• 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 within the 90-day semester:

    • a semester-long PROJECT painting  (acrylic on 16x20" canvas using a grid system and an original 8x10" printed photo)
    • a portfolio of bi-weekly ART HISTORY renditions  (mixed media on 8.5x11", 90-160# watercolor or mixed-media papers)
    • a page a day of 30-minute artworks in a SKETCHBOOK  (mixed media in a book no larger than 8x10" and no smaller than 4x6") 
    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.)

    Studio Art  SUPPLY LIST for 2023-24    
    Studio Art Updates (what students have accomplished so far):
         Today in Studio Art... Day 1  Sept 6                             
         Today in Studio Art... Day 2  Sept 7                               
         So far in Studio Art... Week 1  Days 1-3  Sept 6-8                                 
         Today in Studio Art... Day 4  Sept 11                                 
         Today in Studio Art... Day 5  Sept 12                                   
         Today in Studio Art... Day 6  Sept 13                                   
         Today in Studio Art... Day 7  Sept 14                                   
         So far in Studio Art... Week 2 Days 4-8  Sept 11-15                                   
         Today in Studio Art... SKETCHBOOK Progress Check Day 10  Sept 19                                     
         Today in Studio Art... ART HISTORY Progress Check  Day 11  Sept 20                                       
         So far in Studio Art... Week 3 Days 9-13  Sept 18-22                                       
         So far in Studio Art... Week 4 Days 14-18  Sept 25-29                                         
         So far in Studio Art... Week 5 Days 19-23  Oct 2-6                                           
       NEW for 2023-24 - Two (2) Things...  
          1)  Letter grade marks (i.e. A, B, C, D, F) will not be recorded in the online gradebook until the end of the semester.
              This is to direct attention toward meeting assignment criteria (art standards) to create a body of work that is complete in both quality and quantity (as the student is willing and able) until the end of the semester.
              To preserve their work's strengths and adjust for their work's weaknesses, students (and families) can consult the gradebook, the instructor, and/or the rubric feedback given on assessment forms. 
              In the meantime (until the final assessment), students and families will see "PASS" or "FAIL" grade marks and numerical scores for lightly-weighted, formative, and preparatory assignments.
           2)  For finals, SKETCHBOOK and ART HISTORY grades will be determined by averaging the quality and quantity scores together.
              EXAMPLE:  85% (quality score) + 55% (quantity score) = 70% (average of the two) = C- (overall grade)
    Studio Art PRACTICE Assessment (due periodically and midway through the semester)
    Studio Art FINAL Assessment (due between weeks 14 and 18 of the semester)
        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
    PRACTICE 3-D Subjects:  SPHERE   

        the ART HISTORY assignment  (18 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 Display Info for Individual Renditions

    SAMPLE 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, a grid can be measured and drawn directly on to the 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

    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 art exhibition.
           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, PROJECT and/or ART EXHIBITION - 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 2022-23:

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

         38 earned a grade of “D

         15 earned a “C

         36 earned a “B

         25 earned an “A

    The above grades are also the product of the school district's grading scale that includes 50% - 69% earning a "D" and automatically rounds up grades within 0.5% of the next letter grade.

     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: