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  • General



    Level III

    Year course meets daily

    Credit value 1.0

    Art Major I is offered to students in grades 10 through 12 with a great love of art and who may plan to continue in the art field after graduation. This course is designed for students who are strong artists and wish to develop and explore their artistic skills, talents, and creativity. Outside assignments are an integral part of the class as a high quality of work is stressed. The student will experience a variety of media in relation to the elements and principles of art and will begin to develop an art portfolio. Monthly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement. Participation in the spring art show is a course requirement. The prerequisite for this class is a B average in Drawing and Painting and the approval of the art teacher.

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    Objective: To create a portfolio for storing your work. Three definitions that we can look at when it comes to a portfolio:

    • A case for carrying papers or drawings
    • The security holdings of an investment or financial house
    • A collection of an artist’s best work demonstrating their interests and   aptitude in a wide range of materials

    Materials and Supplies: roll paper, stapler, pencil, construction paper, markers, rubber cement, scissors or paper cutter

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    Objective: The students will learn how various Futurist artists were influenced by the Industrial Revolution and how dynamism was used to depict “movement” in their work. Through the use of dynamism and the basic elements of art such as color, shape and line the students will apply their knowledge to a Futurist drawing in ink of a chosen object in motion.

    The Futurists were the first artists to use modern life as a theme in their work. They were interested in city life, machines and movement: cars racing, crowds moving, trains speeding, speed, technology and violence. The car, the plane, the industrial town were all legendary for the Futurists, because they represented the technological triumph of man over nature.

    HOMEWORK:  Create a sketch of an object in motion.  As you draw the object, make sure that the motion lines get lighter the further away they get from the object.  The lines should get less distinct.  Make sure to create an environment for your object.  Don't let the object float.

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    zentangle on violinZENTANGLE Inspired Creations

    The Zentangle process was created by Rick Roberts (Monk) and Maria Thomas (artist, botanical art illustrator and lettering artist)


    The student will use the elements and principles of art to organize the Zentangle drawibirdng method into a personal drawing that reflects something about them. They will learn the vocabulary of the zentangle, strings (lines), tangles (patterns) and how the effects of mindful drawing can be a way to relax your mind and body and at the same time create amazing designs.

    Purpose- every mark is thoughtful or deliberate, unlike a doodle which is mindless. where as zen means mindful

    Traditional Zentangle- square paper (tile), black and while, no color since that would require you to switch to your left brain, Ideally zentangle is supposed to be abstract and does not follow a specific shape.

    Zentangle - is an abstract, patterned drawing created according to the tenets of the Zentangle Method. In other words a mindful pattern drawn in the abstract.

    Zentangle-inspired creations - Works that are reminiscent of Zentangles but don't adhere to the official guidelines

    Homework:  bring in 5 samples (photographs *can be taken by you or downloaded from the web) printed on one sheet of paper that shows something from nature that we can use as inspiration to create patterns. (example: a field of flowers, brick wall etc. )

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    OBJECTIVE:  Create a two-point perspective drawing that develops a composition using your first name and something of personal interest.

    (enrichment to use last name) The ultimate goal will be to use color pencil techniques to blend your values in the letters highlights and shadows

    within the composition.  Take into consideration the size/scale of the letters and how it will fit within the composition. 

    Homework Sketch: create 3 thumbnail sketches of your idea in different arrangements. See samples to the right.

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    Objective: Explore the various drawing techniques that can be used to create the highlights and shadows within a drawing. Each technique has its own unique look and can be combined or used independently. You will draw a view of the interior or exterior section of your home or a still life using at least one drawing technique concentrating on the highlights and shadows of the objects.

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    charcoal still life

    OBJECTIVE:   the student will pick a series of flowers/fruit to create a 9” x 12”, 12 x 9 or 12" circle still life on charcoal paper. You will include the element of value and the principle of contrast along with the method of Chiaroscuro to develop a realistic still life.  By creating a value study, you begin to look at the object more closely, insuring that you look at the object your drawing and not guessing at what you see.

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    Objective: Using a pencil, draw a shaded self portrait concentrating on the proportions of the facial features and on the highlights and shadows to develop a realistic image. Remember that dark and light values create different feelings to the viewer. This is most likely your first attempt at creating a self portrait so drawing what you see is crucial to truly representing your image. Draw what you see not what you think you see. This will require that you consistently look at the mirror and at your paper as you draw.(contour drawing) If you would like to convey an emotion in the drawing that is fine, if not, you may approach the basic frontal approach. Set up in front of a mirror and do a few thumbnails before tackling the final drawing.