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									                  Visual Arts Course Descriptions
         Capital High School – 1st Semester – 2012/2013
            Instructor: Lea Mitchell * lmitchell@osd.wednet.edu
                               (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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