• Course Outline

    Creative Crafts

    Mr. Martin

    email: tmartin@newpaltz.k12.ny.us

    voicemail: 845.256.4000 ext. ext. 69520

    availability: daily 2:20-2:50 Art Wing

     

     

     

    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 principals of art. We will be creating functional yet beautiful works. 

     

    STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:

     

    As a student in this class you are expected to:

     

    • Arrive to class on time. Three lates result in a teacher detention.
    • Be prepared for class with all necessary tools for the current project and current homework.  (A pencil and a sketchbook are required every day.)
    • Be responsible for the care and maintenance of all equipment, tools and the classroom as a whole.
    • 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.)
    • Use class time to its fullest extent, as well as participate in discussions and critiques.
    • Not use your cellphone and any of its functions.
    • Make use of library and classroom resources in conjunction with various projects.
    • Use Open Studio hours as needed (Tuesdays after school until 4:00).
    • RESPECT YOUR TEACHER, YOUR CLASSMATES, AND YOURSELF!

     

    The 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, and most of all, for each other!

     

    COURSE OUTLINE

     

    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 creative crafts 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

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

     

    OPEN STUDIO

     

    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. 

     

     

    SUPPLIES

     

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

    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.******

     

    PARENTS & GUARDIANS

     

    Course information and assignments can be found on my teacher website at newpaltz.k12.ny.us

     

    Student grades will be posted online in Grade Book

     

    The best way to contact me is via e-mail 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, on Monday, September 24th at 7:00PM.

     

    CELL PHONE USE

    A CELL PHONE OR ANY OF ITS FUNCTIONS MAY NOT BE USED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. IN ADDITION, NO COMMUNICATION DEVICES CAN BE USED AT ANY TIME DURING AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNLESS

    SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED TO DO SO BY A DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR.

    (2019-2020 New Paltz Central High School Student Handbook, page 10)