• 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.


     Carteret High School

    Art Appreciation – 1 semester

    Course Description: Art Appreciation is a basic foundation course. Students learn to analyze and interpret art elements in different art media while being exposed to a variety of art movements.

    Students work in a variety of media processes and techniques.

    Students analyze the ways that art and design affects daily life especially as it influences consumer attitudes and choices.

    Prerequisite(s): No prior experience is needed for this class, however the students should exhibit an interest in learning more about the visual arts.

    •   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.

    Supply List:

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

  •      Art Appreciation                         Ms. Lachiver’s Class


    1. Mandala (Drawing Pencils, White Paper)

    You will learn the basics of value, how to have a balanced composition, and the history of the mandala, meditation.

    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. Pointillism (Markers, white Paper, colored pencils)

    You will learn how to create value using markers, color theory, and how a scientific finding made waves in the art world

    HW: Print out pics for this project

    HW: Can you name an invention that led to advancement in the art world? And how?

    Vocab Quiz

    1. Cubism(Colored Pencils)

    You will learn what cubism is, about Pablo Picasso, and how to create artwork in the cubism style

    HW: Print out pictures of a theme for the cubism project

    HW: If we have photographs, why do we need artist?

    Shading Quiz

    1. Landscape (watercolor paint)

    You will learn how to paint with watercolors, foreground middle ground background, and how to do a positive critique

    HW: Bring in printed photo of a landscape you will like to use for your project

    HW: What makes art good?

    Vocab quiz

    1. Art Mashup(your choice of medium)

    Combine a painting you choose from the artist on the list below with a theme of your choice. You will learn how to create a composition, art history,

    HW: Bring a printed photo of your combination

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

    1. Abstract Art (oil pastels)

    Create a drawing based on nature using pastel techniques; you will learn how to draw in an abstract style, how to blend colors, how to use pastels

    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


    Final Exam

    Last Days of class


    *   The 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.

    • You will also have mini projects that will run in-between these projects listed above


    Vocab List

    Value                     Shade

    Tint                         Geometric Shapes

    Organic Shapes   Mandala

    Abstract                 Realistic

    Composition         Proportion

    Thumbnail           Texture

    Emphasis               Movement

    Negative Space     Positive Space

    Landscape             Still Life

    Self-Portrait         Technique

    Grid                         Form



    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