Studio Art

Studio Art is designed to provide a variety of art experiences for students wishing to explore the possibilities of art. Students will have production experiences with a variety of materials and techniques, which may include: drawing, painting, printmaking, graphics, ceramics, and sculpture. The class may also help students determine which art classes to enroll in for the future.

Course Description

This class will teach beginning concepts in art and design.  During the class students will focus on the initial questions of “What is Art?” and “How do artists’ get their ideas?”  Students will understand how to work critically through analysis and interpretation while completing projects. Students will work in various mediums such as clay, printmaking, Photoshop, and drawing. In addition to hands-on projects, students will also write, study historical perspectives and gain an appreciation for art.


Grading policy and procedures:

Grades are based on individual assignment criteria, participation in class discussion and critiques, timely completion of work, and each student’s citizenship in the class. (Cooperation, Attitude, Attendance).  Break down is typically Effort- Craftsmanship/ Perseverance- Originality/Creativity- Design/Composition. There will also be various daily points for in class activities. Late work will be accepted, however a there will be full letter grade reduction for each week the assignment is late.


Sketchbooks: Due Dates: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

April 13, 20, 27

May 4, 11, 18, 26

June 1

All Sketchbooks due at the beginning of class on the Tuesday of that week unless otherwise noted! You will receive a separate handout along with descriptions of each weekly sketchbook assignment in addition to a corresponding rubric. The rubric needs to be attached to the inside of your sketchbook to receive credit.

***Any sketchbook drawing/project assigned during the first half of the trimester CANNOT be turned in after mid tri: this will result in a 0 for the assignment.

 All subject matter in any work created using STMA materials must follow appropriate content guidelines. All artwork must be original.

Be Creative and Be Original: No Hearts, Stars, Peace Signs, Sports & Advertising Logos, Published Cartoons, etc.  Do not make anything that relates to or resembles in any way smoking, alcohol, sex, drugs, etc.

Projects & Lab Fee:

The artwork will consist of a relationship to aesthetics, art history, art criticism, and studio work. Each unit will give students the opportunity to create a project using a different medium and incorporate different elements and principles of design. There is no lab fee for this course; however, students are responsible for bringing in various materials:

  • Sketchbook- not a notebook!!!
  • Ice cream bucket – Week #2
  • #2 Pencil or a set of Drawing Pencils – Graphite: 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Eraser
  • PRANG Watercolors – You can purchase a set at Michaels, Office Max, or Wal-Mart
  • Three ring binder or Folder
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pass Book

*Learning Targets: On-going throughout the trimester*

  • I know and understand the Elements and Principles of Design.
  • I will recognize and understand the importance of the safety rules in the art room.
  • I can identify the differences between 2D media and 3D artwork
  • I know and understand what a critique is and the process of critique artwork.
  • I can accurately use the various materials, tools, and techniques used to create creative and meaningful artwork.
  • I understand the importance of a clean art room. I can clean up after myself and help others.
  • I have a clear understanding of the mental and physical process to create a piece of artwork.