Advanced Studio Art

  • Amesbury High School

    Visual Art Department

    Course Syllabus: Advanced Studio Art 1 Credit

    Instructor:  Mr. R. Jackson

    Office:  ART 106.3

    Office Hours:  M-F    7:30am- 8:00am




    Course Description


    Length of course: One semester

    Grade level(s): 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Four quarters of Art

    Students taking this course will continue to develop the skills acquired in previous studies at a more advanced level. They will develop their own projects with instructor guidance, the emphasis being on studio work and the solving of visual problems. A variety of study approaches; independent motivation and researching of various aspects of art history pertaining to one’s area of studies are required. This is a self-designed course by the student with approval of the instructor for those considering studying art beyond high school and building a portfolio. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook and a class final project will be a gallery show.



    The curriculum will further develop the basic skills of students who have had limited experience or introduce ceramics to those who have not. Students will be taught the basic handbuilding techniques like pinch and slab, as well as explore more developed concepts of subtractive sculpture, slip casting and use of the potter’s wheel.


    Course Objectives

    This course aims to incorporate prior knowledge of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design and apply them to the medium of ceramics. Students will create pieces using a variety of techniques while becoming knowledgeable of vocabulary, the processes of maintaining work and kiln firings. Students will research and analyze ceramic pieces from different artists and apply their learning to project work.



    Students should be prepared to work with many materials and should wear appropriate attire to work with the various media explored throughout the course.

    Course Participation Requirements

    Students are expected to attend all classes and be a positive and engaged member of the classroom.  All excused absences are expected to made-up, either after school or during A Block. Each “cut” class (unexcused absence) will result in a 10-point reduction from quarter grade and the class cannot be made-up. Five lates will result in an unexcused absence and thus receive a 10-point deduction from their quarter grade.


    Student Expectations

    Students are expected to be respectful of both the studio space and others who use these same facilities. The studio space is shared by many students, therefore everyone is responsible for maintaining it. Students are responsible for their workspace/materials and the general upkeep of the studio space. Vulgar and crude language is strictly prohibited and students will be written up immediately. Any infractions of the above classroom rules may result in a student detention, a phone call to parent, or parent meeting.



    Plagiarism is one form of cheating that will not be tolerated. Plagiarism includes downloading words of entire pages from online to include in students’ assignments without giving proper credit to those sources.  Students are reminded that repeated violations of these regulations affect their grades (by receiving zeroes for assignments), their behavior record, and their reputation of character and honesty. Infractions of this rule may result in serious disciplinary actions despite the fact that it may be the first offense.  (AHS Student Handbook 2016- 2017)


    Cell Phone Policy

    Cell phones use is NOT permitted in the classroom at any time. There is a cell phone shoe holder that students will be required to use. If at any point during class time a cell phone is not in its designated space the student will lose 20 points in their conduct and grade for that week.



    Projects and assignments are expected to be handed in on-time, late projects and  assignments will incur a 10-point deduction and WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BEYOND TWO WEEKS.


    Projects 50%

    Conduct/Effort 50%

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