Advanced Art

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  • Prerequisite: Studio Art I & II or teacher approval
  • Open to: Grades 10-12
  • Length/Credit: Semester or Year (instructor prefers year or first semester only) / .5 to 1.0 credit
  • Satisfies: .5 to 1.0 Fine Arts or .5 to 1.0 Elective


Advanced Art Syllabus 2019-2020

Mrs. Kelley Muntean, Art Teacher

Hanford High School

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For online syllabus, galleries of student art, blog of activities/events and other important information.


Course Description

Advanced art is for the very serious self-motivated art student.  Students will be given assignments in which they must demonstrate a high level of creativity, expertise in technical skills, and a thorough knowledge of composition.  Students will work on projects that explore big ideas and allow for individualized interpretation and solutions.  Advanced Art I and II may be repeated indefinitely with teacher approval, but are meant to lead into AP Studio Art.

Throughout this course students will produce a large quantity of sketches, notes, and other written or visual information to develop and explore ideas.  Students will work in both two- and three-dimensional materials.  Two-dimensional media will include painting, drawing, and printmaking.  Three-dimensional work will include clay, plaster, metal casting and fabrication, and other mixed media.  Emphasis will be on personal expression and developing one’s own original style.  Projects will be assigned for each unit of study during the semester.  A complete explanation and rubric with due dates will be given at the time the assignment is given.  To develop communication skills, each project requires a student written self-evaluation when work is turned in.  Students will be required to participate in critiques.  These will be both verbal and written.  Students will learn what to look for in a critique, how to address issues, and use of proper terminology.

Learning Targets

Students will understand how to:

  • Synthesize visual arts elements and continue to use a variety of media, genres, styles, and techniques to communicate for specific purposes and audiences.
  • Work independently and safely to develop a personal style in a body of work that exemplifies, and is evidence of, a deeper understanding of technical skill and perceptual mastery.
  • Be competent in a wide range of art media that is typically used at the post-secondary level and beyond.
  • Integrate personal experience and meaning. As visually literate thinkers, creators, and consumers of visual art, they examine, produce, exhibit, and justify a body of original work.
  • Use a variety of aesthetic criteria to analyze, interpret, and respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time.
  • Study career paths related to the visual arts.

Students will be able to:

  • Study the art elements and principles in a manner that reflects the student’s ability to demonstrate their understanding of the term “fine art”.
  • Become competent in a wide range of art media that is typically used at the post-secondary level and beyond.
  • Develop strength in recognizing and refuting clichés in art that stunt creativity and damage trust in ability to grow and learn.
  • Engage in the give and take environment of a creative community, to understand others through their art and the processes required to create art, and to explain ideas/processes of one’s own artwork.
  • Generate, conceptualize, organize, develop, refine and complete artistic ideas and work.
  • Develop works of personal expression to communicate ideas, emotion and information.
  • Perceive, analyze, and interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical content.
  • Develop a portfolio to gain entrance into an art program beyond high school.
  • Select work(s) for art show exhibit.


In all our work we strive to synthesize three critical components through research, development, realization and analysis of projects.

  1. Content – Content is the creative component of your work. It is the BIG IDEA, the thought and message of your work.  Without it there is no art, only a demonstration of technical skill at best.
  2. Composition – this is simply orderly design. Composition utilizes the art elements and principles.  The rules of composition can also be used to enhance the content aspect of your work.
  3. Technical Proficiency – This is the mechanical component of your work. How well you utilize your skills to convey your idea within the realm of metalwork—mindful craftsmanship is our goal



  1. Professional Work Habits Points: (5pts. per day with a possible 200-225 points available per quarter)
  • Prompt, regular attendance (tardy, absence -5)
  • On task participation in class
  • Proper use and cleanup of materials
  • Following class guidelines

Points will be deducted for tardiness, absenteeism, off-task behavior/insubordination, and lack of participation in clean-up responsibilities.


  1. Studio Project Points are earned by both engaging in the process (1/2 points) and completing the product (1/2 points)

Process Criteria:  Working through and documenting engagement in the studio process.

  • Explore: research artist, artworks, technique and cultures and maintain evidence.
  • Design: generate original ideas that relate to the big idea and essential questions
  • Skill Build: research, experiment and practice with medium and techniques.
  • Create: use visual language to problem solve and express ideas that reflect the theme.
  • Reflect: communicate progress, process and reflect on learning, give and receive feedback.

Product Criteria:

  • Content—what is the idea? Is it original?  Creative?  Expressive?
  • Technical skill and use of medium—can you effectively manipulate the materials?
  • Fulfilling the criteria—did you follow directions to meet expectations?
  • Good craftsmanship? Clean and neat presentation?
  • Demonstration of personal growth—are you taking risks? Pushing yourself?


The importance of the professional work habits points to students’ overall grade:

This class is very similar to a lab class.  Technically there is not a textbook and the instruction happens in the classroom.  If students are not here, they are not listening and doing, and if they are not doing and listening, they are not learning.  They are in class to learn.  If they are not in class, then they are not learning.  No learning=no points.  Absences result in total loss of daily points whether they are excused or not.  Not here, not learning. Not learning = no points.  Repeated absences will severely hurt student’s grades.  If more than 12 absences accrue it may result in failure of the course.


Ethics in Art

The copying of other’s works, be it professional or fellow classmates, will not be tolerated.  Copying does not simply include the copying of an image, but also includes the copying of a concept or idea.  Other people’s work can be used as a resource to move your own ideas along, but we never claim them as your own.


Grading Scale

A        93

A-      90

B+     87

B        83

B-       80

C+     77

C        73

C-      70

D+     67

D       60

F        0


Please read the attached classroom guidelines for further classroom information. Student and a parent/guardian must agree to and sign these guidelines for you to participate in class.

It is going to be a great semester!!! -Muntean








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