Art 1 Syllabus

Art I

Ms. Callicott

Room 7151

Academic Magnet High School



1.  To develop an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts

2.  To produce works of visual art in various media

3.  To demonstrate verbally and in written form an understanding of cultural and historical influences that have contributed to the visual arts

4.  To demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic criticism and be able to apply it to               works of art

5.  To develop an awareness of one's surroundings as a source of inspiration and material   for creating works of art

6.  To acquire the vocabulary necessary to discuss, interpret, and analyze art works.


Course of Study

Semester 1


**Pre-Instruction drawing and design work will be done during the first days of class


I.  The Nature of Art

            Students will be able to…

                        a. Explain that art is creative expression based upon human values,

                                    perception and experiences

                        b. Explain why we do or don't value art

                        c. Define the language of art:  the elements and principles of design

                        d. Explain the broad differences between representational, abstract, and

                                    non-objective works of art

                        e. Interpret and critique works of art using the language of art to support


                        f. Identify art career strands

                        g. Identify a variety of artists and art movements in history

h. Discuss “unusual cases” in art (i.e. Blind artists, political art, visually appealing art made by animals)


II. Basic drawing

            Students will be able to…

a. Draw from observation

                        b. Recognize a variety of drawing techniques and media

                        c. Add 3-dimensionality to their drawings by studying the element of


                        f. Consider negative and positive space and how they affect the


                        g. Create a simple sketchbook for practicing their drawing skills


III. Graphic Design

            Students will be able to…

a. Continue to be able to identify the use of the elements and principles of

                                    design in artwork and advertising images

                        b. Compare symmetrical and asymmetrical designs

                        c. Create a print using simple printmaking techniques and materials

                        c. Use the aforementioned vocabulary to describe their own art


                        d. Describe the difference between graphic design and drawing


IV. Color

            Students will be able to…

                        a. Explain the components of white light

                        b. Name and be able to use primary, secondary, and tertiary colors on the

                                    COLOR WHEEL

                        c. Define and list analogous and complimentary hues (colors)

                        d. List and define 3 properties of color

                        e. Identify and list warm and cool colors

                        f. Identify and produce tints and shades of colors

                        g. Identify and monochromatic color scheme

                        h. Compare the different ways that artists use color and light and

emotional/symbolic meaning the use of color has in their artwork.


V.  Painting

            Students will be able to…

                        a. Experiment with and use tempera and watercolor paints

                        b. Use and describe the different qualities of painting tools

                        c. Create a work of art with an emphasis on color

                        d. Care for the tools and materials used in painting


Semester 2


VI. Linear Perspective

            Students will be able to…

                        a. Transform two-dimensional figures into 3-dimensional figures through

                                    the use of perspective

                        b. Define and draw using 1- and 2-point perspective

                        c. Distinguish the difference between biomorphic and geometric forms and

                                    apply perspective to them in a composition

                        d. Add value to objects drawn in perspective

                        e. Define aerial perspective

                        f. Identify and define perspective in its historical context


VII. Lettering (2 weeks)

Students will be able to…

  1. Explain that lettering is used for communicating as well as for


                        b. Be able to identify and define the vocabulary of lettering

                        c. Design and identify different fonts and their emotional effects on the


                        d. Create work using calligraphy pens and crow quill pens


VIII. Three-Dimensional Design

Students will be able to…

                        a. Explain that 3-dimensional design involves the design element of


                        b. Describe how the remainder of the ELEMENTS and PRINCIPLES

                                    apply to 3-d artwork

                        c. Explain the concept of composition in 3 dimensions

                        d. Look at and describe the historical aspects of 3-d design and how all

                                    cultures share a need to crate 3-d works

                        e. Identify materials used in creating 3-d artwork

                        f. Define varieties of 3-d artwork

                        g. Compare and contrast ancient and contemporary sculpture as well as

western/non-western forms as well as the different reasons for their creation.


Art Problems


The following are examples of the types of exercises that will be assigned to enhance student comprehension of the aforementioned art concepts:


1. Contour line drawing of still life objects from observation

2. Collage

3. Contrast: using negative and positive space to create graphic compositions

4. Create color wheels featuring biomorphic or geometric shapes

5. Create a one- or two-point perspective drawing of a place

6. Create maps with an emphasis on lettering

7. Book construction using recycled materials

8. Videos and readings with written responses will be assigned

9.  Paper marbling


There will be a final exam.


A fee of $35.00 is required for art materials. 


Students must bring their own notebook paper and writing tools to take notes.