• Carteret High School

    Drawing I – 1 semester

    Course Description: Drawing is a foundation course designed to introduce the student to the basic techniques used in drawing.  Students analyze and interpret their work using the elements and principles of design. 

    They create original works using a variety of mediums and experiment with various types of paper and grounds.

    Students plan and execute complex works such as still life, portraiture, and perspective.

    Prerequisite(s): recommended completion of Art Appreciation.  In addition students should exhibit a genuine desire to study and practice the techniques used in visual art and be willing to build on their skills.

    Deadlines are set so students can pace themselves through the process.

    Classroom policies: All general school policies will be enforced in the classroom.  See your student handbook for details.

    • Students are expected to attend class daily and be prepared.
    • Avoid coming late to class and always have a pass if you are.
    • Avoid too many absences as they will directly affect your participation grade.
    • Use your time wisely during class.


    • Avoid being critical others’ work.  We will have constructive critiques throughout the semester.

    Recommended Supply List:

    Spiral bound sketchbook

    8 X 11, 9 X 12/ 70 lbs.

    Pencils, erasers (preferably sketching pencils and a white eraser)


  •      Drawing 1                                     Ms. Lachiver’s Class


    1. Basic shapes to 3 Dimensional Forms (Drawing Pencils, White Paper)

    You will learn how to create a shape into a form using line, basics of value.

    HW: I will give you a list of artists to look up. Bring in the one you like the most and use the vocabulary to state why.

    HW: Why do people create art? Define Art. How do people become creative?


    1. Still Life (Drawing Pencils, white Paper)

    You will learn the basics of Value and how to give the illusion of form using shading. You will learn placement of objects in relation to each other, the line of symmetry, and the size relationships of objects

    HW: Bring in a printed photo of an item you have at home that you want to include in your still life to personalize it.

    HW: What is a still life? Why do artist still create them?

    Vocab Quiz


    1. Reverse Drawing (White Charcoal, manikins, black paper)

    You will learn how to add value by adding white charcoal to create light as well as the correct proportions of the human figure.

    HW: Sketch an idea of a theme that expresses human interest

    HW: Why is light so important in a drawing?

    Shading Quiz


    1. Grid Drawing (Choice of medium)

    You will learn how to make a grid and apply it to your drawing to achieve the correct placement of facial features.

    HW: Bring in 3 printed photos of a character or theme

    HW: Why create art when we have photographs?

    Vocab quiz


    1. Self-Portraits ( Drawing Pencils) *may be combined with the grid drawing*

    You will learn the correct placement of facial features

    HW: Bring in a photo that is 5x7 inches printed of a portrait that is front view, no baby pictures please

    HW: Debate is the monkey self portrait owned by the photographer or not?


    1. Perspective (Drawing Pencils)

    You will learn how to create the illusion of depth using angles and line

    HW: Go to one of these websites https://www.metmuseum.org/ or https://www.moma.org/ and find a piece of artwork that shows perspective: the illusion of depth and print it out to show the class

    1. Can art change a person’s perspective?

    Vocab Quiz


    1. Pen and Ink Techniques (Pens, Pencil)   You will learn multiple techniques of how to create value using a pen.

    HW: Make three circles and see if you can make light mid-tones and darks                               using pens in 3 different ways

                 HW: List 20 different mediums that you can use to create art


    1. Organic shapes (Oil pastels, White Paper)

    Create a drawing based on nature using pastel techniques; you will learn how to keep the essence of life in a drawing by creating a gesture.

    HW: Create a list of ten specific things that you love (will explain)

    1. Who makes the rules in art and can you break them?

    Vocab Quiz


    1. Abstract Drawing (Choice of medium)

    Create an abstract piece of art by breaking down shape and form

    HW: Bring in printed pictures of a theme of items to abstract

    HW: What is abstract art?

    HW: Look at the list of artist given find the one you like and bring in a printed color picture of abstract art from that artist and a reason you choose this piece


    1. End of Year Characters (Pencil, Tempera Paint)

    Create an original character using detailed characteristics to display personality

    Hw: Bring in printed pictures of influences you will use for this project

    HW: How does collaboration expand the creative process?


    *This syllabus is subject to change and is only used as a guide for you to have a clear understanding of the expectations of this course.


    Artist List

    Pablo Picasso


    Andy Warhol

    Vincent Van Gogh


    Claude Monet

    Salvador Dali

    Frida Kahlo

    Roy Lichtenstein

    Wassily Kandinsky

    Gustav Klimt

    Marcel Duchamp

    Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Edouard Manet


    Paul Cezanne

    Leonardo Divinci

    Albrecht Durer

    Edvard Munch



    Abstract Artist List

    Joan Miro

    Wassily Kandinsky

    Jackson Pollock

    Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Piet Mondrian

    Henri Matisse

    Marc Chagall

    Georges Seurat

    Edgar Degas

    Lee Krasner

    Mark Rothko

    Alma Thomas

    William De Kooning

    Helen Frankenthaler

    Paul Klee

    Georgia O’Keeffe

    Frank Stella

    Gerhard Richter

    Joan Mitchell

    Pablo Picasso (only some of his work)

    Kazimir Malevich

    Alexander Calder

    Hilma af Klint


    Vocab List

    Value                           Shade

    Tint                             Geometric Shapes

    Organic Shapes       Charcoal

    Abstract                     Realistic

    Line of Symmetry   Perspective

    Composition             Highlight

    Contour Lines           Proportion

    Thumbnail                 Vanishing Point

    Texture                       Emphasis

    Movement                 Negative Space

    Positive Space         Landscape

    Still Life                     Self-Portrait

    Technique                 Grid

    Medium                     Mid-Tones

    Form                           Contrast