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Students will Establish a Visual Vocabulary and learn the Elements of Art and how they are applied to Design Principles.




Basic Shading Skills: Greyscale Study

Students will learn value shading in a variety of drawing media.

Ink , Graphite, Charcoal, Colored Pencil, Acrylic, Pastel

Intro to Charcoal

Perception Buliding  Blind Contour Drawing

* Daily warm up

Assignment: Sketch Book Activity

-Students will create a series of 5 blind contour hands and 3 blind contour still life objects

-Drawings will demonstrate an increase in students visual perception level.


Blind contour drawing helps you develop hand eye communication. Contour drawing is essentially outline drawing, and blind contour means drawing the outline of the subject with out looking at the paper. The end result does not matter. What is important is carefully observing the subject.

 Intro to Perspective- Warm up

Exploring the use of Art Element  "Space"

Sketchbook Assignment: Perspective


- Students will learn to draw forms using 2 point perspective 

- Students will learn to use a horizon line and vanishing points to create the illusion of space

- Students will learn to use Foreground, Middle Ground and Background and apply it to their Still Life Drawing

 Observation Drawing PART 1

1.Students create 6 Thumbnail sketches exploring composition with still life objects

2. Students set up a composition and take a photo using

rule of thirds. 

3.Draw a contour line sketch of overlapping obejects

4.shade using medium of choice

5.Choose a minimum of 5 objects to include in your composition

  • Observe shadows and highlights. Shade “values” smooth and gradual from dark to light to create the objects “Form”.

  • Arrange subject matter differently in each sketch 

  • You will choose one composition or combine two for your final drawing


-Students will improve drawing skills

-Students will experiment with composition and become more familiar with drawing from observation

-Students will learn to shade “Values” from dark to light drawing the objects “Form”



Final Draft Composition



Assignment: 12x18 on drawing paper using graphite Students complete composition using line and shape. 


Objectives: Students will improve drawing skills and composition. Students will learn to draw an overlapping composition that creates the illusion of space using Foreground, Middle Ground and Back Ground

Light and Shade Vocabulary

Value Shading 

Final Still Life Complete

Assignment: Objects in final drawing must have a minimum of 5-7 shades of Value. Highlights and shadows must demonstrate contrast. Before the assignment will be accepted students are to correct proportions and complete Value Shading. 



Ceramics and Clay Procedures

 Color Pencil Techniques- Warm up

1 day Sketchbook Assignment:


Assignment: Student shade values of primary and secondary colors

-Students s blend layers of color pencils using complementary colors to create neutrals

- Students shade primary colors to create secondary colors

- Students blend analogous color schemes


Objectives: Students will become familiar with color theory and how to shade color pencils. Students will learn different color pencil techniques. Students will learn to create secondary colors by blending primary colors




Op Art is comprised of illusion, and often appears - to the human eye - to be moving or breathing due to its precise, mathematically-based composition.


Victor Vasarely pioneered the movement with his 1938 painting Zebra


What are the key characteristics of Op Art?

  • First and foremost, Op Art exists to fool the eye. Op Art compositions create a sort of visual tension in the viewer's mind that gives works the illusion of movement. Your eye begins sending your brain the message that what it's seeing has begun to oscillate, flicker, throb and may appear to be moving.

  • Because of its geometrically-based nature, Op Art is, almost without exception, non-representational.

  • The elements employed (color, line and shape) are carefully chosen to achieve maximum effect.

  • The critical techniques used in Op Art are perspective and careful juxtaposition of color (whether chromatic [identifiable hues] or achromatic [black, white or gray]).


Assignment: Students will create an Op Art design of their choice using their design skills. Student will be provided with rulers or straight edges, shape template tools to make sure design are precise. 


Objectives: Students will learn different OP ART techniques. Student will improve design skills and color pencil shading. 

Applying Art Elements to Design

Student Projects

Proportions of the Face Part 1

Rough Draft Sketchbook Assignment

Assignmnet: Students draw  proportions of the face. Students will create a portrait of themselves using direct observation with a mirror to complete details and shade features of the face. Students will eliminate all outlines and shade features using Value.

Objectives: Students will learn proportions of the face. Students will improve shading techniques. Students will improve drawing from direct observation

Download Proportions of the Face handout
PART 2 Self Portrait



Summative Assignment 


Colored Pencil

Sectioned Drawing. Colored pencil techniques and mixed media

Students will learn color pencil techniches and how to create a sectioned composition. Students will improve design skills.


1. Draw two random lines across the paper


2. draw 2-3 shapes of different size and shape overlapping the random lines


3. Draw your subjects in a balanced, overlapping arrangment


4. Change values and color schemes when you cross any line in the drawing


5. Fill empty sections by drawing different patterns 

Download Brainstorming worksheet

    Brayer Painting Composition

1. Create a background layer: choose 3 colors and practice brayer rolling techniques with tempers paint.
2. Students choose a subject of their choice to create focal point. 3.Drawing details may be added in any medium
Students will improve design skills by exploring how they can organize art elements using design principles: pattern, balance, variety, emphasis 

Ceramic Slab Boxs

Students will learn to construct a ceramic slab box. 

Students must pass clay quiz before they will start.

Ceramic Quiz Prep: Term, deffinition and procedures

Ink Texture Portraits

Assignment 5 Mandala Design

Radial Symmetry

Students will learn the history of Mandala design and Tibetan Mandala Traditionas in addition to comparing radial designs in cultures from differnt cultures.


Students will create a radial design by combining ink patterns with analogous color pencil shading. 

 Georgia O Keeffe - Intro to Patels 

Flower Abstraction using a viewfinder and flower photo


Students select an image or take a photo using their phone. Image will be cropped using a viewfinder.


Objectives: students will learn to blend analogous colors using chalk pastels. Students will improve design skills. 

Watercolor Ink Abstract 

Create an abstract design using 4 or more different techniques. Leave spaces between painted areas for Ink designs

Objectives: Students will learn different watercolor techniques such as wax resist, salt technique, plastic wrap, masking tape, wet on wet and dry brush. Students will improve design skills. Students will learn different inking techniques.

Pop Art Portraits

Painted Value Study

Students create Monochromatic Value Scales 

Abstract Oil Pastel Techniques

1.Assigned April 13: Rough Draft practice in sketchbook experimenting with composition and overlapping Forms. Due April 15

2.Final Draft Composition drawn using contour line 18x24 

assigned April 17 due April 20. 

3. Oil Patel Techniques Assined April 22 due April 30


Objectives: Students will learn to shade using oil pastels demonstrating Value to create basic forms. Students will shade forms by using Color Theory: Blending Complementary Colors to dull shadows and blending Analogous colors. Students will imprive design skills learn to repeat forms. Create space using vanishing points integrating perspective. Students will learn to overlap forms using a vanishing pont.

Vocabulary: Organic and angular lines, 2 point Persepctive  Vanishing Point, Cone, Sphere, Cube, Cylinder, Ribbon, Radial Symmetry,Overlaping Forms


Students are required to complete a written critique/evaluation of their completed summative projects using: Describe, Analyze, Interpretation and Judgement

Describe: Tell what you see (the visual facts)

- What kind of artworkis it, what is the medium?

- List the literal objects in the painting (trees, people, animals...)

-What do you notice first when you look at the artwork? Why?

-What Kids of colors do you see and how would you describe them?

- What shapes can we see? What kind of edges do the shapes have?

- Are there lines in the artwork? If so what kids of lines are they?

-What sort of textures do you see? How would you describe them?

- What is the overall visual effect or mood of the work?


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Analyze: Menatally separate the parts or elements, thinking in terms of textures, shapes & forms, Light & dark, bright & dull colors, types of lines and sensory qualities. In this step consider the most significant art principles that were used in the artwork. Describe how the artist used them to organize the elements.


- How have you used colors in the art work?

- What sort of effect do the colors have in the artwork?

- How how you used shapes within the work of art?

-How have lines been used in the work. Are the lines an important or dominant part of the work or do they play a different roll?

- What roll does texture play in the work? Have you used the illusion of texture within the work?

- How have you used light in the work? Is there the illusion of a scene with lights and shadows, or have you used light and dark values in a more abstracted way?

-How has the overall visual effect or mood of the work been achieved by the use of elements and art principles of design?