•  Course Description

    This art elective builds on art experiences and helps prepare students for the challenges of the high school art program. This elective offers experiences in a variety of materials and techniques focusing on painting, drawing and sculpture as disciplines. It provides opportunities for students with different learning styles. It encourages the discovery of untapped strengths, expands the meaning of creative work and explores visual communication through artistic expression. Assignments are structured as problem solving activities challenging students to explore possible solutions within defined boundaries. Modern and contemporary art exemplars serve as motivation for creative work and provide cultural insights.

    The studio content of the art program focuses on the following: art history, the formal Elements of Art, the formal Principles of Design, representational skills, composition, expression, technique, function and imagination.

    Student Learning Goals: The student will

    •    Develop insights and experience in the many aspects of meaning conveyed in two-dimensional works of art.

    •    Experience creating in two-dimensional design, in which organization and reorganization of ideas will be explored.

    •    Experience creating in three-dimensional design, in which organization and reorganization of ideas will be explored.

    •    Learn the use of artistic materials and mediums in the form of technique as an effective tool of creating.

    •    Discover dry mediums such as pencil, charcoal, conte, pen, marker, colored pencil and oil pastel, to utilize in project creation.

    •    Discover wet mediums such as ink, watercolor and acrylic, to utilize in project creation.

    •    Develop skills involved with direct observation and perception.

    •    Incorporate and identify an extensive study of color theory into their two and three-dimensional works of art.

    •    Experience creating on two-dimensional surfaces, which will provide a base in which project creation can evolve.

    •    Develop competence in a variety of media when working three dimensionally.

    •    Experience problem solving in three-dimensional design, while working additively and subtractive.

    •    Exercise critical judgment in the form of an artistic critique.


    The study of Introduction to Visual Art introduces the following but is not limited to:

    •    Promote self-esteem as an outlet for emotion and creative expression.

    •    Develop knowledge of Design Elements and Principles of Art.

    •    Demonstrate knowledge of color theory.

    •    Demonstrate knowledge of a two-dimensional composition.

    •    Demonstrate knowledge of a three-dimensional composition.

    •    Demonstrate the ability to draw representatively.

    •    Demonstrate originality.

    •    Develop an understanding of art heritage through cultural exploration and historical study.

    •    Development of individual accountability and responsibility.

    •    Practice correct use of tools and materials.

    •    Develop the ability to incorporate and use technology as a tool for research and creation.

    •    Practice known health and safety procedures.


    Student Requirements:

    •    Students will be expected to work individually as well as within a group setting.

    •    Students will be expected to demonstrate competency when working in a studio setting.

    •    Students will be expected to keep a journal/sketchbook to reinforce ideas discussed during class; includes class notes, terminology, historical references and artist information, procedures and creative processes.

    •    Students will be expected to dress appropriately when working with art tools and materials.

    •    Students will be expected to arrive on time, be prepared and be respectful.

    •    Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the following:


    •    I. Elements of Art: line, color, shape, form, texture, value and space

    •    II. Principles of Design: balance, rhythm, movement, unity, variety, contrast and emphasis

    •    III. Art History: artists, cultures and time periods, art vocabulary

    •    IV. Assessing Art: reflect, describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate

    •    V. Purpose of Art: connect art and daily life and connect art and other disciplines

    Integration of Technology: Website research, Power Point, Computer Simulation, Google Classroom

    Assessment & Evaluation:

    Students are to maintain a comprehensive sketchbook/journal. Students keep a portfolio containing their artwork and/or documentation of projects. The contents of the portfolio enable students to clarify assignments, keep track of progress, and compile a body of work. Students use the portfolio and reflective assignments to evaluate effort and review accomplishments. Students are to display completed art and defend ideas during open critique. The teacher uses rubrics to evaluate skill proficiency, overall project outcome, and student effort. Teacher assessment of student progress is an ongoing process based on the following criteria: 1) the quality of studio work and reflective writing; 2) the ability to follow instructions and complete assignments; 3) meeting lesson objectives, effort and focus on the work; 4) originality and creative problem solving; 5) the proper use of tools, materials and equipment; and 6) respect and appreciation for the work of others. 

    Exhibition of student work will be another important assessment tool. Work will be displayed throughout the classroom, school, and community. The final exam will be a two-part evaluation. The first consisting of a work of art and the second will be a formal written critique that includes, but is not limited to, the historical reference of the artistic work, artist inspiration, creative process, and aesthetics. The final exam will be assigned by the teacher by mid- semester and due before academic exams begin at the end of each semester. Students will receive a letter grade for the course, attitude and performance.