VA INTERMEDIATE LEVEL I, Grade 9, Winter/Spring 2016
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This Week In Class: Complete Photoshop Ad, Begin planning for Denver Art Museum Project, Guest Artist Jack Koloskus.
This Week’s Sketchbook Assignment, Due Monday, Feb 8. Letter. Using the letter provided, create a full page illustration referencing the letter or a design based on the letter form. The letter provided must appear within your page. To receive a 10, you must address the prompt creatively, submit the work on time, demonstrate a one-hour commitment, and utilize a full page (at least 8 x 10 or larger). Unless specified, you may use the media of your choice.
Assignment #2: Portfolio of 5 b&w photos in a single specific genre: portrait, still life, or landscape/cityscape. Each photo should exhibit a clear art element focus. Exhibit strong composition, crisp focus. Image sizes 8.5 x 11. Due end of period Thursday, Jan.21.
Assignment #3: Cubist photographic essay on your bedroom, Must include at lease 15 individual photos. May be in color. Due end of period, Friday, Jan. 22
Assignment #4: Using two or more of your black and white photos, create a single composition using transparency in Photoshop. (with Steve Cleveland, guest artist) Due Wed. Jan. 27
Assignment #5: Photo advertisement using 2 or more of your own photos creatively cut and pasted.Use an existing product. Due Friday, February 5.
Major Department Due Dates: Writing Assignment #1, Gallery Review: Tuesday, Jan. 26 Writing Assignment #2: Tuesday, Feb. 23 3rd Quarter Show: Thursday night, March 3 Writing Assignment #3: Tuesday, March 22 Writing Assignment #4: Tuesday, April 26 4th Quarter Sow and Year End Celebration:, Friday night, May 20
ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS • Weekly sketchbook assignments, submitted on Mondays for class critique • 4 writing outside assignments (may include Art Gallery Reviews, research paper, analysis of written articles, or Artist Interview) Students will fine tune and increase sophistication in writing skills through gallery reviews, technical analysis, and personal journaling. Submit all written work in HARD COPY unless specifically arranged with instructor. • Collaborative class critiques • Individual art projects. • Guest artists and speakers Participation points are part of the Final Assessment, tallied at the end of the semester and include critique skills, preparation, attendance, focus, cooperation, studio responsibility and attitude. Additional work on projects outside of class is required !
• Expectations are that students will complete all class assignments (on time) designed to cultivate advanced skill, creative thinking, awareness of contemporary art forms (including performance and installation), and conceptual ideas. • Students will create work supervised and advised by the instructor. • The sketchbook must be in class daily and document artistic process through journaling, extensive research, and sketches.
CLASS SYLLABUS: Graphic Design
Big Ideas: What is graphic design and how does it differ from “fine art?” What forms does graphic design take and how does it function in our contemporary culture. What are the viable careers in this field and how do you prepare for them? What specific skills are needed? What are some strategies for improving one’s ability to solve problems creatively? How does graphic design impact our world and how can we improve our own visual literacy? How do type, color, negative space, image, and message contribute and coexist within graphic design?
Students will observe, critique and reflect on this art discipline to further strong design skills and visually literacy in contemporary culture. Using both the computer and traditional materials students will produce a variety of graphic projects to gain awareness of strong design principles. Career paths offered in this art discipline will be explored through research, readings and projects.
Curriculum Topics Photography: exploration of composition and content in black and white photography Printmaking: Poster design in screen printing; Social Issues in intaglio Digital Media (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator): use of technology to explore type as a compositional design element, color as an emotive and attention getting device, and persuasive and informative visual messaging
Colorado Academic Standards for Visual Art
1.Observe and Learn to Comprehend: The visual arts are a means for expression, communication and meaning making.
2.Envision and Critique to Reflect: Visual arts recognize, articulate, and implement critical thinking through the synthesis, evaluation and analysis of visual information.
3.Invent and Discover to Create: Generate works of art that employ unique ideas, feelings, and values using different media, technologies.
4.Relate and Connect to Transfer: Recognize, articulate, and validate the value of the visual arts to lifelong learning and the human experience.