FAQ

  1. Do you have to know how to draw when you come into Beginning Art?
  2. Do I have to buy a lot of art supplies for art class?
  3. If I want to take my artwork home to work on it, what materials will I use?
  4. How will my work be graded?
  5. What are the different levels of art classes?
  6. What kind of class is Art History?



Do you have to know how to draw when you come into Beginning Art?

While it is expected that you have had some experience with art
at the elementary or middle school level, no prior experience is
required to take Beginning Art. The nature of the class is to
provide an introduction to the basic concepts and skills required
for a student who is interested in create visual works of art.
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Do I have to buy a lot of art supplies for art class?

No. We provide the basic materials you will need in class (i.e.
colored pencils, markers, paper, etc.) You will need to be
prepared to bring a pencil and notebook paper to class every
day. If you have an idea for a speical project however, you may
have to purchase materials that don't fall within the normal
range of assignments that we do in class.
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If I want to take my artwork home to work on it, what materials will I use?

If you take your work home you will need to make sure that you
have the necessary materials to work with. I can sometimes lend
materials to students but some are such that they can't be
transported. If this is the case you may have to purchase those
materials yourself. I encourage all students who are interested
in art to build a collection of supplies to work with at home.
You can find a recommended list at the "Supplies List" page
linked at the top right of this page.
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How will my work be graded?

All students coming into Beginning Art are graded on the
following criteria: Participation/Effort, Correctness to the
assigned guidlines, Completness, and Personal Growth. As
students move further through the more advanced levels of art
classes expectations get higher and higher. Students at higher
levels are evaluated on different criteria and they are: Formal
qualities of art (i.e. their understanding and use of the
elements of art and principles of design), Expressive qualities
(the extent that the student expresses their own ideas, style,
and technique), and Craftsmanship (the skill with which the
student utilizes the artistic processes and media as well as the
overall neatness and presentation of their artwork).
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What are the different levels of art classes?

After a student has successfully completed Beginning Art they can
take, with teacher approval, Intermediate Art. After they have
completed Intermediate Art they have the option, agan with
teacher approval, to take Advanced Art and Independent Study Art.
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What kind of class is Art History?

Art History is much like an AVPA class but instead of studying a
variety of arts and humanities subjects, we focus only on the
area of the visual arts. We look at how the history of human
civilization has been reflected, and in some cases influenced, by
the work of visual artists from all parts of the world.
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