Monday, August 7, 2017


Monday, July 31, 2017

2017-2018 Syllabus

Teacher:   Jennifer Heyser                                 Phone:  678.331.8131
Email:                BLOG:
The blog is also linked from the teacher blogs on the McClure website. It is important to check the blog weekly for updates on current assignments, handouts, rubrics, and due dates. 

Course Description:

The art program is designed to review or introduce the elements of art and the design principles.  Students will gain a visual vocabulary as they will be asked to write in a daily art sketchbook. In addition, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be explored in the various units of study.  While the sixth grade program is an introduction to art, the seventh and eighth year programs are designed to continually develop the artistic skills of the students. Units may vary from semester to semester.


Students are required to have several wooden pencils, eraser and their agenda every day.  Students also need to bring in a spiral bound sketchbook (9 x 12) to be kept in class and used daily.  It is not required, but students may also want to bring their own pencil sharpener and colored pencils to class each day.

Grade Breakdown
Georgia Performance Standard Strand
Examples of what may be graded in each strand
Main projects/ Summative Projects/ Sketchbooks/ Visual Journals/ Planning Documents & Sketches/Class work
Contextual Understanding
Art History Assignments/ Connections with other areas/ Art Careers/ Life Skills
Assessment and Reflection
Critiques/ Self-Assessment/ Aesthetic Responses/Tests

Make-up Expectations:
It is the student’s responsibility to be prompt and prepared for class each day, to work within the rules and guidelines of the classroom, to complete all assignments, to make-up any work missed due to absence. Make-up work will be dealt with on an individual basis depending on duration of absence from class. Most work can be made up in the mornings from 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. or by appointment. Students are responsible for completing missing or incomplete assignments. Incomplete work will receive a grade of zero.

Guidelines for Success:
Appropriate and focused behavior is critical to every student’s success in this class.  Therefore, behavior will be monitored using the behavior card described in the student agenda.  Please review your child’s behavior card with them frequently and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Enrichment and Extra Studio Time:

Tutoring or extra studio time is available on Wednesday morning from 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.  If students need extra time to complete an assignment or one-on-one help from me, they just need me to sign a pass in their agenda the day before.  I am also available by appointment if these times do not work.

Class Wish-List:

If you have any extra of the following that you would like to donate to our class, it would be GREATLY appreciated:

·      Sharpies (any color, any size)

·      Fabric scraps/yarn/sewing items

·      Scrap wood or building blocks

·      Altoid Tins (or similar tins)

·      Old mechanical items for disassembly, with gears preferred

·      Fake flowers or other greenery

·      Spray paint – any colors

·      Knick-knack objects, small found objects like gumball machine items

·      Interesting objects for still life- chair, picture frames, iron, radio, old cameras, etc.

·      Kleenex and hand sanitizer

Monday, May 8, 2017

Calling All 8th Graders!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

End of Year Deadlines

All artwork is available for pick-up in the art room NOW for current students.

1st Semester Art Students can pick up their artwork on the tables next to the Grand Staircase.

Visual Composition Students

1. All Final Exam Projects and Essays Due on Friday, May 19th.

2. All art portfolio blogs need to be updated. This is a requirement and a grade. Due on Monday, May 22nd.

Please refer to the original blog post. You need to have the following pages:

1. Home page - with your artist statement on it
2. Sketchbook page - with 8-10 of your best drawings on it
3. Altered book page - with 6-8 of your best pages on it-include drawing!
4. Projects page - colored pencil, painting, reflections, color wheel, print, art show pieces, final project, clay bowls, cubes, and any other assignments you have done in here or at home. The more you have, the stronger your portfolio!
5. Assessment - Both assessments should be on this page - including the writing. Do not upload a picture of your writing - type it in!

Please remember what we went over about taking photographs for the website and how to crop pictures in order to put emphasis on the artwork and not the bush in the background! Take the time to make this portfolio look personal by adding your own pics or copyright appropriate pics in the headers. Do not use default pics!

If you have any additional questions please see me when you can or email.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cool Mash-Up Art

This is a mix of art genres

A mix of two artists....Haring and Mondrian

Be creative, do some research, and ask for help when you need to!

Visual Comp Final Assignment/Exam

The theme for the production assignment will be “Artistic Mash-Up” focusing on art elements and principles of design.  This production assignment will involve students infusing or “mashing” two or more concepts within the visual arts together to create a new, innovative artwork.


Possible mash-ups can span different artists, time periods, media and more!  It will be up to the teacher and student to take the concept in an innovative direction.


Possible ideas include “mashing” of:


-different artists (different Masters, old and modern, etc.)

-different historic art genres

-different media and materials

-different arts areas (history, criticism, production and aesthetics)

-different subject areas (Art and Math, Art and Science, etc.)

-different art careers

-different objects (natural vs. mechanical, real vs. mythical, etc.)

-and more!


 The final product must include:

The finished artwork

Artwork title

Artist statement (Description of the Mash-up Concept and Elements/Principles used)

Here is a copy of the rubric - use it to check your work along the way.

This is your final exam. You have two weeks to do it and I will not accept it late. This must be turned in on Friday, May 19th by the end of class.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


What a wonderful turn out at the Acworth Cultural Art Center this weekend. Many art stars gathered to celebrate the hard work of McClure Artists this year. We were very fortunate to be joined by Acworth mayor Tommy Allegood! Three students were chosen for best in show.

Congratulations to Olivia, Caroline, and Charlotte!