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General Art                                                                             Mr. Watkins

Class Syllabus


Class Description—General Art is a hands-on course that requires you to think critically and creatively. The majority of work created in General Art will help students to develop technique, while promoting high levels of thinking. While in class, students will explore multiple art media, including graphite, colored pencil, ceramics, paper mache, wire, and collage.


The intention of this foundational art course is to help students reclaim their innate artistic ability.


Grading—Rubrics and expectations will be provided for all assignments. While art is often subjective, I try to be as objective as possible in assessing student work. I believe that each student can and should work at the “A” level and will make every effort to help students succeed at a highest level. Following is the grading scale used in Somerset High School classes:

            100-90=A                    69-60=D

            89-80=B                      59-0=Unsatisfactory



Materials—Unfortunately, funds are very low due to federal, state and local cuts. Therefore, each student will be expected to pay a $20 art fee. Checks can be made to Somerset High School. This fee will help to cover the various material used in class.


Rules—The intention of the following rules is to promote a safe learning environment that will allow students the greatest learning potential.

  1. Respect one another and your teacher.
  2. Take care of the art room and art materials.
  3. Be on time and prepared to work.
  4. Be cooperative and not disruptive.
  5. Learn and master techniques and content.