• Welcome to the Art Room with Mr. Ryan

    I am one of three art teachers at Wall Intermediate School. I have been teaching at Wall Intermediate School for 13.5 years. During that time, I have taught a variety of art classes. From 6th Grade Art to Art that Pops to Ceramics, I have a wide breadth of knowledge in the art room and with the curriculum at the school. 

    Currently, I teach 7th Grade Art, 3D Art, and am the advisor for National Junior Art Honor Society and Stage Crew

    My extra help days are Mondays from 3 PM to 4 PM.

    If you need to reach me, my email is [email protected]

  • 7th Grade Art

    In 7th Grade Art we... cover a variety of materials, mediums and artists to expand artistic exploration. 7th grade art acts as a gateway to the three art classes one student could take in 8th Grade: Studio Art, Fiber Arts and Design, and 3D Art. Each project is in service of bolstering artistic skill while also helping to expose students to mediums they may encounter in 8th grade.

    • Students work to better understand color theory and how to apply it through use of colored pencils and paint.
    • Students work to understand techniques to help them to draw from observation, utilizing skills learned in 6th grade and augmenting these skills. 
    • Students work to investigate mixed mediums within works of art.
    • Students work to investigate craft arts and how to manipulate artworks crafted with fibers.
    • Students work to investigate transferring information from 2D to 3D and learn sculptural techniques. 

    Course Units

    Unit 1: Exploring and Applying Media

    Unit 2: Buiding Skill and Mixing Mediums

    Unit 3: Craft and Craftsmanship

    Unit 4: Exploring Dimension

    *More detailed information on each course unit can be found under the 7th Grade Class heading on my website

  • 3D Art

    In 3D Art we... explore three-dimensional art creation in clay and other sculptural mediums. Students will learn how to craft objects that are both in relief and in the round. Utilizing a variety of materials, but primarily focusing on clay, students will have the opportunity to sculpt and craft objects that help them to better understand working in three dimensions. 

    • Students work to apply the knowledge of color theory that they have learned in the last three years into a variety of sculptures.
    • Students learn how to model objects in clay through a variety of techniques (slab, coil, pinch pot, and carving). 
    • Students learn how to craft objects through process-based decision-making. 
    • Students investigate other sculptural materials, including recycled materials. 

    Course Units

    Unit 1: Basic Building Blocks

    Unit 2: Craftsmanship and Technique: Building Skill

    Unit 3: Dimensional Exploration

    Unit 4: Form, Function, and Synthesized Creation

    *More detailed information on each course unit can be found under the 3D Art Class heading on my website

  • Grading

    Major Assessments 50%

    • Major Assessments are graded using a rubric on a 100-point scale. Rubrics are explained and given to the students at the beginning of each assessment and available in Google Classroom and in the assignment in Genesis. 
    • Grading criteria always include, but is not limited to: mastery of a skill, time-on-task (use of work time), craftsmanship (neatness), and creativity.
    • Directions for each project are included in each project book/packet, on the board, and in Google Classroom. 
    • Incomplete major assessments are not accepted/all work must be completed. 


    Minor Assessments 30% 

    • Over the course of the art rotation there may be vocabulary, technique, and safety quizzes, which will act as minor assessments and help to show an understanding of materials and techniques.
    • Additional long-term assignments which will extend the learning of the class will count as a minor assessment.


    Learning Habits 20%

    • Homework assignments count towards your learning habits grade and need to be brought to class when due. Without homework in hand, you will not be able to move forward with the project in a timely fashion. Homework may be physically turned in or shared with the teacher on Google drive/ through Google Classroom.
    • Class work (project packets and sketches), ability to follow directions, and major project deadlines are considered a part of your learning habits grade. 



    • Lateness impacts different types of assignments differently. Major Assessments have a deadline component to their rubric, where late classwork and homework may result in loss of points depending on the number of days the item is late. 
    • Students who are absent will have additional time depending on the assignment.
    • Students who are absent may make up for lost time by staying after school or taking work home (depending on the project)




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