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1) Please use the links on the right to find your class (“Art 1”, “2D Art” or “3D Art”). That way you won’t have to look through all posts for all classes and can just view the ones for your class!

2) Check it when you are absent to see what you missed.

3) Check it to understand what the assignments are when you see them on the portal.


Disclosure Documents

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This is your first assignment! Disclosures are due on Friday, January 22 and are worth 20 points. I will not accept them after midterm because that’s just ridiculously late! If you are in 3D art, you will not be able to use any classroom equipment until the disclosure is turned in due to safety concerns.

Art 1 Disclosure Document

2D Art Disclosure Document

3D Art Disclosure Document Parents! Please read the section on fees and safety because those are important things to know about for this class.

Please print, read, sign and return to Mrs. Larsen. OR, you can send me an email or write and sign a handwritten note! Please make sure the student’s name is mentioned in the email or written on the note. I’ve had many emails and notes that I didn’t know who they belonged to! My email address is Thanks!


Safety Test and Answers

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The formatting  of this post is not great, so the links below will open the test and answers in a pdf.

General Art room Safety Test

Safety Test answers

A.        Safety glasses are required at all times when doing what activities:

1 ______________________________      2 ________________________________

3 ______________________________      4________________________________

B.        In case of injury, no matter how slight, report it to 5_____________________.

C.        Never participate in 6____________________ in the Art room. This will result

in 7____________________ from class!

D.        Stand to one 8____________________ when starting the grinder.

E.         Do not use excessive 9_______________ while grinding, let the grinder do the work.

F.         You must be shown the procedure and operation of a machine by the 10____________

11_____________________ you are allowed to use it.

G..       Do not grind 12____________________ or 13____________________.

H.        When using rotating machinery, do not wear14 _______________, 15_____________, 16_________________, 17_________________, 18__________________, or 19_______________________.

I.         Where is the emergency eye wash station located? 20_______________________________________________________________

J.         Do not grind on the 21____________ of the grinding wheel.

K.        Where is the fire extinguisher in the Art room located?  22 ________________________________________________________________.

L.         23_________ is an acid. If you get it in your eye, 24 __________ it out immediately.

M.       Unless you are working in hand-building, you may not touch the 25______________.

N.        You are not allowed in the kiln room when the kiln is 26 ________________.

O.        According to Mrs. Larsen, horseplay means 27_______________________________!

P.        Never rush or take chances. Obey 28_________ 29___________ rules at all times.

Possible answers (all of these will be used once). Some of the questions require you to know the answer and thier answer is not listed below.

aluminum                       side                             all                                before                       teacher

firing                                ties                              pressure                    gloves                       horseplay

long hair                         pewter                      removal                    loose clothing          slab roller

Mrs. Larsen                    wash                          jewelry                      side                             lanyards

Flux                                  safety


Safety test Answers

1-4. (any order): soldering, breaking glass, grinding glass, grinding jewelry

5. Mrs. Larsen

6. horseplay

7. removal

8. side

9. pressure

10. teacher

11. before

12-13. (any order) pewter and aluminum

14-19. (any order): gloves, long hair, loose clothing, ties, lanyards, jewelry

20. by the kiln room

21. side

22. in the casting area

23. flux

24. wash

25. slab roller

26. firing

27. anything not working

28. all

29. safety

2D Art: Value Unit

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Parents and Students,

We have been working on the value unit in class for the past couple weeks. Click on this link:  Value Unit   to see the list of assignments that this unit includes. As students complete assignments, they have me check them off during class. If the assignment is finished correctly and is high quality, I sign their paper and they can move on to the next assignment. We do not turn these assignments in, but we turn in the unit paper every Friday so I can update the grades on what has been passed off. If you receive a zero on an assignment, this means you did not have it passed off when I graded that assignment and you are therefore behind in the class. No worries! As soon as you finish the assignment, you can still receive full points. You can wait until the following Friday when we turn in our papers and I update the grades, or you can tell me during class while I am at my desk and I can update your grade. If you have fallen behind, you need to take some of the work home, to study hall, or come work in my room after school to get caught up. Do not wait until you have fallen so far behind that you can’t get caught up! If you forget to turn in your paper or are absent on Friday, you will get zero’s on your grade. Make sure you show me your paper during class so I can update your grades. Just because something is passed off on your paper does not mean it is in the grade book.

The value quiz is on Thursday. The quiz is on the terms below. Please study! It will take you 5 or 10 minutes, tops!




2D Art: Value Unit

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Right now in 2D art we are working on a value unit, which means we are learning about light and shadow and achieving the illusion of light in our artwork. The students are working hard to pass off skills that will help them do well on the final project which is a scratchboard. I’ve attached the unit sheet below which will be turned in for grading every Friday.

Value Unit

Value Quiz

I’ve also included the value quiz and the answers to the quiz are in this picture.


This is an example of a scratchboard.

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3D Art: Clay Box Unit

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We are starting our first unit that will involve making clay boxes with a relief carved lid. Below I’ve attached the unit sheet that includes all of the assignments and the approximate dates we will do them in class. It also includes a grading rubric for the final project. Please refer to this sheet to see what you missed in class if you were absent and to know what you are missing when you look on the portal. If you miss any days during this unit, you may be able to get caught up in class, but you may need to get a study hall pass or come after school.

ceramic unit

Here are some examples of lidded boxes made from clay.


This is an example of relief carving which we will do on the lid.


We will use an image transfer to draw the design on the lid before carving like this.


Student Choice Projects

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Student Choice Projects

In order to earn an A, students must complete 2 student choice projects per quarter. These are projects in which the student chooses both the picture they will draw and what medium they will draw it in (scratchboard, watercolor, etc). I can provide all the materials for these projects, but students can use their own as well. Class time will not be given to work on these unless students finish our class projects early (many students do). These projects should be high quality projects that take at least 2 hours to complete. They must include detail and value (shading), so oftentimes a logo does not include enough detail or shading, like the one below. The second one, however, does include enough detail and shading.

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Please contact me at if you have any questions. The holiday break will be a great time to work on these projects! All work for my class is due on January 8.

Stained Glass Vocabulary

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Stained Glass Terms:

Glass cutter: A tool used to score glass so that it may be broken in the desired shapes and sizes.

Flux: A substance used to aid in the fusion of metals.

Solder: A low melting metal used to join two pieces of metal together

Soldering iron: Iron used to melt solder.

Breaking pliers: A tool used to break off small pieces of glass

Pattern paper: A piece of paper used to transfer a design onto the glass.

Cutting oil: Oil used to lubricate the glass cutter.

Master pattern: The pattern used to transfer all stained glass pieces off of and is never cut up

Copper foil scissors: Scissors to cut a pattern for a copper foil project

China marker: a greasy pencil used to write on glass or ceramic

Copper foil: A thin piece of copper with an adhesive backing.

Jewelry Vocabulary

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Burn out: when an invested project is fired in the kiln to create an empty mold

Cast: to place molten metal in the cavity of a mold

Sprue: channel or opening in the mold which conveys molten metal to the project

Flask: a round cylinder used to create your mold

Button: a rubber disk used to hold the sprue and project in the flask

Investment: heat resistant material used to make molds for casting

Molten: liquid hot metal

Wood ring clamp: a tool used for holding rings to be filed or polished

Mandrel: wooden bar that wax may be bent around to make a round shape

Grit: abrasive particles used for grinding and polishing

Clay Vocabulary

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Plastic: A state of clay when the clay is easily manipulated and bent.

Leather hard: A state of clay when it is still damp, but is hard and not pliable.

Bone dry:  A state of clay when there is no visible moisture and the clay is hard and brittle.

Greenware: Unfired clay ready for firing.

Bisque: Clay that has been fired once.

Glaze: A coating of material applied to ceramics before firing that forms a glass-like surface.

Wedging : A method of kneading or mixing clay by hand that also removes air bubbles.

Kiln: The furnace in which ceramics are fired.

Fire : To heat a clay object in a kiln to a specific temperature.

Scratch and Slip: The technique used to join two pieces of clay together.