Rosenbaum Grade 11

Spring 2018,  Ms. Rosenbaum, Advanced Level I,   11th Grade Breadth Portfolio                         

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Department POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS    It is the responsibility of every VA student to know with and honor classroom policies and Department Requirements listed on our home page.  Students must review late policy and studio rules and sign off that they have read and understand them.

This Week In Class:  Continue work on Breadth Piece #1, due Thursday, January 25 at the beginning of cha

This Week’s Sketchbook Assignment  Due Monday, January 22, “The End”  Telling Stories Poster Design.  Interpret the Telling Stories theme considering where and how endings happen.  What if you started at the end and worked forward?  What if you think about the importance of a famous ending (like Gone With the Wind of The Wizard of Oz?)  Be sure to put “Telling Stories” and The End in your design.  Be sure to use a vertical format.  If using a small sketchbook, you just do a two page spread.  To receive a 9/10, you must fully address the prompt, submit the work on time, demonstrate a commitment to the assignment. To receive a 10, work must be unusually creative and exhibit a high level of thought and craftsmanship.  Unless specified, you may use the media of your choice.


Writing #1:  Tuesday, January 23 (Gallery Review from a museum or co-op gallery

Piece #1 Due, Thursday, 1/25 at the beginning of class

Writing #2:  Wednesday, Feb. 21, Artist Interview

3rd Quarter Show, March 1, 2018

Writing #3:  Tuesday, March 13

Writing #4:  Tuesday, April 17

Year End Celebration and 4th Quarter Show, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, May 25

Advanced Level I, Breadth Portfolio, Overview:       This Advanced Level I Portfolio Development class follows AP Studio curriculum and demands strong commitment toward the production of highly finished, portfolio directed art pieces completed in a timely fashion. Advanced work should demonstrate technical ability, conscious use of the expressive qualities of art, and development of strong ideas through research and planning.    Students should demonstrate understanding of the history of art, the role that art plays in the cultural landscape and how art is changing in the 21st century.  Continued emphasis on strong, professional writing, and critical analysis will develop language skills and prepare students for college, and interview situations.  Students will produce a  Portfolio of 6- 7 highly finished pieces in  a variety of subjects, themes, media, techniques, and styles.   Works must demonstrate advanced skill, research, and development of conceptual thinking.  Completion of this portfolio helps identify a theme and concept for a meaningful Concentration Portfolio and senior show in 12th grade.

11TH GRADE:  Big Idea    Identification and development of specific technical strengths.   Identification and development of personal themes and voice.  What ideas do I want to communicate with my work?

11TH GRADE:  Essential Questions     How do I create work that stretches me as an artist while developing  a well-rounded Breadth Portfolio that demonstrates skill in a variety of areas?  How do I work to my strengths and personal interests to develop a personal voice?  What strategies and disciplines can I employ to work productively and independently on individual projects?  How can I use my talents to communicate strong ideas and possibly serve my community? What professional skills are necessary  for success in the arts?                                                                         

• Expectations are that students will complete all class assignments (on time) designed to cultivate advanced skill, creative thinking, awareness of modern art forms  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.

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 reflections.  Submit all written work in HARD COPY unless specifically arranged with instructor.   •  Collaborative class critiques    •  Individual art projects.    • Guest artists and speakers   Studio behaviors, including critique skills, preparation, attendance, focus, cooperation, studio maintenance, and attitude are assessed throughout the semester with points tallied as part of the final exam grade.   Additional work on projects outside of class is required !

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11th Grade Breadth Portfolio

Each piece should demonstrate a specific technical skill in media or technique

Each piece should reflect personal content, a theme, or strong idea

Look to demonstrate media/skills/techniques that you do not already have a strong example of.  You are attempting to showcase your ability in different areas with this portfolio.

Develop and use research to develop and enhance richness of image, content and craftsmanship. Always consider how much further you can take your idea.  Evidence of research in 3 areas for each project is required using the research checklist. (Artists, technique/media to be used, theme)


Black pencil rendering

pen and ink rendering

2 paintings

(optional mixed media, print, pastel, charcoal, crayon)

one direct observation piece from life (not from a photo reference)


Still life

Scene demonstrating extreme depth, perspective, or foreshortening (interior?)

Self portrait (face or figurative) from an unusual angle

Figure Drawing examples from a live model

2 Sculptural or 3D pieces



A View from the Block

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue….(still life)

My first brush with danger

Self Portrait as a Still life with objects, (Books in a totem format?), Use a variety of objects that reflect your identity

Process mark making piece layering marks and materials for depth and transparency. You should be able to thoughtfully explain your process and motivation as you work this piece.

White paint on black or white object study in paint

Fantasy, Fear, or Premonition (Denver’s future destruction?) –earthquake, nuclear warfare, flood, giant aliens etc?

Use products or behaviors to make a statement on contemporary society

Respond to a masterpiece from art history in depth