Teacher approval required
Advanced Art will allow students who have demonstrated technical skill begin to explore their own interests. Students will research American artists and complete 4 self-directed projects during the quarter in the students' choice of media.
Class enrollment requires teacher approval. Students must have already taken multiple art classes.
Create a landscape that demonstrates depth in the media of your choice, showing appropriate skills using the art element SPACE.
8.V.1.2: Apply the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in the planning and creation of personal art.
8.V.2.2: Apply observation skills and personal experiences to create original art.
Project 1 : Social Issues
Friday, April 13
Project 2: Memory
Friday, April 27
Friday, May 11
Project 4: Choice!
Friday, May 25
All projects must be accompanied by a sheet that explains the choices you made in your project.
Social Issue Awareness Art
Students will learn about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his crusade to bring attention to oppression and censorship from the Chinese government. Students will then choose a social issue topic they want to address in a work of art.
April: National Poetry Month
Children's Poem Illustrations: select a poem from award-winning children's poet Shel Silverstein. Using your knowledge of text illustration and illuminated manuscripts, design and create illustrations that will:
Students will NOT have a daily assignment in this class. In addition to 4 self-directed projects, grades will also include students' 4 research submissions and a Studio Habits grade (daily effort, clean-up, taking care of supplies).
First Day of Class: Rules & Procedures
Students will choose 4 artists to research during the quarter. The list is given in the syllabus. Be sure to include all the information requested.
Why do you need to learn about artists?
Knowing other artists, art styles, and movements can give you better ideas for your own work!
Sample research sketchbook entries from high school art students (Google "IB sketchbooks" for more examples):
You will research 4 artists over the quarter, one from each period of American history. This is the sheet you will complete for each artist. You may work at your own pace, but the last day to turn in research is FRIDAY MARCH 9.
This class is planned using the North Carolina 7th & 8th grade Essential Standards.
Students' self-directed projects must include one selection from each of the following categories:
B&W Drawing: graphite, pen, charcoal
Color Drawing: colored pencil, oil pastel, chalk pastel
Painting: watercolor, tempera, acrylic
Other: collage, photography, printmaking, found
objects, mixed media
*Also see other class pages for more specific topics (clay, painting, drawing)
Composition: "Where to put the cow"
Art of Apex Portal (Apex High School, Wake Co. NC)
Website & Videos: Throwing on a Pottery Wheel
Advanced High School & Profession Artist Sketchbook examples:
Advanced High School sketchbook examples: ArtMash Blog
Sketchbook idea suggestions: Ms Foushee's Sketchbook Pinterest Board
Online art lessons: theVirtualInstructor.com
Phil McAndrews' Big List of Stuff to Draw
How to Tattoo a Banana
Link to the syllabus in Google Drive
Download & print a copy of the syllabus:
MEMORY Project Resources
ARTISTS' STEAL Project Resources
CULTURAL BEAUTY Resources
Youtube: Plaster Hand Sculptures
Artist: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967
House by the Railroad
(MoMA, New York, NY)