Syllabus: Creative Art- Drawing and Painting

Course Objectives and Projects
  • Project #1- Shapes Sheet-This project introduces the concept of line and shape in two dimensional art.  
    Project #2- Value Scales- This project explores the concept of rendering value using a variety of techniques. View or print rubric
    Project #3-  Shapes Landscape- This project combines shapes and values to create three dimensional forms in drawing.  View or print rubric
    Project 4- Portrait Drawing- This project is the culmination of the drawing portion of the class.  It is a graphite drawing on paper done from a photograph of a human face.  Students will be given a choice ob subjects including a self-portait, a family member or a famous person.  View or print rubric
    Project 5-  Color Wheel- This project introduces the idea of mixing secondary and tertiary colors from primary colors, as well as mixing values and intensity scales in acrylic paint.  View or print rubric
    Project 6-  First Painting- This project is a hard edge painting in acrylic using a value or monochromatic scale.  Students will learn how to produce and transfer a preliminary drawing.  The subject of this painting will be from a "Master Work" of the student's choice.  View or print rubric
    Project 7- Second Painting- This project is a hard edge painting in acrylic using an analogousor triad color scheme.  Students will have the choice to do another "Master Work" copy or work from a photograph of their choosing.  View or print rubric
  • State and National Standards-All of these projects are aligned with National Course Codes and State  as well as Jeffco Visual Arts standards.
  • Visual Art Colorado Model Content Standards   


    1. Students recognize and use the visual arts as a form of communication.

    2. Students know and apply elements of art, principles of design, and sensory and expressive features of visual arts.

    3. Students know and apply visual arts materials, tools, techniques, and processes.

    4. Students relate the visual arts to various historical and cultural traditions.

    5. Students analyze and evaluate the characteristics, merits, and meaning of works of art.


  • Assessment and Grading Policies- Studio art classes are highly reliant upon attendance and participation for successful completion of the curriculum.  Successful students are those who attend regularly and are focused during class time.  Projects are graded according to specific requirements but never according to a student's talent or lack of talent.  Any student, regardless of talent, can earn an A if they are consistently working and following project guidelines and classroom procedures.  
  • Behavior Expectations- Art is an elective.  It is assumed that all students are in the class because they actually requested it therefore good classroom behavior should follow.  This includes, but is not limited to, respect of materials and tools, respect of the classroom and respect of all student work space and artwork.  
  • Absence Policies- Students are expected to finish all projects on time.  It is very difficult to transport artwork to and from school.  Therefore it will often be necessary to come in to make up absences during Resource or during an off-block.  Students are always welcome and encouraged to come in outside of their own class.  Successful student artists spend as much time as possible on their artwork.  Class time is seldom enough time to do a truly excellent job.  
  • A Note About the Class- This class is a highly structured art class.  The goal of it is to prepare students for the Creative Art Advanced Drawing and Painting class.  Students will be well equipped to draw or paint anything they want to in the Advanced class.  However, the beginning class does not have nearly as much flexibility.  It is necessary to learn a wide variety of skills in order to draw and paint at a high level.  The Beginning class teaches those skills. Students are encouraged to take the Beginning class early in their high school career so that they can spend multiple semesters in the Advanced class. Only in this way will students be able to create an exciting and unique portfolio of work.  The Advanced and Portfolio classes may be taken repeated times for additional credit.