Introduction to Art

    Course Title: Introduction to Art

    Instructor: Stephanie Sullinger-Dukarm

    Room: 619

    School Phone: 602-467-6879

    School e-mail:     


    Course Description:

    This course gives the students an overview of the basic fundamentals of design. It includes such areas as tools and techniques, media applications, painting, and graphics on art history.


    This course is aligned with the Arizona State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards.


    Course Goals & Objectives:

    This course will benefit students by gaining a greater understanding of meanings and purpose of art. The students will learn the basics of creating several types of art using various materials, tools and techniques. Students will gain experience in the creative process and quality in art while participating in project based learning. Art worlds, issues and values will be incorporated into the projects.


    Course Materials:

    Students are required to bring an eraser and pencil to each class.   A list of suggested supplies will go home with the students on the first week of school. These are just suggestions for students who would like their own materials.


    Classroom/Course Expectations:

    The policies written in the school handbook will be followed. Students are expected to follow the school and district rules and procedures as listed in the student/parent handbook. Abusive language and profanity must not be used in class. Students are expected to be respectful, responsible, safe, cooperative, peaceful and productive. Students must use their class time to complete their projects for this course , all class work is to be completed in class on or before the due date.


    Electronic Devices:

    Many students want to have the privilege of carrying electronic devices on campus. With that privilege comes the responsibility of ensuring that those items are not used on campus during class or on a bus. If students are found listening to music or texting in class or otherwise not fully engaged in learning, the device will be confiscated. Misuse of electronic devices may result in disciplinary procedures in addition to the confiscation of the device.


    Because we are becoming a technology rich campus, we are expanding the use of iPads as a learning tool. The iPads will be increasingly integrated into the curriculum to reinforce critical thinking, collaboration, and cognitive engagement. I will designate during which activities students may use the device, and I will articulate how the device should be used appropriately. If a violation of the stipulated use occurs, consequences will be enforced in accordance with the DVHS Student Handbook.

    ID Card: Student must visibly wear I.D. card at all times while on campus or at any school activity for the safety and security of all students.

    Parent Access to Grades, Due Dates and Curriculum:

    All my classes will be using Canvas, our online learning system to turn in their work. It is very important that students come to class with their iPad charged.  Parents can gain access to the student's Canvas pages and review the lessons, due dates and their student's submissions.  I highly suggest you sign up with your student's login information, it is a very valuable resource.  Here are a couple ways to sign up:

     APP directions: 

    Computer Access Directions:  

    Parent Access Canvas Directions 

    If you are not signed up to receive weekly or daily emails from or district grading system I also high recommend it.  It is a great way to keep up with all your student's grades and attendance.  Here is a link to get it set up.



    Class work, projects, quizzes, and participation equal 80% of your grade, the final equals 20% of your grade.

    Projects will be graded with a rubric that expresses the expectations for the drawing or project.


    Grading Scale

    A         90-100%

    B          80-89%

    C          70-79%

    D         60-69%

    F          0-59%


    Final course grades are computed as 80% equaling the coursework done throughout the semester and 20% equaling the final exam portion of the grade.


    Test Retakes

    Students may retake quizzes and tests under the following circumstances:

    * If they have an excused absence for the day of the test.

    *If they received a 60% or lower on the exam.


    This retake policy does not apply to District or teacher created semester exams.



    The students will be working on all projects during class, attendance and class participation is very important for success in this course. Students are expected to use class time in a productive manner, wasted time can result in incomplete assignments and negatively affect the student’s grade. Projects are expected to be done during class time, and completed in class on or before the due date unless approved by the instructor in advance for special circumstances only.



    Make-up Policy:

    Students who have an absence which is excused have one day for each day absent to turn in missed work. Students who are marked unexcused will not receive credit for worked missed but will still receive feedback. See the student handbook for more information regarding excused and unexcused absences.  Late and missing work without an excused absence or prior instructor approval will not receive full credit.


    An assignment which is considered a long-term project is due on the due date and time as stated when the long-term project was assigned. Long-term projects may be turned in prior to the due date as well as parent/guardian may turn in at the front desk.

    The students may use SET time or arrange another time to come in and make up work. If the student does not make arrangements within a week, it will result in a zero. Absences which result in unexcused or verified ditch through the office will result in an automatic zero. Absence policies will be followed as stated in the student handbook.


    If you have any concerns or information you like to share with me that might be important for your student’s success in my class, please feel free to send me an email or call me. Please fill out and return this page.


    Thank you,

    Ms. Dukarm



    I have read the course syllabus for Ms. Dukarm’s Introduction to Art class.



    Student Name (print) ______________________________________ Class Period ___________________


    Parent/ guardian signature____________________________________________Date________________


    Parent’s/guardian email__________________________________________________________________


    Parent’s/ guardian phone numbers

    HM__________________________ WK______________________ Cell____________________


    Student signature

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    Return this signed paper to Ms. Dukarm



    Suggested Art Supply List

    Introduction to Art


    Many parents and students request a list of supplies we will be using in Introduction to Art. The students are not required to purchase their own materials. The only request is that the students have a pencil, eraser for use every day in class. Many students and classes share the art supplies provided by the school. Some students like to have their own art supplies so they can keep them in good condition and bring them home to practice. The supplies can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target, Michaels, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Staples, Office Max, Walgreens, and many other local stores. The best time to buy them is when the back to school specials are still on, also look for coupons online and in the newspaper.


    #2 Wooden pencils (I like the Ticonderoga brand)

    Pink Pearl or White vinyl erasers

    Crayola brand colored pencils (any size) or Prismacolor colored pencils

    Crayola brand markers (thick or thin)

    Crayola brand watercolor set

    Black Sharpies- 1 thick and 1 thin

    Hand held pencil sharpener

    2-4 Glue Sticks

    Pencil pouch to store supplies in


    We would also appreciate donations for the class, we could use Ziploc bags- small and large to store paints and clay projects in and tissues for blending and runny noses.



    Thank you in advance for supporting your child’s artistic interests and the Art Department at DVHS!