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Art One/Art Two

George Washington High School

Art One/Art Two 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 the learning of the “language and vocabulary of art.”  The course will satisfy the California high school graduation requirement for one year of Fine Arts.  For some it will be a springboard for more advanced art courses and the building of a portfolio for college applications.  This course will follow the guidelines found in the California State Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards. 


Course Goals

-       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

-       Develop a respect and awareness for other cultures.


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 variety of Art History and reference books at the students’ disposal as well.


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.


Grading policy and Classroom Procedures

With the different levels of prior knowledge and skill in the Arts I am flexible in my expectations of each student and try to modify lessons to meet each students skill level.  What is important is that they learn and understand the process.

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.

Students must come to class everyday prepared to learn and produce to their best capacity. 

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.
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
2.6. 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.
3.4. Discuss the purposes of art in selected contemporary cultures.
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
4.3. Formulate and support a position regarding the aesthetic value of a specific work of art and change or defend that position after considering the views of others.
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.