Art 7 Syllabus

Art 7


 The seventh grade art program is the first and only required art course at PennsValley Middle School. This particular course meets one period every day for one semester.

 During this art course we will be developing an art vocabulary and also exploring a variety of art mediums. Each student will be required to keep a notebook and will have a partner to compare notes with and discuss the current project. This notebook will be graded twice during the marking period (once before progress reports and again at the end of the marking period) to form one grade for the marking period. This notebook grade counts the same as any project we do. Remember this is a “studio” course, which means we do the majority of work in class, which means you need to be here to be successful.

 Some of the work/areas covered in this course are…


                                                Still Life

                                                Positive & Negative Space (Concept)

                                                Color Values

                                                Color Hues

                                                Color Theory

                                                Stain Glass


                                                Relief Printing

                                                Papier Mache

 For grading purposes each project counts the same as every other project you will do in this class. Your notebook grade will count the same as any individual project. Some projects that we will do may be broken down into individual parts however all the parts will count as one project grade.

 The notebook that each student is to keep is for the development of an art vocabulary, which is to be used in class when talking about projects. Vocabulary will be tested in class from time to time using a variety of methods to better meet all student learning modes.

We will be focusing on viewing Fine Art and other older student artwork while completing various types of writing prompts to open-ended questions as-well-as doing project evaluations.

Progress Reports will be a print-out from eschoolbook at the midpoint of each marking period.

4 Steps of Evaluation

  1. What do I see? (Description) – Talk like you’re on the phone and the other person can’t see your project.
  2. How is the work organized? (Analysis) – What were the steps you followed to create the artwork?
  3. What message does this artwork communicate? (Interpretation) – What is this artwork trying to say to people?
  4. Is this a successful work of art? (Judgment) – Why? Do not just say yes or no!

Extra Credit

Students may submit up to five extra credit projects per marking period. Each project determined to be worthy of extra credit will result in one point added onto the marking period grade. Any extra credit submission should reflect at least 30 minutes of effort!


  1. Be in class on time. If you are going to be late you need a signed planner. (This means in the room and at your table not just getting in the door at the bell). Each time you are late I deduct a point from your 9 Week average for the class (late 5 times your grade goes down 5 Points).
  2. Have your planner if you need to leave the room other than for the restroom.
  3. No Swearing in class. (Swearing is not part of Normal conversation and is definitely not appropriate in a school classroom.)

All rules as written in the school handbook are in effect at all times in room 31.


For information on projects, assignments, and due dates please visit my website at www.pennsvalley.org/webpages/wmiles