Visual Arts Syllabus
My Name is Stephen Blades, I am your child’s Visual Arts teacher at Riverdale Middle. This year your student will be given the opportunity to explore the visual arts by studying art history, art processes, and commonly used art materials. Below you will find a supply list for my class.
The Process Journal is document of your child’s process and progress in the visual arts classroom. These journals will be kept and used for most part in the arts classroom, but should it be necessary, such as when there has been an extended absence, students may check their process journal out to catch up on work or research that they may have missed. If your child’s process journal is lost or destroyed, then you and your student are responsible for replacing the journal and all of its contents (such as notes, research, sketches, or plans).
Students will also have a research paper they are responsible for completing outside of class time.
In order for your child to succeed in this class they need to come to class with all of their supplies every class. Students that do not come to class prepared will not be able to complete the day’s tasks and will begin to fall behind. Every class they need to have their pocket folder with paper, wood pencils, and their color pencils. Also students and parents are responsible for any damages to tools or equipment caused by the student. If you have any questions about the class or what the fee will be used for please feel free to contact me at Stephen.Blades@jppss.k12.la.us . Thank you for your time.
Wood pencils (as needed throughout the year)
1- 3 prong pocket folder Black
Paper for pocket folder
1 -roll paper towels
1- 12 pack colored pencils minimum (students may have a larger pack with more colors if they choose to)
1- Black Ballpoint Pen
1-Ballpoint pen of any non-neon color
Artist Research Paper
Mr. Blades 8-9-2018
You will research one artist or one period of art if there are no named artists from that period. After researching that artist you will first write a paragraph about that artist’s history, background, artistic movement (if that artist is part of a particular art movement or art period), and that artist’s medium and process . Next you will pick 3 artworks from that artist that you find interesting. The rest of the paper will be dedicated to you evaluating those artworks, explaining why you found them interesting, and why you chose them as representations of that artist’s work.
You can pick an artist or craftsman from any time period past or present. They can be famous or less well known. Be creative, find an artist whose work speaks to you and interests you as most of this paper will be your opinion about why you find this artists work compelling. Look for painters, digital artists, sculptors, woodworkers, metalworkers, potters, designers. You might find artists in art history books you find compelling, but don’t limit yourself to just famous artists of the past. There are millions of artists out on the internet, on Youtube, Instagram, and other places that are all making artwork every day and sharing it. There are also lots of local art galleries and museums where you can see artwork up close and maybe get an idea of who you want to write about. The main goal here is to find an artist you find interesting.
This Paper will count as a project grade for the 2nd nine weeks
- THE FOLLOWING HEADER AT THE TOP OF YOUR PAPER:
YOUR NAME ARTIST’S NAME DATE
- 12 point, Calibri Font, and 1 inch margins (default margins)
- 2 Pages typed
- Separate Bibliography, document where you got your information. This includes where you found your images.
- 3 full color Images on ONE PAGE. These will be the 3 artworks that you talk about in your paper.
- Should be stapled together.
- List of artists I DO NOT WANT PAPERS ON: Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci
- Turned in on time. You can turn your paper in early, but it is due in on October 30th and 31st December 13th and 14th for talented classes