7th Grade Art Sylabus
7th Grade Art
Mrs. Johnson
Course Outline

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



Materials you will need to bring to class:

  • #2 pencil (no pen please)

Materials used during the year (provided):

  • Charcoal, watercolor, stoneware clay, tempera paint, wire & wood, gesso, various kinds of paper and drawing pencils, etc.
Goal: 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.

Description: 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.


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.

Projects/Classwork: 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.

 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/3D name design – September
  • Hand drawings – September/October
  • Cardboard scultpures/Abstract sculptures - October
  • Color theory unit – November/December
  • Pop art printmaking – January
  • Native American unit or Van Gogh Illusion – February
  • Artist research unit – March
  • Grid drawing unit – April/May
  • Watercolor animal eyes – June
Sketchbook & Worksheets:
In art you will have ONE daily sketchbook assignemnat at the beginning of class. Please grab your sketchbook from your cabinet and use the first 5 minutes to complete the activity. The assignment will be listed on the Promethean board a the beginning of class. Missed sketchbook assignments must be made up, these can be worked on when you are done a project. At the end of first two marking periods your sketchbooks will be graded. I will not grade based on artistic “ability”, only on completion of the assignment. You are not allowed to copy the example page, which will get you an automatic “0” on 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
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
Classroom Rules & Expectations:
This is our classroom management plan. This contract provides all students the right to learn, be creative and enjoy the art room without interference. Please read over the contract with your parents/guardians and sign the bottom to acknowledge that you have read the information below.
  • Choose your words and actions wisely
  • Raise your hand to get help
  • Use materials correctly
  • Be an active listener when someone is speaking
  • Be on time, enter quietly, grab your sketchbook and take your seat
  • Complete as much as possible in the time allowed
  • Keep in progress work in your cabinet or drying rack or class folder
  • Turn in artwork above the cabinet
  • Clean up when timer is presented on the Promethean board- Do NOT clean up before this without permission!
  • Have a seat until the bell rings, NO standing at the door waiting to leave.
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Be honest at all times
  • No cell phones in the classroom (pockets included)
  • Do not steal or break materials
  • Help others when possible
  • Stay in your assigned seat
  • Use only kind words toward others
    There are 4 total points possible each day a student is in class.  Each student will receive a 4 participation points for showing each part of the Spartan Code. These points are averaged up each marking period to determine the student’s participation grade. Students who do not follow the Spartan Code of will forfeit their point(s) for the day, resulting in a behavior assignment or detention. Discipline will be given based on student behavior or office consequence.
  • Tardiness:
  • Each day you arrive after the bell, I will mark you tardy in school tool.
  • After 3 late arrivals, you will recieve an Minor Incident Report.
  • If the tardiness continues the Dean/office will determine the next course of action for discipline.
  1. verbal warning/student conference
  2. Removal from table – student behavior sheet w/parent signature required
  3. Parent contacted, Minor Incident Report(MIR), detention (class time will be made up at another time) & written behavior essay
  4. Removed from class – parent contacted and Discipline referral – office administration involved, dean/parent contact, consequence given by office.
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.
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 Support time/ activity time teacher call me OR 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)
E-mail: cjohnson@gstboces.org