Visual Arts Essential Concepts List
1. Elements of art: Line, Shape, Color properties (hue, value, intensity) and color schemes/groups (monochromatic), Form, Texture, Space (positive/negative, perspective (e.g., 1 point linear perspective), value (darkness or lightness, tints or shades)
2. Principles of design Repetition, Pattern, Balance (symmetrical/asymmetrical), Emphasis (focal point), Contrast (e.g., black/white, rough/smooth), Rhythm, Proportion, Movement
3. Media of art: (Properties of media need to be known in order to respond to artworks) Two-dimensional - crayon, pencil, fabric, yarn, paint (tempera, watercolor), ink, pastel Three-dimensional - clay, papier-mâché, found objects (assemblages)
4. Art processes: (Properties of media need to be known in order to respond to artworks) Two-dimensional - crayon, pencil, fabric, yarn, paint (tempera, Watercolor), ink, pastel Three-dimensional - clay, papier-mâché, found objects (Assemblages) and their subject Matter representational (e.g., landscape, Portrait, still life) nonrepresentational (e.g., Abstract, non-objective)
5. Middle Eastern and Asian temple architecture and unique visual arts in Asia.
6. Da Vinci and Michelangelo
7. Rembrandt and Caravaggio
8. Jacques-Louis David also Thomas Jefferson (architecture)
9. Constable and Goya
10. Courbet and Manet
11. Monet, Van Gogh, Cassatt, and Rodin
12. Picasso, Warhol, O’Keeffe, Dali, Lange, Wright, and Jacob Lawrence
Assessments for visual arts class
Formal test after every text chapter and or every three weeks a proficiency measure or midterm.
Chapter may include worksheets to increase student’s understanding of art topics being introduced at that time.
Art projects will be included as often as possible to emphasize art principles. Students will be informed of these projects and the proper cloths to wear if needed.
- Students are required to keep an art sketchbook / journal. These are for specific assignments and for the students own personal thoughts and ideas related to art and everyday life (This is not a diary but a place for students to keep their ideas).
- Students are to make and turn in a time line based on the periods of art and artists known today. Information will be provided at a later date for this assignment. This may be paper based or digital. And or students will make a digital portfolio.
- Final will be required that will be 20 percent of your final grade.
- Students are required to participate in visual art competitions, the number of competitions will be determined by your class level at a later date.
- Students are to read one book of my choice which varies by class/semester and turn in a formal written report for the assignment.