Drawing and Painting

  • Course Description:

    Drawing/Painting is for students who want to learn how to draw or to improve their current drawing/painting skills. Students will improve their ability to think and see creatively as they work on putting their unique ideas in visual form. Assignments focusing on different approaches to drawing and painting will include working from close observation, working conceptually, and working with personal expression. Students will experiment with a variety of materials: pencil, pastel, ink, charcoal, oil pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. Emphasis is placed on learning how to use materials and appreciate the role of process in making art. The class is designed for all levels of ability. Assignments are designed to meet individual differences. Drawing/Painting I has no prerequisite. Students who wish to explore advanced drawing/paintings concepts and techniques may continue through Drawing/Painting II, III, and IV. Evaluation is based on effort and progress.

    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:

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

    Course Units / Topics of Study:

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