Westwood High School Fine Arts Department
Studio Art II
This class addresses the following school-wide academic expectations:
· Communicate effectively
· Define, analyze and solve problems
· Access and interpret information from a variety of sources
This course extends and deepens the study of two- and three-dimensional media with advanced problems in drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking and sculpture. Students learn how to communicate effectively, using the elements of art and principles of design: line, space, value, shape, color, texture, and pattern. We learn how to define, analyze, and solve visual problems, creating works in a series and variations on personal themes. Both experimentation and the acquisition of basic skills are stressed. Students learn to access and interpret information from a variety of sources, as they draw inspiration form the world around them, the works of other artists, and from their own imaginations. Students also learn how to critically analyze a work of art in order to achieve creative results.
Composition & Shape: Students manipulate positive and negative shapes to create a figure/ground relationship, in a six-part design project.
Value: Through the use of value gradations or shading, students render three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.
Color: The color wheel and color theory are explored, along with painting techniques and color mixing. Acrylic and watercolor painting are introduced.
Drawing from life and imagination: Students develop individual themes in a variety of media
Perspective: Students use an observational approach to perspective drawing, as they create still life and architectural drawings.
Printmaking: Various methods of printmaking such as silkscreen, collograph, stenciling, linoleum block and monoprints are explored.
Three-Dimensional work: Bookmaking and sculptural projects using a variety of media
Sketchbooks and Altered Books: Students keep a sketchbook and an “altered book” for homework assignments, recording sketches as a project progresses, and practicing skills.
Evaluations: Written exam, oral presentation, class critique, and portfolio.
A variety of assessments allows students with differing learning styles to shine.