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                    An art class is a creative anchor in the academic day where students are encourage to shift gears and maximize their creative energy.  

                    Art making and art analysis require critical thinking and interdisciplinary problem solving.  

             An art studio takes full advantage of authentic learning approaches such as project based learning, portfolio assessment, and self-reflection for continued growth and                      student-centered learning. 

Our class is a collaborative and cooperative community- each student designs and produces their own artwork in a supportive atmosphere where peers contribute ideas, and critiques. 

             3D Design fulfills the GUHSD graduation requirement and the UC entrance requirement for fine art.

What do we do?

3D Design offers four beginning classes and one advanced class.  Art students learn how to create both sculpture, pottery and functional items from clay. 
In addition to clay, students may also work with linoleum printing, Navajo basketry, Ukrainian egg design, paper bead fabrication and bookmaking.  

Our academic work focuses on the skills and concepts necessary to develop an aesthetic philosophy that allows students to develop a better understanding and appreciation of art in all its forms. Students write about design, create artistic examples of design concepts, and identify design concepts at work in specific artworks.  Students apply the conventions of art criticism to communicate their understanding and appreciation of selected artworks.  Students reflect on each art making experience with an artist statement that applies the elements and principles of design and the conventions of art criticism. 
                                                                                                     How do we do it?

Learning in 3D Design is hands-on and project based.  Projects emphasize creative expression, craftsmanship, effort and technical mastery.  No two finished artworks are alike and each reflects the students' unique personalities and creative expression.  Students apply their knowledge of composition to design quality artworks that are aesthetically pleasing and successfully communicate the intended meaning or message. Technical mastery and pride of workmanship are held in high esteem.  

  • Each project is introduced by a unit on specific design elements and principles that the student will apply to solve the design challenges of the project.  

  • Every project builds upon mastered skills and introduces new skills and design concepts.  All projects require individual, creative design solutions to specific design challenges.  

  • Artwork is graded using a rubric that has been collaboratively developed by the students and teacher.  Artwork grades also reflect student self-assessments and peer reviews.  
  • Each artwork is reviewed by 185 peers over the course of three days before concluding the peer review assessment process.

  • Each project is written about in a student artist statement.  Students reflect on and synthesize their art making experiences and the skills and concepts they developed during the project.


                                                                                                  3-D DESIGN Student Contract 2017-18  

  1. DISMISSAL: The class is dismissed by the teacher, not the bell.  Students must be seated in their assigned seats after clean-up.  Students are not permitted to stand near the doorways or leave the classroom before the teacher has dismissed the class.

  1. CLEAN-UP: The safety of the art room depends on your consideration of others and the proper care of tools and materials.  Students are responsible for the cleanliness of their workspace and assigned tools.  Students are given ample time to clean up after themselves and are not permitted to leave a mess. Clean-up! Dried clay produces crystaline silica which is hazardous to breathe.  Wiping clay onto the floor, throwing clay and poor clean-up habits generate dried clay that becomes air borne crystaline silica.  Proper clean-up is a very serious responsibility.

  1. STORAGE: Students are not permitted to leave backpacks/bags/purses on the floor as they are a tripping hazard.  Personal belongings are to be stored on the shelving provided.

  1. LEAVING: Please ask for permission before leaving the room for any reason.  Always use the official hall pass.  Only one person at a time may leave the classroom.

  1. FOOD: Food is not permitted. Screw top drinks are okay.

  1. PHONES: Personal electronic devices are not permitted.  Ask permission from the teacher if you need to use your phone.

    7.SAFETY: If you are behaving in an unsafe manner, you may be removed from the class for your safety and the safety of your classmates.  Throwing clay is a serious safety hazard.  Misuse or abuse of tools is also considered

a serious safety hazard.

3D Design Participation Grade and Progressive Discipline Policy 2017-2018

A 100 point participation grade is assigned each month.  

5 points are deducted for each infraction.

The participation grade rewards on-task behavior by adding points to your grade in the class.

On-task behavior is characterized by the following habits:

  • Punctuality.

  • Regular attendance.

  • Bell-to-bell productivity.  Student gets right to work before or at the opening bell, remains productive during the entire class period, and cleans-up not more than 8 minutes before the closing bell.  If a student has completed a project and has “free time” they may ask permission to work on an independent project, or offer to help with studio chores. Students may not work on homework from other classes.

  • Attentive listening during presentations and demonstrations.

  • Follows clean-up procedures.

  • Returns to assigned seat after clean-up and remains seated until dismissed.

The participation grade discourages off-task behavior by deducting points from your grade.  

Off-task behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following infractions:

  • Late to class.

  • Any absence with the exception of school field trips and testing.

  • Phone use at opening bell, during class and/or during clean-up is not permitted.  Phones may be used with teacher permission.  Permission must be requested and granted for every instance of phone use.  Any other use is not allowed.

  • Inattentive or disruptive during presentations and demonstrations.

  • 3D Design is an art class, not a study hall.  Students are not permitted to work on outside classwork.

  • Bags and backpacks present a serious tripping hazard.  Bags belong on the shelving provided, not on the floor. Students must put bags on the shelving during studio days.

  • Disruptive or off-task behaviors such as disrespectful language, misuse or abuse of tools and materials, throwing any amount of clay at any type of target.

  • Early clean-up.  Cleaning up before the 8 minute mark is not acceptable.

  • Poor clean-up.  Every tool must be placed in the appropriate tool box.  Slip lids must be secure.  Empty bags put away.  Large tools (mats, rollers, etc.) put away.  

The entire surface of the table must be wiped clean with a damp sponge.   

  • Standing near a doorway, next to their seat or anywhere in the classroom after clean-up.  Students must be seated in their assigned seat when they have finished cleaning.

  • Leaving the classroom without asking for permission.

Progressive discipline steps.

  1. Warning, documentation and participation grade point reduction.

  2. Parent phone call, documentation and participation grade point reduction.

  3. Detention, parent phone call, documentation and participation grade point reduction.

  4. Administrative referral, parent phone call, documentation and participation grade point reduction.

  5. Removal from class.

  6. Consequences for breaking school rules are the same as those listed in the school handbook.



A rubric is provided for each project that details the specific, objective criteria that should be met.  In addition to following the rubric directions, projects are graded by considering:



Each assignment is worth 100 points.  

However, the 100 points are weighted according to the assignment category.

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Students use the PROJECT RUBRIC to demonstrate their understanding of the objective grading criteria we use to evaluate their finished work.  Students write an ARTIST’S STATEMENT that reflects on their

experience making each project.  The statement should reflect an understanding of the tools, processes, terminology and concepts relevant to their artwork.


After consulting the project rubric and writing their artist’s statement, students make a bid for the grade they believe their artwork deserves.  Students place their artwork in the grade category they think is appropriate

and peers evaluate the work.  Students gather into review groups to discuss the completed artworks of their peers.  Under supervision of the teacher, the work is carefully sorted and ranked according to the grading

criteria. Students must use the standards of the grading criteria and project rubric to justify their opinions regarding the quality of an artwork.  


The teacher assesses each student's’ artwork.  The teacher participates in and supervises the peer critique process. The teacher guides peer critique sessions to assure that all elements of the grading criteria and project

rubric are evaluated for each project under review.  Under advisement of the peer critique, the teacher determines the final artwork grade.  


Artwork: Make-up artwork for students with excused absences is accepted and full credit may be earned.  

Please make arrangements with the teacher.  The classroom is open most days from 7:00am to 3:00pm.

Academic work:  Make-up academic work for students with excused absences is accepted and full credit may be earned.  However, late academic work for students without excused absences is graded with a 10 point late penalty.   

Due Dates: Due dates for artwork and academic work are noted in Infinite Campus and written on the whiteboard weekly calendar. Students are responsible for meeting the due dates.


As in every subject, some students are naturally gifted while others struggle.  Collaboration and peer tutoring are a natural part of a studio learning environment.  However, there is an integrity problem if it becomes evident that a student is under performing and allowing their peers to work directly on their artwork.  Teaching and demonstrating for others is helpful, doing their artwork for them is dishonest.  In this situation, the teacher discusses the matter with the student’s parents, the student and their “helpful friends”.  The artwork grade is lowered to reflect the student’s own efforts.


A 100 point participation grade is assigned each month.  5 points are deducted for each infraction.  The participation grade is described in detail in the Participation Grade and Progressive Discipline Policy page of the syllabus.


Extra credit may be earned at the end of each grading period by students who maintain a class notebook. This notebook will contain class notes, sketches, Artist’s Statements, Art Analyses, graphic organizers, hand-outs, and student writings.  The notebook must be 100% complete and the contents arranged in the proper order.  A sample notebook is available on the teacher desk for students to review at any time.  Students returning from an absence are encouraged to check the notebook to identify work they may have missed.  Late/missing work must be completed within one week of the due date to be considered for this extra credit opportunity.