Drawing and Painting

  • Course Description:

    Drawing/Painting is for those students who want to learn or improve their basic drawing/painting skills and their ability to put their own unique ideas down on paper. They will also improve their ability to think and see creatively. Students will learn to draw portraits, figures, landscapes, and improve their ability to perceive and use color, making painting a natural extension of drawing. They will work with a variety of materials: pencil, pastel, ink, charcoal, conte, craypas, and mixed media. The class is designed for all levels of ability and to meet individual differences. Student will progress at his or her own rate. Drawing/Painting I has no prerequisite. Students who wish to explore advanced drawing/painting concepts and techniques may continue through Drawing/Painting II, III and IV. Evaluation is based on effort and progress. Fee is 25.00. 

    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    How do form, content and context express and influence meaning? 
    How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
    How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
    How do we use critique to inform our art?

    Course Academic Vocabulary:

    • Proportion
    • Composition
    • Line quality
    • Form
    • Gesture
    • Contour
    • Linear Perspective
    • Foreshortening
    • Sketch
    • Surface Manipulations
    • Tone
    • Contrast
    • Shading
    • Crosshatching
    • Elements and Principles of Art
    • Critique

    Course Units / Topics of Study:

    • Observational Rendering
    • Introduction to Linear Perspective
    • Portraits and Self-portraits
    • Visual Narratives
    • Modern collage
    • Image Transfer
    • Unusual Mediums
    • Layered Surfaces
    • Figurative Studies
    • Landscapes/ cityscapes
    • Nature
    • Departmental Thematic Work