Introduction to Art for High School (Semester 1)
Through art education, students gain important life skills including project development, time-management, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Honing these skills lays a solid foundation for strong innovative leaders. Students will gain an appreciation for the attention to detail and the pride of achievement.
In this class, students will do weekly projects through a variety of creative mediums that teach art in a hands-on, dynamic way. Students will exercise their focus and concentration with each project. They will be pushed to step beyond their comfort zone and experiment with new and different art techniques. Students will experience a multi-disciplinary course that engages them through art history, drawing and painting, digital media, and sculpture.
This class will work on each of the following topics with art techniques and skills as follows:
Unit 1: Elements of Art
- Week 1 – Line, Shape, and Texture – Mixed Media
- Week 2 – Color – Painting
- Week 3 – Form, Space – Sculpture
Unit 2: Principles of Art
- Week 1 – Gestalt Theories in Art – Mixed Media
- Week 2 – Emphasis and Hierarchy – Digital Graphic Design
- Week 3 – Scale/Proportion – Drawing
Unit 3: Contour
- Week 1 – Blind Contour – Drawing
- Week 2 – Continuous Contour – Sculpture
- Week 3 – Contour – Mixed Media
Unit 4: Value Scales
- Week 1 – Black and white – Digital Photography
- Week 2 – Color Values – Painting
Unit 5: Still Life
- Week 1 – Inanimate Objects – Drawing
- Week 2 – Still Life Action – Digital Photography
- Week 3 – Still Life Portraits – Drawing
Unit 6: Perspective
- Week 1 – Interiors – Mixed Media
- Week 2 – Landscape – Painting
The course of study will proceed as follows:
Course lecture discussing our weekly topic, a brief art history lesson about a famous artist or artistic movement including work and influences, and the assignment of an art critique of a famous piece of artwork as it relates to our weekly topic and an art creation assignment including instructions and parameters.
For an engaging and dynamic learning experience, students will have assignments outside of class time to be posted in the classroom throughout the week.
Looking for High School Art credit? This class can count as one semester of high school art. Please reach out to me for specific assessment needs. Class assessments are based on the following: class participation time management and timeliness of submissions students’ displayed understanding of the weekly topic through Art Critique, and Art Project submissions Assessments will be based on a 0-5 scale rating.