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Art 6 & 7

Beliefs and Policies

Ms. Karle


Classroom Beliefs

We believe in:

  • Respect and fairness for all students and teachers
  • A safe and friendly community
  • Being responsible for our work and actions


Results: By acting on these beliefs you will ensure your success in my class; not acting on them will ensure your failure.



Yes, there will be homework in art class.  I do not give much homework, but when I ask you to do something it is important to have it here on time.  I will never give you meaningless assignments so you need to take them seriously. 


Due Dates and Late Work

I will write when projects and assignments are due on the board as a reminder.  Choose to bring your project finished on the day it is due.  I understand there are outside circumstances so if you need more time, talk to me at least one day BEFORE a project is due.  I’m understanding and flexible as long as you communicate with me.  Assignments will drop 10% each class period it is late if it is not arranged ahead of time.



We are not in this class to become the next Van Gogh.  Learning in art class is about the process, not the product.  We are here to THINK and improve.  To help me see into your mind a rubric will be completed at the end of every major project.  In the artistic skills section, you will REFLECT to see if you met the objectives.  Then you will review your artistic knowledge in short answer questions.  Last, you will complete an artist’s statement, written in complete sentences with thought, to help me understand your process.  Reflecting on what you did well and what you can improve on is a skill that should be used in every area of life.  These will be completed together in silence as it should be treated like an exam.

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 65-69%

F = 64% and below

If you are not satisfied with your project or a grade you received you are encouraged to improve your project or create something completely different.  If significant effort is put in, I will be happy to spend the time grading it again.  You have two weeks from the day I hand back rubrics to improve or change your grade if you choose.  The “art barn” is your studio space and you are welcome to work any time I am here.  Talk to me if you plan on coming during recess, lunch, or after school and I will do my best to be here.


About ART

Many times people dislike art because they “aren’t good at it.”  Art can be taught and learned when you take on a project with a positive attitude.  I do not grade you based on your natural ability, but instead by your effort and how far you develop each project (creativity and stretching yourself).  Many artists feel pressure to make a masterpiece.  By putting this pressure on yourself you are going to hold back and feel scared to mess up.  Enter each creation with an open mind and willingness to make mistakes.  The best part about art is that there is no right or wrong answer.  It comes from you . . . it is an extension of who you are inside.  You can always change, improve, or make a project again.  DON’T BE AFRAID TO “MESS UP.” Don’t hold back. 


As an art community it is our responsibility to help each other improve.  Share ideas.  Give each other advice.  I will give you constructive feedback in a positive way, and I encourage you to do the same for each other.  I promise I will never hold up your art as a poor example.  I will, however, give you praise when you have gone beyond expectations.  I will never tell you you’ve done well if I truly didn’t think so.  Accepting a compliment is just as important as accepting criticism.


Do not be afraid to ask for help

Learning and growing is hard.  The best way to make it easy is to ask for help.  If you don’t understand, or have a question about something, chances are someone else has the same question.  You are never alone . . . so don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask for help.  I always have time for your questions.



It is essential that you see me BEFORE your next class if you were gone.  That way we can make a plan for you to catch up so you are prepared and on track for the following class.  This is your responsibility, and I will not come hunt you down.  If you have an excused absence on the day an assignment is due, it must be turned in on the day you return. 



Use the bathroom during lunch or recess.  Passes will only be given in your assignment book on a limited basis.  Passes are a privilege and can be taken away if abused. 


Food and Drink

Studies have shown a direct correlation between hydration and the brain’s ability to process and retain new information.  Bottled water is allowed and encouraged.  It must be capped and kept off the table so it does not spill on you or your classmates work.  Eating is not allowed because we work with too many potentially harmful materials.



The list of supplies was sent home last year.  You need to bring them in a pencil case labeled with your name and section.  They will be kept locked in the classroom so you have them when you need.

1 two pocket folder

1 regular size unlined spiral bound sketchbook

1 fine tip black sharpie marker

1 ultra fine tip black sharpie marker

1 of each pencil: 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B

5 #2 pencils


Headphones and Portable Music Devices

Headphones and portable music devices are allowed during individual work time.  This is because everyone reaches their creative peak in different ways, and your atmosphere can be essential for you to produce the best work possible.  Reluctant artists frequently find that listening to music of their choice helps them be creative and productive because they can block out external stimuli and focus on the task in front of them.  Most work is done in class, therefore, being “on” is directly related to your overall performance.  I want your atmosphere to allow you to create your best work possible.  With this privilege comes responsibility:

·        When not in use your headphones and music devices must be locked up.  Please bring them to my classroom at the beginning of the day so I can lock them in my filing cabinet.  You may use them during class, and pick them up at the end of the day.  Be responsible so they do not get lost or stolen!

·        They may only be used during individual work time.  This means when I’m talking or giving directions, your earphones must come out.  During group projects that require you to interact with your classmates, you will not be allowed to listen to your own music.

·        No music may be played out loud.  You may use earphones only.

·        If music is more of a distraction than a help, you will no longer be allowed to use them.  This means you should not be sharing earphones because you need your own space to work.  It also means you should not have videos that accompany music.  If you are constantly adjusting and playing with your music device rather than working, the privilege will be taken away.


Note that this is a trial or experiment.  If music devices are being lost or stolen, or if the privilege is being abused, the use of music in art class will no longer be allowed.  If there are complaints or problems beyond the classroom, I have no choice but to discontinue the use.  I want this to work because I believe it will help you as an artist, so help each other be responsible.  Bringing music to class is a choice.  IF ANYTHING IS LOST OR STOLLEN THE SCHOOL ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY.


My Promise to You

I promise to work hard for you as a teacher and do whatever it takes to help you succeed.  Never forget that I work for you!  Believe it or not, learning can be fun, and hard work can be rewarding.  Ultimately, though, it’s up to both of us to make it that way.  I promise to hold up my end of the bargain!


My Contact Information

If you or your parents have any questions, please email me anytime.  You can also arrange an appointment to meet with me if you would prefer to talk.


Class website:




Please bring ONLY this portion back to me.  You may keep the rest for future reference.



I understand the beliefs and policies that will be used in our art community.


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I understand the beliefs and policies that will be used in my students art community.


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