Course Syllabus

Art II  - Syllabus

Teacher:  Ms. Hannah Wright



Purpose and Objectives:

The arts stimulate the part of the brain that promotes unique, creative and original thoughts.  Art creates neuro pathways in the brain that once established can then be used in a variety of other subjects to broaden thought patterns and problem solve.  This course is designed to reinforce the fundamentals learned in Art 1.  It is also designed to promote individual growth and Art exploration.  During this course students will build on what they learned about The Elements of Art & Principals of Design.  They will be expected to demonstrate creativity with projects and then explain, using proper vocabulary and terms what their process was.  Students will also demonstrate literacy in art by using proper methods to critique art.  Students will only be allowed into Art III with a teacher recommendation therefore, students need to demonstrate individual growth and Art literacy. 

Students who tend to be more creative and are challenged by the restraints and parameters of assignment guidelines are encouraged to take this class as a pass/fail.  By taking Art 2 as a pass/fail, students who prefer creative freedom and the ability to adjust projects to their own preferences will not have to worry so much about their letter grade.  Projects will be graded according to the requirements that the class must follow, however, a passing grade is a C or higher when taking the class as a pass/fail.

Covid 19 guidelines:  All students will be required to wear a mask when in the building.  Students must maintain a 6 foot proximity from any other person while in school.  (This means I can not give you directions up close, and you can not come up to my desk unless you remain 6 feet away.)  Attendance will be taken daily on Canvas, so you must log in every day to be counted present.  Students can not use my materials or share materials amongst themselves.  Each student must have his/her own materials.

In Art 2 students will:

  • use the language of visual arts (art Vocab) to communicate effectively.
  • apply creative and critical thinking skills to art.
  • safely and appropriately create art using a variety of tools, media and processes.
  • understand the contexts of the visual arts… (global, historical, societal, and cultural)
  • understand how art applies and connects to life and other subjects.
  • Use critical analysis to critique art based on formal and teacher-generated criteria
  • create unique projects that demonstrate growth


Required Materials:

  • Portfolio or means of transportation of artwork (This can be as simple as 2 pieces of foam board duct taped together)(If you are fully remote this will not be necessary)
  • Sketchbook (8 ½ X 11” –or larger, Ring bound no lines)
  • Box of Pencils w/ eraser–NOT MECHANICAL
  • Black Sharpie markers: Fine tip and Regular (2 or more… Leave one at home for future use)
  • Art color pencils (have better pigment density than Crayola or Rose Art such as Prisma Color or Prang)
  • Acrylic paint: Red, Yellow, Blue, Black & White (or 5 very small 2-4oz jars and I can squirt some paint into the jars)
  • Paint brushes (1-narrow, soft bristle for details, 1-wide, no more than an inch, for large space, and anything in between if desired)
  • Sketch pencils (Ranges from 6H-8B)
  • Large Scissors
  • Camera (the one on a phone is perfect) (You will need to submit pictures of your work)


  • Oil Pastels
  • Watercolor paint & brushes
  • Yard stick (with inches markers)
  • Headphones if listening to personal music

Art room wish list-

  • Good smelling hand sanitizer -I have lots of the bad smelling kind lol
  • #2 Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Elmer’s Glue bottles
  • Small used toys such as cars

Suggested locations to purchase optional art supplies:

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff (bring student ID for discount)   316 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Michaels      7836 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277                        

Online:                              or Amazon

Daily Expectations: 

I have a higher expectation for Art II students.  I also give more liberty to Art II so be ready at the start of class.  Mature behavior is required and not an option

  • The Art room has many potentially dangerous objects such as hot glue guns, X-ACTO knives, paint… horsing around or silly behavior during potentially dangerous situations will result in an immediate referral. (I am assuming I will have no issues from Art II)  J
  • Although our focus is not Art History, we may view paintings or sculptures displaying the human form. A mature perspective and response is required. 

During teacher instructional time students will listen silently and take notes as necessary.  Students are to stay focused and not be distracted by phones, other class work or their peers.  Although cell phone use is permitted, it is not permitted during instructional periods.  I do not lecture for long periods of time, so when I am giving instructions or introducing an artist/artwork, tools or techniques, I expect undivided attention.  Disruptive behavior (talking, horsing around), during instructional times will result in a parent contact and referral.

Students are to use studio time productively.  I will allow students to transport work home to continue working if more time is needed, however, the student must have a portfolio or method of transport that will ensure the safety of the artwork.  Presenting artwork for grading that has frayed edges or damage due to carelessness will result in a lower grade.  If additional studio time is needed, students are welcome to come in before school, during their lunch (if time/space allows) or after school after arrangements have been made in advance.  I am also available to meet virtually. 

Students will be expected to work quietly.  Headphones are allowed and even encouraged during studio work time as long as the music is not so loud that it can be heard by others.  Cellphone restrictions reflect the ones posted by Union County Public Schools.  Failure to abide by these rules may result in loss of phone privilages.  Talking quietly at tables will be permitted after instructional time is complete.  If additional instructions or adjustments need to be given, students are expected to pause their conversation with their peers and focus on the instruction provided. 








The 5 C’s rubric will be used for each project, however, I believe the biggest contributing factor to grades is the student’s attitude and effort.  I believe in showing a student how to fish rather than providing the fish, so that they can eat for a lifetime.  Part of that process includes student individual research.  I am always available for direction and help problem solving.   There will be a rubric posted for students to see at the “Ask Mona” board in the classroom as well as online.  Grades will be posted in PowerSchool on a weekly basis as projects quizzes and assignments are completed.  If there are no new postings for the week, check back when the project, assignment or quiz is complete.   Sketch book & Assignments=30%, Quiz & Tests=20% each, Project weight: 50%.  Attendance is mandatory (see student handbook).  Students need to bring in their excused attendance yellow slip or they will lose points for being absent.  Art 2 will have a teacher made exam.  Scoring 90 or above with 2 absences, or 80 or above with 1 absence means you will be exempt from the final.  I take attendance on Canvas so be sure to log in to Canvas every day.

Art II Students who are interested in moving forward to Art III will need to let their intentions be known to the teacher, and will need to compile a collection of their work for final review and possible recommendation into Art III.

Art Rubric


_____________ Concept Taught-20% (How well did the artist follow assignment guidelines and instructions?)

 _____________ Craftsmanship-20% (How well did the artist use tools and media, apply technical skill? Is the work neat and completed carefully?)

_____________ Creativity & Originality-20% (How well does the work catch the viewer’s eye? Did the artist take risk? Is the work unique, highly inventive, and creative?)

_____________ Composition-20% (Is the work well designed? Did the artist use the elements and principles of design to create a thoughtful, well-balanced composition?)

_____________ Challenge-20% (did the artist prepare adequately, use the time wisely, and work to the best of his / her ability?)








Have you taken and passed Art I?  Circle (Yes/No)

Why did you choose Art II, and what do you hope to gain?___________________________________________________


What would you like me to know about you? _____________________________________________________________


What is the best method to contact parent(s)/guardian(s):



Or text or call______________________________________________________________________________________


I have read and reviewed the information provided in this syllabus in class as well as with my parents.  I understand what is expected of me and agree to follow the school rules and the Art classroom rules.  I also agree to accept any consequences that come with failure to follow the expectations, including makeup work, referrals, parent teacher conferences or any other applicable consequence.


Student Name:  ___________________________________________________        Date:  ______________________


Parents Signature:  _________________________________________________         Date:  _______________________



Please submit this in Canvas during the first week of school.

Course Summary:

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