February 21, 2018

Orientation Letter for Studio Art (Breadth and Concentration)

Dear Student (and Parents),

Welcome to studio art! We have begun our explorations in media, techniques, styles and historical perspectives in the world of visual art.

This year Breadth students will approach their projects with a special focus on “function” of art. They will be learning about how the role of art has changed throughout history and across cultures, and how it continues to evolve today. Concentration students will be completing their portfolios by completing a visual journey of at least 12 works related by a unique theme and showing sustained investigation. In both classes we will also be practicing traditional techniques and concepts from drawing foundations to color theory. Some students will be familiar and comfortable with these and others will find them new and challenging. Whether you are starting this class with a natural love for visual art or a wariness for the subject, you will find a wealth of opportunities to grow artistically.

This year the art room is in a new and cozier location. It is important that you, the student, maintain this room as community space. This means thoroughly cleaning up each day and using tools and media wisely. Students, please review the Classroom Policies on the syllabus with your parents. How you use your time and materials in the classroom will help determine your own growth in the class.

This week you have received a sketch book that you will transform into art journal. Please brainstorm and/or research at least three ideas for art journals pages, and bring them to class by Monday, 9/15. Look for a handout with some details about the expectations for this journal, and how it will be incorporated into the grade for this class. The art journal will serve as an important tool for creation and storage of your ideas.

Students may also purchase a personal set of paint brushes for $7 to use throughout the year and keep afterwards. If you choose to purchase your brushes, please bring cash or check (made out to Corbett High School) to class. If you choose not to purchase brushes, a classroom set will remain available for all painting projects. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may request a set of brushes to borrow for the year.

Students, please make sure you have read over the entire syllabus (green, handed out the first week) with your parents and return the bottom portion of this letter from class, completed and signed, along with payment for brushes if you choose to purchase them. Parents, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the year.

Wishing you a great start to a new school year,

Mr. Young


Click here to download a printable version of this letter to sign and return to Mr. Young: Orientation Letter

Click here to download a copy of the Studio Art Syllabus: Art Syllabus

Anthony Young About Anthony Young

Anthony earned his masters in education at Portland State University, Graduate School of Education and has taught Art and Social Studies at Corbett since 2004. He teaches AP Psychology and all levels of High School and Middle School art including AP Studio Art: Drawing and 2-D Design. He enjoys hiking with his wife and three children.