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Advanced Drawing and Painting

Advanced Drawing and Painting

Course Description:
Advanced drawing and painting is a one semester course placed within the third level of visual arts electives. The course is designed to follow one year of level II Drawing and Painting, adding to the student’s art vocabulary and Drawing and Painting techniques. Focusing on creative expression, students are encouraged to stretch their imagination and communicate their ideas through further exploration of various art media. This course is U.C. approved.

Course Content:
Students will continue to work on technical skills but at this level, focus is placed on creative expression and work that makes a visual statement. Assignments will be designed to meet the needs of the class or individual students. Students are encouraged to experiment on a larger scale, taking the time needed to produce significant works. Students will be required to do both objective, subjective and non objective pieces, manipulate space and mix media.

This course is designed for only serious and motivated art students as the portfolio requires the completion of 20-30 pieces.

ESLRs Addressed by Curriculum:
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Critical Thinking
  • Post Secondary Preparation
  • Technological Proficiency
Critical Standards:
Artistic Perception
1.1 Students analyze and discuss complex ideas, such as distortion, color theory, arbitrary color, scale, expressive content, and real versus virtual in works of art. 
1.2 Students discuss a series of their original works of art, using the appropriate vocabulary of art.
1.3 Students analyze their work as to personal direction and style.
1.6 Students analyze Art Elements and Principles of design including how the artist uses color and technique to express mood.


Creative Expression
2.1 Students create original works of art of increasing complexity and skill in a variety of media.
2.2 Students plan and create original works of art that reflect complex ideas, such as distortion, color theory, arbitrary color, scale, expressive content, and real versus virtual.
2.3 Assemble and display objects or works of art as part of a public exhibition.

Historical and Cultural Context
3.4 Students research the methods art historians use to determine the time, place, context, value, and culture that produced a given work of art.

Aesthetic Valuing
4.1 Describe the relationship involving the art maker, the process, the artwork and the viewer.

Connections, Relationships, and Applications
5.3 Students prepare portfolios of their original works of art for a variety of purposes.

Textbooks: None 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of level II Drawing and Painting with a B or better and/or instructor approval.

Special Features:
This course can be repeated for credit. A lab fee is required. Students may be required to purchase canvas. Students must maintain an A to progress to level IV art.