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Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
This course spotlights drawing as a form of communication and introduces students to the elements and principles of art through hands-on activities. Students will sharpen their observation skills using a variety of art media, including graphite, charcoal, pastel, and collage materials. Through practice and experimentation, students will become adept at using basic drawing techniques and processes to depict the world around them, as well as to express their thoughts and feelings. In order to provide a comprehensive study of drawing, this course will analyze and interpret drawings created by others, introduce the concepts of aesthetics and art criticism, and explore the practical application of drawing in a variety of careers. Virtual field trips to art museums and artists' studios, as well as methods to build, organize, and maintain an artist's portfolio, are included in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine drawing throughout history.
  • Identify and apply the elements and principles of art.
  • Identify and experiment with dry and wet drawing media.
  • Apply basic drawing techniques and processes.
  • Identify and describe three aesthetic theories: Imitationalism, Formalism, and Emotionalism.
  • Explore the four steps of art criticism: describe, analyze, interpret, and judge.
  • Keep a sketchbook for drawing and for recording ideas.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine artwork by artists working in a realistic manner.
  • Explain the aesthetic qualities favored by Imitationalists when analyzing a work of art.
  • Create realistic drawings that translate a three-dimensional object and space onto a two-dimensional picture plane.
  • Utilize the concepts of proportion and negative space to complete a drawing.
  • Create a developed still-life drawing.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze and evaluate artwork that illustrates strong use of composition and design.
  • Examine the aesthetic theory of Formalism.
  • Create Formalist artworks.
  • Incorporate the elements and principles of design into compositions.
  • Utilize real and visual texture in a completed artwork.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze and evaluate drawings based on their expressive qualities.
  • Explain the aesthetic qualities favored by Emotionalists when analyzing a work of art.
  • Create a variety of mixed-media drawings that express idea, mood, and feeling. 
  • Organize portfolio contents to demonstrate growth as an artist.
  • Write an artist statement for one drawing completed during the course.
  • Discuss career opportunities for artists and designers in the 21st century.

Course Materials

  • Creating & Understanding Drawings (textbook)
  • 2B Faber-Castell 9000 pencil
  • 2B charcoal pencil
  • Oil pastels (set of 12)
  • Ruler
  • Triangle 4-inch, 30/60 degree
  • Bound sketch book
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Black construction paper (one 9 x 12  sheet)
  • Orange construction paper (one 9 x 12 sheet)
  • Tracing paper (one 9 x 12 piece)
  • Washable watercolors (eight colors)
  • Brushes (set of 4)
  • Multicultural crayons, large (eight colors)
  • Colored pencils (12 colors)
  • T-Square, 12-inch
  • Triangle, 4-inch, 45/90 degree
  • Masking tape
  • Tempera poster paint (set of 6)
  • Kid’s scissors
  • Poster board white (one piece)
  • Conte crayons (one crayon)
  • Glue stick
  • Drawing pad (9 x 12,  50 sheets)
  • Marker set, fine tip (12 colors)
  • Marker set, broad tip (eight colors)
  • 6.75 inch plastic (10 wells)
  • Crayola washable watercolors (24-color oval set)