Foundations of Art 1

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,


My name is Jimmy Ilson and I am the chair of the Art Department at Pope Francis Preparatory School.

I am also your child’s teacher.

As I welcome you back to a new school year, I also realize that there must be many questions and concerns regarding how this year will unfold.

Please be certain that I am here for all of you.

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply things you need some help with, here is my contact info:


What follows is an Overview of the Class, including: a Course Description, Class Values, my policy on Grades, and “How to Stay Safe in the Art Classes during a Pandemic”.


Course: Foundation of Art 1

Description: This course is designed to offer an overview of the basic disciplines of the visual arts. The students will study the foundations of drawing, sculpture and painting, and develop their artistic skills through both imaginary and observational exercises. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the compositional “Principles and Elements” of art that govern a well-designed artwork. This course will also include: journaling, topics from art history, understanding art vocabulary, methods and ways to present artwork, development of a portfolio, artist biographies, social justice and art, and related topics in music.


Class Values:

The Art Room is a sanctuary for Respect and Learning

We practice Honesty, with our community and ourselves

We each become a Responsible member of our community

We strive to communicate with words of Kindness


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
Martin Luther King Jr.


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela (born 1918);
Former President Of South Africa


Grades and Syllabus


My goal is to post a weekly grade that is referred to as “Participation and Effort”. The rubric for the Participation Grade, as well as my rubric for any graded assignment or project, will be found in the Student and Parent Portal. The course syllabus is also posted in the Portal.




During these unpredictable times we will be following safe practices to mitigate the potential spread of the corona virus. Our efforts will include:

Wearing Masks

Using Hand Sanitizer at the start and end of a class

Cleaning desks with sanitizer at the beginning and end of a class

Art Materials: Each student will have a set of their own materials

Limited Time Inside: I plan to be outside as much as possible.



A Thought

This will be a school year unlike any before. This is a community that is strong, caring, and benevolent.

If you need anything, please contact me. We truly are in this together.


Peace always,

Jimmy Ilson