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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.             

 Photo Imaging teaches the technical skills needed to produce quality images for use in a variety of applications. Topics include use of equipment, software and techniques to take, edit and manipulate digital images.


Arts, AV Technology and Communication Career Cluster

Pathway (CIP CODE: 09.0702): AV Communications and (CIP CODE:50.0499) Visual Arts


Photo Projects:  During the semester there will be several projects done during and outside of class time.  Class time projects will have to be made up if days are missed, even if the absences are excused.  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 WILL HAVE A REDUCTION IN SCORE. 

Written Reflections:  After various projects a written reflection/or worksheet will be required to access the learning process.

Assignments:  With each Art Project there may or may not be additional assignments, preparatory assignments and/or material covered including but not limited to the history of photography. 

Test/Quizes:  Depending on project scheduling there will be tests over subjects covered and a final critique at the end of the semester.  The tests may be project or vocabulary in nature

STUDENTS WILL BE WORKING IN GROUPS IN THIS CLASS due to the number of cameras and working computers available.



Photo Journal:  Each student will have a photo journal.  These are HOMEWORK.  These assignments will be due every two weeks on Monday (specific dates are on the syllabus schedule) in the class assignment location.  The assignment for the Photo journal will remain the same for the entire semester. 


                Students will find a photograph (not one of their own) on the internet, in a magazine or newspaper and they will put it in their journals.  They will write the following details about the   photo: photographer, date taken, subject matter, type of photo, if they think it is digitally manipulated and the reasons why the photo caught their attention or appeals to them.


** Photo-Imaging will use expensive camera equipment, computers, printers and scanners provided by the school.  Students will be responsible for the equipment that they use.  If they break it they will be liable for the damages.




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 an automatic Zero and every day late is a                       10% reduction in grade.

            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 per school policy. 

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

            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.



Grades will be assessed Project’s unique set of Criteria. Each Project has a set of criteria that will be given at the beginning of each Project that meet the State’s competency expectations for this course.


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

Projects 50%

Photo Journal 30%

Additional Assignments 10%

Tests/Quizzes 10%


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


Participation & Photo Journals 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.