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  • General


     

    Welcome to Art at FRMS Mr. Katzenmeyer

    Grades 6,7,8



    Welcome
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    The objective of Art here at FRMS is to enable students to develop their own ideas based on compositional techniques, the elements of design, and through a variety of hands on activities and mediums. They will be given instruction on how to develop their ideas both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally. The emphasis will be to help them make good choices and develop confidence as their ideas develop. Hopefully these same concepts and techniques will be useful and applied when asked to do assignments visually for other classes (posters, illustrations, cover pages, etc.), or in their personal life (fashion, business, career, their own homes).

    Physical skills are an important part of Art but something that requires practice and repetition to become proficient. This is understood by the instructor and always considered when grading assignments. A more important skill is the ability for students to learn to use their cognitive thinking, or problem solving skills. This is developed through a variety of hands on assignments that encourage students to develop an idea of their own. This requires planning, application of techniques discussed and demonstrated, some physical skills, and good work habits to complete with their best effort.
    Please check the moodle page for important information, including due dates pertaining to your child's particular Art class.
    I am looking forward to working with your child and helping them explore the world of Art and it's endless possibilities.

    You may contact me at these various sites:

    Through the FRMS web page

    email dave.katzenmeyer@district196.org

    Voice mail at (651) 683-6969 box # 2030

  • Topic 1

    Clay and Cool Creations 2012/2013

    This is an elective class that will be evaluated primarily by the students participation in a series of hands on activities. There will be no written tests. Although notes may be shared containing information regarding properties of clay, construction techniques, and elements of design for student application.
    During this trimester students will be graded on their participation for a period of 5 to 7 consecutive class periods on the potters wheel. They will be given a demonstration on the 4 steps involved in making a pot on the wheel: Centering, Opening, Widening, Vertical Lifts. At some point during their time on the wheel they will be given individual assistance to help them at least center, open, and widen their clay. To achieve a good score for the wheel the student does not have to produce a pot to keep. In order to do so it must be centered properly and have decent weight and form. If they do make a pot worthy to keep, fire, and glaze. They will be shown how to remove it from the wheel and store it in a cabinet. Then after a brief drying process how to trim it in preparation for firing. They may then glaze it with their other hand constructed piece they will glaze. Their grade on the wheel will be based on them receiving 5 points each day they are on the wheel. This is done by their participation, effort, and their ability to clean up their wheel, tools, and sink areas before the end of class in a reliable manner. Students will lose points if not participating, distracting others, or not helping in clean up duties without direction from the instructor. If students are absent during their session on the wheel they would lose 2 of their 5 points per day that they miss.

    Hand built sculptures may be functional (made for a purpose or use) or non functional (made for decoration). We will do a minimum of 2 pieces this trimester. Hand building techniques involve the use of slabs, coils, or pinch pots (shapes molded with fingers). Different assignments will be introduced from year to year. Clay may be molded in or around something to create a shape or a shape may be created with coils, slab pieces, or simply with our hands. Various methods of adding detail will be demonstrated emphasizing the elements of design: line, shape, texture, pattern, contrast, color. All assignments are developed to encourage the students to use their imagination and problem solving skills to complete. When working with clay it is important for students to understand the process from the soft clay they start with, to the fired finished product they take home. These phases are discussed and emphasized along with proper construction techniques to ensure their sculptures do not fall apart. Some pieces will be glazed to make them safe for any function. Others are designed to be painted after firing so that the element of color can be used to add even more detail and interest to their idea.
    The trimester goes very quickly, as does a 54 minute class period, so students must be ready and willing to work, stay on task, and participate in clean up to be successful. Below is a copy of a "Student Contract" for this class that MUST be signed by the student and their parent/guardian and returned to the instructor before the trimester ends or they will not be given a final grade (they would receive and Incomplete). I am looking forward to working with your child this trimester.


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      • Topic 4

        6TH GRADE Art for 2012/2013

        Day one all students will receive an introduction to Art as a full trimester class. This may be the first time they will have Art as a full trimester class. We will discuss how student's will earn a grade for Art in the same manner they earned grades in all their full trimester classes. There will be some lecture, where they will be asked to take notes to help them remember important information. If we have quizzes the quiz would be based on simple reading assignments done in class, and relate to assignment we are working on. The only test we may have would be the last week of the trimester. The test would be based on notes they will be encouraged to write down in class. They may use these notes to help them complete the test, but they must be their own notes. We also will be doing a variety of hands on activities in a variety of mediums. The goal is to help them learn how to create things visually in a better way. Even though Art becomes an elective after this year the lessons they will learn may be applied to any future classes they will take that have visual assignments in their curriculum. They may even be applied to their personal lives through fashion, careers, or when they have their own homes.
        We will learn how Art is divided into physical skill as well as cognitive or problem solving skills. To develop better physical skills we know it takes repetition to become proficient. Cognitive thinking or problem solving skills on the other hand are equally or even more important. Problem solving skills help us develop more confidence in our ideas and in ourselves. Especially when an idea of our own develops into something we are proud to say we created.
        Classroom behavior and grading policies will be covered as well. The average of any major assignments (one 2 dimensional, one 3 dimensional) will make up 40% of their trimester grade. This will be due to the amount of time spent on their preparation, development, and completion. Minor assignments will be completed in class and will make up 25%. The open note final will be 15%, with clean up, class behavior, and simple homework assignments making up the other 20%. All important due dates or information will be communicated through the moodle page.
        My trimester goals for the students are: 1. Learn how to do visual assignments better.
        2. Gain confidence in their ideas and choices. 3. HAVE FUN.
        If students are putting forth their best effort,turning all completed assignments in on time, and are respectful to me and others they will be successful. I am looking forward to working with your child!

        One of our first units will be to learn how drawing is an eye hand coordination skill. We will do some drawing activities that will help the students learn to relax and get their eye and hand to work together when creating a shape. This will be followed up by adding detail to these shapes in the form of pencil/shading, paint, or clay.
        Through out the course of the trimester each unit is designed to give the 6th graders a good foundation in a variety of mediums that can be built upon through our elective classes in 7th and 8th grade.
        Students will be starting and hopefully completing a Color Wheel right before spring break. A discussion of the various sets of colors on a color wheel and a demonstration on how to mix them proceeded this activity. If a student is gone or does not complete the assignment in class, arrangements will be made when they return for them to do so.

        Contour line Shoe packets were completed before break. They are now graded and have been used to set up a painting assignment designed to have students apply their color mixing skills learned through our Color Wheel activity. The color wheels are also graded and both scores will be entered shortly. As I have explained to the students that if they did not receive a score that gives them a high percentage, they simply need to do better on the next assignment to raise their percentage overall. Many opportunities will be introduced for them to do so. Our shoe painting being one of them.

        Our unit following the shoe painting activity will be clay. They will be given some information to put in their notebooks that will be on the open note test the last week of the trimester (another opportunity to raise their %). We will discuss cultural masks the how, what, and why. They will be shown examples, and we even do a simple reading assignment to illustrate how symbolism is used and why. Students are also introduced to the process involved in throwing a pot on the potters wheel. During our clay unit each student will get one day to try these skills and a simple skills test is given later. If they enjoy it they can sign up for a clay class in 7th or 8th grade as one of their electives, where they will have the opportunity to practice these skills. Once their clay sculptures are dry they will be fired, painted, and decorated to take home.

        One of our last units will involve students learning how to create a 3 dimensional illusion on a flat piece of paper through shading skills. It is basic skills that if they enjoy it they can then practice on their own and continue to improve. During this unit students will learn the process involved in creating visual composition on a flat surface that balances positive (occupied) and negative (unoccupied) space.

        By trimesters end the goal is for the students to have had an experience in a variety of mediums and techniques used to create a visual composition either 2 dimensionally or 3 dimensionally. This foundation can be built upon should they decide to take an Art elective class in 7th or 8th grade, or even at the high school. Oh yes, and to have FUN while we learn also!
        • Topic 12

          Painting, Pencils, and Pottery

          2012/2013

          The following contract for this class will be distributed the first day and will need to be signed and dated by a parent/guardian before the end of first trimester. No signed contract no final grade.

          Contract for Painting, Pencils, & Pottery

          Grades 7 & 8

          Instructor Mr. Katzenmeyer


          This class will consist of a series of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional hands on activities. Students will learn how to incorporate the compositional techniques of line, shape, color, texture, balance, and design. This may be in a variety of mediums, and assignments may vary by trimester. Below are the minimum requirements students will need to complete to attain a C, to attain a B, or to attain an A for the trimester. Please read them carefully, sign your copy and return it to the instructor.

          To Attain a C

          -Signed contract is returned to instructor.

          -Regular class attendance (more than 8 absences can result in a lower grade).

          -On time completion of all 2 dimensional study activities with some effort. These are hands on assignments designed to teach techniques that may be used on larger assignments.

          -On time completion of a major 2 dimensional assignment in a chosen medium with some effort.

          -On time completion of a major 3 dimensional assignment in clay or other mediums with some effort.

          -Regular participation in all clean up duties.

          -Appropriate classroom behavior: respectful to teacher and others, respectful of tools and work environment.

          To Attain a B

          -Signed contract is returned to instructor.

          -Regular class attendance (more than 6 absences can result in a lower grade).

          -On time completion of all 2 dimensional study activities with best effort. These are hands on assignments designed to teach techniques that may be used on larger assignments.

          -On time completion of a major 2 dimensional assignment in a chosen medium that demonstrates thought, planning and best effort.

          -On time completion of a major 3 dimensional assignment in clay, or other medium, that demonstrates thought, planning, and best effort.

          -Regular participation in all clean up duties without reminders and good effort.

          -Appropriate classroom behavior: respectful to teacher and others, respectful of tools and work environment.

          Contract for Painting, Pencils, & Pottery

          Grades 7 & 8

          Instructor Mr. Katzenmeyer

          To Attain an A

          -Signed contract is returned to instructor.

          -Regular class attendance (more than 4 absences can result in a lower grade).

          -On time completion of all 2 dimensional study activities with best effort. These are hands on assignments designed to teach techniques that may be used on larger assignments.

          -On time completion of a major 2 dimensional assignment in a chosen medium that demonstrates thought, planning and best effort.

          -On time completion of a major 3 dimensional assignment in clay, or other medium, that demonstrates thought, planning, creativity, and best effort.

          -Regular participation in all clean up duties without reminders and good effort.

          -Help set up visual displays of student work where designated in the building by instructor.

          -Take digital photos as students work, and of finished assignments for posting on Moodle page and FRMS website.

          -Appropriate classroom behavior: respectful to teacher and others, respectful of tools and work environment.

          I have read these requirements and agree to accept the grade I receive based on the amount of requirements I complete.

          Student’s Signature ________________________________________________

          Parent/Guardian’s initials ______________ Date _________________


          Two dimensional activities for 2011/2012

          The focus this year will be on landscapes, cityscapes, and haikus. We will use a variety of mediums that the students will be able to experience. An emphasis will be focused on using good compositional techniques discussed and demonstrated in class as students develop their artworks. This is done through series of class critiques. As we get started, while the artwork is in progress, and as we near completion of the assignment. This enables me to determine understanding, work habits, and offer suggestions. All artworks are also graded on how well the student prepares them for display.

          Associated with all two dimensional activities are a series of short studies that pertain to the particular topic we are using in our composition. For example how to create a variety of items that would be in a landscape: hills, mountains, trees, clouds, water, grasses, flowers, weeds, etc. We also discuss how to create depth or distance on a flat surface. If doing cities or buildings perspective is demonstrated. For a haiku or Japanese short poem calligraphy techniques will be demonstrated. This will give the each student their own unique choices when adding detail to their compositions.

          The objective is to help students learn basic techniques and experience various mediums that may stimulate them to continue to develop their skills. Through this process students often gain confidence in their abilities and decision making.

          Three dimensional activities 2011/2012

          Students will be given an opportunity to do a three dimensional assignment in medium such as colored clay, clay and underglazing (incorporates 2-D techniques), sculpture in a variety of materials. The assignment is usually determined by the time available in the trimester.

          I am looking forward to working with your child and helping them explore different ways to their ideas into 2 or 3 dimensional form.


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