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Advanced Art

George Washington High School

Advanced Art Syllabus

Mr. Montgomery, Rm 208


Fall, 2014/Spring, 2015


Course Description

This is a one year course designed to introduce the students to the fundamentals of art practices and skills with an emphasis on drawing, design, color theory, anatomy, perspective, rendering, acrylic painting, portraiture, still life, landscape, art critiques, and learning the “language and vocabulary of art.”

This course will follow the guidelines found in the California State Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards.


Course Goals

-       Perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events, and the environment.

-       Use the vocabulary of the visual artist to express their observations.

-       Apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.

-       Analyze Art Elements and Principles of Design


Textbook Used

The majority of presentation materials are instructor built in the form of Powerpoint or Keynote presentations.  The Internet is also used as a   research tool.  There are also a large variety of Art History and art technique books at the student’s disposal.

Materials Needed

Students need to bring their own pencils (not technical pencils) to class, preferably a variety of drawing pencils ranging from 9B to HB and a sketchbook.


Grading policy and Classroom Procedures

Drawings/paintings are graded by use of a rubric designed for the specific project.

Grades are not only based on the completion of all assignments, homework and tests, but are also contingent upon class participation, attendance and citizenship.  Grades will be negatively affected by tardiness, excessive absences, cut classes and any behavior that is not conducive to learning.

Understand that they must come to class everyday prepared to learn and produce to their best capacity.  Preparedness involves coming to class with all necessary art materials, being on time and being open to learning.

1.1. Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and write about visual aspects in the environment and in works of art, including their own.
1.2. Describe the principles of design as used in works of art, focusing on dominance and subordination.
Analyze Art Elements and Principles of Design
1.3. Research and analyze the work of an artist and write about the artist's distinctive style and its contribution to the meaning of the work.
1.4. Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a particular principle of design.
Impact of Media Choice
1.5. Analyze the material used by a given artist and describe how its use influences the meaning of the work.
Skills, Processes, Materials, and Tools
2.1. Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design.
2.2. Prepare a portfolio of original two-and three-dimensional works of art that reflects refined craftsmanship and technical skills.
2.4. Review and refine observational drawing skills.
Communication and Expression Through Original Works of Art
2.5. Create an expressive composition, focusing on dominance and subordination.
2.6. Create a two or three-dimensional work of art that addresses a social issue.
Role and Development of the Visual Arts
3.1. Identify similarities and differences in the purposes of art created in selected cultures.
Diversity of the Visual Arts
3.3. Identify and describe trends in the visual arts and discuss how the issues of time, place, and cultural influence are reflected in selected works of art.
Derive Meaning
4.1. Articulate how personal beliefs, cultural traditions, and current social, economic, and political contexts influence the interpretation of the meaning or message in a work of art.
Make Informed Judgments
4.4. Articulate the process and rationale for refining and reworking one of their own works of art.
4.5. Employ the conventions of art criticism in writing and speaking about works of art.