The safety of students in my classroom is paramount. I will go over the safety aspects of each project before we begin working.
It's very important that my students feel they can express themselves without worrying about the opinions of others. I take great care to make sure all students feel secure about working on their projects. Students are not allowed to make fun of, or even touch other students' work. Be kind. The greatest creativity can be achieved when one feels free to express oneself.
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
Mr. R’s Art Rules and Guidelines
Things you must do
Be on time.
Work on your project every day.
Be respectful of others during class.
Pitch in with cleanup. A portion of your grade depends on it.
I dismiss class by table group after your table and surrounding floor are clean.
Things that make Mr. R happy
Please be quiet during attendance/announcements, but don’t go to sleep.
Be attentive when Mr. R is talking to the whole class. And remember, there will be quizzes.
Use low-level conversation when working. No screamers or singers allowed.
Smile. It makes the room, and the world, a better place.
Pass-through and storage room are out of limits. Stay out of them unless you have my permission.
Paper cutter. Please do not use unsupervised. Fingers don’t grow back.
We use some dangerous tools. Follow Mr. R’s instruction on usage.
Other peoples’ projects: look, but don’t touch. Don’t make fun of others.
Crimes against the environment
No table sardines. Limit of four artists per table. This is due to the size of our paper and our work boards.
No personal music or texting. No electronic devices of any kind, including phones and earbuds, are necessary or permitted.
Airborne objects of any kind count against your project grade.
No pushing, shoving, running, water fights, etc. A referral to the office will gladl be provided.
Ruler/pencil abuse. This includes tapping, drumming, sword fighting and javelin toss.
Stripping metal edges from rulers. This is destruction of school property. Referral to office guaranteed.
No graffiti or room/table mutilation. This is an excellent way to fail the class.
Reckless acts of passion and/ or brutality.
No hats or hoodies may be worn in class. This is no longer a school rule, but it is MY classroom rule.
It is particularly dangerous to throw clay and erasers. This will earn you something really bad…beyond an infraction.
Removal of any tools or materials from the room without permission is stealing.
I understand that everyone falls ill occasionally. Nevertheless, absences/tardies may affect your grade. You will have two weeks from the date of your return to turn in a missing project, during which time you will probably also be working on your current project. Tardies are not acceptable. I will present you with one infraction for every three tardies.
Please refer to your copy of the scoring rubric that will be used for most projects. This is also posted on the wall. I use my rubric except on the weekly 9th grade sketchbooks and on 8th/9th self-evaluations, which are graded on a simple scale of zero to five.
Examples of excellent and poor self-evaluations are available upon request.
9th grade art workshop is a semester-long high school class. Your semester grades are part of your official record and are used to calculate your grade point average.
If you choose to follow these rules and guidelines, you will have a lot of fun and will be successful in your art class. Choosing not to follow them could mean any of the following consequences: a warning; a private conference with Mr. R; a new seating arrangement; a phone call home; staying after school to work on your project during art club; an infraction; a referral; a behavior contract; a student/parent/teacher conference; or even removal from class.
Because erasers disappear on a regular basis, you may wish to bring a personal eraser with you. The best eraser is a Maped (about $1.00 at University bookstore), but an Art Gum or Pink Pearl will do. You may also want your own pencil sharper. I use a cheap green one from Staples because it works really well (also about $1.00).