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M/J Orientation to Art 2-D

Subject: Art/Visual Arts

Course Description:

Where do super heroes come from? They live in the action-filled pages of comic books. Who gives them their super powers? It’s the creative artist who puts energy and excitement into every drawing. You too can create your own super heroes, and discover the power you hold in your pencil.

Using the tools, tricks and techniques of professional artists, you’ll create people and objects that leap off the page. You’ll start with your sketchbook, and put down your ideas and impressions. You’ll develop those ideas by using lines, colors, composition and perspective. You’ll finish with a collection of original artwork that tells the story your way. In this course you’ll experience the creative processes used by all artists. You’ll learn how to analyze, interpret and evaluate art. But most of all, you’ll have a portfolio of work that demonstrates your own skill and creativity as an artist. Students will need access to a scanner or a digital camera for submitting work for this course. In addition, students will need to use some basic art supplies. This course does not meet the criteria for a High School Course and is available for Middle School only.

Major Topics:

  • Lines (element of design)
  • •Shapes (element of design)
  • •Values (element of design)
  • •Space (element of design)
  • •Color (element of design)
  • •Self-Portrait
  • •Balance (principle of design)
  • •Emphasis (principle of design)
  • •Harmony (principle of design)
  • •Variety (principle of design)
  • •Gradation (principle of design)
  • •Movement (principle of design)
  • •Proportion (principle of design)
  • •Unity (principle of design)
  • •Create using a variety of media:
    • Markers
    • Pencil
    • Printmaking
    • Collage
    • Watercolors
  • • Web museum study of works by artists:
    • Lichtenstein
    • VanGogh
    • • Matisse
    • • Rubens
    • • Adams
    • • Hopper
    • • Cezanne
    • • Mondrian
    • • Oldenburg
    • • Warhol
    • • Vasarely
    • • Toulouse-Lautrec
    • • O'Keeffe
  • • Writing an artist statement
  • • •Critique Art (describe, analyze, interpret, evaluate)

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 0101000
  • Course Credits: 1.0


Estimated Completion:
1 segment / 16-18 weeks