• Creative Crafts

    Mr. Martin

    email: tmartin@newpaltz.k12.ny.us

    voicemail: 845.256.4000 ext. ext. 69520

    availability: daily 2:20-2:45 Art Wing



    The visual arts have roots in every culture and historical period throughout the world. They reach across stereotypes, religion, socioeconomics, and prejudices, allowing everyone to be more globally connected. Visual arts are fundamental if students are to become informed and contributing members of the world community. - excerpt from the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts


    Crafts: an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands (Merriam-Webster dictionary definition).


    In Creative Crafts, we will focus and explore various materials and techniques in Arts & Crafts. We will study artwork, techniques, materials, cultures and historical periods, integrating this research into projects throughout the year. There will be a focus on the use and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. We will be creating functional yet beautiful works of craft art. 




    Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct

    The art studio is essential for each student to work on projects as well as participate in maintaining the studio space, engage in the process and share experiences/strengths with other art students. The art studio is a shared area so we must respect each area as such. 

    Respect is essential to success in an art studio – for artwork, materials, procedures, learning and most important of all, for each other!


    As a student in this class you are expected to:


    • Arrive to class on time. If you anticipate being late, get a pass from the teacher, counselor or administrator you are with. Three unexcused tardies will result in a student/teacher meeting.

    • Be prepared for class with all necessary tools for the current project and current homework.  (Your folder, a pencil and notebook along with your Chromebooks are required every day.) Your notebook will be collected quarterly for a grade. 

    • Be responsible for the care and maintenance of all equipment, tools and the classroom as a whole. Use tools as intended. Clean them up when done and put them in their proper place.

    • Complete all class assignments as well as homework on time.  Lateness will be penalized. (Absence or special circumstances must be discussed on an individual basis with me.)

    • Do your best at all times. We are all learning and things will be difficult at times. 

    • Be engaged and actively listen during lessons, presentations and while anyone is speaking/presenting. 

    • Use class time to its fullest extent, as well as participate in discussions and critiques.

    • Work the entire block. No wandering or sleeping.

    • Not use your cellphone and any of its functions unless previously discussed on an individual basis with me.

    • Make use of library and classroom resources in conjunction with various projects.

    • Use Open Studio hours as needed (after school Tuesdays until 4pm). If you miss a day of class, you should stay after for Open Studio to make up for that time. 

    • Be respectful to everyone at all times. RESPECT YOUR TEACHER, YOUR CLASSMATES, AND YOURSELF!




    We will follow the NYS Learning Standards for the Arts:

    The four artistic processes of Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting will be incorporated into instruction simultaneously. Lessons and units will move fluidly between the processes, rather than address them in isolation.


    This class is designed to lead you through an in-depth exploration of different craft materials and techniques, and to immerse you in the process of crafting; from research & design to product completion.

    In this course you will be encouraged to take a risk with your art making, to push your art to a new level. 


    The media we will explore may include:  

    •     Fiber: batik, embroidery, weaving, sewing

    •     Metal: jewelry making, Wire building

    •     Clay:  hand building, slab relief

    •     Glass: mosaics or etching

    •     Woodwork

    •     Paper: papermaking, origami, bookmaking

    •     Mask making


    This list is subject to change – we may not get to all of these materials, and we may discover new areas of interest to pursue as we get to know one another better. Please note that I am open to your suggestions. If you feel passionately about a subject, talk to me about your interest. If there is something you would like to learn about that is not listed above, let me know and I will try to incorporate it into the curriculum. 

    Your grade will based on the following:

    ·        Participation

    ·        Creativity

    ·        Classwork

    ·        Homework

    ·        Effort

    ·        Craftsmanship 


    Each project will be graded based on a self-assessment rubric.  The rubric will be completed by the student and handed in with the completed assignment. 

    The rubric may change depending on the criteria of a particular assignment, but the main categories are generally: Composition, Creativity, Effort, Craftsmanship and Classwork. 




    All students are required to have a composition notebook (marble) and pencil for class. We will be taking notes in this notebook so if you prefer not to have lined paper or a marbled notebook that is fine too but you must ALWAYS have them for class every day. Throughout the semester this notebook will be collected for a grade. 

    It is strongly suggested to have an assignment pad for homework and due dates.

    We will be making a portfolio folder in class, this will be required to be brought everyday as well. 

    There will be space available in the classroom for you to keep your notebook and folder if you choose to do so. 

    You may be asked to bring in other supplies depending on your individual interests.

    ***MARBLE COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS can be purchased at STAPLES or any office supply store but are also found at dollar or discount stores.******



    Art Open Studio hours are Tuesdays after school until 4:00. Please note that the late bus leaves at 3:45. Anyone wishing to stay until 4:00 must have a ride scheduled in advance. 


    This is a time for students to work in the studios on either class projects or independent work.


    This is a great time to work on a project as well as get direct input on a specific issue you may be having with a project. 


    If you miss a day of class, you should stay after for Open Studio to make up for that time. 




    Course information and assignments can be found on the Google Classroom. Links will be provided. 


    Student grades will be posted online in Grade Book


    The best way to contact me is via email at tmartin@newpaltz.k12.ny.us with any questions or concerns.


    You may also reach me by leaving a message at (845) 256-4000 ext. 69520


    I encourage a strong parent/teacher relationship and thank you in advance for your support and cooperation and look forward to meeting you at OPEN HOUSE, Wednesday September 21st.


    Per Code of Conduct


    Section A, number 6.

    Unless authorized by a district administrator for use as academic technology, or using cell phones, using digital music players or other personal entertainment devices is prohibited. Misusing computer or electronic devices, including unauthorized use of computers, software, or an internet or intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites, or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy is prohibited. In addition, communication devices must be silenced and cannot be used at any time during an emergency situation to ensure the safety of all individuals in the school building, unless authorized to do so.


    I understand the need to communicate with your student during the day for a variety of needs. Please encourage your student to communicate with me when this is necessary. 


    Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct