7th Grade Art Sylabus
7th Grade Art

      Miss Perth     
Course Outline


Participation & Behavior............................................10%     
Tests & Quizzes........................................................30%

Material(s) you will need:
  • #2 Pencil
Materials used during the year (provided):
Charcoal, watercolor, stoneware clay, tempera paint, wire & wood, gesso, various kinds of paper and drawing pencils, etc.

To assist each student in advancing their artistic knowledge, shaping their individual perception and understanding of the world in which we live.  Creative learning enables students to interpret their perceptions in visual form. Art teaches students to respect and appreciate their own interpretations and those of others. This program will promote basic skills, encourages visual awareness and is essential to intellectual growth and creative self-expression.

This course is designed to develop the technical skills associated with the creation of art and to introduce you to many different types of art, ranging from pencil drawing to ceramics. The elements and principles of design will be a primary focus and Art History will be incorporated into lessons whenever possible. There will be an emphasis on producing quality artwork, not simply making something to fulfill an assignment. This course is for all 7th grade students.

Participation & Behavior:
Each day you come to art class you will receive a participation/behavior grade.
Your grade will be based on ...

4 – Exceeding expectations
3 – Meeting expectations
2 –Difficulty meeting expectations
1 – Not meeting expectations

…being on time to class
…coming prepared
…being active and involved in the art project or discussion
…following classroom expectations and rules
…cleaning up after yourself
You participation will be graded using a 4 to 1 point scale. Each marking period this grade will be added to your report card, it counted as 10% of your total art grade.

  • Each project will be worth 50 or 100 points; these will be which will be averaged into your grade. Projects/classwork/Portfolio will be worth 30% of your average.
  • Projects are to be completed in the art room (unless permission is given for taking materials home.
  • Each project will be graded using a rubric, which will be given prior to the start of the assignment.
  • Remember that each project will take a certain amount of time, so there will be a smaller number of projects that are worth more points.
  • If a student feels that they need to waste their time in the art room, be aware that morning, afterschool or lunch detention will be assigned.
Clay projects:
The use of clay is a privilege, and may be taken away if a student is caught throwing, stealing or wasting clay. If the whole class is unable to control themselves we will not be using clay this term. A written project will replace the grade for the student and they will also be removed from the room during the remainder of the time the other students are using clay.
This will be a collection of your six favorite works during the year. You will be required to write an artist statement and grade yourself on your overall collection of work. 
***Your portfolio and your post-test will be your final exam grade***
Project access:
Students will be provided with an example of each art project they are asked to complete. They will also have access to a review sheet for the color theory quiz. 
Course project dates: (*subject to change based on calendar year & project difficulty)
  •      Coat of arms/silhouette – Sept 5th – 21st
  •      Hand drawings – Sept 24th – Oct 5th
  •      Color theory unit – Oct 9th – Dec 14th
  •      Abstract sculptures – Jan 7th – Jan 25th
  •      Native American unit – Jan 29th – March 1st
  •       Watercolor animal eyes – March 4th – March 28th
  •      Artist research unit  – April 8th – May 3rd
  •      Still life unit – May 7th – June 3rd
  •      Grid drawing unit – June 4th – June 20th
Sketchbook & Worksheets:
At times you may have a daily sketchbook assignment to be started at the beginning of the class which can also be worked on when you are done a project. At the end of first two marking periods your sketchbooks will be collected and graded. I will not grade based on artistic “ability”, only on completion of the assignment. The sketch book grade will be averaged with any worksheets completed in that marking period. That combined grade will count as 30% of your total art grade.
Quizzes & Evaluations
At the start of the year you will be taking a pre-test of your drawing skills and again at the end of the year to measure your growth over the course of the year. A quiz will follow the color theory unit and other small pop quizzes will be used to test knowledge. We will also be critiquing our own and other student’s work throughout the year.


Music is a privilege and must be earned, and may be taken away at any time.
The rules are:
1. No music until it is time to work independently on projects.
2. No whining or complaining about music that is played from teacher
3. Breaking any of these rules may result in loss of music privilege for entire term.
Expectations for participation and behavior:
 1# main rule in the art room = ART – Act Responsible Today
RESPECT your teacher by taking your seat quickly and quietly
RESPECT others by working quietly and cooperatively.
RESPECT art materials by using them safely and without waste.
RESPECT school property by cleaning up your work area.
RESPECT and believe in yourself and your artwork.
  • No cell phones in the classroom.
  • Please clean up your mess and put away your materials
  • Please do not remove or destroy any materials from the art room, if a student is caught doing this they will be required to pay for the damaged materials and a discipline report will be sent to the office.
If a student is having difficulty following the above expectations it will directly affect their marking period grade. As a result of the behavior the student may have their seat moved, materials taken away, points off a project, parent contact or referral to the office. If a student is referred to the office a conduct form will be filled out and a call home will result. 

Please be aware that numerous write ups will result in the ineligibility to attend non-academic field trips, dances and other after school activities (including sports). 
How to get help:
If you find that your work is falling behind, please feel free to stop by before classes start or have your study hall teacher call me so I can write you a pass. If you would rather stay after school please give me two days notice in advance so I can arrange my transportation with my car pool ride).
Teacher contact information:
Phone # (607) 734 – 5078 (ask for room 228)
Art Room Discipline Policy
Middle School Art
Room 228
Level One Offense: Three repetitions of the same offense will be considered a level two offense and will be referred to the Main Office.
1.      Tardy (late) to class (3 tardy marks will result in one lunch detention)
2.      Unprepared for class
3.      Disruptive behavior
4.      Making disrespectful remarks/teasing/harassing (including profanity)
5.      Possession of electronic (or other inappropriate/distracting) devices
6.      Failure to follow the reasonable directions of a faculty or staff member
7.      ** Failure to cooperate with a substitute teacher (results in sub respect school)
8.      Stealing or destroying school property (art room materials)
9.      Throwing objects or using them as a weapon
10.    Sticking gum to the underside of the classroom tables or the floor/walls.
11.    Lying, cheating, plagiarism (could automatically result in a level 2 offense)
12.    Conduct detrimental to school order.
**if I get a written report of one of the above violations while there is a substitute, if he or she feels the offense was severe enough they will have the option to document the incident up on a conduct form and send it down to the Main office.
I (Miss Perth) will be keeping track of the offenses online (school tool) and will let you know when I document your offense. A student may ask at any time to see their write up (the same with grades). The time period for the offenses to occur is one marking period. Each marking period we will start with a clean sheet. (This does not apply to Conduct forms, these are kept active all year.)
My guardian and I have read and understand the above discipline policy. (Please sign and return this sketchbook to the art room - 228)
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Student Name:                                                                                 Date:
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Parent Signature:                                                           Date: