Course Information

Welcome to Art Class!


Art I/II & Adaptive Art: These are the required materials for art students (some will be added to the class collection).

  • ~9"x 11" sketch book (personal)
  • #2 pencils with erasers (personal)
  • 2 Sharpie Ultra Fine black permanent markers and 2 Sharpie Fine black permanent markers (class)
  • Either a 3-pack of glue sticks, bottle of hand sanitizer, or canister of disinfecting wipes (class)

We are always in need of tissues, pencils, dish/hand soap, sanitizer, sponges, cleaning wipes, and other consumable items.

Computer Art: Students will need unlimited access to a digital camera (including memory card, batteries, and USB cord) and a 4GB (minimum) USB jump drive.

Just a note - donations are always welcome! Please consider contacting us before discarding items you aren't sure what to do with.

Program of Studies:

Adaptive Art: Students will explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, learn about culture and art history, develop fine motor and planning skills, participate in activities that build social skills and improve the LHS community, and gain a better understanding of the world around us through assigned exercises and projects in a variety of media that are developmentally appropriate for the individual student.

Art I/II: Students will be learning about the elements of art in Art I and the principles of design in Art II through daily sketching, a variety of media including pastels, paints, 3-D forms, and more. Art history is included in our studies as well. Students will have opportunities to participate in art shows, community projects, and school spirit events.

Digital (Computer) Art: Students will learn how to properly use the computer, printer, digital camera, and scanner to solve art problems through a variety of projects, reading, and writing assignments. We will be using Adobe Photo Suite 4 (PS4), Microsoft Paint and Word 10, GIMP, GameMaker, and other programs. This course has a prerequisite of successful completion of Art I.

Rules and Consequences:

1. Always be working

2. Be respectful and polite

3. Clean up

4. Don't misuse materials

5. Exert your best effort

6. Follow ALL school rules

When these rules are broken, the student will first receive a warning from the teacher. Upon further infractions students may be assigned a new seat and/or a call to parents/guardians. The student may be sent to STOP or receive a referral to their administrator. The severity of consequences will depend upon the infraction.

Academic Procedures:

  1. Students will retrieve there sketch books and begin the "Art of the Day" assignment by the time the late bell rings.
  2. Students will check the board for instructions regarding the days agenda and objectives (these are posted on-line under "Lesson Plans"). The teacher will signal the end of bell work and verbally discuss instructions before students are to begin working.
  3. Students will work quietly in their seats and use all materials properly. They will discontinue talking when the teacher asks for attention.
  4. Students who have been absent should refer to the "Project Guide" and consult with a classmate regarding missed work. ALWAYS check with the teacher if you need further clarification. Missed assignments can be completed after school or at home.
  5. Students will ask permission before leaving the room and sign both the hall pass and the sign out sheet posted near the door. I allow food that is not messy or disruptive depending on what art materials are being used. No food or drinks at computers.
  6. Students are to use all extra time during and after projects completion on their sketch assignments. Refer to the "Sketch Assignments" link located here: 35 year long sketches A.docx
  7. Students are responsible for turning in completed projects to the teacher on their assigned due date.
  8. When the teacher signals clean up, students are to wash and store materials properly, put their work in their folder, and return to their seat until the bell rings. DO NOT wait for the bell to ring at the door!


Each student received a hard copy of the general class grading rubric their first week of school that described the grading process. They are graded on a a numerical scale in each of the different categories for that particular project. The categories usually consist of criteria like the following: following directions, craftsmanship, originality and creativity, use of design principles/elements of art, teamwork, and attitude. Please recognize that a large portion of a student's grade on each assignment is based on their attitude and effort.

You can find the BCPS grading Policy here:

Here's a link to the Art syllabus in Power Point format: MFriedewald Syllabus.pptx

*Students are responsible for collecting work missed on days for which they have an excused absence. The county policy will be followed regarding the amount of time allowed to complete missed assignments.

* I am usually available between 8 and 8:45 before school and after school until 4:30 BY APPOINTMENT for students who need extra help or time to complete assignments. I am also willing to loan some materials to students who wish to work outside the class room. PLEASE NOTE: Computer Art students' appointments must be coordinated with consideration to the availability of the computer lab.