Comprehensive Art

Standards- VAHSVACU.1 Articulates ideas and universal themes from diverse cultures of the past and present. Discusses the role of art and artifacts as a visual record of humankind’s history and a vehicle for gaining understanding of another culture.

VAHSVAPR.2 Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes in drawing. Uses gesture drawing to portray animate / inanimate subjects and to show mass and movement, quick sketches, and expressive mark-making.

VAHSVAAR.2 Critiques artwork of others individually and in group settings.

VAHSVAPR.1 Uses formal qualities of art (elements and principles) to create unified composition and communicate meaning.

  1. Uses a viewfinder to develop compositions.
  2. Uses principles of design to organize elements to communicate meaning and unified compositions concepts, such as activating negative space, visual weight, paths of movement, non-centered focal point, dominance and subordination of design elements, and variety within repetition.


Monday-Happy MLK Day!


Tuesday-We will begin class with a quiz on Prehistoric art. We will complete our unit on line. Students will learn how to capture movement using gesture drawing. We will be drawing from life to complete quick sketches. We will go to the gym and draw students as they play basketball.

Wednesday-I will pass back their Paleolithic and Neolithic art quiz. We will then switch gears to art production and start exploring our 2nd Element of Art, shape. We will begin by looking at famous works of art and breaking the forms down in to basic shapes. I will then be introducing students to our shape project, Less is More. Students will be selecting an image of an insect or animal. Students will create a triptych, zooming in on the shapes of the insect or animal until the image becomes unrecognizable or non-objective.

Thursday-We will begin our unit on Sumerian art. We will just be looking at a brief introduction to the culture and types of art they created. Students will then continue to work on their Less is More projects by continuing to abstract their animals to make them unrecognizable.

Friday-We will begin class with a continued discussion of Sumerian art. We will specifically be looking at their votive sculptures and discussing their distinguishing characteristics, big eyes and praying hands. Students will then complete their shape project by going over their compositions with sharpie and darkening in areas to make their design show up as positive and negative shapes. They will then fill out a self-assessment and turn it in.


Drawing 1

VAHSDRPR.2 Engages in an array of drawing processes and techniques.

Creates contour and cross-contour drawings that demonstrate evidence of careful observation. b. Investigates mark-making including, but not limited to, calligraphic line, gestural mark-making,

Uses value to create the illusion of 3-D form on a 2-D plane (cast shadow, form shadow, transitional values, reflected value). e. Incorporates a variety of approaches to build value including: rendering, hatching, and cross-hatching.

VAHSDRPR.4 Keeps a visual/verbal sketchbook journal, consistently throughout the course, to collect, develop, and preserve ideas in order to produce works of art around themes of personal meaning.

VAHSDRMC.1 Engages in the creative process; imagines new ideas by using mental and visual imagery, conceptualizes these ideas by using artistic language and contextual understandings, and accesses learning. The student develops a personal artistic voice that gives unique form to these concepts.


Monday-Happy MLK Day

Tuesday- Once they have finished the line drawing for their ribbon wrapped figure or animal with pencil, they will use colored pencil to add texture and value. Students may also choose to just use graphite.

Wednesday-Students will finish their ribbon wrapped form drawings and complete a reflection using their self-assessment rubric.

Thursday-Students will be introduced to inking techniques such as, stippling, hatching, and cross-hatching. Students will complete a packet practicing inking techniques.

Friday-Students will complete their inking techniques packets. Students should also bring images to be approved for their ink composition.



Monday- Enjoy MLK  Day!

Tuesday-We will be in the computer lab working on compiling and editing their first shoot. I will begin with a brief intro to Photoshop and its tools. Students will then use the time to edit their photographs and compile them into a Power Point presentation. The shoot will be due by the end of class on Friday.

Wednesday-Friday- First students will finish building pinhole cameras. Then students will be split into 3 groups and will rotate days working on different activities.

1-One group will be outside taking picture with their pinhole cameras. Students will take four different photographs and develop them in the darkroom.

2-One group will work on critiquing a famous photograph. Students will have choices of photographs to critique and will use Feldman’s Model (describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate) to complete their assessment of the work.

3- One group will be completing a reading and related questions on a career in photography. Students will have various careers to choose from and should select one that interest them.

Any other free time should be spent on the computers in the classroom finishing up editing and compiling their shoot. The shoot will be due by the end of class Friday. The PP should be sent to my email mrsmadrayhhs@gmail.com.

Friday I will also be introducing the next shoot, 6×4. It will be due for compiling and editing on Monday, January 29th.

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