Table of Contents - Spring 2018

Outside cover:  Collage

Inside cover:  Positive/Negative 


Title page, 1

Table of Contents, 2-3

An Art Education, 4

Mindset, 5

Conditions for an Artwork, 6


Graphic Design

Romare Bearden, 7

Cursive History ,8

Cursive Alphabet, 9

Wycinanki, 10

Cursive Collage, 11

History of Calligraphy, 12

Typography Vocab., 13

Chancery Alphabet, 14

Posture/Position, 15

Claes Oldenburg, 16

Oldenburg Sculpture, 17

Principles of Design, 18

Elements of Art, 19

Title Page Composition, 20


Contour Drawing

Wassily Kandinsky, 21

Line Definitions, 22

Blank, 23

The Brain, 24

Learning Modalities, 25

#1 Shoe, 26

Shoe #2, 27

Igor Stravinsky, 28-29

Holding Your Pencil, 30

Tennis Shoes, 31

Pencil Densities, 32

Fruit Drawing, 33

Shading Techniques, 34-35

Texture Rubbings, 36

Implied Textures, 37

Light/Shadow, 38-39

Thumbnails, 40

Flat to Fat Shapes, 41


Life Drawing

The Skull, 42

Eyeball Proportion, 43

Face Proportion, 44

Practice Proportion, 45

Facial Features, 46

Practice Features, 47

Self-Portrait, 48


Blank, 49


The Skeleton, 50

Moving Skeleton, 51

Body Proportions, 52

The Stick Figure, 53

Human Shapes, 54

Human Forms, 55

Moving Forms, 56-57

Male/Female Forms, 58

Arms/Legs, 59

Body Types, 60-61



Vocabulary, 62

Visual Vocabulary, 63

History of Perspective, 64

Proportionality Theorems, 65

Recession in Space, 66

1 pt. Perspective Cubes, 67

1 pt. Furniture Design, 68-69

1 pt. Architecture, 70

Spacing of Receding Forms, 71

Circles, Cylinders, Ellipses, 72-73

Perspective by Approximation, 74

2 pt. Perspective Cubes, 75

2 pt. Architecture, 76




History of Color Theory, 77

Color Vocabulary, 78-79

Color Theory Rubric, 80

Color Wheel, 81

Caring For Your Brushes, 82

Rainbow Painting, 83

Complementary Scale, 84

Complementary Painting, 85

Gray Scale, 86

Monochromatic Painting, 86

Browns, 87




Introduction Letter for Fall 2017

Art and Design - Chaboya Middle School



Your child is enrolled in the Art and Design elective class for this semester.  Please review “Rules of the Game” published on Schoolloop for details of classroom policies and sign the attached form.


Students are presented with a rich variety of materials and art concepts from around the world.  My goal is to provide students with not only basic skills of art making but create awareness of how art influences our daily life.  Art is not an isolated subject but one part of a well-rounded individual.  Artworks are accompanied with historical background, career choices, theory and criticism in addition to direct instruction of technical skills and processes.  The curriculum includes a variety of mediums and artists.


Because of the cuts in the state budget, the expense of art supplies, and the large amount of consumable materials we use, I am asking that the students bring in a $10.00 lab fee donation (cash is preferred or checks payable to Chaboya Middle School).  This will allow us to use a wider range of mediums and provide a more enriching experience for your child.  It will also allow us to explore art beyond a basic drawing class.


The students will keep their art in a portfolio in the classroom.  You may refer to for details of classroom activities and you can also refer to your child’s Art Book where they are required to take notes as well as complete homework assignments.


Since artwork performed in the classroom will not be trickling home but will come home as a body of work, please feel free to contact me for an appointment to view your child’s artwork.  Students may take their artwork home anytime.


Aside from sketchbook assignments, students will have little additional homework if they use their class time wisely.  I do require that each student come prepared to class with a standard Composition Book (cardboard cover), pencil, glue stick, eraser (Magic Rub is the best), a self-contained pencil sharpener, and an apron or large shirt.


I look forward to an enriching and productive semester.  If you have any questions, you may contact me during my office hours, Monday - Friday, 8:20-9:10 a.m., at 270-6900 x48 or by email.  My address is: or through






Marie Meacham

Teacher  - Art and Design                                                                                   

Rules of the Game

Rules of the Game


Email address -


Projects are graded by the following criteria:


Responsibility - All assignments are turned in on time for full credit.  NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED unless it is due to an excused absence.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Work is accepted before an unexcused absence but not after an unexcused absence.  Think ahead of time and organize!   SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.  It is better to receive an “F” than a zero.  In addition, you may NOT retake any test.  If you are absent with an excused absence, you may make up work during SSR only upon immediate return to school.  Work not made up within the first week back from an excused absence will result in a zero.


Enough time is allocated in class for each project.  If class time is not wasted, there should be little homework in addition to the weekly drawing assignments.  (Art homework, with parent approval, may be done listening to music).


If you get a grade on a project and feel you can do better, the project can be redone before the end of the grading period.  However, you will not receive more than a C on any re-do of an assignment.  Putting forth your best effort for everything in the time allowed is what is required for success in this class.


Following Directions

When learning various concepts, it is important to listen/watch the directions so that the project is successfully executed.  If directions are not followed, the grade will be lowered accordingly.



Every step in art is important and each step needs to be treated with respect and done with care.  This also includes that art projects are not to be folded or crushed into backpacks. 



You will receive credit for working hard on a project even if it does not successfully turn out the way you would like.  The opposite also applies; if you are talented but don’t work to your level of ability, you will be marked down accordingly.


Name on Paper

If you do not have your name on your paper, you will not receive credit.  NO NAME, NO CREDIT.  Your name is to be in pencil on the bottom right corner.  Next to your name, put your period.  For example:  Marie Meacham, 4th



If you are absent when we start a new project, it is up to YOU to recover any information discussed in class.  You can do this by contacting your class buddy, asking our TA or by making an appointment with me after school.


Classroom Rules are simple:


You are required to bring your own pencil, eraser, glue stick and sketchbook to class everyday.

Each table will be responsible for returning their supplies and cleaning up before dismissal.  Missing supplies will be replaced by the table group or charged for replacement.

                           No criticizing the work of others unless it is in a Critique setting and is constructive.

All cabinets are off limits.

Paper cutter is off limits.

Do not waste or abuse materials.

Treat all tools and utensils with respect.

Gum chewing is not allowed at Chaboya and certainly not in our classroom.  You will be sent to the office with a referral if you are chewing gum.

No food or drinks are allowed in class.  Water is OK.

You will be marked tardy if you are not in your seat when the bell rings. 

Can’t is a dirty word in this class.


Consequences for the conduct mentioned above, except otherwise stated, general disrespect, or no participation is as follows: 



Seat Moved

Referral to Assistant Principal


In cases of continual misconduct, the student will be separated from the group so as to not distract students who wish to learn.  However, students may choose to behave and participate at any time when they have modified their attitude/behavior.




Course Outline

Art and Design


The following is an outline of concepts and skills covered in class.


What is Art?

            Theory and Criticism

            Philosophy of Art

            Creative Process

            Representational Art

            Abstract Art


The Art Elements






Light and Shadow


Principles of Design



            Emphasis/Focal Point

            Patterns, Rhythms





            Drawing Tools

            Contour Drawing

            Figurative Proportions

Representational Drawing

            One and Two Point Perspective


Depending on the amount of donations, we will also explore:


Color Theory -

            Setting up the palette

            Mixing Colors

            The Color Wheel


            Formal Painting Composition


Introduction to Sculpture



            or Wire/Metal

            Mixed Media/Found Objects


Careers in Art


Depending on projects, featured artists will reflect concepts and historical context.

Parent/Guardian Signature

Parent/Student Information and Verification


Student Name:                                                                                 Period:   2   3  4   5   6


Parent/Guardian Name:                                                                                                             


Phone:                                                                 Mobile:                                                            




I have read and understand the Rules of the Game and the letter notifying me my child is enrolled in art.I am/We are registered at


Please have a signature of parent/guardian who will be signing off on grade reports and selected assignments.




Parent/Guardian Name            (print)                        Signature                                        




Student Name  (print)                                 Signature



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