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Visual Arts 1 Syllabus (2023)
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Niswonger Online Course Syllabus

Visual Arts 1: Appreciation and Art Making

.Course Description

In this course you will learn about art in different ways. First, how to look at artworks (elements, art tools, types). You will become familiar with the elements and theories of artistic expression. Then, starting with Cave art going through to Modern art styles. An in-depth study of many different artists and styles from Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso! You will develop the competence in looking at artworks and be able to identify the time period and type of art. If you choose, you will be able to do actual works of art. We will journey through the internet to many different places around the globe to look at art. In your final project / artist study you will be allowed to choose either a written report, producing a piece of artwork in the artists’ style or a homemade art video.


If you have course related questions such as questions about due dates, assignment directions, lesson material, etc. please contact your instructor immediately via Canvas message (if courses have started) or via direct email (if courses have not started). Your instructor's email and name can be found after logging in by clicking on Course Information or can be found on the homepage of your course after classes begin.

After courses begin, all communications between instructor and student should happen from Canvas Messaging.

If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with your account please visit to submit a trouble ticket or contact:

Mr. Chris Dotson

Technology Support Lead, Niswonger Online & APAA

You can also visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions: 

For other concerns that have not been addressed by your teacher or by our Technology Support Team contact:

Dr. Gina Pavlovich                                                           Mrs. Jill Davis

Director AP Access for ALL & Niswonger Online            Assistant Director, Niswonger Online                    

 **ONLY your school Counselor or local Administrator can request a course change or    drop. No one within the APAA program can approve this.**

Course Outline

Course Learning Goals

After completing this course, you will be able to:

        Information about art

Niswonger Online Late Work Policy (updated July 2023)

At Niswonger Online, we understand the importance of meeting deadlines and developing strong time management skills. To maintain consistency and encourage timely submissions, we have established a firm late work policy. Please click the link to review this policy: Late Work Policy

Grading Policy

 Grading Policy

Every attempt will be made to give the assignments, lessons, and projects clear directions. Project objectives will be posted for each assignment. They should be referenced and your goal is to work towards the achievement of the objectives. They will

be used to evaluate and grade your work. Creativity is always encouraged!! If you are not sure about something or have an alternative idea, simply ask.

Your participation in discussions with your classmates is very important. In each module I have included assignments with the work “OR” please choose only one of the assignment options. Try new things, open your creative mind, enjoy yourself and work hard! I will notice your effort and it will be part of your grade.

Each assignment, Project and Final is worth 100 points

Assignment Type


Percent of total grade




Final Artist Study assignments


A Excellent: Demonstrates outstanding effort, applied themselves beyond the expectations and objectives of the assignment. Shows advanced creativity and technical writing ability where appropriate. Class exemplar for evaluations.

B Above average: Composes effort, creativity, and craftsmanship expected for each project. Admirable technical and creative abilities performed in written and hands-on assignments.

C Average: Objectives completed and outlined. Achieves all requirements for this project but minimally. Improvements needed in effort, creativity, or craftsmanship where applicable.

Art Supplies Needed:

In each section when I assign a hands-on art project I also give you the option to write or create a video instead. In designing this course I specifically do not make it mandatory for you to create artworks.

The following art supplies may be needed for some of the hands-on artworks if you chose to do them and can be found at Wal-Mart, Michaels Arts and Crafts, Hobby Lobby and many online art sites.  I expect that you will NOT turn in artwork done on lined paper! This is not acceptable and I will return works done this way. You must use either copy paper or other art paper. Your grade will be lower if you choose to use lined paper for artwork.

PLEASE let me know early in the semester if you need any supplies to get your work complete. I will send you supplies through the mail if you need them but you MUST not wait until the last minute.

    White drawing paper

    White watercolor paper

    Stick glue


    Colored pencil basic set

    Thin line marker set

    Crayola crayons (I love using these!!)

    Set of watercolor paints

    2-3 different sizes of brushes

    Red, yellow and blue acrylic paint (4 0z)

    Crayola model magic clay (works like clay but air dries)

    Sketching pencil and eraser

Things to remember when turning in work:

If you are doing an artwork assignment it is important to use WHITE PAPER and not LINED PAPER. I will take points off if you do artwork on lined paper!

If I ask for one photo of you doing your work and another of your finished product please turn BOTH of them in...not just your finished product.

Always write up your references when doing any of the writing assignments. I will take off at least 10 points (or more) for lack of references.

Niswonger Online Late Work Policy

It is essential that all students complete their assigned work in a timely manner. For this reason, all assignments from the first half of the semester will close on the following dates:

Fall Semester: November 1

Spring Semester: April 1

Year-Long Courses: February 1

Summer Semester: 2 weeks before course closing date

All course module due dates can be found on the course homepage. Failure to complete assignments by the late work deadline will result in students getting a 0% on those assignments. Students will not be able to access these assignments after this deadline has passed.

Be sure to pay close attention to deadlines—late work will only be accepted with a compelling reason and instructor approval.  If you know of a reason that you cannot meet a deadline, please let your teacher know as soon as possible.  For example, if you will be on a trip and may not have internet access the teacher needs to know before the due date – NOT after the due date.  It is your responsibility to let him/her know ahead of time.  

Viewing Grades and Feedback in Canvas

Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to your Canvas Grade Book. Click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your grades and feedback.

Your teacher will update the online grades each time a due date has passed. Check back for updated grades and feedback 3-4 days after submission.

It is also important to read or view all feedback given by your teacher. This is how a student will grow within the course. Feedback can be viewed from your Canvas gradebook by clicking on the small icon- out from your numerical grade.


Course Policies

Commit to Integrity

As a student in this course, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism and integrity.

Cheating is “the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.”

Plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”

Niswonger Online Plagiarism Policy      

All students will be asked to read the Niswonger Online plagiarism policy and complete an assignment to show understanding BEFORE any work in the course can be accessed or completed. The plagiarism policy and corresponding assignment is linked in the second module, labeled Academic Integrity, within each course.

Go to  to view the plagiarism policy without logging into the course.

Build Rapport

If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your teacher know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your teacher when difficulties arise during the semester so that we can help you find a solution.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments for this course will be submitted electronically through Canvas unless otherwise instructed. If you have any trouble submitting your assignment in Canvas you should contact your teacher or the Niswonger Online Technology team immediately.

Course Enrollment and Drops

Students can only be enrolled in a Niswonger Online course by their home high school’s counselor or administrator.

Course drops can only be approved by school personnel (counselor or administrator). Online teachers, the Niswonger Online director, or Niswonger Online Assistant Director cannot approve any course changes. Each school has its own policy on when a student may drop their online course. Please see your school counselor or administrator if you have any questions about this.