• Art1

    Instructor: Mr. Michael Dudley


    (205) 414-3800 ext.7738


    Course Description: Art 1 serves as a foundational course which introduces students to a broad range of concepts, materials, and techniques in the visual arts.  This course is a prerequisite to level II visual arts courses including 3-D Sculpture, 2-D Design, and Drawing & Painting.  In this class, students will learn to create works of art using a variety of two- and three-dimensional media.  Projects are designed so that students will develop their understanding of the elements and principles of art.


    Course Objectives: Students will:

    • Create original works of art from direct observation.
    • Use reflective ideas, personal experiences, and imaginary content to create works of art.
    • Apply the elements of art and principles of design to the production of two- and three-dimensional artwork.
    • Demonstrate the use of traditional and multimedia techniques to create works of art.
    • Evaluate selected works of art to determine the effectiveness of their organization.
    • Utilize specialized terminology from art history, aesthetics, criticism, and production in discussions of works of art.
    • Describe historical themes, symbols, and styles associated with works of art from various cultures, times, and places, including major periods and movements.



    The lab fee for this course will take care of all tools and materials needed for classroom projects. Additionally, students will need to provide the following:

                      Required:                                                                                                         School store price:                                Sketchbook - 8.5”x11”  (hardbound recommended)                                           $10         


    Grading Profile:

    Major Studio Projects-70%

    Minor Studio Projects- Sketches/ Concept Practice-15%

                      Written Assignments/ Studio Maintenance-15%

    9 Wks. Exam/ Final Exam-This will often be the last project of the semester and a project coincident with the end of the 9 wks. grading period.


    Grading Policy:

    Major Studio Projects Major class projects will be evaluated on effort, craftsmanship, creativity, composition, meeting objectives, presentation, and improvement.

    Minor Studio Projects Minor projects usually involve practicing or learning certain art concepts. These assignments are usually done during class, and are not evaluated on the quality of their execution. Such assignments are usually a participation grade.

    Written assignments will be given periodically as well. Again, this work is usually issued in class and can be completed during class. Occasionally, written assignments will be given as homework. Written assignments are typically graded for completeness and as a participation grade.

    Studio Maintenance Certain weeks, contingent on the specific supplies used, a participation/ clean up grade will be issued. This studio maintenance grade will consider the ability to clean the work area and put materials away correctly, etc. This grade is especially critical when executing projects in ceramics, paint, or printmaking media. These types of projects are often labor intensive in terms of their preparation and clean up.   Quite simply, the classroom must be cleanly and safely maintained such that students have the opportunity to use these various media.



    Classroom Policies and Expectations:

    1. ATTENDANCE/MAKE-UP WORK: Almost all of the objectives of this class will be met with in-class work. Class work missed due to an excused absence will be accepted no later than 3 class days after absence. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for and to obtain make-up work, and/or extra help.
    2. DO NOT BE LATE!       Tardiness is disruptive and disrespectful. After 3 tardies, detention will be assigned and parent/guardian contacted.      
    3. TURN ASSIGNMENTS IN ON TIME. Late work will be accepted for a lower grade. Grade will decrease 10% for each day late, up to five days. After one week, no credit will be awarded. “MA” in the gradebook will designate an assignment that can be made up.
    4. OFFICE HOURS/EXTRA HELP- I am available for extra help by appointment both before and after school. I am also available during 5th period. Additionally, students will usually be allowed to work quietly on projects during other class periods throughout the day (ask permission first).
    5. BE PREPARED-come to class with all materials and homework and be ready to work.
    6. PARTICIPATE-work hard on all assignments, participate during class discussions and critiques, be on task, and do not distract others from their work.
    7. CLEAN UP after yourself. You are responsible for cleaning any areas and tools you have worked with.       Failure to clean up will result in loss of participation points and possible further disciplinary action. Clean up time will be designated by teacher contingent on the nature of the assignment given.
    8. NO FOOD, drinks, or gum allowed in the classroom. Water is acceptable. If you must eat something during class due to medical or schedule reasons, you may do this with permission from the teacher.
    9. MUSIC will be played occasionally in class during extended individual work periods.       Personal headphones may not be used during same time periods.
    10. CELL PHONES are NOT ALLOWED in class. They should be off or on silent and stay in pockets or bags. Violating this policy will result in disciplinary action.