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Prerequisites: Drawing & Painting I: none
Drawing & Painting II: Level I
Drawing & Painting III & IV: aforementioned coursework and permission of instructor
Level: 9 – 12th grade
Credits: 1.0

Course Description

Drawing & Painting I is an introductory fine arts course that revolves around the elements and principles of art and how they apply to two-dimensional processes.   Initially, this course concentrates on teaching students the fundamentals in drawing.  Once competent, the students then explore a variety of media during the second half of the year.  This course is anchored by a strong art history background and also focuses on art philosophy.  Frequent class critiques are essential in developing the student’s ability to recognize, discuss, and evaluate aesthetics in an intelligent manner.

Course Objectives

The students shall:
Engage in the critical analysis, both verbal and written, on the art of their peers and other artists.
Experience and practice a variety of art processes & media.
Learn & understand appropriate art vocabulary.
  Explore the different people and movements in art history.
Strive towards good craftsmanship.
Freely employ creative skills & thinking in order to create meaningful and original works of art.

Course Outline

Introduction to Drawing

Positive & Negative Space
Contour Drawing:  blind contour & basic
Sighting:  verticals, horizontals, and angles
Sighting:  proportions and relationships
Perspective:  one & two point
Value:  scales and contrast
Shading:  geometric solids
Still Life:  three levels of complexity

Introduction to Media

Pencil, Charcoal, & Ink
Pastel & Colored Pencil
Acrylic & Watercolor
Collage & Other Mixed Media

Teaching Methods

Students will partake in a number of learning methodologies.  Presentation, guided practice, and individual practice are all a part of the drawing segment.  There are also class discussions and lectures that are imperative to the growth of not only skills, but also the understanding of aesthetics and concepts.  Class critiques are held at the midway and end of every project so that the students may offer and receive input about their work and the work of others.  Higher order thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized and encouraged.

Assessment Strategies

This course recognizes attendance and participation as essential.
Points are deducted for late work.
  Students will receive 5-20 points for every sketchbook assignment.  Homework is assigned.
Written material is graded on both accuracy and content.  Legibility is expected. 
  Creativity exercises receive participation grades ranging from 10-40 points.
Students are graded on all artwork created.  This includes sketches, rough drafts, and final outcomes.  Commendation is granted for effort and risk taking.  Projects may range from 50-200 points


Discovering Art History(Student Text), Davis Publications
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th Edition
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards
The Natural Way to Draw, Kimon Nicolaides
Art Fundamentals, Ocvirk, Bone, Stinson, & Wigg
Color Workbook, Becky Koenig
The Philosophers Way, John Chaffe; Prentice Hall
A World of Images, Chapman; Davis Publications

Post Note Regarding Upper Level Art

Students in Art II are to proceed with class assignments that are meant to further their technical skill and challenge their abilities.  Freedom with subject and media is granted based on effort and proficiency.   Art III & IV are independent study.  Students are encouraged to select areas of interest to explore.

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