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Re: lesson organization- High School


Date: Sat Aug 16 2003 - 23:22:59 PDT

As a one room/ art instructor for our Public High School, I have organized
the program in the following manner:
       With Art 1 students, I typically start with an overall view of the
elements/principles showing examples of both Master and student artwork.  This
interactive lecture/discussion takes place AFTER my introductory 3-day   
"creativity" project that varies each year (and these beginning days I distribute
materials & issue bins, review rules etc. ).  We also begin to MAKE our
sketchbook during this first week.   It is a time when kids are still adding and
dropping classes so they don't really miss too much instruction if they enter class
late 'cause the info is repeated later (spiral curriculum)
       The second week begins with exercises on line: sketch, contour, &
gesture with a total focus on observational drawing and composition- big time!  I
emphasize drawing large and overlapping objects and creating movement.  During
this time I have the students identify shapes within objects as they draw-
Geometric and Organic, negative and positive.  this can take up to two weeks
(sometimes a bit longer depending on students)  The next week and a half or so
concentrates on Value to represent Form- they first make a value scale that they
use then to reference for all their drawings.  Once again -observational
drawing/rendering.  We then move on to texture where they create a non-objective
design with examples of recognizable textures within the shapes (required-15
different textures.)  This typically takes about 4 days and then I move on to
Color which is at least a week or two to complete the lesson. Students make a
color wheel for their reference then are given a project with a color
"objective" to complete- usually painted.  At this point -we then do a small 3D project
to enforce their understanding of form- both actual and implied form.  Our
final week or two concentrates on space.  We review overlapping as the first
trick to show space then look in depth to natural perspective (diminishing size, 
diminishing detail, atmospheric  perspective) 1 pt perspective and 2 pt.  I
don't always get to 2 pt because some groups don't grasp the concept as well as
others so I run out of time but- this is my format for my art 1 students. 
Hope this helps!
Advanced art in a nutshell:
Art 2- use of grids in art (enlargements/tesselations/commercial design)
Art 3- similar to above- concentration on mastery of media/ Principles
concepts, using different media with larger format
Art 4- focus on figure drawing- large format with different media
Art 5- Concentration on 3 D work- different media
Art 6- Independent study- Students concentrate on portfolio work.  Required
to submit 6 completed projects over the course of the semester to add to their
portfolio.  Seniors are required to have a senior show as their final.
Kathy in Kalamazoo