Mrs. Torok - Art

Welcome to the Dryden Jr/Sr
 High School's Art Department

Contact: Mrs. Bobbi-Jo Torok
(810) 448-4054


Mrs. Stegman-Stys Art - Welcome
Classroom Guidelines and Expectations
•All art classes are studio classes and are therefore based heavily on in class effort and participation.
•You are graded daily for your studio work. Your studio grade each day will be between 0 and 5 points maximum.
•You will receive a 0 if you are not working the entire class or if you do not clean up after yourself.
•You lose studio points by off-task behavior, working on work from another class, cleaning up early (before the 5 minute mark), or playing with your phone/i-pod.
•You are expected to work on art work during class. If you finish a project early, you are expected to work on a choice project or further develop a graded project.
•Graded projects may be re-submitted for grading, with improvements at any time before the end of the marking period.
•Projects will be accepted until the last day of the marking period without penalty. This policy is designed to prevent you from rushing on your work and to encourage you to further develop graded work.
•However, most classes require a cumulative sketchbook. Sketchbooks are assigned concrete due dates and may NOT be turned in late.
•i-pods/headphones are allowed in class when used responsibly (reasonable volume, remove headphones during ALL instruction). Games and texting are prohibited and may result in your phone being taken away.
•If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up all work. That includes coming and talking to me and asking for art supplies and instructions.
•All projects are graded on equal parts process, craftsmanship, creativity and work ethic (see grading policy tab) unless otherwise specified.
•Extra credit is available for all classes. A typical extra credit assignment is worth between 5 and 10 points. You may receive a maximum of 20 extra credit points per semester (10 per marking period).
•Grades will be regularly updated in Powerschool. You are responsible for knowing and keeping track of your own grade.
•During studio time you are permitted to talk at a reasonable volume with your classmates. Talking during instruction is not allowed.

The following attitudes, beliefs, and tactics are a combination of ingredients that promote creativity: 

•a desire to work hard and at the edge of one's abilities and knowledge

•a willingness to drop unproductive ideas and temporarily set aside stubborn problems

•a willingness to persist in the face of complexity, difficulty, or uncertainty

•a willingness to take risks and expose oneself to failure or criticism

•a willingness to suspend judgment so that all possibilities can be considered

•a belief in one's own standards of evaluation and the use of those standards to judge the worth of one's ideas or work

•a desire to do something because it is interesting or personally challenging to pursue

•a desire to go beyond the obvious and break from habitual thinking

•an ability to find relationships between different ideas or events

•an ability to concentrate effort and attention for long periods of time

•a belief in doing something for the sake of personal pride and integrity

From Creativity and Art Education: A New Look at an Old Relationship by Craig Rowland, NAEA Advisory, Fall 1991, by THE NATIONAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION.

Click on the photo below to take a creativity test to see which side of your brain you use more often!

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