Morgan Forte » Studio Art Syllabus

Studio Art Syllabus

Welcome To Studio Art!


I am looking forward to seeing all the creativity everyone has to offer!  We will be using creative problem solving all the time in my Studio Art class.  If there are any specific projects you are interested in doing please feel free to let me know.  Lets get creative and explore the art world!!!!!


Studio Art





 Teacher: Mrs. Forte

Room #: 216

Phone: 716-842-6289



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The following is a brief and tentative schedule or this course.  Please be open to changes. If you have any questions or concerns about the following, please don’t hesitate to speak with me.  I expect a lot out of you during this course, and I intend to help you become better drawers and artists.  Formal oral and written critiques will be included in the major projects. 




Monday – Friday, 8:00-8:30 everyday and any day after school by appointment.




            Creating and Understanding Drawings




This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of visual art.  Students will experiment in various art forms, using a variety of tools, materials and techniques.  An emphasis will be placed on creativity and originality in solving the problems of working with a broad range of materials.  Each unit will be centered on a further understanding of the elements and principles of design, and is aligned with the New York State Visual Arts Content Standards.  Historical and cultural contexts will be applied to each unit with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment.  Students will develop an appreciation for other cultures, the evolution of the art world, and their own potential for creativity, by examining important works of art, and creating and evaluating art works of their own.







Unit 1:            This unit encourages you to consider the visual arts and how they impact society and your life.  You will explore many reasons why art is created and the purpose it serves.  You will have the opportunity to create your own art for your own reasons.  I will provide you with many occasions to evaluate, interpret, and make judgment on a variety of art works including your own.


Unit 2:            This unit you will learn and understand that all art can be broken down into basic components of line, color, value, space, shape, form, and texture.  These are the elements of art also known as “the building blocks of art”.  As you create your own art work you will explore the physical and emotional qualities of these elements of art.


Unit 3:            In this unit you will learn how to organize the elements of art by using the principles of design to create a unified work of art.  The principles of design are made up of balance, emphasis, gradation, harmony, variety, rhythm/movement, proportion, contrast, and repletion.  Knowing the principles of design will help you achieve unity in your own art work. 


Unit 4:            This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of the media, materials, techniques, and approaches of drawing.  You will explore different techniques of drawing such as gesture and contour through the study of master artist and your own art work.  This unit will also provide you with the knowledge to create one–point and two–point perspective drawings.


Unit 5:            This unit you will examine three-dimensional mediums, materials, tools, and techniques.  Three-dimensional art can be viewed from any direction and is measured in height, width, and depth.  In this unit we will explore artists who work in three-dimensions and how art can impact the environment in which it is placed.


The skills you should walk away with after this course will include:

-          A knowledge of the wide variety of careers in the art field

-          Where art comes from and why man creates art

-          The cultural contributions of art

-          Effectively using a variety of mediums

-          Using accurate perspective in real life space

-          Creating interesting compositions

-          Understanding the elements of art

-          How to use the principles of design to organize the elements of art

-          Knowledge and use of color theory

-          Using value effectively

-          How to care for art materials and resources

-          Understanding of the differences between 2-D and 3-D art work

-          Knowledge of a variety of artists and their styles

-          Using all of the above to create your own self- expressive art work





Final grades will be determined according to the following grading policy:


  1. Exams/Essay/Projects……………….   40%
  2. Quizzes……………………………...    20%
  3. Homework /Class work /Bell work…    15%
  4. Class Participation….....25% (10 points per day)


Class participation will be evaluated every day. I will be giving you 10 points per day.  Those 10 points are based on how prepared you are for class (pencil, notebook, folder), how much work you do each day in class, and your behavior while in class.

  • A minimum of 20 grades are required per marking period.
  • The Final Exam will be added to the 4 marking periods to determine the Final Average.




            A = 90 – 100

            B = 80 – 89

            C = 70 – 79

            D = 65 – 69

            F = < 64




            Any student may not miss more than 18 excused or unexcused days of studio art.  If they do they will receive no credit for the course and will have to repeat the course the following year.




  • 1 – Pack of #2 pencils with erasers
  • 1 – 1 notebook and 1 folder (you can buy these from me for .50)
  • 1 – Smock or over sized long sleeve shirt (it is very important that you bring in a smock to ensure your uniform does not get dirty!  It is your responsibility to keep your uniform clean!)