Curriculum

FA A1 Intro to Art (9-12th grade) fall semester

Prerequisite: none

This is a prerequisite course for all studio art classes. This course will assist any student in developing their creative thinking skills and grow in their appreciation of God as the ultimate source of creative expression. Students will gain an awareness of compositional methods, including the elements and principles of art, for the sake of creating, critiquing and enjoying the fine and applied arts. Students will explore these issues through pencil drawing, charcoal, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, perspective drawing and collage. Students will critically review works of art through Art Criticism.

FA DP Drawing/Painting spring semester

Prerequisite: Intro to Art

In this course students will be learning the basic techniques of drawing and painting including the study of compositional design principles. Still life, figure drawing and perspective drawing will be emphasized. Although accuracy and skill is preeminent in this course, there will be a healthy balance of both technical and abstract work completed. Pencil, charcoal, oil pastel, conte-crayon watercolor, acrylic and mixed media will be used.

FA PM Printmaking (10th -12th grade) fall semester

Students will study 2-Dimensional Design issues through thoughtful and planned printmaking designs. Traditional techniques will include: wood and linoleum block relief carving, monoprints, and etching. Contemporary techniques will include: silk screen and collagraph.

FA SC Sculpture (10-12th grade) spring semester

Prerequisite: Intro to Art

Students will experience  3-dimensional design issues through classroom exercises, the studying of historic and contemporary sculpture and hands–on construction. Plaster, clay, mixed media, performance art, kinetic art and installation art will be explored.

FA DE  Design I (11th-12th grade) fall semester

Prerequisite: Intro to Art Design I focuses on bringing the real world into the classroom. Students will explore the trendy design fields of graphic design, fashion design and industrial design. Each unit will have “ real life” design projects critiqued by leading designers in Grand Rapids.

FA DE Design II (11th-12th grade) spring semester

Prerequisite: Intro to Art

Design II focuses on bringing the classroom into the real world. Students will create two major projects in architectural design and interior design. Both projects will use current architectural computer programs including SKETCH UP  and their architectural models will be critiqued at an architectural firm in Grand Rapids. Interior Design will create a design floor plan for an actual space downtown.

FA DP2  Drawing/Painting II (11th and 12th grade) fall semester

Mandatory full year with Advanced Art in Spring

Prerequisite: Intro to Art and Drawing/Painting I

Prefer students to take other studio classes before this class.

This is for those who show artistic promise and/or a high interest in art appreciation and art history. Students will be assigned at home and in class projects that further their drawing and painting skills. Mandatory reading will help  in preparing students spiritually for living and studying in the secular art world. This class is for self-motivated, independent and mature art students who are seeking to produce portfolio quality work or who are considering the field of Art History.

FA Graphic Design I, II  year-long class
Prerequisite: Intro to Art is strongly encouraged before taking Graphic Design)

Current design computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and
Google Sketch-Up are used to produce “real-world” projects while learning the essentials of good design. This class has a strong design slant, as the integration of creative, well-balanced design must be applied even within a technologically based society. Students will have guest designers and illustrators involved in final critiques and may have the opportunity to visit graphic design and advertising firms within this year-long class.

FA Advanced Art (11th and 12th grade) spring semester

Mandatory full year in conjunction with Drawing/Painting 2

Prerequisite: Intro to Art and Drawing/Painting I and Drawing/Painting 2

Prefer students to take other studio classes before this class.

This is for those who show artistic promise and/or a high interest in art appreciation and art history. Students will develop a personal voice in their art making through working on concentrations and exploring various medium. Students will be assigned at home and in class projects. Mandatory fictional and non-fictional literature will be required; including Francis Schaeffer’s Art and the Bible, preparing students spiritually for living and studying in the secular art world. This class is for self-motivated, independent and mature art students who are seeking to produce portfolio quality work or who are considering the field of Art History.

Below are links to PowerPoint that I created for some of my classes.

I would strongly encourage you to go through Slideshare.com and find PowerPoint for art history, or develop your own.

History of Design

History of Fashion Design

What is Sculpture?

Stabiles and Assemblages

Stabiles and 3-D Design Principles

Visual Flow – 3-D Design Principle

SCAMPER- design brainstorming strategy

Product brainstorm/development sequence

EarthWorks

Perspective

Old and New Logos

Making it R.E.A.L.

The 4 C’s of Logo Design

Landscape Painting

Jr. High Realism and Impressionism

Jr. High Prehistoric Art

Figure in Art History

History of Graphic Design

Floor Plans

Elements and Principles (for teachers)

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