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Classroom Phone: 602 896 5478
Ms. Reicks' email address: pam.reicks@wesdschools.org
Please be sure to check Parent Vue/Student Vue regularly in order to keep track of grades.
  If you need help with Parent Vue, please call the office at 602-896-5400.  

In middle school, students will receive a letter grade in Art, unlike elementary school.    

You may email me to ask for an electronic copy of an updated progress report.  I typically do not send hard copies home unless requested.  This decision is in order to be both financially and environmentally friendly.

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CURRENT:
PLEASE check Parent Vue and/or Student Vue OR request a progress report via email. Some students' grades are really starting to slip because they aren't turning in their work. Report cards will be due in a few weeks. I can help kids with late work up to a certain point, as long as they don't wait until the last minute.
Week of 5/13 Students will be working on their word art portraits. ALL WORK MUST BE TURNED IN BY WEDNESDAY, 5/15.
Important dates coming up:
Week of 5/6: Students will be wrapping up watercolor projects and beginning what will likely be our last project. 
Important dates coming up:
-Also, all work coming home in portfolios
Tuesday, May 14: Parent forms due
Wednesday, May 15: ALL late work must be turned in!
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Continue Human Face
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: Page 21-Draw a contour drawing of a piece of furniture at your house. Remember that a contour drawing does NOT include texture or values. Grading: 20 pts on time, 30 points for taking time to draw what you see, not what's in your head. Must take up the entire page! NO points if no name, date, page number.
Due Friday: Page 22 Draw what you think THE LAST sketchbook assignment should be.  Grading: 10 pts on time, 10 pts values, 10 pts texture, 20 points for taking time to draw what you see, not what's in your head. Must take up the entire page! NO points if no name, date, page number.
Week of 4/29: Students will be continuing watercolor
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Human Face
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: Page 19-Two forms from real life, including shading (values) and a light source. Grading: 10 pts on time, 10 pts values, 10 pts texture, 20 points for taking time to draw what you see, not what's in your head. Must take up the entire page! NO points if no name, date, page number.
Due Friday: Page 20-A gesture drawing of someone at home
Grading: 20 pts on time, 30 points for taking time to draw what you see, not what's in your head. Must take up the entire page! NO points if no name, date, page number.

Week of 4/22: Students will be continuing watercolor
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Human Mouth
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: Tuesday: None 
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Human Nose
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: None
Due Friday: Page 18-Draw a picture of a plant that you see each day.
Grading: 10 pts on time, 10 pts values, 10 pts texture, 20 points for taking time to draw what you see, not what's in your head. Must take up the entire page! NO points if no name, date, page number.
Week of 4/15:
Students will be doing watercolor landscapes.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Human Nose
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday
Due Friday: Page 17: Draw a picture of one of your shoes.
Grading: 10 pts on time, 10 pts values, 10 pts texture, 20 points for taking time to draw what you see, not what's in your head. NO points if no name, date, page number
Week of 4/8:
Students will be continuing and finishing their work on Zentangle Animals.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Human Eye
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: None
Due Friday: Page 16: Draw Design an album cover around a theme of your choice. List 5-8 songs including artists. This should cover the entire page.
Week of 4/1:
Students will be continuing their work on Zentangle Animals.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Perspective 
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: None
Due Friday: Page 15: Draw whatever you want, but it must cover the entire page.
Week of 3/25
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Students will be continuing their work on Repousse and involves the sculpting of 36 gauge aluminum.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Perspective 
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: Page 13-Draw a box in one point perspective. Include one other feature of your choice. Be sure to take up at least 75% of the page.
Due Friday: Page 14: Draw a one point landscape. Cover the entire page.
Week of 3/11
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Spring Break-No School
Week of 3/4
:
Students will be continuing their work on Repousse and involves the sculpting of 36 gauge aluminum.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Perspective
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: Page 11-Draw a building while actually looking at it. Draw what you see, not what you think you know.
Due Friday: Page 12: Draw two buildings. Include a horizon line and a vanishing point.
Week of 2/25
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Students will be continuing their work on a collage of an animal or their own face using cut/torn pieces of magazines/newspapers. Our goal will be to have them completed by Wednesday. We will be starting our new project on Thursday. It is called Repousse and involves the sculpting of 36 gauge aluminum.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Color 
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: Page 9: Draw whatever you want. Include Values and Texture. Must use 75% or more of page 9.
Due Friday: Page 10: Find a picture that you want to draw. It should be half the size of page 10. Attach it to one side of page 10. Then use the upside drawing technique to draw it on the leftover half of page 10.
Week of 2/19 (No School Monday 2/18)
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Students will be continuing their work on a collage of an animal or their own face using cut/torn pieces of magazines/newspapers. Our goal will be to have them completed by Friday.
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Color
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: There is no assignment for Tuesday.
Due Friday: Page 8: Complete a Contour drawing of a piece of furniture in your house.  It must take up more than half of the page.
Week of 2/11
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Students will be creating a collage of an animal or their own face using cut/torn pieces of magazines/newspapers
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Color
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: There is no assignment for Tuesday.
Due Friday: Page 7: Practice Blind Contour drawing two times on page 7. Draw your non-dominant hand. Remember to keep your eyes on what you're drawing-do not look at your paper! Use one line-do not pick up your pencil. Be sure to include details. 
Week of 2/4
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PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES this week!
Tuesday: 5-8pm and Wednesday: 4-7pm!
Students will be creating an animal or selfie collage from cut paper, magazines, and/or newspapers
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Color 
Contour, Blind Contour, and  Gesture Drawing
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: No assignment given due to parent/teacher conference schedule.
Due Friday: Page 6: Set a timer for five minutes and draw a member of your family-person or pet.  Be sure to use up the entire page.
Week of 1/28
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Students will be creating a hotair balloon OR a battlebus/balloon OR a Tanglereye using colored pencils, crayons, and/or magazines/newspapers
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Form, Space, Texture
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.) Work on each sketch for at least 20 minutes. All drawings should take up at least half of the page.
Due Tuesday: Page 4: Draw a close up part of something you love (what you drew for last Friday, 1/25); include line, shape, form, value
Due Friday: Page 5: Draw at least two forms as you see them in real life. Be sure to include values/shading/shadows. Be sure to use up at least half of the page. Spend time to make a quality drawing.
Week of 1/21
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Students will put their trash projects on display so that school staff can vote for their favorites. We will also begin our first true project!
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Values-ink techniques
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.)
Due Friday: Page 3-Draw a picture of something you love-include elements of art that we have used so far-line, shape, form, value

Week of 1/14
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Students will work in groups to create three designated items out of trash: trashion, trashidermy, and something that represents an emotion.  This is a competition. The team with the most Art Bucks wins!
Practice & Reference Books (in class): Elements of Art: Values-ink techniques
SKETCHBOOK (Homework) ASSIGNMENTS: (Pencils and erasers ONLY-All sketches must be signed and dated.)
Due Tuesday: Page 1-Draw a plant that you see five or more days each week.
Due Friday: Page 2-Draw the same plant you drew fro Tuesday, but follow these parameters: 1. Must take up at least half of the page 2. Must be an extreme close up of a part of the plant 3. Must draw what you SEE, NOT what is in your memory/brain.
Due to the Monday Holiday, there will be NO sketch assignment for next Tuesday.
Week of 1/7
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Students will design portfolios, get to know class routines and procedures, and each other.
Practice & Reference (BLUE) Books: Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Form, Value





Past Due Sketchbooks:
ALL pages must include a page number, a signature (your name), and a date
-For more specific details, like required size, etc., please look under the middle column according to the "Week of" date.
1.(1/15) Plant
2. (1/18) Close-up of plant from page 2
3. (1/25) Something you love 
4. (1/29) Close up of something you love from page 3
5.(2/1) Two forms from real life with values/shading shown correctly according to the included light source
6. (2/8) Gesture drawing (5 mins) of someone who lives at home
7. (2/15) TWO blind contour drawings of your hand
8. (2/22) A contour drawing of a piece of furniture at your house-75%+ of page
9. (2/26) Draw what you want to draw-include values AND texture-75%+ of page
10. (3/1) Upside down drawing of a picture of your choice
11. (3/5) Draw a building while actually looking at it
12. (3/8) Draw two buildings. Include a horizon line and a vanishing point.
13. (3/12) Draw a box in one point perspective. Include one other feature of your choice
14. (3/15) Draw a one point landscape
15. (4/5) Draw whatever you want
16-22 can be found under dates in the middle column.
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