Richard Payne » Art Syllabus

Art Syllabus

Art Syllabus


Teacher Mr. Payne

Contact info:

[email protected]


105 Berry Street

Sanger TX, 76266


About the teacher:


Mr. Payne has taught for over 20 years in different settings ranging from public to private and PreK-12th


B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting UNT

M. Ed. In Educational Leadership UNT

Currently working on Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

     Dissertation Topic: Fine art teacher impact on the development of human agency from conation in students.


Texas teaching certificates in

EC-12 Principal

PreK-12 Art

EC-12 Theatre 




1st Period ART

2nd Period ART 

3rd Period ART 

4th Period TRIBE TIME

5th Period ART

   B LUNCH               

6th Period DRAMA

7th Period ART

8th Period Conference

9th Period ART 


About the class:


I break learning art into four categories.


1. History

2. Criticism

3. Aesthetics

4. Production


History is understanding our cultural legacy as humans.  It is important to also understand what historical events (cultural, political, and scientific) that have shaped artistic choices, styles, and responses.


Criticism is the important development of language that is necessary to become artistically literate.  This allows students to become an active part of the total conversation.


Aesthetics is the development of a student’s personal philosophy towards art.  Identifying what counts as art, what is beauty, what is the goal and purpose of art, etc. 


Production is the actual making of objects.  The physical contribution by the individual to the whole of our human cultural legacy. 


Texts for this class include:


1. Exploring Art, by Mittler and Reagans

2. Understanding Art, also by Mittler and Reagans

3. Supplemental material via the internet  


Special Supplies:


1. Sketch Book – (Recommended Strathmore spiral bound 9x12 60 lbs. press 100 pages)


2. Watercolor set - (Recommend Prang 8 colors) 




Students will be graded on the following criteria:


1. Completed work

2. Following directions

3. The quality of effort

4. The weight of the assignment.  The weight of the assignment will determine how many times the assignment will count.  What determines the weight are as follows:

a. Difficulty

b. The length of assignment/time

c. Importance




The purpose and goal of discipline are to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning and to create an atmosphere that is inclusive, safe, and cooperative.


Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct and to adhere to established class procedures.  Failure to do so will result in a range of consequences including but not limited to:


1. Reminder of expectations

2. Loss of privileges in class (such as seat choice)

3. Parent notification

4. Detention

5. Office referrals



"Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou