Art II Syllabus



Art II is the second of the sequential art courses at Penns Valley. How you perform in this course will have an impact on your being able to enroll in Art III, and Art IV later in school.


Remember this is a “studio” course, which means we do the majority of work in class so you need to be here to be successful.


There will be a total of two projects assigned that will be completed outside of class (one each marking period).


At the completion of a project you will hand in the following:


1.        The Project

2.        The Project Log Book

3.        A written evaluation of the project


Project Log Book

For each project that you do for this class you are required to keep a detailed daily log, time will be set aside each day for you to maintain the log. The logbook is graded each day for the quality of entries. Absence from class should also be noted in the logbook. Failure to maintain the logbook will have a negative impact on your project grade.


Evaluation Sheet

Attached is a copy of the project evaluation sheet. For each project you do you are required to complete a graded evaluation of that project. The making of art is only one part of the artistic experience and being able to justify/defend your work is every bit as important as the making of the work. When completing the evaluations you must use complete sentences. Single word or incomplete sentences are unacceptable. You will find that your project log will help you organize your thoughts to answer the questions the evaluation asks for.



Each marking period you will be given sketchbook assignments to complete. These assignments are not optional. Some of the sketchbook assignments will be done in class while others will be done outside of the classroom. The notebook that each student is to keep is for the development of an art vocabulary, which is to be used in class when talking about projects. The vocabulary terms we will use will be a mixture of previous terms and new terms. Students will be tested in class from time to time on the vocabulary list using a variety of methods.

Sketchbooks/Notebooks will be graded twice each marking period, once before progress reports and again prior to the end of the marking period. Your sketchbook/notebook grade will count the same as any project you do each marking period. If you are in school the day a sketchbook/notebook is due it is up to you to hand it in even if you don’t attend class that day for whatever reason. You will lose one point each school day a deadline is missed for handing in this assignment.


Course Final

Attached you will find a copy of the final exam for this class. For the written part of the exam you are to respond in paragraph form using all the standard rules of writing. The exam should be typed and include all relevant vocabulary for the projects you’ve selected and for the summary of your “accomplishments” as an artist. You will be told the date of your final approximately two weeks in advanced. Failure to complete the final on the assigned day will result in a five-point reduction for each school day it is delayed. An incomplete grade for the course will be given to any student not fulfilling the District requirement for a final exam.



We will be working on Informational writing skills with both the journal and project evaluations using the state standard rubric for evaluation. This aspect of the course will be its’ own stand alone grade.


Extra Credit

Students may submit up to five extra credit projects per marking period. Each project determined to be worthy of extra credit will result in one point added onto the marking period grade. Students may also submit articles about the visual arts as well.



Art II Class

Scoring Values & Journal Samples

2 Point Sample


Today in class we received information concerning a visit by a representative from UArts that will be here on October 31st in this room Block 2. After this information we began our current project and I picked-up where I left off yesterday. The first thing I needed to do was make more slabs for my sculpture. I needed slabs that would form support as well as be visible from the outside so they needed to be a little thicker than the others I had been using. I am pretty happy with the progress of my project. I also spent some time today reviewing my sketch for this piece and making a few changes such as the top section of the one side. I’ve included my changes here in the log for you to see.


1 Point Sample


At the start of class today Mr. Miles talked about a school visit. Then I started my project and built up the sides some more. I needed to make some more slabs for part of my project. I also worked on my sketch some more and made some changes to it. I think everything is going good right now with my sculpture.


0 Point Sample


I worked some more on my sculpture today in class. I made some slabs. I had fun.






A total of 80 points will be involved in this activity each marking period (the last five days of the semester the student will need their log book for preparing their final exam paper). The other 20 points will be taken from the project evaluations for five projects based on the PSSA four point scoring rubric.



4 Steps of Evaluation


  1. What do I see? (Description) – Talk like you’re on the phone and the other person can’t see your project.
  2. How is the work organized? (Analysis) – What were the steps you followed to create the artwork?
  3. What message does this artwork communicate? (Interpretation) – What is this artwork trying to say to people?
  4. Is this a successful work of art? (Judgment) – Why? Do not just say yes or no!













  For your final exam in this course you will be required to provide the following on the prescribed Final Exam day and date for this course.


  Requirements:  1. Provide your four best pieces of work for this course.

                               NOTE: You may not use your sketchbook or any of the

                               sketches for this requirement!

                              You may use digital images of your work instead of the actual work.


                              2. Provide a typed rationale as to why you’ve chosen these four

pieces of work and what you learned from working on the other artwork you did not select. NOTE: You are to use relevant vocabulary when talking about your choices. You are to respond in paragraph form using all the standard rules

                               of writing.

  • Papers should be 5 pages long with size 12 font and double spaced.


                          3.Provide your sketchbook/notebook and daily log.


                          4.Be prepared to answer, in detail, any questions that may be

                          posed to you about your work.


  Remember this exam is 20% of your overall grade for this course. Failure to provide any or all of the above requirements on the day they are due will have an impact on your final grade for this course. You will lose 5 points for each day your final is late and 5 points each for every project not presented in the room.





  1. Be in class on time. If you are going to be late you need a signed planner. (This means in the room and at your table not just getting in the door at the bell). Each time you are late I deduct a point from your 9 Week average for the class (late 5 times your grade goes down 5 Points).
  2. Have your planner if you need to leave the room other than for the restroom.
  3. No Swearing in class. (Swearing is not part of Normal conversation and is definitely not appropriate in a school classroom.)



For information on projects, assignments, and due dates please visit my website at www.pennsvalley.org/webpages/wmiles