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  • Art I,  Drawing II

     Course Syllabus

    Canyon Lake Visual Arts

    Mrs. Nowzaradan


    Studio Projects: Art I is a course in which students get the opportunity to immerse themselves in different techniques, styles and media.

  • Daily Sketch book Warm-ups: Every day at the start of class students are required to complete a 5 min warm-up. Warm-ups may include drawing, painting, creating ideas for projects, writing about art, material preparation, etc.

  • Art History: Students will demonstrate an understanding of art history and culture as records of human achievement.

  • Art Criticism: Students will make informed judgments about personal artworks and the art of others.

  • Writing About Art: Students are required to complete writing assignments during each project

  • Aesthetics: Students will apply use and application of the Elements of Art: Line, Texture, Color, Space, Value, Form, Shape  Principles of Art: Balance, Variety, Rhythm, Pattern, Unity, Emphasis, Proportion, Repetition



Goal: Students will demonstrate mastery of skills and will be graded with a Rubric

Level 4


The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.


Level 3

Proficient (STAAR)

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.


Level 2


The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved limited competence in the processes and skills.


Level 1

Limited (Below Basic)

The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved limited competence in some of the processes and skills.


Knowledge and Skills



observation and perception. The student develops and expands visual literacy skills using critical thinking, imagination, and the senses to observe and explore the world by learning about, understanding, and applying the elements of art, principles of design, and expressive qualities. The student uses what the student sees, knows, and has experienced as sources for examining, understanding, and creating original artworks.The student is expected to:


  • use visual comparisons to illustrate concepts and ideas from direct observation, original sources, experiences, narration, and imagination for original artworks;

  • identify and apply the elements of art, including line, shape, color, texture, form, space, and value, as the fundamentals of art in personal artworks;

  • identify and apply the principles of design, including emphasis, repetition/pattern, movement/rhythm, contrast/variety, balance, proportion, and unity in personal artworks; and

  • explore suitability of art media and processes to express specific ideas such as content, meaning, message, appropriation, and metaphor relating to visual themes of artworks using art vocabulary accurately.


Creative expression. The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills. The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem-solving skills.The student is expected to:


  • create original artwork using multiple solutions from direct observation, original sources, experiences, and imagination in order to expand personal themes that demonstrate artistic intent;

  • apply design skills in creating practical applications, clarifying presentations, and examining consumer choices in order to make successful design decisions;

  • use an understanding of copyright and public domain to appropriate imagery constituting the main focal point of original artwork when working from images rather than direct observation or imagination;

  • create original artwork to communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas, or impressions;

  • collaborate to create original works of art; and

  • select from a variety of art media and tools to communicate specific ideas in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, mixed media, photography, and digital art and media.


Historical and cultural relevance. The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture by analyzing artistic styles, historical periods, and a variety of cultures. The student develops global awareness and respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures.The student is expected to:


  • examine selected historical periods or styles of art to identify general themes and trends;

  • analyze specific characteristics in artwork from a variety of cultures;

  • collaborate on community-based art projects; and

  • examine and research career, entrepreneurial, and avocational opportunities in art.


Critical evaluation and response. The student responds to and analyzes the artworks of self and others, contributing to the development of the lifelong skills of making informed judgments and reasoned evaluations.The student is expected to:


  • interpret, evaluate, and justify artistic decisions in artwork by self, peers, and other artists such as that in museums, local galleries, art exhibits, and websites;

  • evaluate and analyze artwork using a method of critique such as describing the artwork, analyzing the way it is organized, interpreting the artist’s intention, and evaluating the success of the artwork;

  • use responses to artwork critiques to make decisions about future directions in personal work;

  • construct a physical or electronic portfolio by evaluating and analyzing personal original artworks to provide evidence of learning; and

  • select and analyze original artwork, portfolios, and exhibitions to form precise conclusions about formal qualities, historical and cultural contexts, intentions, and meanings.

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