Beginning: The focus of this course is for students to explore a variety of drawing, painting, and mixed media. Through the “cardboard portrait project” students will combine traditional portrait drawing techniques with unconventional media to explore a mixed-media approach to rendering. Students will begin to hone the quality of their rendering and design skills utilizing theories of composition and dynamic contrast to visually communicate their ideas. A landscape watercolor painting project will allow students to demonstrate their understanding and use of space. Students will gain confidence with color mixing and watercolor painting through a series of exercises focusing on mixing hues, values, intensities, temperatures, neutrals, and incorporating creative textural techniques. Lastly, students will strengthen their ideation skills through a “Street Art Pattern Project.” By combining design techniques, introduction of emphasis and symbolism, and a thorough acrylic paint demonstration, students will create their own logo and street art wall on canvas. Critical analysis and evaluation of one’s own work and the work of others will continue to be strengthened.
Intermediate: This course continues the exploration of a variety of drawing and painting media and techniques to solve visual arts problems. Students will be introduced to the power of finding their own visual voice. They will demonstrate their knowledge of color theory and principles of art through a “Visual Voice Mixed Media Project.” Students will investigate Abstraction in art by creating an “Object Abstraction Acrylic Painting” on stretched canvas, using a limited color palette, symbolism, emphasis, and evident acrylic painting knowledge. A final project will allow students to experience the concept of skin tone color mixing and colored pencil techniques through a hyper realistic “Hand Gesture Rendering Project.” Critical analysis and evaluation of one’s own work and the work of others will be demonstrated through verbal and writing critiques.
Advanced: This course explores alternative drawing techniques by teaching students to use ball point pen to create an expressive self-portrait focusing on proportions of the artist’s face, and their expression or mood. The second project focuses on learning to create a large-scale canvas acrylic painting, using the “pixel-style” method of gridding the canvas, popularized by American painter Chuck Close. Lastly, students will refine their proportional drawing skill in a “I Am Thirsty” watercolor painting. Students will be introduced to mixing watercolor techniques with Prismacolor pencils, along with some other tricks to create an illusion of hyper realism. Composing space, as well as using values and proportion are emphasized in this work. Students will refine their art vocabulary with written self-critique forms, as well as thoughtful class presentation of their work and their artist statements.
AP Drawing Portfolio: AP Drawing Portfolio is designed to be a college-paced class in a High School setting. Students are expected to present a portfolio of selected works they have done during this course for evaluation at the end of the year. Submission of a complete portfolio is required in order to earn credit for the course, both at GAC and at the College Board. The emphasis of this class is on building the portfolio. The portfolio is made up of two sections: quality and sustained investigation (15 final works in total). Three works are produced over the preceding summer and are due on the first day of class.