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Beginning 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 Prehistoric Art and ending with Neoclassicism.  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. Midterm and Final projects require students to examine the artistic merit and aesthetic effect of works of art.  


Create, Present, and Perform 

In grades 9-10 students begin a study of the visual arts. They use a wide range of art mediums, subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expression. They study the elements of art and organizational principles of art in order to achieve desired effects when creating works and to learn how to evaluate the merits of their efforts.  Students use different art media, styles, forms, techniques, and processes in the creation of their own work.


* right brain exercises

* drawing

* soft pastels

* ceramic clay

* metal tooling

* plaster reductions

* acrylic painting

* poetry

* origami

* ink

* calligraphy

* paper construction

* paper mache

* aluminum sculpture

* plaster strips

* scratch art

* watercolor


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 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.


* 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 gain a growing familiarity with the ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas, and knowledge important in the visual arts.  As students gain this knowledge and these skills, they gain in their ability to apply knowledge and skills in the visual arts to their widening personal worlds.


* Prehistoric Art

* Sumerian Art

* Egyptian Art

* Minoan and Mycenaean Art

* Persian and Assyrian Art

* Greek Art

* Roman Art

* Asian Art

* Early Christian Art

* Central American Indigenous Art

* South American Indigenous Art

* Gothic Art

* The Renaissance

* Mannerism

* African Art

* The Baroque

* Romanticism

* the Rococo

* Neoclassicism


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