Several different assignments exist for this class. Each assignment has different expectations so follow the links on the left to go to a specific assignment type or scroll down to read the expectations for each type of assignment.

Assignment Types:

  1. Projects
  2. Grading
  3. Seatwork or Class work
  4. Sketchbooks (Sketchecks)
  5. Tests/Exams



































































Click on the projects below to see a description and examples of the projects in this course

Linear Expression

A Valuable Portrait

Re-designing the Wheel 

Forming the Impression of Color and Space 

Dig the new color wheels!

Forming the Impression of Color and Space

Your World Unmasking Texture Hide the Clipping Dreamscape

Your World 07



A Pattern of Contrast

The Song Project

Recordion Book

Airbrush Logo


The primary assignment type for this class will be the projects. Projects are large assignments that are usually worth about 75 points and make up 52% of a students overall grade. All projects involve a student's application of learning in a drawing or painting project. These projects are then graded using a rubric specific to that project on which the overall points are assessed by a student's ability to demonstrate certain skills. A rough outline of the grading scale is available on the "Grading Scale" page.

Due dates for projects are set as a time when students are expected to complete the project. Some students finish their projects early while other require more time. Students are encouraged to continue their work and turn it in after the due date so that they may show their best work rather than rushing the work to get it in on time. If a student misses a due date to continue work on that project it will be marked as a zero in the grade book but only until the student turns that project in. When the project is turned in will receive its full credit and will not lose any value for being turned in late. The student's grade will rebound accordingly. 

All projects must be complete to be graded. projects turned in incomplete or unfinished will not be graded and will be returned to the student ungraded as if it had never been turned in. 


  1. Each project is assessed, or graded, according to the learning goals (or learning objectives) set for each individual project.
    • For example, if a student is supposed to complete a drawing for a lesson on line quality, the drawing would be graded by how well that student showed an understanding of line quality, not on what that student chose to draw or how well the drawing is shaded, colored, etc.
    • The student’s success in showing an understanding of each learning goal is then rated on a scale of 1 to 5, the meaning of which is shown below.
    • Definition of grading scale

      5 Student shows strong understanding and exhibits it with exceptional creativity
      4  Student shows strong understanding and completes objective with outstanding success
      3 Student successfully demonstrates an understanding of the objective
      2 Student attempts but fails to exhibit an understanding of a given objective
      1 Student completes assignment but exhibits poor understanding and effort

Seatwork or Class work:

Assignments that fall under this heading are those assignments that should be completed on that day. Examples of this kind of assignment may be brief worksheets, drawings, crossword puzzles, or minor questions on an in-class reading. These assignments should be completed in class and turned in at the end of the period. Late assignments of this type will suffer a 15% reduction in points. Seatwork or Class work make up roughly 15% of a student's grade.

Sketch Books (Sketchecks):

In Beginning Drawing and Painting sketchbooks are a collection of a student's preparation work. These are notes taken on art history, notes on projects and new vocabulary, and preliminary drawings for use in their projects. Students are expected to keep their sketchbooks in an orderly fashion with the most recent notes at the back of the book and a constantly updated checklist (Table of Contents) at the front. I recommend two-pocket folders with fasteners down the center for use as a sketchbook. These folders are readily available at most office and school supply stores for less that a dollar and fit easily in a student's "portfolio" for storage in the classroom.

Due dates are set for sketchbooks to be turned in and checked for completion (Sketcheck). If a student turns in their sketchbook and it is missing any part it will be marked incomplete and the student has one week to add the missing portion and return it for full credit (Recheck). If the sketchbook remains incomplete or missing after the one week grace period the sketchbook will receive a grade of incomplete (60%) or zero and can no longer be made up.


There are two exams given in Beginning Drawing and Painting and they are the Mid-term Exam and the Final Exam. Each one is divided into two parts: Multiple Choice and Portfolio Review. Tests/Exams make up 20% of a student's overall grade in the class.

Multiple Choice- Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate a knowledge of the vocabulary unique to Art and the Art History learned in class over the semester or year. This is pretty much straight forward testing and students are given ample opportunity to review and prepare prior to testing. This portion makes up 60% of the Test/Exam grade.

Portfolio Review- A Portfolio Review is an opportunity for a student to reflect on the projects they've completed throughout the semester or year. In a Portfolio Review a student selects their best work from all of the projects they've completed and write about it in short-essay format. This portion makes up 40% of the Test/Exam grade.

Follow the links below to go to the exam pages:
Midterm Exam (Currently Unavailable)