If you currently own any supplies that you would like to use, you are welcome to bring them, but it is your responsibility to keep track of them.
An apron, lab coat or large shirt to cover your uniform while working with messy stuff is recommended. (I’ll let you know when you need it)
The lab fee will cover the more expensive supplies for the class like inks, paper, paints, brushes, etc.
You have 3 weeks to get your lab fees turned in. This is very important because I need to order the things we need for the projects. The sooner I get it, the quicker we can move on to the fun stuff, so don’t delay us.
This class will mainly be project based, which means most of your time will be spent working on your own.
We will explore many different types, approaches, techniques and forms of art, but this class is meant to introduce you to visual arts. If you already “know” how to draw, try to keep an open mind and explore the techniques in the assignments. It will only make you a better artist!
We will have group critiques at the end of every project, so be prepared because you will have to talk about your work and the work of others. On the next few pages I have included some rules and other useful information you’ll need for this class. We will have a lot of fun, but you will be graded on projects, and there will be a few tests on things you need to know like terminology and art movements.
Temporary schedule (some changes may occur)
WEEK 1 Syllabus, brief history of art
WEEK 2 Presentation of art, start elements/principles of design
WEEK 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Elements of design
WEEK 7Color Design
WEEK 8Basic “STILL LIFE” Drawing
WEEK 9Charcoal Drawing
WEEK 10Landscape/ figure drawing (pencil, ink, or charcoal)
WEEK 11achromatic and monochromatic painting
WEEK 12 Color Harmony Painting
WEEK 13 one color block print
WEEK 14 Tri-color block prints
WEEK 15 sculpture
WEEK 16 FREE PROJECT WHICH MUST ADDRESS ALL ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
Follow these rules in addition to the regular school rules and everyone is happy.
1.Clean up after yourself, and put things back where you took them.
2.Be respectful to everyone in this classroom at all times; we are all in this together.
3.Do not handle anyone else’s art work.
4.Always get here on time and have your materials ready for class. 90 minutes seems like a long time, but when you factor in set up and clean up times you will have approximately 1 hr to work.
5.Stay seated. I can’t have people roaming around the room while I’m trying to help you.
6.The music in the room is controlled by me, only. You may bring IPods or mp3 players to listen to only when you are working on projects. This is a privilege, not a right. I will take them away if you abuse the situation.
7.Be open minded, critiques are meant to be constructive, not a personal attack. The best artists in the world have to talk about and defend their work at times.
8.Never say “But I can’t draw”. You have hands, therefore you can draw. This is not a contest. You are being graded on how well you handle the project not how talented you are.
9.Everyone must fill a sketch journal of no less than 50 pages. Draw everything around you! This will be 1 test grade. Think of it as practice. It’s what you will do if you finish early. Never ask me what to do now; just get out your sketch book and draw. You may be able to use some of your drawings for projects, so stay on top of it.
10.The last 15 minutes of class are spent cleaning up. Leave the place the way you found it.
Your grades will be an average of the following:written tests, sketch book, and project grades.