Course Information

General Syllabus 

Actual projects change from semester to semester and in between grade levels but in each semester and grade level drawing, painting and/or printmaking, and sculpting are primary parts of the syllabus in this visual arts class as are the elements of visual arts and design principles as according to the Office of Public Instruction’s directives in this content area in education.

0. Procedures, rules and expectations.
1. Collage self portrait.

2. Line (contour/ modified contour).
4. Value, texture.
5. Positive/negative space studies.
6. Creating form.
7. Still life drawing.
8. Grid drawing in 6 steps.
8. 6 step independent project/portrait.
9. Other approaches to drawing.

10. Contrast, Northwest Native American design/Art from other cultures.
11. Prints: collograph/linoleum.
12. Color theory: neutral hot and cold /primary, secondary,
and tertiary colors / tints, shades, tones, and values.
13. Watercolor techniques and working from source material.

14. Paper mache masks. 
15. Wire and paper mache monsters.
16. Clay, paper mache and sewn marionettes.
17. Clay vignettes.


Elements of Visual Arts
  • Color
  • Form
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Space
  • Texture
  • Value/Shading

Principles of Organization for Visual Arts
  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Emphasis/Dominance
  • Harmony
  • Movement/Rhythm
  • Proportion
  • Repetition/Pattern
  • Unity
  • Variety

Essential Academic Learning Requirements—The Arts

1. The student understands and applies arts knowledge and skills.

To meet this standard the student will:

1.1. Understand arts concepts and vocabulary.

1.2. Develop arts skills and techniques.

1.3. Understand and apply art styles from various artists, cultures, and times.

1.4. Apply audience skills in a variety of arts settings and performances.

2. The student demonstrates thinking skills using artistic processes.

To meet this standard the student will:

2.1. Apply a creative process in the arts:
  • Conceptualize the context or purpose.
  • Gather information from diverse sources.
  • Develop ideas and techniques.
  • Organize arts elements, forms, and/or principles into a creative work.
  • Reflect for the purpose of elaboration and self-evaluation.
  • Refine work based on feedback.
  • Present work to others.

2.2. Apply a performance process in the arts:
  • Identify audience and purpose.
  • Select artistic work (repertoire) to perform.
  • Analyze structure and background of work.
  • Interpret by developing a personal interpretation of the work.
  • Rehearse, adjust, and refine through evaluation and problem solving.
  • Present work for others.
  • Reflect and evaluate.

2.3 Apply a responding process to an arts presentation.
  • Engage actively and purposefully.
  • Describe what is seen and/or heard.
  • Analyze how the elements are arranged and organized.
  • Interpret based on descriptive properties.
  • Evaluate using supportive evidence and criteria.

3. The student communicates through the arts.

To meet this standard the student will:

3.1. Use the arts to express and present ideas and feelings.

3.2. Use the arts to communicate for a specific purpose.

3.3. Develop personal aesthetic criteria to communicate artistic choices.

4. The student makes connections within and across the arts to other disciplines, life, cultures,
and work.

To meet this standard the student will:

4.1. Demonstrate and analyze the connections among the arts disciplines.

4.2. Demonstrate and analyze the connections among the arts and other content areas.

4.3. Understand how the arts impact lifelong choices.

4.4. Understand that the arts shape and reflect culture and history.

4.5. Demonstrate the knowledge of arts careers and the knowledge of arts skills in the world of work.