Studio I

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  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Open to:  Grades 9-12
  • Length/Credit:  Semester / .5 credit
  • Satisfies:  .5 Fine Arts or .5 Elective

The fundamentals of art are taught through various media encounters. Students learn technical skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, collage and other media. Individual solutions to assignments are encouraged. Emphasis is on individual expression, composition, and technique.


Mr. Rader, Instructor, Hanford High School

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this class you will study the fundamentals of art by exploring a variety of media and techniques.  You will produce a variety of 2-dimensional drawings and paintings, as well as some 3-D work.   Studio I is a one-semester class and cannot be repeated.


Students will understand:

  • The basic features and functions of line.
  • Basic compositional rules (Rules of thirds, mergers, schemes, focal point).
  • Use of spatial devices to create depth on a two-dimensional plane.
  • Shading and light source.
  • Positive and negative shapes and the figure/ground relationship.
  • How to use the elements and principles of design.
  • Gesture, blind contour, and contour drawing.
  • 1 and 2 point perspective and associated concepts.
  • Foreground, middle ground and background.
  • Facial and body proportions in drawing.
  • Basic clay construction techniques.
  • Basic attributes of color.

Students will be able to:

  • Develop drawings using contour line to give shape to an object.
  • Use line & value to give illusion of 3-dimensional form on a two-dimensional  surface.
  • Use movement and dynamic line to create the illusion of space.
  • Create a value scale with a minimum of nine levels.
  • Create the illusion of form.
  • Explore and create pattern and movement.
  • Explore and create balance and contrast.
  • Use implied and real texture.
  • Observe and record their observations.
  • Use line and color expressively.
  • Use color and color schemes, and the psychology of color.
  • Create a three-dimensional form utilizing a reference.

COURSE OUTLINE:  Throughout this course you will produce a series of completed drawings, paintings and 3-D work.  We will explore a variety of media such as charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, watercolors, tempera and acrylics, clay, collage and printing.  We will develop your observational skills and create still lives, perspective drawings, figure drawings and expressionistic paintings to name a few.  With each new project will come new skills to acquire.  All projects will require some preliminary work or “thumbnail” sketches to better help you develop your original and imaginative thoughts.  You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas with your fellow students and to discuss works after they have been completed.  Art cannot be created in a vacuum—our class is one of our greatest resources.

In all your work you will strive to accomplish three critical components. You will accomplish this through research, development realization and analysis.

  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 with a particular media.

COURSE MATERIALS:  All materials are provided except for a container for pencils and other small materials provided in class (this could be a zip lock baggie).  Other classroom materials aside from items used for projects include educational videos that pertain to the life and works of major artists or on technique methods.  They are from the RSD approved curriculum, and MPAA rating is not applicable for any of them.

Other course materials include teacher demonstrations, slide lecture/discussions, web sites, monthly art publications and a variety of art books.  Slides are from major art history text sources, from current professional art publications, or of actual student work samples.  Prints of major artists and samples of outstanding student work will be displayed regularly.  Students will be expected to use resources from HHS or the Richland Public Library, or from the Internet, etc.

  • Participation, Behavior and Productivity Points:  (5pts. Per day with a possible 200-225 per quarter)
  • Prompt, regular attendance (absence -5, tardy-3)
  • On task participation in class
  • Proper use and cleanup of materials
  • Following class guidelines
  • Studio Project Points  (25-50 points per project on average):
    -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?

You can see the importance of the participation, behavior and productivity points to your overall grade-225-40 per quarter.  You may be asking yourself why this is such a big part of your grade?  Well, if you think about it, this class is very similar to a lab class.  Technically you don’t have a text book and the instruction happens in the classroom.  If you are not here, you are not listening and doing, and if you are not doing and listening, you are not learning.  You are in class to learn.  If you are not in class, then you 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 your grade.  If you miss more than 12 classes it may result in failure of the course.  Missing points can be made up on extended day Thursdays after discussing with instructor.

**One last note on cheating:  the copying of others work, 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.  Others peoples work can be used as a resource to move your own ideas along, but ever claim them as your own.  Cheating =a failing grade.**


4.0 – 3.8 = A               3.7 – 3.4 = A-

3.3 – 3.2 = B+            3.0 – 2.8 = B

2.7 – 2.4 = B-             2.3 – 2.1 = C+

2.0 – 1.8 = C              1.7 – 1.4 = C-

1.3 – 1.1 = D+            1.0 – 0.9 = D

0.8– 0.7 = D-              0.6 –0.0 = F

GENERAL POWER STANDARDS:  High School Proficiency
Applicable courses:  Studio I, Studio II, Ceramics I, Jewelry/Metals I, Photography

  • Selects, uses, and produces a variety of types and qualities of line for artistic purposes in two- and three-dimensional artworks in a variety of media to demonstrate and portray the features and functions of line.
  • Selects and produces shapes and forms in a variety of styles, and media in a variety of two- and three-dimensional artworks.
  • Examines, selects, and produces a range of values in a variety of media, in two and three-dimensional artworks in a variety of media, styles and subject matter.
  • Produces a variety of textures in works of two- and three dimensional art in a variety of media, styles and subject matter.
  • Examines, selects, and uses the element of space in a variety of media to demonstrate the illusion of depth.
  • Uses the color wheel to examine relationships between color schemes, such as primary, secondary, tertiary/intermediate, and complementary color schemes.
  • Intentionally uses color realistically and expressively.
  • Creates patterns, movement, and rhythm by using the repetition of lines, shapes, and colors.
  • Uses patterns to enhance the surfaces of shapes and forms in a variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art.
  • Uses the patterns and types of balance found in nature, in man-made environments, and in works of art.
  • Understands how to use the elements and principles of design to develop artistic compositions while using visual thinking strategies.
  • Critiques and justifies the use of art elements and principles, skills and techniques in a series of artworks in a variety of media, styles, and subject matter.
  • Uses perceptual skills to create imagery from observation.
  • Understands the role of the artist and the impact of visual arts on global economic, political, and environmental choices.
  • Examines, selects, and uses specific attributes in artworks to reflect a specific culture, place, or time.
  • Examines how specific artworks or designs have shaped culture or history over time.
  • Interprets meaning based on personal experiences, background knowledge and research.
  • Expresses, synthesizes and presents original ideas and feeling’s (with teacher guidance and mentoring) by using visual arts symbols in a variety of genres, styles and media, materials and resources to communicate for a specific purpose.
  • Use visual thinking strategies to discuss and critique a variety of artworks.
  • Examines, responds to, and explains how the arts impact and reflect life choices.
  • Understand the connections among the arts and between the arts and other content areas.
  • Understands how the knowledge, skills, and work habits of the visual arts are vital and transferable to the world of work, including careers in visual arts.
  • Participates in self-assessment activities.
  • Select a work/works to include in their culminating project.

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