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Studio Art I

Ms. McNamee 

Fall 2021

            This course fulfills 1/4 credit requirement toward the state requirement of 1 Fine Art credit. This course is designed to teach you the history and foundations of Visual Arts. You will experience a variety of materials and mediums that will take you from representational to more abstract expressions. We will learn about the lives of various artists and discover the sources of their inspiration. All projects are based on the Elements of Art. (Line, Shape, Value, Color, Form, Space, Texture).


Projects are evaluated on design (the understanding of the project), craft (the physical product) and concept (idea behind the project). There may be a variety of homework assignments such as sketches, research, supply gathering and written assignments leading up to each project.  All projects and homework must be submitted in a specified manner and within the specific time frame assigned by the teacher. Students will also be evaluated based on classroom performance and behavior, which includes preparedness and participation. 


  • All the official rules of St. Francis Prep as published in the school calendar apply to this class. This includes dress code, lateness, absences and the honor code.

Rule 1: Attendance and Lateness

-       Once the bell sounds you are not permitted to leave the room for any reason unless permission is granted by the teacher. Do not ask the teacher for permission to go to your locker - the answer will always be no. This is the school rule during the pandemic procedure.

  • Students are to remain seated for the duration of class unless granted permission by the teacher. When the bell sounds for the completion of class no one is to leave their seats until the instructor dismisses the class.

  • Class attendance at St. Francis Prep is a major priority. All students are required to complete all work even if they are absent. If a student is consistently absent, their participation grade will suffer as a result, as they are unable to participate in the missed class. Please be advised classes missed due to lateness or early dismissal will be included in this group. The only exceptions are in the cases of field trips, retreats, and official school appointments.

  • As with all other classes, students that are remote must report to class wearing their school uniform shirt and I.D. card. While participation in this format may be different that in-class participation, it still means giving the class full attention. Remote students discovered to be misusing class time will be addressed in the same manner in-person students would. Remote students that are late or absent from class will also be addressed in the same manner.

Rule 2: Respect

  •       RESPECT is a major rule in this course. You must also have respect for your fellow students and the instructor. Bullying of any kind to any person will not be tolerated. 

  •       The students must also respect the classroom, which includes keeping it neat and clean. Classrooms must be clean from all materials and garbage before class will be dismissed. There is to be no mistreatment or vandalizing to the classroom, furniture, equipment and materials.Each student may have a classroom job which counts towards the participation grade.

  •       Perhaps most importantly, students must refrain from speaking while the teacher or another student is speaking.

Rule 3:No Electronic Devices

  •      Whether remote or in person, no electronic devices are permitted in the classroom. This includes cell phones, IPods, MP3 players etc. Cell phone use is not permitted in class. This includes texting, music and games. Failure to follow school policy results in detentions.  Please see school calendar for cell phone rules and procedures. iPads are to be used only at the instruction of the teacher. iPad misuse falls under the same categories as other electronic devices. Recording or photographing the instructor or other classmates without permission is strictly prohibited.

Rule Breaking Policy

The rules are in place to ensure the productivity and safety of the students. Now more than ever, it is imperative that all rules are followed exactly. Students that take action that might infringe upon social distancing or otherwise contribute to a perceived possible spread of the coronavirus will be addressed and met with immediate action. In the event of a minor infraction, the students will receive a warning from the teacher. If the behavior continues, as with all other major infractions, serious disciplinary action will be handled by the deans during this time. A record will be kept of all behavioral matters to be referred to in the event of habitual rule-breaking.

  • In addition to the aforementioned disciplinary action, in the case of students that consistently break the class rules, there will also be a deduction of points on that individual’s weekly participation grade. While this may seem like a small consequence, habitual misbehaving can lead to a deduction that may eventually impact the student’s grade in a critical way. 

  • The class as a whole will have a stake in the behavior of each individual. The instructor will keep a daily record of overall class behavior, and the class will have a chance to earn rewards for consistent good behavior. For every ten consecutive classes of good behavior, the students will receive a homework pass allowing them to hand in a homework assignment after its due date. These may be redeemed at any time (barring the end of marking periods), and the teacher will keep a digital record of these rewards for every student. 


b The PowerSchool APP is recommended for a real-time notification of student grades.

  • b  The primary method of communication, posting assignments, and submitting assignments will be through GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

  • b  HOMEWORK is expected on time, complete, and well-crafted. Classwork will be directed, and grades will reflect effort and execution.

o If a student is absent, homework may be turned in the first day the student is back to be graded with no penalty.

o Late homework will be accepted with a fifteen point deduction.

b PARTICIPATION: includes class discussions, preparation for class, careful attention in class, behavior, and keeping the classroom orderly. Grades will reflect effort and execution:


Very good.................95% 


Needs improvement....75% 


No credit.....................0

Quarter grades are determined by:


Participation.... 10% 

Classwork and Homework.........40%

Final grade is determined by:

First Quarter.........50% 

Second Quarter......50%


Unless otherwise specified, all homework assignments and projects must be posted to Google Classroom by the time that homework is due. In the event that the assignment is something physical, a photograph of it must be posted.

All assignments must be submitted on Google Classroom at the specified time in the appropriate folder. More specific instructions for each assignment may dictate slight changes in submission form. Any assignment that is not posted to Google Classroom will not receive credit. In the event that the student is unable to submit an assignment on Google Classroom, they must e-mail the teacher and include the assignment in the e-mail. While some leeway for technological issues is expected and forgiven during this time, it is imperative that the digital submission is regarded with paramount importance. Students who fail to hand in assignments on Google Classroom and notify the teacher accordingly will not receive credit.


Projects are extremely important in the class. Each project was designed not only to give students education about art history, but also to teach them new problem solving skills and techniques. The criteria for each project will be discussed at the start of each unit. All of the projects address one or several elements of art. Each project has several components. Some of these may be assembling different parts of a whole (for example, in the self-portrait assignment, the drawing of the grid counts as one element of the overall project). Students will be graded on each component separately, and their final project grade will be a combination of those grades. 

* Students are fully responsible for homework, projects and class work missed when absent.

* Projects are downgraded fifteen points for lateness. 

  • Grading for each project will rely on a given set of criteria specific to that project (for example, a project on sculpting would be partially graded on the use of clay, but a drawing project would have no such criteria). Though certain criteria may change from assignment to assignment, several requirements will always be present. Assignments (including projects and homework) will be graded on:

  • Concept - the student’s understanding of the topic, application of what they’ve learned in relation to the topic and originality within the parameters of the assignment.

  • Presentation and Craft - the assignment has been well-tended to, with care taken to ensure that it was done correctly, and submitted in good condition.

  • Effort and Revisions - the student’s overall work ethic, attempt to complete each assignment to the best of his / her ability, willingness to revise upon suggestion or direction for a better outcome, and personal investment in their work.


When not working on the projects in class, many times, classwork will involve taking notes, concept sketches or other tasks. 

  • Each student is to have his or her iPad charged and with them every day. Under no circumstances will the student be allowed to use a wall outlet to charge their iPad in the classroom, as to do so would break most social distance rules.


The projects will have homework that accompanies them. Homework may be as simple as gathering supplies or research, or it might include hands-on work such as art-making or writing. Generally, sufficient class time will be allowed for the students to work on their projects to minimize the amount of time they spend on homework. However, in instances where the class time is insufficient, or the student fails to complete their work in the classroom, there is a general expectation that this work will be completed as homework and submitted in the appropriate manner and timeframe.

  • Late homework is accepted, but with a fifteen point deduction. 

  • Homework will be graded in terms of completeness. 


In any learning environment, participation is a key element. It is essential that students understand exactly what being an active participant in the classroom entails, and strive to conduct themselves in such a way.

* Participation includes:

·         Participating in class discussions

·         Being prepared for class

·         Working on tasks in class

·         Behavior

·         Keeping work area clean

·         Helping the teacher

·         Designated class job

Communication with Parents

As any child’s foundation begins in the home, it is of paramount importance that the teacher work in tandem with the parents to ensure an overall positive learning experience, and the progress of the child. In the case of this class, the parents will receive regular notification as to their child’s progress in a variety of ways. 

Power School - Parents and students must register with Power School to keep track of student grades and progress.  Please check grades on a regular basis, at least once a week. Power school is updated on a frequent basis. Students and parents have one week, from when a grade is posted, to dispute that grade. If more than one week passes the posted grade remains and can not be changed.

  • MySFP- Students must register with MySFP for notes, e-mails, text messages and communication with Ms. McNamee .

Class Web Site-This class has its own page on the St. Francis Prep Web site. The teacher up-dates the web site regularly with homework assignments, tests, extra credit opportunities, and class information. If you are absent you MUST call or email a classmate and check the class web site!

To reach your class web site go to…

1. www.stfrancisprep.org

2. departments

3. art

4. name of class (Advanced Studio in Art I, Honors)

5. name of teacher (McNamee)

*Parents and students may e-mail Ms. McNamee at any time from this class web site. 

  • Google Classroom Page -This class has its own Google Classroom. This will be the primary digital communication tool between the students and teacher. The code will be listed on the class website.

  • E-Mail  - Parents and students are welcome to e-mail Ms. McNamee at any time.  This is an excellent way for parents and students to check up on grades and missing assignments. As a result of the overall challenges presented by the pandemic, Ms. McNameeis often inundated with e-mails. Please allow time for her to respond - it will almost always be within a 24 hour period, and most often much less.  [email protected] . 

  • Phone Calls - If any problems occur throughout the semester, feel free to speak with Ms. McNamee. (718)423-8810 ext. 218. Please e-mail Ms. McNamee to request a phone call. Ms. McNamee will call you as soon as possible.

Where can I find Ms. McNamee?

Ms. McNamee is available during the day, and can usually be found in the art department. Her schedule posted in every art class room or on the art office door. Students may approach Ms. McNamee during her free periods, or before or after classes. She will not address students while she is teaching another class unless it is an emergency.

Classroom Policy – Late Work

As previously mentioned, the policy on late work is strict. Projects will be deducted fifteen points for lateness. Homework will be accepted late for a homework grade, but will be have a fifteen point deduction. Late homework will also be accepted as part of the grading for the connected project. Students must submit their assignment on Google Classroom at the appointed time. There are very few circumstances that would prevent a student from completing this, and therefore there are very few viable exceptions to having the work submitted on time.


  1. If for some reason a situation occurs in which an extension is needed, such as an illness, parents/guardians must contact Ms. McNamee (by e-mail or phone) and accompany late assignment with a doctors note and explanation. Please do this in a timely fashion.

  2. If a student is going on a vacation or will be out of school for a few days, speak to Ms. McNamee ahead of time for missing assignments.


Supplies are of paramount importance in the classroom. Without them, the students will not be able to work, and will be marked “Unprepared” for that day. When a student is unprepared to work, it will be noted, and habitual unpreparedness will affect their participation grade.

The students will be reminded before beginning each project exactly which supplies they need, and when they will need them by. However, the teacher reserves the right to change their project list, and certain supplies will then no longer be used. In the event that a project is changed or canceled, students will have sufficient notice so that they do not purchase supplies they do not need. 

For the convenience of the parents, a kit made up of most of the year’s supplies has been created by the class instructor. These kits will be sold to the students during class within the first few weeks of school. While the supplies are available here, in one shot, at a discounted rate, they may also be purchased in some other way. The regular price for the kit for this class is $53.06, but the kit sold through St. Francis Prep’s alliance with Blick Arts is $40.18 - a savings of $12.84. The Blick sale will take place during the first two weeks of school, and students will be notified exactly when.

The supplies were chosen in anticipation of completing certain projects. However, as safety protocols and teaching strategies are subject to change, it is possible that the projects will change, necessitating a change in supplies. While the teacher will try to work within the existing supplies, there is a possibility that the matter may be above him.

As lockers will not be used for the foreseeable future, the students will be notified well in advance of what supplies they will need for class to avoid having to carry around their entire art kit all day long. That being said, some common sense should prevail (for example, if we have been working on painting, the assumption would be that paint supplies would be needed each class through the end of the project, and the student should come prepared). If a student has a question about which supplies to bring to class, that student should contact the teacher or a classmate as soon as possible. In accordance with safety protocols, the sharing of supplies is not permitted, nor can they be loaned. Students that do not have the appropriate supplies for the day will be unable to work, and will be given a zero for their participation that day.


Supply Rules

-          You must bring ALL supplies that apply to the project or projects that we’re working on in class. While these will be specified by the teacher, there may be times that students are working on a project in different stages, and require the necessary supplies. It is the responsibility of the student to consider what he or she needs to work that day and to bring it. As previously mentioned, students will not be permitted to go to their lockers during class.

-          Keep your supplies labeled.

-          Keep your supplies in good condition, you can re-use them from project to project, and from year-to-year.

-          Keep receipts.

-          Do not open supplies until inspected by Ms. McNamee.

-          Be a wise consumer when shopping for the above. Check out prices and sales on store web sites prior to shopping. Do a bit of comparison-shopping. Present your student ID when paying for merchandise, many retailers issue a student discount. Look for coupons on line!

-           If you have any questions or problems with purchasing materials please ask me for help!

*If financial assistance is needed at any time throughout this course please see Ms. McNamee.

Art Supply Stores

Michaels craft store - http://www.michaels.com/

AC Moore craft stores - http://www.acmoore.com/

Blick Art store - http://www.dickblick.com/stores/newyork/carleplace/


168 B Glen Cove Road

 Carle Place, NY 11514

Phone: (516) 248-1555

Store Hours: Mo-Sa: 10-8 Su: 11-7

Staples and Target have most of the supplies

Order on line…..

Blick art supplies - http://www.dickblick.com/

Pearl paint - http://www.pearlpaint.com/

It is the student's responsibility to contact my office at extension #218, or see me after class to schedule an appointment to discuss grades or any other issue regarding the class.

I have read and understand this course outline.

Parent / Guardian Signature


Student Signature


If you have any questions regarding this outline please contact Ms. McNamee at extension #218.

  • Parents and students are welcome to e-mail Ms. McNamee at any time regarding questions with this class.

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