Digital Art & Media

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Hello, everyone & welcome to the new digital art class! I am Ms. Robinett, or Coach Rob, I teach Art 1, Draw 3/4, and now Digital Art & Media here at Santa Fe High School.

In this class we will learn through demonstrations, interactive lessons, assigned class projects, independent assignments, visual media, group discussions, class critiques, student presentations, and group work.

The purpose of Digital Art is to thoroughly examine the formal elements and principles of two-dimensional design through hands-on personal experience through the use of common graphics software and computer hardware; observing the work of others in the studio environment; exploring a broad repertoire of media possibilities; and critical analysis of produced works.


Course Objectives

  • Students will use a variety of image making software and image capturing tools to make artworks.
  • Students will use the formal elements and principles of two-dimensional design including line, shape, implied volume, light and shade, texture and color to make art projects through digital means.
  • Students will use terminology needed to discuss various types, techniques and concepts of digital art and put his vocabulary into context.
  • Students will plan a path utilizing problem-solving steps, including stating initial intentions, defining and analyzing the problem and clarifying the main issues and evaluating the success of the work.
  • Students will use computers and computer peripherals such as printers, scanners and digital cameras. Learn their proper application and will maintain the cleanliness and order of the work space.
  • Students will present their completed work in a professional manner.
  • Students will analyze the visual elements and principles of design employed within the visual arts throughout history.
  •  Students will differentiate among various media and techniques used by artists.
  • Students will analyze the motivation of individual artists and how art expresses important aspects of time and culture.
  • Objectives/Outcomes established by the instructor


I know we will have a great year and I look forward to getting to know each of you!

Remember, time management is key! Make a daily/weekly schedule with all of your assignments and take it one step at a time.  All of your teachers are here for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us.


Why take Digital Art?

  • Stimulates the right side of the brain and develops your imagination and creativity.
  • Promotes self-expression
  • Promotes non-verbal communication skills
  • Engages the senses
  • Builds keener sense of perception, which contributes to better decision-making abilities.


Materials: Digital Art will require a fee of $50 covers tools and materials that will be used in the classroom on a regular basis. Plenty of class time will be given in-class to complete assignments. 


Course Fee: $50.00

  • I cannot and will not accept any fees in the classroom.  
  • Fees are used to cover the cost of student's supplies needed while in class only.
  • Students that fail to submit their $50.00 Course Fee will be put on a fine list until the fee has been paid


Assessment and Grading Plan:

  • Grades will be determined on an individual basis using a rubric. All projects must be well designed and well-constructed.
  • Each project will have grades at various stages of completion.
  • The overall grade on a project will be compiled from multiple aspects: quality work, class participation and cooperation. The mere completion of a project does not guarantee a passing grade.
  • All students will be required to present a final DIGITAL portfolio at the end of class for final assessment.
    • The portfolio will consist of idea sketches, rough drafts, and final drawings of assignments, vocabulary, chapter reviews from the textbook and self-critiques.
  • Students are required to, and will be graded on, using in-class time to the fullest.
  • Grading guidelines that will be followed for each project:
    • Completion – 20%
    • Craftsmanship – 20%
    • Individual Effort – 20%
    • Use of class time – 20%
    • Application of learned subject material – 20%

Includes attendance, students homework assignments, oral and written participation in class critiques, level of preparation for work in class, use of terminology, (You will be given outside research assignments relevant to current projects and each individual students needs. These are required. Outside research is not optional.) Participation in critiques is important to the development of your work.

Note: Regular attendance, adequate completion of assigned work, on time, and participation in class discussions is expected of everyone. The base level of involvement is considered satisfactory (C) Lower degrees of involvement will result in lower grades. Strong conceptual awareness, consistent involvement in problem solving, knowledge and control of media and consistent, positive participation will result in higher grades.


Evaluation of Individual works is based on:

1. Solution to a given problem (unique, avoid cliche’)

2. Use of elements and principles

3. Presentation-craftsmanship-professionalism

4. Use of digital tools and techniques

All work must be completed with assigned media

Name (printed), date and project title, should appear on the back of each work.

All work must be available for mid term and final portfolio grades regardless if I have seen them or not.

With missed assignments, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor if the student plans to complete the work late.


Evaluation of a body of work is based on:

All the above plus

1. Improvement and Growth

2. Quality and quantity of Work

3. Completion of work by due dates


Participation is based on:

1. Attendance-consistently on time and prepared to work

2. Knowledge of materials and media-demonstrated mastery of materials

and their proper use.

3. Use of relevant terminology-demonstrated use of descriptive vocabulary relevant to class projects in verbal and written form

4. Outside research-demonstrated use of historical information relevant to class projects, personal interests and formal assignments in verbal and written form.

5. Critique-positive oral participation in class critiques



If the student is not satisfied with their grade on a particular assignment they may request a remake to improve the assignment and raise the existing grade of that assignment by one letter grade.  This will be discussed on an individual basis and is up to the instructor to decide if the student may remake the assignment and the timeframe the student has to improve their work.


Grading Procedures: 

  • 90-100= A, 80-89= B, 75-79= C, 70-74= D, 0-69= F
  • Alternative Assessment/Daily work= 20%
  • Quizzes/Sketchbook= 30%
  • Exams/Projects= 50%

Alternative Assessment/ Daily Work: Participation/clean-up grades are taken randomly. 


Quizzes/Sketchbook: Quizzes are given periodically to check for understanding of a new technique or vocabulary. Vocabulary quizzes are given exactly 1 week after the vocab is assigned. (Any changes will be told to the students in advance and written on the board in the Draw section. 


Exams/Projects: Projects are graded on basis of craftsmanship, design, and class time spent on projects. Students are given approximately 1-4 weeks to complete projects depending on the scope of work.  Longer 4-week projects will have periodic grades taken on a time management basis to ensure the student has enough time to complete his or her own project. 



To get last minute updates and reminders for Digital Art class download the App Remind 101.
Enter #: 81010 and send message: @RobDA21 - This will be the first grade.

Parents are more than welcome to join to keep up with class updates and announcements.  



Daily Expectations: Respect me (Ms. Robinett), the digital art classroom, and all other students. To use your class time wisely and work on the project at hand.  Follow my Art Computer Lab/Classroom Rules and Expectations as well as SFHS rules, policies, and procedures.


Classroom Discipline: My class adhere all of the Santa Fe High School’s Code of Conduct both virtually and face-to-face.

  • 1st-- Verbal Warning
  • 2nd- Teacher/Student Conference
  • 3rd- Teacher Detention & Parent/Guardian Contact
  • 4th- Teacher/Student/Parent or Guardian Conference with Classroom Referral


Tardy Policy:

We follow SFHS tardy policy. All doors will be shut AND LOCKED at the time of the bell and the student will have to obtain a tardy slip for entrance into class.

10 Minute Rule - No student will be permitted to leave the classroom for any reason for the first or last 10 minutes of class.


Restroom Policy:

  • Students may ask to use the restroom during appropriate times
    • Ex: before the tardy bell, after the lesson, during work times, or near the end of class.
  • It will be the teacher’s discretion to allow the student to leave at that time.
  • Students must sign out and sign back in n both the classroom log as well as on the pass itself.
  • The student may only use the restroom if they hand in their cell phone while out of the classroom.
    • Once the pass is returned, they will be able to get their cell phone back.


REMINDER: Students have time between classes to get from class to class as well as use the restroom. Students who abuse their restroom time will lose restroom privileges for the remainder of the year. 

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