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Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to Drawing

Liberal High School 2017-2018


Teacher: Ms. F. Schievelbein



Introduction to Drawing at Liberal is designed to follow the Kansas Department of Education’s Visual Arts Pathway Program.

             Introduction to Drawing emphasizes the development of fundamental drawing skills. Focus will be on the application of art theory, processes and techniques that increase the power of observation. Instruction includes the elements and principles of design as applied in composition through hard copy and/or electronic software.

 (from the Introduction to Drawing Standards Alignment Document found at,AV,Technology,andCommunications.aspx )


Art Projects:  During the semester there will be several projects done during class time.  Class time projects will have to be made up if days are missed, even if the absences are excused.  Art skills and principles build on each other and successive assignments will require understanding of previous projects.  Read all handouts and ask questions to make sure the project objectives are understood.  ALL PROJECTS MUST BE HANDED IN ON THE DUE DATE EVEN IF THEY ARE UNFINISHED.  Late Projects ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT. 

                Written Reflection:  After each project students may be asked to write about or answer a series of questions relating to the assignment.  These reflections will help to indicate student understanding and struggles.

Class Critiques:  After projects students will participate in a critique process during which they will comment on and assess each other’s work.

                Assignments:  With each Art Project there may or may not be additional assignments or material covered including but not limited to Art History.  Often these assignments will be reading related.

                Tests:  Depending on project scheduling there will be tests over subjects covered and a final test at the end of the semester.


Sketchbook:  Each student will have sketchbook assignments or an assignment in the place of a sketchbook.  These will be due either every week or every other week depending on time schedule.

                -Sketchbooks may or may not have drawing prompts.

                -All sketchbook drawings should use the entire page.

                -Sketchbooks are about 30% of the overall grade in the classroom, if they are not completed and turned in students will not get a good grade in the class.


** Please remember students are responsible for any computer or equipment used in the Art classroom and for the Art classes.  If they break it they will be responsible for repairing or replacing the equipment.  This includes pencils, portfolios, brushes, pens, rulers or any other tool used.



Expected Class Behaviors:

            Be respectful of classmates, teachers, art tools and materials, building and rules.

            Everyone participates in class CLEAN-UP TIME – put everything back in its place and                                keep all areas (desks, sinks, counters, floors) picked up and clean.

            Pass materials and tools to others.  NO THROWING THINGS IN THE ART ROOM!

            Speak with kindness – no negativity or foul language, respect our differences.

            Do your BEST – Make your best effort and turn in work – minimal work equals a low                               grade.  Not handing in an assignment is a Zero.  Late work will be accepted but                            not for full credit.

            Practice, Practice, Practice is what makes one’s art better.  Do all Sketchbook Exercises.

            Keep an open mind for understanding of artworks – even if you don’t like it.

            Follow ALL expected School-Wide Behavior Guidelines.

            YOU are responsible for any equipment used in and for class from pencils to computers.

            If you miss a class you will need to make up lost time – talk to Ms. Schievelbein

            Talking is allowed only while working – Class time is when we work

            CELL PHONES NOT USED IN CLASS with a few exceptions stated by Ms. Schievelbein

            NO FOOD IN THE CLASSROOM!  Food damages artwork and materials.

            Everyone’s work is their own. NEVER COPY or CLAIM another person’s artwork as your                            own.  It will earn an instant Zero for the project.




Most of the class is project based.  The projects will focus on the Elements and Principles of Design but scheduling will fluctuate depending on student progress during class.  Several projects will be completed during the school year using different processes and mediums.

Grades will be assessed using an Art Rubric & the Project’s unique set of Criteria. Each Project has a set of criteria to meet the State’s competency expectations for this course.  As part of the grade for each project student performance/participation will be taken into account.


Your overall course grade will consist of the following types of assignments and approximate percentage breakdown:

Projects 45%

Sketchbooks 30%

Additional Assignments 15%

Tests/Quizzes 10%


Projects & skill development exercises are for the development of a student’s drawing skills & problem-solving abilities.


Participation & sketchbooks are for the development of a student’s leadership & communication skills as well as to develop the student in the area of employability, ethical responsibilities, health & safety habits.

Written Reflections are for the additional academic knowledge skills of adapting language for audience, composition of focused writing and analyzing.

This syllabus is a general planned schedule outline but may be changed if circumstances arise, such as but not limited to: missed school days or school wide events.  




The following are OPTIONAL items students may purchase/supply for their work.  If a student purchases supplies it is their responsibility to keep track of them.

White Polymer Eraser                                    Kneaded Eraser                                                              Sketch Book

                                                                                                                                                               (no bigger than 8 ½ x 11)



The following items are RECOMMENDED for everyday use in the Art Classroom.

Mechanical Pencils                                                                                                                   Pocket Folder