Digital Photo Plan for Success

Teacher: Mr. Adney 


This course blends traditional basic photography knowledge with the use of digital or analog processes for the purposes of enhancing photographic imagery as both a corrective device and for creating expressive fine and commercial art. Students will explore Photoshop or darkroom techniques and develop their photography skills to create a number of final artworks during the year. The process of creativity will be explored and students will use critical thinking and communication skills to express their interpretation of fine art; both their own work and the work of significant artists.


  $20.00 lab fee, each semester (1st semester is Aug-Dec, 2nd
semester is Jan-May).  Once your fee has been paid you will turn in one copy of your receipt to Mr. Adney.
  3 Ring Binder, folder, or other paper organization tool.
  Pen & pencil for sketches and note taking.  Erasable pens, white out,
or white out correction tape may be used to cover note taking mistakes.
  Flash Drive. Students using flash drives will be able to
save and open assignments quicker and will have privacy of your artwork. Students without a flash drive will be saving their artwork to the school’s network.      

Your own camera. Cameras are provided by Mr. Adney, but if you want to use your own camera that is acceptable. You will need a camera with a manual (M) mode. If you are not sure if your camera has a manual mode, ask Mr. Adney or find out on the internet. Most modern DSLRs (Canon Rebels for example) have a M mode.

SD Card
Personal Digital Camera


Students will earn points on notes, written assignments, quizzes, tests, sketches, photographs, portfolios, and participation. Grades will be cumulative of total points.  You will receive a progress report every three weeks. Have a parent or guardian sign this sheet and return it to Mr. Adney. Parents/ Guardians and students may also check class attendance, grades, and more at:

For username and password information, please contact the front office.

Grading scale follows as:

F=59 % or below (No credit is received)

Each student’s final semester grade will be determined by combining the points earned during the two terms and final exam. All class points are weighted as the following:

Creative process            30%
Connect and respond     30%
Presentation                   20%
Participation                   10%
Test/Quiz                     10% 

Accommodations and modifications will be made according to an IEP/504 plan


Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students.  Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services.  Support through Title 1 funding is available in the areas of: Math, Reading, and English. 

If interested, please contact the Principal Mrs. Cardenas at 602-764-6022 for additional information.


If you are absent from class, I expect you to make up that time during and Advisory period.

Work assigned with a deadline date will not be accepted after that date. Late deadline work will receive a score of zero. Class assignments may be turned in any time during the three-week progress report period. If you have a question as to whether an assignment is a deadline or class assignment, see Mr. Adney. Tests, quizzes, and timed activities must be completed in-class.

It is very difficult to maintain a passing grade with zeros averaged into the term grade. Please work hard to be a responsible student. If you get behind on time or need extra help, join us for Advisory! Computer reservations for advisory are on a first come first serve basis.

“Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more thank one-half of the period (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR).

“Tardy” is defined as mot being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561).

Student may fail the class for the semester in any course, when reaching a total of 12 excused/unexcused absences and after school-documented interventions have been exhausted (see Student Procedures Handbook).

Attend class prepared and ready to learn each day. Your success in this course depends on your daily attendance. A large portion of this class is classroom activities and students that miss class, excused or unexcused, will have a difficult time catching up and being successful.  Alhambra High School’s Art Department believes attendance is critical to student success in the arts. As a result, any student with 18 or more absences will receive and F for the course.


There are only four basic rules for this class:

Be on time.
Be prepared.
Be polite and respectful.
Be on-task.

The consequences for breaking rules or violating procedures will be made on a case-by-case basis. Including, but not limited to: minor infraction forms, parent contacts, after school detention, loss of camera privileges, parent conferences, administrator conferences, and referral to the dean of students.

Classroom procedures are defined in-class. The procedures (entering class, exiting class, warmups, etc.) will be reinforced through continual practice. Here is some of the most common procedures:

Be in your assigned seat and read the board for our daily warm-up.

Respect everyone and the equipment/materials you use.

Focus and use time wisely to maximize your creative time. Keep in
mind, the art you make on the computer will reflect the skills and design capabilities you have as an artist, since it isn't the computer which is making the art but the user.

Try on your own before asking the teacher for help.  I will go through
the problem with you as you explain the process in which you have attempted to solve the objective.  Make sure you have written notes so you may look back at them as a guide throughout your project.

Label all your class work with your name, the date, and your class

No food or open lid drinks allowed in the lab.

Cell phones may be used for academic purposes, but generally need to
be out of sight. We will be too busy making photos to use cell phones.

Mr. Adney will be available during advisory to assist students who need extra help.