• Course Description

    Students will expand their drawing skills with intensive study of composition and the use of additional media and techniques.  Students will work from observation and imagination. Students will develop an intensive approach to the interpretation of subject matter. Students will learn skills and techniques with the following media: pencil, color pencil, pastel, pen and ink, charcoal and mixed media.

    *Dual Credit through UMSL is offered for this course.

    Grade Level(s): 10-12th grades

    Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  Missouri Grade Level Expectations for Visual Arts

    Essential Questions

    • How are the elements and principles of design chosen in an informed manner?
    • How does media choice aid in the success of an artwork?
    • Why do artists create the work that they do or historically did?
    • How should an artist present their artwork?
    • How should one respond to another person's artwork?

    Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

    Students will understand that:

    • Form follows function: formal qualities and what form something takes is dependent on what it is supposed to do.
    • Media is a vehicle for expression: the base materials of art can be loaded with expressions (especially when done wisely).
    • Meaning, feeling, or narrative or not innate in artwork; they have to be wisely uploaded, and then driven into the artwork.
    • People create artwork in response to activities, events, and conventions surrounding them: all artists have reasons for what they do.
    • The meaning and quality of artwork are subjective, but justifiable.

    Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

    Unit 1: Contour Line Drawing

    Unit 2: Cross-Contour Line Drawing

    Unit 3: Blind Contour

    Unit 4: Observation Drawing with Value/Shading

    Unit 5: Fabric Drawing

    Unit 6: Landscapes

    Unit 7: Color - Portrait with Colored Pencils

    Unit 8: Typography

    Course Resources & Materials: Art of Education Flex and Pro for ART

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2010