Visual Arts Beginning Level II and III, Art Fundamentals , Fall Semester 2017
Teacher Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or voice mail at 720 424-1776. Classroom phone is not answered during class hours.
VA POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS It is the responsibility of every VA Major to be familiar with and honor prescribed classroom policies and Department Requirements as outlined on our web page. You will be asked to review these at the beginning of each year and sign off that you understand them.
This Week In Class: Audition Still life drawing. Introduction of book project.
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.
IMPORTANT CLASS DATES
Tuesday, February 13, Gallery Review #1, You must go to a museum or co-op gallery. Submit all written work in HARD COPY unless specifically arranged with instructor.
Thursday, March 1, 3rd Quarter Show, Potluck Dinner at 6:00, dishes to be assigned by grade
Tuesday, March 6, Gallery Review #2 You must go to a museum or co-op gallery. Submit all written work in HARD COPY unless specifically arranged with instructor.
Tuesday, May 1, Artist Interview, see web page for interview questions under “Forms” tab.
Friday, May 25, Year End Celebration and 4th Quarter Show, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
6th- 7th Grade Syllabus, Beginning Level I and II
Curriculum: Students will create a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional projects. Students will work extensively in the sketchbook to research, plan, revise and reflect in the creation of major projects. Basic drawing and painting exercises will build on fundamental techniques studied first semester. Basic 3D art vocabulary, media and techniques including additive, subtractive processes will be covered using paper, clay, wood and found objects materials. Various critique and writing strategies will build on skills. Art Appreciation content will include early art history, art genres, and major styles.
ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS • Weekly sketchbook assignments, submitted on Mondays for class critique • 3 writing assignments outside of class (may include Art Gallery Reviews, research paper, or Artist Interview) Students will fine tune and increase sophistication in writing skills through gallery reviews, technical analysis, and personal reflections. • Collaborative class critiques • Individual art projects. • Field trip, 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 expected and required on many projects !
• 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.
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Colorado Academic Standards for Visual Arts
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