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Ms. Waddle


This course is designed for high school students so that each student may experience artistic skills and knowledge of art based on the Georgia Quality Core Curriculum. The student will have the opportunity to explore the elements and principles of design through units in drawing, painting, printmaking, cultural crafts, and sculpture. Art history is presented each week by styles or periods of art.



Course Requirements:  Regular attendance, classroom studio participation, art projects, brief written assignments including vocabulary, and tests on techniques and artistic periods in history, academic critiques of artworks, an academic biography written about a visual artist, unit tests, and a final written exam.  ** Note:   Schedule is tentative and could change due to inclement weather, assemblies or other factors which affect the school calendar. Too, the rate of student mastery and/or need for reteaching may alter the schedule.

  • Students are expected to complete ALL projects within the given time. Projects will be graded according to measurements given in the form of a rubric. Rubrics will vary according to the project but will be reviewed and displayed on my school website for each project.
  • Students are expected to place art work in the appropriate place for storage at the front of the class. All work that is not placed in the assigned storage unit may be subjected to disposal.  
  • Students are required to keep up with a sketchbook, either made or purchased, for their classroom use.
  • Students will be required to download a variety of free apps that will be used throughout the entire year in art. Students must bring ipad to class daily as well as all supplies and sketchbook.


Materials Needed:   Drawing pencils, erasers, sketchbook, notebook or folder, colored pencils, ruler.   Students will need to bring all materials to class every day.  Students may bring in other Art Supplies if they need them for individual assignments.


Grading Policy:   Daily Grades, Sketchbook, Reviews, and Georgia Best: 20%, Studio Art Projects, Tests, Portfolios, and Research: 60%, Final Exam: 20% 


Make-up Work Policy: For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the grading period window once the time has passed. 

It is the student's responsibility to get with the teacher to find out what work was missed.


Class Policies/Rules:    1. Do your best all day every day.  2. Be on time and prepared to learn.

3.  Follow directions and all class room procedures.   4. Be on task, work quietly, and stay in your seat.

5.  Respect yourself, other students, the teachers and their property.  6.  Be responsible for your words and actions.

 All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.


Homework Policy: Students are to complete homework assignments each day and be prepared to turn in completed assignments when requested. Failure to turn in homework assignments will result in to after school detention at each occurrence. Parents will be telephoned after the second failure to turn in homework assignments. After the fourth failure, students will be referred to the administrative staff for discipline.


Late Assignments: Students are expected to turn all completed assignments in at the time scheduled by the teacher. Any project or composition turned in late will result in a ten-point deduction per day late in the grade.


Retest PolicyAny student can retest any chapter test regardless of the grade on the test provided that the student attends tutoring as directed by the teacher.  The student must retest within two weeks of the grade being returned.  The higher of the two grades will be recorded.  This excludes benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as EOCT, Milestones, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), and major projects and research that required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (ie: research paper).


Exam Exemption: Exam exemption policies must be approved by the superintendent each school year.  Any and all exemption policies do not apply to EOCTs, AP exams, or any other PSD mandated examinations.   


Extra Credit Policy: Bonus/extra credit questions are usually included on all major tests. All major compositions provide students with the opportunity to earn bonus points. Other opportunities are available upon request by the student when that students’ average warrants it.



  • Attendance will be taken daily. If you are absent you are expected to have an admit slip from the office.
  • Students are expected to sit in assigned seats provided by teacher.
  • Students are expected to use classroom materials appropriately. Students are responsible for returning any classroom supplies to the appropriate place, failure to do so will result in an alternative assignment for the student during that project.
  • Students are required to maintain proper and respectful environments for fellow classmates, art work themes, and teachers.
  • Students are expected to maintain their working area and any common areas, such as sink, so that the space is clean for the next class.
  • All art is sent home at the end of the grading period although students are welcome to take home work at any time.
  • Students are not allowed to wonder around the room. If needing to get up, student must notify the teacher. Class will vary with instruction and assignments according to their skill set.
  • Students will be required to work individually as well as with groups.
  • Student must be able to work on large projects that make take several weeks to complete. This requires students to be responsible and respectful to their work, groups, and class mates.  
  • Student is not allowed to talk until instructed to do so by the teacher, once the teacher is done with providing instructions there will be ample amount of time for discussions.
  • All students will be graded on participation and effort as much as esthetics and completion of projects.



Suggested Art Supply List

  • a pack of copy paper (each student uses around 90 sheets of copy paper during the 8 weeks)
  • paper towels
  • a sketchbook either self-made or purchased. Type, style, uniqueness, and quality will be left to students.
  • A set of drawing pencils, again style, type, and price is left to the decision of the student. (to allow students to have the maximum skill level possible, wooden pencils raging from HB, 6B, 4B and 2H are the greatest tool they need. Students may receive an alternate assignment if coming to class unprepared)
  • Dish soap/hand soap. (students have access to sinks during assignments to keep a clean area and clean hands)
  • Block erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Glue sticks
  • Sharpies (fine or extra fine)
  • Watercolor paint

All supplies (beyond normal classroom supplies )are not required, though these  items are highly recommended. Each student will have a place inside of the classroom where they can store any items that they bring and are more than welcome to take the items with them after completing the class.