• Dave at his niece, Abby's, wedding in Victoria, BC on July 13, 2019
    Visual Arts @ BHHS since 1997 (and @ THS in 1996-97)
    World Studies (4th period)  
    Room#:   75 in "A" (Main) Building  
    Phone#:  360-709-7847  
    Email:     dave.wegener@tumwater.k12.wa.us    
    Favorite Artists: Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Cezanne, Jim Dine, Elizabeth Murray, Claes Oldenburg...  
    Favorite Foods: Rice, Corn, Beans, Potatoes, Apples, Bananas, Melon, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Native American... 

    Welcome to STUDIO ART!

    Earn credit (and a grade) by producing the following during the 90-day (18-week) semester:

    • SKETCHBOOK...  a quality page of sketching every day for 80 days.  (mixed media in a book no larger than 8x10" and no smaller than 4x6") 
    • ART HISTORY...  a quality rendition with display information every 2 weeks for 16 weeks.  (mixed media on 8.5x11", 90-160# watercolor paper in a portfolio provided by the course fee)
    • PROJECT...  a grid-made self-portrait from a printed photograph, painted one piece at a time throughout the semester.  (acrylic on 16x20" canvas)
    This course emphasizes two things: process and presentation
    Let your work show how it was made, and take care to respect your viewers.

    REPEAT Art Students

    The course assignments, criteria, standards, etc. in Studio Art are the same each semester.  What changes with each semester are the art students’ choices – the quality and content of their sketchbook, the artists they choose to learn from and the quality of their studies, the subject of their grid-made project and their degree of adherence to its process.

    Repeat art students who have already earned more than a year (two semesters) of credit in Studio Art, may request modifications to assignments that are tailored to their artistic interests and/or academic goals.  Assignment (work load) modifications must be discussed and agreed upon in writing by the instructor and student before midterm.

    Repeat art students who have already earned more than a year (two semesters) of credit in Studio Art, may request alternate course titles for their transcript, such as Advanced or Studio Art II, if such titles are available.  Such requests should be made known to the registrar and to the instructor before midterm.   

    1st Assignment (due within the first 5 days of class)

    Studio Art SYLLABUS for 2023-24 (Scroll down to see grades earned by the previous semester or year's art students.)


    Strategy for Art Students in Danger of Failing the Course

    Studio Art  SUPPLY LIST for 2023-24    
    Studio Art Updates (what students have accomplished so far):
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 1-5  Feb 5-9 and Days 4-5  Feb 8-9 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 6-9  Feb 12-14 & 16 (w Feb 15 Snow Day) 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 10-13  Feb 20-23 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 14-18  Feb 26-Mar 1 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 19-23  Mar 4-8 (MIDTERM begins now...) 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 24-28  Mar 11-15 (MIDTERM happening now...) 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 29-33  Mar 18-22 (LAST CALL for MIDTERM...) 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 34-38  Mar 25-29 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 39-43  Apr 8-12 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 44-48  Apr 15-19 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 49-53  Apr 22-26 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 54-58  Apr 29-May 3 
         This Week in Studio Art... Days 83-87  June 10-14 (LAST WEEK)   
    Studio Art MIDTERM ASSESSMENT ("PRACTICE FINAL") (due between Mon. Mar. 4 and Wed., Mar. 20)
    Studio Art FINAL Assessment (due between Mon., May 6 and Wed., June 5)
        the SKETCHBOOK assignment  (16 ways to "earn points")
                                          SAMPLE SKETCHBOOKS    
                                          30-Minute Tea Sketch Demo w Black Color Pencil
    Sketch w/ 4 color pencils in 5 parts:   PART 1   PART 2   PART 3   PART 4   PART 5
                                          30-Minute Lime Sketch Demo w Color Pencils  
                                          30-Minute Banana Sketch Demo w Black Color Pencil    
                                          30-Minute Shallot Sketch Demo w Black Color Pencil      
                                          30-Minute Apple Sketch Demo with Ink Pen
                                          30-Minute Can-Opener Sketch Demo w Color Pencil and Ink
                                          30-Minute Flower Sketch Demo Ink and Watercolor
    30-min. sketches of STUDENTS AT WORK w/ ink & watercolor:   1st Per   2nd Per   3rd Per   6th Per
                                          30-Minute Mandarin Sketch Demo w Oil Pastel
                                          How to Attach Loose Artworks/Pages into a Sketchbook
                                          GRID and FORM Exercises
    PRACTICE 3-D Subjects:  8 PRACTICE FORMS   
    PRACTICE Grid Images:  8 GRIDDED PHOTOS     
    Examples of Sketchbook Grid Practice:   INK   COLOR PENCIL   CRAYON   WATERCOLOR   OIL PASTEL   COLLAGE   MIXED MEDIA

        the ART HISTORY assignment  (17 ways to "earn points")

    SAMPLE Portfolios of ART HISTORY Renditions

    "THE LIST" of Artists for Renditions from ART HISTORY

    Display Info Format for Renditions from ART HISTORY

    SAMPLE of Display Info for Individual Renditions

    SAMPLE of BASIC / MINIMAL Cover Page for Page 1 of Portfolios

    SAMPLE of STRONGER Cover Page for Page 1 of Portfolios  

    How to Safely Remove Tape from Mounted Artworks

        the PROJECT assignment  (19 ways to "earn points")


    PREP STEP #1

    PREP STEP #2

    PREP STEP #3

    PREP STEP #4

    PREP STEP #5

    PREP STEP #6

                  BLANK GRID in MSWord that might be useful for digitally "gridding" an 8x10" cropped photo before printing it.  If not, grids can be measured and drawn directly onto each printed photo with accurate measuring and a fine-tipped permanent pen.  (See demo videos below.)

    PRINTABLE 8x10" BLANK GRID of 80 one-inch squares that can be printed onto transparency film and secured over an image

         VIDEO DEMO:     How to Make the Photo & Canvas Grids

         VIDEO DEMO:     How to Draw a Grid onto an 8x10 inch Photo

         VIDEO DEMO:     How to Draw a Grid onto a 16x20 inch Canvas

    WAYS TO HELP YOUR BRAIN with the grid system and get a good resemblance to your source photo  

         VIDEO DEMO:     How to Make the Window/Blinder Tools

         VIDEO DEMOS:   How to Paint One Square at a Time:    Sq#1D   Sq#1E   Sq#5   Sq#12

    VIDEO DEMO of an ALTERNATIVE "LATTICE" GRID (just the PHOTO)  Little or No Measuring Required

    VIDEO DEMO of an ALTERNATIVE "LATTICE" GRID (just the CANVAS)  Little or No Measuring Required

         EXTRA VIDEO DEMOS (OPTIONAL / NOT REQUIRED)  -  How to Combine Collage w/ Acrylic:    PART 1  &  PART 2

    Display Info Format for finished paintings/artworks

    Laura Schopfer 2003

    PROJECT EXAMPLE by Laura Schopfer, 2003, 16x20" (eighty 2-inch squares)

    "What do the arts teach all of us?"  For answers, click HERE.
    Students earn fine arts course credit by producing and by exhibiting their art.
           Course credit - a grade of "D" or higher - is earned by...
                ...efficiently using class time - about 90 class periods - to produce daily, weekly and semester-long assignments...
                ...and by formally, conventionally displaying those assignments at the midterm and final.
           Higher grades are earned by completing a higher quantity and/or a higher quality of the assigned work. 
           The instructor facilitates, monitors, documents, assesses, photographs and models productivity in the studio.
     The $5.00 course fee is small, so that students can provide their own art supplies to work with.
             The studio fee helps pay for the provision and maintenance of shared-use studio supplies, tools and furnishings.
             Art students are expected to use their own art supplies to work on their art when present in their art class.
                  Art supplies and artworks in progress can be stored in studio lockers. 
                  Larger projects can be stored on studio shelves.
                  A locker partner is expected, and a shared combo-lock is recommended.
     Final grades are determined by a combination of student and instructor assessments.      
               The main assignment categories - SKETCHBOOK, ART HISTORY and/or PROJECT - are equal parts of the semester grade.
                     (The main assignment categories remain equal parts of the semester grade, when one or more of them are waived or eliminated.)

    GRADES EARNED in 2nd Semester (S2) STUDIO ART 2023-24:

         10 students earned a grade of "F" in Studio Art.

         43 earned a grade of “D

         22 earned a “C

         25 earned a “B

         18 earned an “A

    Failing grades were due to missing assignments and/or the absence of assignment-related work/activity observed in class. 

     Classroom Policy on the Use of Personal Electronic Devices in the Visual Arts Room 
    PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES  "Amazing tools require amazing self-control."  - Anon.

    People who carry the power of a telephone, camera, stereo, computer, video game system, television, video player, tracking device, e-mail, internet, etc. - all in one - with them at all times, must also exercise the qualities of good judgement, etiquette, and self-control.

    When device users do not exercise such consideration, others may step in to exercise it for them.

    Device users who lack good judgement, etiquette, self-control and/or consideration tend to...

       ...say with their body language and conduct, "I'm done with you...  I'm not interested... I'd rather be somewhere else."
       ...miss information, examples, demonstrations, displays, directions, instructions, due dates, appointments, etc.
       ...use work/study time poorly and inefficiently (and are often in denial about it).
       ...claim they do their assigned work at home (so they can spend more time on their devices at work/in class).
       ...do their work haphazardly and hurriedly (so they can spend more time on their devices).
       ...accomplish less, as they work one-handed and are often distracted or side-tracked. 
     ...have a distorted, warped or inflated sense of actual time and effort invested in their work.
       ...regard multi-tasking as a virtue, when it is more likely to decrease the quality of their work on any one task.
       ...be impatient, procrastinate, fall behind and settle for low-quality work.
       ...excuse their lack of effort with quips like, "I'm just no good at this."
       ...do their work at the last minute and then complain of having too little time.
       ...settle for "good enough," instead of their best (i.e. "A" students settle for "Bs," "B" students for "Cs," etc.)
       ...participate poorly and/or are not fully "present," but disengaged from work, study and conversations.
       ...decline or refuse help from others (and may later complain that no help was given or offered).
       ...have heightened anxiety and stress levels due to control issues and fears of missing out (FOMO).
       ...lack civility and good manners when they ignore those who greet or make eye contact with them.
       ...develop greater difficulty distinguishing and/or establishing genuine contact and interaction with people.
       ...have numerous perceived "emergencies."
       ...show minimal or unsatisfactory progress and earnings at work and/or at school.
       ...leave the workplace/classroom more often than others.
       ...have difficulty making plans ahead of time and sticking with those plans.
       ...suddenly change plans without informing others in a timely manner.
       ...hide or stash their devices, try to look busy and/or throw red-herrings when a supervisor/teacher approaches.
       ...distract individuals or entire groups and hinder their progress as well as their own.
       ...create uncomfortable, tense and/or hostile environments with the inappropriate use of their devices. 
    a solution for parents of kids addicted to smartphones:
    the CEO of a major computer corporation chooses not to own a cell phone:
    a Seattle-based rehab center for internet, gaming & technology addiction:
    a documentary and a website that explore the gains & losses of technological tools: