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.
ALL ARTWORK IS DONE IN CLASS, NOT AT HOME
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- Can art change a person’s perspective?
- 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
- 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)
- Who makes the rules in art and can you break them?
- 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
- 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.
Vincent Van Gogh
Abstract Artist List
William De Kooning
Pablo Picasso (only some of his work)
Hilma af Klint
Tint Geometric Shapes
Organic Shapes Charcoal
Line of Symmetry Perspective
Contour Lines Proportion
Thumbnail Vanishing Point
Movement Negative Space
Positive Space Landscape
Still Life Self-Portrait