• Course Description

    Students will learn techniques and methods of working with tempera, watercolor and acrylic paint. They will learn color theory and make charts to work on color mixing skills. Applying the elements and principles of design they will create works that are from observed study and their own development. Students will create, display and discuss paintings of their own and other artists.

    Grade Level(s): 10th-12th grades

    Related Priority Standards (State &/or National): Missouri Grade Level Expectations for Visual Arts

    Essential Questions

    • How are the elements and principles of design chosen in an informed manner?
    • How does media choice aid in the success of an artwork?
    • Why do artists create the work that they do or historically did?
    • How should an artist present their artwork?
    • How should one respond to another person's artwork?

    Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

    Students will understand that:

    • Form follows function: formal qualities and what form something takes is dependent on what it is supposed to do.
    • Media is a vehicle for expression: the base materials of art can be loaded with expressions (especially when done wisely).
    • Meaning, feeling, or narrative or not innate in artwork; they have to be wisely uploaded, and then driven into the artwork.
    • People create artwork in response to activities, events, and conventions surrounding them: all artists have reasons for what they do.
    • The meaning and quality of artwork are subjective, but justifiable.

    Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

    Unit 1: Color Theory

    Students will learn and use color theory in a color wheel and various charts that challenge them to create color combinations to show value and intensity.

    Unit 2: Painting from Life

    Students will create a composition of still life objects using the medium of paint.

    Unit 3: Research and Painting from Historical or Contemporary Reference

    Students will choose an artist to study and from this research decide on a way to create a painting using similar techniques/style as that artist.

    Course Resources & Materials: Art of Education Flex and Pro for ART

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2010