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Visual Arts, Fall 2015- Course Outline

Jonathan Massullo
jmassullo@wcpss.net
Hello, my name is Jonathan Massullo and I am your childs visual arts teacher.
I hope you are as excited as I am to begin this year!
What will we learn? This semester will hold mixed grade level courses
which will focus specific artistic concepts, which will be taught through hands-on
studio art projects. These projects will be rich in content ranging from traditional
two and three-dimensional studio techniques, cultural and historical information,
digital processes, career skills, and cross-discipline learning.
What do I need? The required materials for this class are a pencil and
eraser (which must be brought every day) and a sketchbook OR pocket folder. If
students have their own art materials they may bring them for use in class, which
can be secured in a locked cabinet.
Is there anything else I can bring? I have been collecting numerous
recyclable materials we can use for future projects the list is as follows;

ANY NON-TOXIC art material including paints, glues, rulers, pencils, etc.
etc. I will be happy to give any old materials a home.
Old newspapers, to be used for covering desks and papier-mch.
Wire hangers or any other thick gauge wire which can be bent and
posed for sculptures.
Old sketchpads, watercolor paper, or specialty paper of any sort.
Copy paper
School appropriate magazines
Plastic containers to hold water or paint (i.e. yogurt cups, butter
containers, old tupperware, etc.).

Due to district-wide lean budgets, art departments are often in a crunch for
materials. Should you have old art supplies of any type gathering dust in the closet,
or would like to make a donation for materials, it would be a great service to all the
wildcat artists.
What are the rules?
First and foremost the safety of all students WILL be maintained. Proper
material use and conduct will be clearly expressed, and expected to be upheld at all
times, by all students. Unsafe behavior will be treated as a violation of rules.
I already mentioned the critically low levels of materials that our classrooms
face, because of this careless waste or destruction of materials must be avoided
and will also be treated as a violation of classroom policy. Honest accidents and
spills will be treated as such, but breaking materials will not be tolerated.

Technology can certainly be a vital tool in the classroom during appropriate


times, however it can also be a major distraction, and items such as cell phones,
tablets and handheld games should not be present in the classroom unless being
used strictly for a class project.
Apart from this basic school rules apply at all times. Expectations will be
communicated to students.
How do I stay safe?
At times we may use tools, such as aerosols, exacto knives, and glues which may
cause a SLIGHT safety risk. Proper procedure will be communicated to students
BEFORE they are permitted to use them, and unsafe use will be treated as a
violation of the rules.
How will I be graded?
Regardless of artistic skill levels, all students should be able to receive a good
grade in this course, provided all assignments are completed with genuine effort.
Low grades in my classes are almost always the result of missing work or
inadequate effort. If work is missing or incomplete, students are allowed to make it
up ON THEIR OWN TIME, for full credit up to a week before the end of the grading
period. As far as projects, there will be three main types where point value is
concerned.
Sketchbook assignments: 10 points each- these will short sketches,
writing prompts, or quick classwork assignments. They will be compiled in each
students sketchbook and collected periodically for grading. They will be graded for
completion according to set guidelines. MAINTAINING A COMPLETE
SKETCHBOOK IS VITAL!
Writing Assignments, Quizzes and Self Assessments: 25 points eachThese will periodically be completed in relation to each lesson. Many will be short
and some will be on subjective topics, in this case the thoughtfulness of answers will
be the basis of assessment rather than right or wrong.
Sustained Projects: 100 Points Each- Long term projects which might
take up to a few weeks to complete will be the heaviest grades. Expectations and
rubrics will communicated to students from the onset of the project, however the
most important factor to success will be a good work ethic.
Is extra credit available?
If a student finds their grade lower than they would like they can complete
extra work for credit. These projects are flexible in nature; I will take anything from
written assignments to personal art projects. However the plan to complete extra
credit should be communicated to me prior to turning it in! Points will be awarded
according to the ambition of the project.
How do I contact you?

The best way is email, (jmassullo@wcpss.net) I will check it multiple times a


day. However, please allow me some time to respond as I may be too busy with
students or other teaching duties.
If you have any other question please feel free to contact me any time! I am
looking forward to this semester and happy to be a WILDCAT!

Jonathan Massullo

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