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LOCATION:    H103  Liberty High School    FRISCO ISD
INSTRUCTOR:    Pernie Fallon
PHONE / EMAIL:   469-633- 5855 x 25897  
COURSE WEBSITE:  Home of Redhawk Artists
Course Description: 

This course offers motivated and mature 9th grade students interested in advanced placement courses the opportunity to go beyond the basic fundamentals of design, drawing and sculpture.  

Projects are designed to introduce and fuse content, skill, and the principles of design and 

composition.Emphasis will be placed on solving visual problems and thinking critically, analytically, 

and creatively.  This class will help students build their own style.

Through an exploration of media and historical examples, students will start the development of an AP portfolio.The elements and principles of design as well as compositional skills, varied media and technology will be applied to both 2-D and 3-D art work. The course also includes art history, the cultural influence of art, and career opportunities. Each student will demonstrate his/her accomplishments through a portfolio of artwork.

Students will critique works of fellow students and their own works. This is an intensive class designed for students who may want to take AP art or have a love for the arts.

This PRE AP 1 course will address three major concerns that are constants in the teaching of art:
(1) a sense of quality in a student’s work; (2) the student’s concentration on a particular visual
interest or problem; and (3) the student’s need for breadth of experience in the formal, technical
and expressive means of the artist.
Instructional Goals
The instructional goals of Liberty High School’s AP Studio Art program are consistent
with the College Board AP Studio Art program can be described as follows:
• Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual
• Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in
informed and critical decision making.
• Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of
the visual elements.
• Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute
inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.
PRE AP ART 1 Course Objectives:
The PRE AP ART 1 course introduces students to studio practice
through intensive conceptual, visual and material investigations. Students should learn
that the life of an artist/designer requires commitment to the search of knowledge.
Projects and readings are designed to enable the student in the process of
Through a series of projects, students will explore the complex set of relationships
inherent in the process of making 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art and design. Using a variety of
strategies of representation students explore how a single idea can manifest into multiple
forms according to varying constraints. The critical role of context emerges as the
factors influencing interpretation (cultural, social, historical, economic) are considered.
Perception is experienced in relation to emotion, cognition and culture. Criticism is a key
component of the student’s developments in terms of quality and quantity, in both
objective and subjective terms. By the end of this course, students should be able to
develop, analyze and present ideas, concepts, generate meaningful, well-crafted works
within particular contexts, articulate a specific inquiry and critique work according to an
established criteria.  The students will prepare a portfolio as required by the College
The PRE AP ART 1  course involves purposeful decision-making using the art elements
and design principles to complete an advanced level portfolio. Through direct teacher
instruction, emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of quality pieces of
artwork. Students will address two sections of the portfolio: Quality and Breadth. 
Students will be challenged to develop their own work through personal investigation. 
Students will develop mastery of concept, composition, and execution of
their personal ideas and themes. Students will also understand that art making is an
ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to determine outcomes
to problems. Students will be expected to develop a successful comprehensive portfolio
that addresses each of these issues in a personal and unique way.
PRE AP ART 1 Portfolio Requirements:
Concentration: 6 works describing an in-depth exploration and
visual expression of a particular design concern. The concentration focuses on the
process of investigation, growth, and discovery. Students are encouraged to explore a
personal, central interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in
any medium that addresses 2 dimensional design issues. The concentration should
grow out of and demonstrate, a plan of action and investigation in which the student has
invested considerable time, effort, and thought. The concentration should show visual
evidence of the student’s thinking, selected method of working, and development of
concept and work over time.
Breadth: 6 works demonstrating student
understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. These works as a group should
demonstrate the student’s visual organization skills. As a whole, the student’s work must
show exploration in a variety of media, techniques and approaches. The work should
reveal inventiveness and the expressive manipulation of form, as well as knowledge of
color issues and compositional organization.
Attendance Policy:
*Attendance is mandatory.
*Tardiness is not acceptable. Students will not be admitted to class without a pass from
the tardy table. Students will comply with the Liberty High School and Frisco ISD policies
for tardies.
*Technical demonstrations and lectures will not be repeated. Students are responsible for
conferring with the teacher on missed work.
Grading Policies:
Grade Book Percentages
Major – 50% - Major projects and tests.
Minor – 30% - Quizzes, Sketchbooks, smaller projects, reports, homework, and project checks
Daily –  20% - Daily assignments, class participation
Late Work

• Late work will be accepted for one day (not the next class, but the next day) after the assignment is due for major and minor grades. Late daily work is not accepted. After this time period, late work will be graded as lined out in the Liberty High School grading policy for late work.


All projects assigned and included as a portion of the “major assignments” will be assessed following the standards of the Pre AP Art 1 rubric.

Grading Policy:

There will be 6 Breadth projects, 6 Concentration pieces, reading assignments, a guided sketchbook, and various other projects for this course. Each assignment is expected on its due date. (There will be no exceptions). Late work will be accepted for one week only beyond original due date for a grade of 63%. Failure to complete one of the required projects by the late work due date will result in a 0%,

Specific assignments will be given to guide your sketchbook’s content. Each sketchbook assignment must be turned in by the due date.

Each project will be graded on:
1. Formal Elements: relates to formal elements for a given assignment. The work must
physically reflect an understanding and competency of the appropriate formal elements.
2. Synthesis: includes conceptualization, creative problem-solving, innovative thinking,
understanding and utilizing context, and processing of an idea into a successful, final
3. Effort: concerns your effort demonstrated in and out of class. You can be in class
without actually working on your project. I will be measuring your productivity.
4. Craft: is your demonstrated care regarding their work and its presentation.
Craftsmanship refers to the quality of drawing and mark-making and technique involved
in creating finished work. Taking time to
make sure a project is done well.
5. Discourse: relates to your level of engagement with the class, the degree to which you
are a contributing member of class. It is not enough for you to be a sponge- you need to

Lectures and technical demonstrations will be given as introductions to assignments. Each student is expected to take notes according to the Cornell Standards. Students should always come prepared to work. Projects are usually 2 to 3 weeks in length.

Grading ScaleStudents will be graded on a scale that represents performance along a continuum to reflect a true score. Click here for Ms. Fallon's Grading Scale.

Classroom Policy:
Each Student is responsible for keeping the classroom tidy and clean. Failure to comply with these policies will be reflected in the professional ethics grade and will create a less-than-desirable working environment for you and your peers. (Follow classroom policies and procedures).

Storage: There is some storage in the classroom as well as in the portfolio room for art kits, portfolios and projects.

Materials: Purchase an PRE AP Art 1 Supply Kit at Asel’s Art Supply Store in Plano. Make sure to buy the kit for Ms. Fallon’s class. The supply list is attached to this syllabus. Double check that you are receiving all the supplies on the list. Sketches and journal notes will be kept in your sketchbook.

There is no excuse for plagiarism. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. The student should maintain a high standard of individual honor and absolute integrity in his or her scholastic work. Students who violate Liberty’s rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the school and district, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Consistent with other classes, the discipline consequences in the art room are the same as those enforced by Liberty High School.

Severe Clause:  If a student willfully inflicts harm upon another student, willfully destroys property or artwork, or is insubordinate to the teacher, he or she will be immediately removed from art class and sent directly to the office.  Any damage caused by the student to school property including materials or tools will be repaired or replaced at the expense of the student. The offending student(s) will be dealt with according to Liberty High School and Frisco ISD policies and procedures.


    • Students will be required to sign a new RUP and are required to use the FISD wireless network for Internet access during the school day. Students will use their ADS. The use of the student wireless connection will not use the students personal data plans.
    • FISD BYOD Handbook
    • The teacher has complete control over the classroom and decides when/how students will be able to utilize their personal devices for learning.
      • Green/Yellow/Red Days  
        • Green = device usage for educational purpose without needing to ask.
        • Yellow = use device only with permission.
        • Red = no device usage at that time.
      • Face Up/Down access for students

Ms. Fallon’s art room is located in H103 on the Liberty campus.  Phone is 469-633-5855 x 25897. Click here for Ms. Fallon's schedule.


Student needs to purchase art supplies and bring them for the first day of class.  The supply list is here:

PRE AP ART 1 Supply List

Please print out this list and check that all supplies are in the kit before you leave the store.


Pernie Fallon, Liberty High School

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Redhawk Art
15250 Rolater Road
Frisco, TEXAS 75035
(469) 633-5855 x 25897