Billy Miles

Billy Miles

Classroom: Divine 307A
Email: billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov
VP: 360-553-4624
Subjects: K-12 Art/Media

Hello, everyone! I’m the art teacher here at WSD. I’m very proud to be teaching here at my alma mater (Class of ’95 – whoo!).

After I graduated from WSD, I attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where I took courses in photography, graphic design and fine art. I survived five busy, crazy and fun-filled years at Gallaudet and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. The five years I spent at Gallaudet were some of the best years of my life, in large part because of the personal growth I went through and exploring what it meant to be a proud Deaf person entering adulthood. Go Bison!

After graduating from Gallaudet University, my wife Dana and I moved back home to Vancouver. I worked for two years at a catalog consulting firm in Portland, which was a good experience for me. However, I had a strong desire to work within the Deaf community where I knew I belonged. I went to graduate school at Western Oregon University where I graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree in Teacher Preparation: Deaf Education.

Life brought my wife and I (and our kids) to Kansas and then South Dakota where we lived for several years before deciding in 2007 that there was simply no place we’d rather be than in our home state of Washington. I’m very fortunate that life was able to bring us back here to WSD where I’m able to teach! Each year brings new challenges and I’m loving every minute of it.

Classroom: Divine Building, Room 307A
Schedule: 1st Period: 8:30 – 9:27 (M-TH and A Fridays)

Course Description: In this class, we will be learning about the process of brainstorming, designing and creating graphics for multiple purposes (advertising, promotional materials, posters, social media, etc.). The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be emphasized and used frequently throughout the course. We will be using the Adobe Creative Suite collection of apps (primarily Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and InDesign) to achieve objectives in class. 

We will also be learning how to use a 3D printer as well as the process for creating 3D prints using additive manufacturing from digital models. We will be learning about different types of filaments, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as 3D printing settings. We will learn how to slice 3D models using a slicing software into files that 3D printers can understand and work with to output 3D prints. This is a very exciting and relatively new field that has only recently become widely accessible to students. 

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Clean up before leaving the classroom
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Take a picture of your assignments and upload to Google Classroom
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Make up all work missed due to absences
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up missed work. Schedule an appointment with me to discuss how you can make up missed assignments.

Your grades will be based on daily performance as well as project/assignment rubric scoring. See attached sheets for both rubric scoring sheets.

Grading will be determined by WSD Grade Marks with grading based on daily participation/performance as well as completion of assigned pages/spreads. You will also be required to take a picture of your completed assignments/projects and post them in Google Classroom. Assignments not posted in Google Classroom will be considered incomplete.

How your grade will be weighed:

class participation / performance = 40 points
completion of lessons / assignments = 40 points
completion of projects = 20 points

Possible Points: 100 = 4.0 (A)

Letter grade Percent ranges Scale value General rubric
A 93-100 4.0 Exceeds expectations
A- 90-92.9 3.7
B+ 87-89.9 3.3
B 83-86.9 3.0 Meets expectations
B- 80-82.9 2.7
C+ 77-79.9 2.3
C 73-76.9 2.0 Approaching expectations
C- 70-72.9 1.7
D+ 67-69.9 1.3
D 60-66.9 1.0 Does not meet expectations
F <60 0 No evidence


Major Goals:
As a result of successfully completing this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Create 3D prints that resemble the 3D model they originally started with.
  2. Understand how to choose the filament that is best suited for their final product.
  3. Understand the process of preparing files for 3D printing, changing the print settings as necessary, printing successfully, and complete post-processing steps as necessary.
  4. Develop an understanding of what employment opportunities there are related to the 3D printing field, and what the requirements for employment are.

All work must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No work that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov

Classroom: Divine Building, Room 307A
Schedule: 5th Period: 1:03 – 2:00 (M-TH) and 9:30-10:27 (B Fridays)

Course Description: In this class, we will be exploring the ways we use media to communicate ideas to an audience. We will be studying tv shows, films, commercials, and social media videos. We will discuss the way they use lighting, colors, camera angles and composition, editing, etc. to influence the way we experience what we see on screen. We will also be exploring printed advertising materials and how they effectively accomplish specific goals within a limited amount of time. We will apply these things to create our own videos and printed materials. 

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Clean up before leaving the classroom
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

How your grade will be weighed:

class participation / performance = 40 points
completion of lessons / assignments = 60 points

Possible Points: 100 = 4.0 (A)

Letter grade Percent ranges Scale value General rubric
A 93-100 4.0 Exceeds expectations
A- 90-92.9 3.7
B+ 87-89.9 3.3
B 83-86.9 3.0 Meets expectations
B- 80-82.9 2.7
C+ 77-79.9 2.3
C 73-76.9 2.0 Approaching expectations
C- 70-72.9 1.7
D+ 67-69.9 1.3
D 60-66.9 1.0 Does not meet expectations
F <60 0 No evidence


Major Goals:
As a result of successfully completing these courses, the student should be able to:

  1. Create videos and printed materials that demonstrate an understanding of how to use media to communicate an idea to an audience.
  2. Effectively use techniques and methods to capture an audience’s attention within a short span of time (videos) or at a glance (printed materials).

All work created must be of your own creation (no copying of other work). All work must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No work that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov

Classroom: Divine Building, Room 307A
Schedule: 6th Period: 2:03 – 3:00 (M-TH) and 10:30 – 11:27 (B Fridays)

Course Description: In this semester-long course, we will be learning about classical and contemporary paintings, techniques and concepts with an emphasis on how to incorporate the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in our paintings. We will be exploring with watercolors, oils and acrylics, spending approximately a month on each medium. We will also be exploring non-traditional and creative techniques of using paint (ie. paint pouring; miniature painting; etc.) We will do some guided painting using videos on YouTube (ie. The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross), as well as some independent painting. 

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Clean up before leaving the classroom
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Take a picture of your assignments and upload to Google Classroom
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Make up all work missed due to absences
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up missed work. Schedule an appointment with me to discuss how you can make up missed assignments.

Your grades will be based on daily performance as well as project/assignment rubric scoring. See attached sheets for both rubric scoring sheets.

Grading will be determined by WSD Grade Marks with grading based on daily participation/performance as well as completion of assigned pages/spreads. You will also be required to take a picture of your completed assignments/projects and post them in Google Classroom. Assignments not posted in Google Classroom will be considered incomplete.

How your grade will be weighed:

class participation / performance = 40 points
completion of lessons / assignments = 40 points
completion of projects = 20 points

Possible Points: 100 = 4.0 (A)

Letter grade Percent ranges Scale value General rubric
A 93-100 4.0 Exceeds expectations
A- 90-92.9 3.7
B+ 87-89.9 3.3
B 83-86.9 3.0 Meets expectations
B- 80-82.9 2.7
C+ 77-79.9 2.3
C 73-76.9 2.0 Approaching expectations
C- 70-72.9 1.7
D+ 67-69.9 1.3
D 60-66.9 1.0 Does not meet expectations
F <60 0 No evidence


Major Goals:
As a result of successfully completing this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify the differences in using acrylics, oils and watercolor paints.
  2. Understand how to properly clean and care for painting materials.
  3. Successfully create a completed painting with each medium using specific techniques as taught in class.

All artwork must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No artwork that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov

Classroom: Divine Building, Room 307A
Schedule: 2nd-4th Grade: 10:30 – 11:27 (M-TH) and 9:30 – 10:27 (A Fridays)
5th/6th Grade: 11:30 – 12:27 (M-TH) and 8:30 – 9:27 (B Fridays)

Course Description: In elementary art, we will be doing a lot of fundamental skills-building (cutting, pasting, coloring, painting, etc.) and learning about the seven elements of art: line, shape, space, value, form, texture and color. We will also be studying the nine principles of design: unity, balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm (repetition or pattern), variety, emphasis, proportion (scale) and movement. There will be a lot of experimenting with various media (paint, crayons, pencils, pastels, paper, etc.) and applying what we’ve learned in class to create new artwork. In addition to creating artwork, we will be learning about famous artists throughout history and critiquing their work, as well as learning about multicultural art. You will be working on several projects that reflect your understanding of the concepts taught in class.

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Clean up before leaving the classroom
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

Major Goals: As a result of successfully completing these courses, the student should be able to:

  1. Create artwork that demonstrates an understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design.
  2. Use a variety of media individually and collectively in their artwork.
  3. Create artwork that incorporates different types of effects using a variety of media in addition to traditional medium.

All assignments created must be of your own creation (no copying of other artwork). All artwork must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No artwork that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov