Beginning Art I/Intermediate/AP Studio Drawing & 2D Syllabus Intro


Welcome:                I want to personally welcome you to my class and am anticipating great things from each of you. The focus this year will revolve around building and continually developing fundamentals within this specific discipline of the visual arts.  Practice and persistence is the key to strong and positive growth.  Your skill is directly related to your work ethic, passion, focus and the intensity of your approach.


Philosophy:            Three things you need to be successful--Dedication, Desire and Discipline! Come to class prepared and to work. That is how you will get better at your craft.


Problems:                Beginning Art I, Intermediate and AP Studio Art Drawing/2D is devoted to teaching the basics of drawing and building within 2-D and 3-D (only Beginning Art I’s do 3D) formats. By challenging the strengths and exposing the weaknesses of simple functional drawing skills, you will be able to grasp and ultimately apply fundamental exercises to all aspects of your drawing process. This will directly impact the way you observe and relate to the imagery you are evaluating.  By observation alone, you will work towards mastery of subject matter, medium, approach/style and composition. The concept here is to obtain growth visually by exposure, experimentation, experience, application and the establishment of a WORK ETHIC. The backbone of this course is to reinforce how to visually assess information and to develop new levels of confidence when presented with “more difficult imagery.” You will heavily explore the foundation of artistic creation, i.e. the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design by conceptualizing, creating, building on new skills and assessing/evaluating the steps they used to answer the problems that are posed. Each class will be expected to have completed a total of 8 to possibly 9 pieces for the year.  Each piece along with preps (tech sheets) and preliminary sketching will average anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for completion. Completion includes a critical review which is imperative for “Growth Evaluation” of not only you the student, but your artwork as well. When a piece of artwork is finalized there will be a gauging component where you will learn to critically review/evaluate artwork orally through discussion and written formal assessments. This will be done during that 4 week window. You are strongly urged to complete each piece as it is difficult to receive high passing marks for unfinished work. For example, if a student completes 50% of a math test given they got all the problems right, they still will have a 50.  When a student completes only 85% of an English paper, granted the content is superb, it is still an 85 given the grading dynamic/rubric of that teacher.  AP Studio students are self-paced with their work load. They will have prompts to complete and the turn around time for finished products is much more intense. Critical Reviews are much closer together based on the required standards of the College Board portfolio submittal process, (i.e. digital files and hard copy work.)


Completion:       Completing a piece as a finished, polished piece of artwork, means seeing it through from the beginning to the end with consistency and intensity. Following that, being prepared for the critical review is essential for wrapping up/evaluating all components of that piece of artwork. Final grades will be based on both phases in their entirety.  If the artwork is not complete, it cannot be effectively examined for what would be considered full credit (objectively and or subjectively).  I understand some students move faster than others and this will be dealt with on an individual basis.  I encourage all students to take their work home, especially if extra time is needed or scheduling is an issue.


Grading System:  Grading is based on the following: Refer to Rubric

Use of Materials                                        Takes Input Well                     Sketchbook

Composition                                              Completion X 2

Presentation                                              Critical Review

Concept of Imagery                                   Being Ready for Class


Students will accumulate points to be totaled by the end of each quarter.  Please understand that if a student has a 88, which is a “B+”, on their report card this is a “B.”  If this student has outstanding behavior, attendance, no tardy’s, very inquisitive, is eager to learn and has a great work ethic, they could possibly get an “A.” All variables will be taken into consideration when evaluating final marks. I also take a WORK ETHIC over talent 10 times out of 10.  I can teach to talent, I cannot teach a WORK ETHIC. Work ethics are developed!

                                                                     Formal Assessment

Use of Materials:   A materials list will be given out early in the year verbally and by handout. Students will gain an understanding of the materials while acquiring multiple levels of mastery with various medium(s) to enhance their awareness and confidence.

Composition:  Students will be required to utilize the Principles of Design and Elements of Art in all of their work.

Presentation:  Keeping the artwork clean and flat, smudge free, unwrinkled, bent, folded, torn, etc…will affect the overall grade.

Concept of Imagery:  This pertains to how the student has set up their artwork in its entirety. Example; perspective chosen, angle, directional focus, utilization of the tools for Creative Thinking.

Secondary measures of grading relate to Summation and Preparation.

Assessment:           Formal                                                                                             70%

                                    (Projects, “In Progress & Finals” assessments, all Major Tests Semester and Year End Finals,                                                   possibly 2 Critical Reviews during the year-I will designate prior to completion-all students will be                                           notified of so they are aware)

                                    Informal                                                                                          30%

                                    (Tech Sheets, quizzes, in class work, sketchbook work and (most not all) critical reviews)

Attendance:  It is imperative to receive full credit for each problem.  If a student is out sick or there is a family emergency.  Let me know by calling the school 980-343-5800.  I will help as best I can in any way possible. I have an Open Door Policy and will do what I can for those that try. It is the student’s responsibility to make up all work, even if they are out.

Miscellaneous:  I maintain the right to collect any electronic device if they are being used as a disruption, (which is to my discretion).  I sometimes will allow students to use these items in class for various projects.  All scenarios operate under a TBD format. 

I look forward to working with each of you, students and parents.  Call anytime 980-343-5800


                                                                                                                                                                                                               Many Thanks,         




Brian Hester