Visual Arts Course Descriptions Capital High School – 1st Semester – 2012/2013 Instructor: Lea Mitchell * firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 596-8205 Introduction to Art is a foundational beginning art class. Students learn how to create, observe and talk about art. The class covers general art vocabulary, concepts, and methods. In addition, students are provided studio experiences where they practice technical art skills and learn how to manage their time. Projects include drawing, collage, printmaking, paper cutting, multi-media work, and sketching. Draw/Paint 1 is a studio art course designed to help students develop skills in drawing and painting. Students will use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to draw and paint from imagination and observation. During the fall semester, we will focus on drawing. Students will interpret and analyze artworks from diverse eras and cultures. The creative process for each project includes exploring a theme, completing practice exercises and sketches, studio time, critiques and reflections. Students are expected to develop both their technical and expressive skills. Draw/Paint 2 is for students who have significant prior art experience and have already taken Draw/Paint 1. At this level, emphasis is placed on developing individual style, voice, and studio goals. Students take responsibility for defining media and skills they want to develop, proposing studio projects, and completing projects that address their learning goals for this class. Students may repeat this class and work more independently at more advanced levels if needed. In all Three Courses, Students Create: Original artwork that responds to different themes and inquiries; Art production assignments that include practice exercises, project planning and reflection, studio time, and critique; An Art Journal to record and organize handouts, resources, ideas for projects, notes from class, questions, and challenges to explore; A sketchbook with original sketches in a variety of styles; Art to be exhibited in the classroom, school, or local community; A classroom community where we can take creative risks, problem solve, learn from each other, and express ourselves.
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