Course Expectations

Art Department | Burlington High School

** Please read this LETTER TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES from the high school administration.

Also note that text in green (below) is specific to the hybrid learning expectations of the 2020-2021 school year.**

Teacher: C. Chang                                   

Course Title and Number: Architecture

Room: 217

Class Site:



I. Course Overview


Architects, Interior, Landscape and Industrial Designers are responsible for the creation of our space and objects that we use daily. The environment, physical space and objects that surround us affect the function of our lives.  Students will gain an understanding of these art fields through in-depth study. Knowledge of these fields will be applied through the creation of sketches, architectural drafting, elevations, model building and computer aided design. Guest speakers working in these fields and visits to local design studios will be a part of this course. Students planning on a career in these fields will build portfolios of their work.


II. Successful Learning


·           Understand and appreciate the process of art making.

·           Listen to the assignment introduction - Ask questions.

·           Be open to suggestions.

·           Make productive use of your time.

·           Be aware of how other students solve similar problems.

·           Go beyond the specified requirements of an assignment. Challenge yourself.

·           If there seems to be a simple solution, push yourself to find a more creative one.

·           Be willing to re-work an assignment.

·           Remember that you are working on unique, original solutions to visual problems.

·           Don't be afraid to experiment.

·           Learn how to communicate visually, orally and in written form your ideas and vision for    three dimensional space


III. Student Learning Expectations


As a student in this course, you will be expected to:


IV. Expected Outcomes


By the completion of the Introduction to Architecture course, successful students will be able to:

V. Topics/ Content

Main Components:

Essential Questions:



VI. Assessing Progress

 ** During the hybrid learning scenario of the 2020-21 school year, assignments will be graded as they would during any “normal” school year. **

Types of Assessment:



Grading Criteria:

You will generally be graded on a combination of concept, design, technical quality, and participation


            (attendance, work habits, “self-challenge”, listening, asking questions, contributing)


Your grade will be based primarily on the portfolio of work for the quarter. Depending on duration and level of difficulty, each project may weigh from 5% to 25% of the term grade.

Your grade will be based primarily on the portfolio of work for the quarter (approx. 80%) (depending on duration and level of difficulty, each project may weigh from 5% to 25% of the term grade), and homework (usually 2 - 5% for each assignment, depending on the length and complexity of the assignment.).

Weekly writing assignments will each weigh as homework. Homework and writing assignments combined will weigh a total of approximately 20% of your term grade.

VII. Classroom Expectations


** You must use this form when leaving the room to use the bathroom, and use the bathroom closest to the art room. *

Remote Learning Expectations

Students are expected to be present and actively engaged during the scheduled class period every school day, either in the classroom or at home. Attendance will be taken every day whether students are in the classroom or learning remotely. Students at home will either be assigned activities to be completed and turned in by the end of the class period each day, or continue work on long-term projects.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the school schedule ( and join on time all Google Meets at the beginning of each period. Following attendance and check-ins, teachers will give direction to the students working remotely, with the possibility of requiring that the work be turned in by the end of the session as an “exit ticket” via Google Classroom, email, or sharing from Google Drive. The teacher’s attention will then be focused on the students in the actual classroom.

During Wednesday’s remote days, sessions might be used for group critiques of student work; for viewing and discussing art historical, contemporary art, or professional applied arts; for introducing and developing art vocabulary and refined understanding of art concepts such as the elements and principles of art, perspective, etc.), for shorter art activities not necessarily related to the current longer project work, or for arts enrichment activities.

Assignments will be graded as they would during any “normal” school year, using rubrics previously developed by the department.


VIII. Homework/Make-up Policy


If a student is absent on the day a homework assignment or quiz/test is due, the student should turn in the work on the first day back to school, or be prepared to take the quiz/test.


Students who are absent on the day a homework project is assigned will be expected to turn the project in on its due date, or discuss the possibility of an extension with the instructor.


In the event of a long absence, the student will be given time equivalent to the number of days absent to make up the work, unless an extension is requested by the student well before the due date, and approved by the instructor.


IX. Additional Information


Please feel free to contact me at school: 781-273-7024 or through email at


** For the 20-21 school year, you will be given a plastic slider storage bag of art materials. You will need to bring this bag back and forth from school and home in order to do project work in both spaces. You must follow all guidelines to keep the materials in good working shape. You are responsible for returning all tools in good condition at the end of the school year. 

Class Website:

BHS Art Department website:

You will be expected to access these sites on a regular basis. On them you will find the current homework assignment, the current class project, contests and art opportunities, weekend workshops and classes, links to art schools, galleries of student artwork, and answers to many of your questions.