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Advanced Art


This course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of artistic disciplines.  The course follows a general art history timeline starting with Romanticism and ending with Conceptual and Contemporary Art.  Each unit covered is augmented with reproductions of exemplary works, artists, and historical developments in the arts connected with each movement. In this way, students recognize, understand, analyze, and respond to social/cultural perspectives in the arts.  As students study the different art movements and styles they apply ideas, techniques and processes to creating original and creative works of their own.   All projects require students to examine the artistic merit and aesthetic effect of works of art.  


Create, Present, and Perform

In grades 11-12 students extend their study of the visual arts. They use a wide range of art mediums, subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expression. They grow more sophisticated in their employment of the elements of art and organizational principles of art to reflect their feelings and emotions. Students develop and create deeper and more meaningful works of visual art that reflect the maturing of their creative problem solving skills.  Students understand the interplay of different art media, styles, forms, techniques, and processes in the creation of their own work.


* right brain exercises

* drawing

* recreate a masterpiece collage

* acrylic Painting

* watercolor painting

* charcoal Faces

* oil pastel faces
* ink pointillism
* linoleum block printing
* pinhole cameras
* ceramic clay

* henna

* oil painting

* ready mades

* plaster reductions

* serigraphy

* earth art


Aesthetics and Criticism  

Students use the elements of art and organizational principles of art to evaluate the merits of their efforts and work.   Students develop increasing abilities to pose questions about contexts, processes, and criteria for evaluation. They use these questions to examine works in light of various analytical methods and to express their ideas and preferences using art terminology. They can evaluate artistic qualities and aesthetic effects in works of art, nature, and human made environments.


* review of art elements and organizational principles

* in class critiques

* written response

* peer and teacher observations

* peer and teacher evaluations using the four steps of art criticism

* written midterm and final reports

* oral midterm and final projects

* class discussions

* student reflection verbal and written


Historical and Cultural Perspectives 

Students understand the relationship among art forms and between their own work a

nd that of others. They are able to relate understanding about historical and cultural contexts of art to situations in contemporary life. They have a broad and in-depth understanding of the meaning and importance of the visual world in which they live. They can reflect on the nature of human involvement in art as a viewer, creator and participant.


*Genre Painting

* American Romanticism

* Realism

* Pre Impressionism
* Impressionism

* Post Impressionism
* Ukiyo-e Printmaking

* Expressionism

* Cubism

* Surrealism

* Dada

* Regionalism

* Chicano Art

* Nonobjective Art

* Abstract Expressionism

* Color Field Painting

* Pop Art

* Photorealism

* New Realism

* Vanitas

* Feminist Art

* Earth Art


Textbook and/or Supplemental Materials:

- Hands on practice

- Demonstration of techniques

- Power Point Presentations

- Reproductions of exemplary works of art

- Short artist biographies

- authentic unit quizzes

- weekly sketchbook assignments