will be discussed and the importance of following those procedures will be emphasized.
        • A safety plan will be in place explaining the procedure to follow if a student accidently gets injured while working on a class project.  This plan will be explained to the students and posted for their future reference.

    • Classroom Rules
      • Students will read and adhere to the  MHSS code of conduct (Parent / Student Handbook). 
      • Students will respect themselves and each other. 
      • No food or beverages permitted in class unless a doctor's note is provided with the explanation for the exception.  
        • Period 1 Students are to finish all breakfast items: coffee, tea, food BEFORE entering the classroom. 
      • Students are responsible for cleaning up all art supplies and safely storing their project work at the end of each period.
      • I-Pods will be permitted in class when students are working on their projects. (Teacher will give start and stop time.)
      • Students are to ask permission before...
        • leaving the classroom for any reason
        • borrowing the lavatory pass 
        • obtaining supplies from the supply closet.
    • Attendance (Refer to Parent / Student Handbook - click here)
      1. Attendance Procedure
        • Students exceeding eight (8) unexcused absences in a full-year course, or students exceeding five (5) unexcused absences in Physical Education, or students exceeding four (4) unexcused absences in a semester course or exceeding three (3)
          unexcused absences in a quarterly course (Health) shall face a loss of credit situation.
        • The following absences will not accumulate toward the student's absentee record:
          1. School sponsored activities
          2. Religious holidays as defined by New Jersey State Department of Education
        • Remember, "Tardy Absences" will also count as an absence.
      2. If a student arrives at class after the bell without a pass from a staff member, he/she is late.
        • After 3d late arrival to class- student will receive a before or after school or Block 3 teacher detention for 15 min.
        • After 6th late arrival- a phone call home and after school detention.
        • 7 or more late arrivals -student will receive a write up and an administrator will determine the consequence.
    •  Lateness (Refer to Parent / Student Handbook - click here)
      • Lateness To School:  Lateness at any time after 7:25 a.m. will be considered unexcused unless the student has a valid and verifiable reason for being late.
        • All students who arrive after 7:25 a.m. must sign-in. At that time, students will be given a
          pass that will admit them into class.
      • Lateness To Class.
        • Students should be in class and seated when the bell rings.
          • Any student who does not follow this procedure will
            be marked late.
        • More than fifteen (15) minutes late to class without permission of the teacher or an administrator will be recorded as a cumulative absence and may be treated as a cut.
          • A cumulative absence is recorded in a class where the student has arrived late and misses more than fifteen minutes of the class.
          • * Please note that missing more than 15 minutes of class equals an absence.
            • Full year course, 12 lates equals an absence and every 3 subsequent lates equals an absence.
            • Semester course, 6 lates equals an absence and every 3 subsequent lates equals an absence.
            • Physical Education, 9 lates equals an absence and every 3 subsequent lates equals an absence.
            • Quarterly course, 3 lates equals an absence and every 3 subsequent lates equals an absence.
            • These are part of the total record for loss of credit.