• Visual Art I  - 2018-19 
    Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School  

    Dr. Karen Heid – Email – heidka@richmond.k12.ga.us 


    Art I is the first of six sequential art courses that we offer at Davidson Fine Arts. Art I is 25 minutes long and meets every day. During this two-semester course, students will begin with the very basics of art. This course will largely teach students about 2D artwork and drawing. We will begin with the elements of art so that the student will be grounded in art terminology, drawing techniques, aesthetics, craftsmanship, art history, and art criticism in preparation for Visual Art II.  

    Learning Outcomes: 

    At the end of this course the student will be able to: 

    1. Define Line, Shape, Form and create artworks with these elements 
    2. Use various kinds of value, color, and texture to add depth and texture to their artworks 
    3. Define linear perspective (two-point and one point), and atmospheric perspective 
    4. Engage in a Critique and use art criticism to judge other artworks 
    5. Discuss 10 Artists and their place in Art History 
    6. Put to use various terminology particular to the visual arts 
    7. Create artworks that are unique and crafted well 


    Each student is to arrive to class prepared and ready to work. Students will store their bookbags in the assigned area and will not need anything else at their work tables.  

    Students should get their work out and be ready for instructions. If the day is a studio day, the student may begin their work before the bell rings.  

    Students should not chew gum or eat while they are in art class. Many materials are not made to be ingested and can lead dangerous   


    Students who have technology will be invited to listen to music or look up images on the teacher's terms. The student should not expect to bring their phones or tablets to the work table unless the teacher says it is alright. Always ask to use technology. Technology usage is a privilege, not a right.  

    A.R.T. - Rules 

    – Always Ask questions – Please raise your hand 
    – Respect! Respect your artwork, Respect art materials, Respect peers, Respect your teacher!  
    T– Think! Think before you talk, Think about your artwork to make it the best it can be!  

    Assigned Seats 

    You will be given an assigned seat in order to make it easier for the teacher to take roll and so that she might find you easily.   


    There will be two art shows this year. One in December and one in May.  This is the time that your artwork will be exhibited and discussed by others.  

    All of your artwork will be kept by your teacher until the final days of school. At this time you will create a portfolio and take all your artwork home.  

    Supply Fee 

    Each student will be expected to bring $20 for their supply fee. This money will buy all the supplies that will be needed until the end of the year. Students will keep their supplies in their own zippered bag that is assigned to them. Checks can be made out to Davidson Fine Arts. 


    Each student will keep their own sketchbook. Students should keep class notes, sketches, artworks, ideas and doodles in their sketchbooks and it should be kept in the art classroom at all times. Students can take their sketchbooks home at the end of the year.  


    Grades will be assigned for each artwork and for sketchbooks as they are turned in. Students will also get a weekly grade that is determined by the teacher.  These three grades are averaged to determine the final grade. 

    Project Grades (60%) – Projects as they are assigned (up to 6 in a semester) 
    Sketchbook Grade (20%) – When the sketchbook is turned in (monthly turn in dates, 5 per semester) 
    Weekly Grade (20%) – Includes behavior, effort, and how hard the student is working. The student will get up to 20 points per day for his/her weekly grade. If a student is off task one day his/her weekly grade will automatically be reduced to 80. 2 times off task is a 60. 


    At the end of each project, students will turn in their work by loading it up on an online platform called Artsonia. The artwork will not be considered finished or turned in until it is uploaded to Artsonia. Dr. Heid will provide a camera and a place for students to take pictures of their artwork for upload. Parents will need to give permission for the artwork to be made public.  Parents and family members will be able to purchase many items with their child's artwork through Artsonia. 40% of what is sold comes back to our art classroom to be used for supplies.  

    Permission Slips 

    Dr. Heid will pass out a permission slip forms that will allow students to walk downtown as a class to study various flora and fauna, see art shows, and look at architecture. They will be sent home the first week of school and will be a blanket permission slip for the rest of the year.