Ms Wagner
Art 4 Major/Minor
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Art 4 Major Mid Year Exam  2016
Tues Jan 19, 10:30-12:30

Conveying a Statement
You will make 4 color images (a minimum size of 4” x 6” rectangles) that combined together will convey a chosen phrase or statement. Your statement can be of your own origin, or a quote from a poem, song, book, or an expression.  Be careful of choosing a cliché statement or a cliché image. You can reinterpret a cliché statement with an original idea and image. Sample Statements, (including clichés!)
“To be or not to be.”
“Life is beautiful.”
“Pushing the envelope”
“Those pants are way too tight.”
“I’m ambivalent about going to college.”
“Yes we can.”

Part of your design will be to choose how to combine and layout those 4 images.
Think about the placement of the rectangles within a format and consider their–
  • sequence?
  • orientation?
  • chaotic or orderly?
You can choose to make any of the rectangles a different shape or size, but they should be no SMALLER than 4” x 6”.
Consider the 4 images’ relationship to each other, how will that contribute to conveying your statement. You can draw them all on one piece of paper, or make them separately and mount them on a board.
There is no limitation to the kind of imagery in the rectangles, but your goal is to communicate the idea of your phrase/statement.
You may use any color medium or combination of media. (Colored pencil, pastel, pastel pencil, watercolor, acrylic pa int, oil crayon, marker)
You can make your 4 images separately then mount them on a board, or lay them out and draw them on one piece or paper or board. Please include the statement somewhere in your composition.

Please prepare your statement and idea and come prepared to draw in class during the exam time.  You may bring any source material (pictures or sketches) to work from. IMPORTANT: Consider what you can complete in two hours.

Please arrive with:
a sketch and idea (and any necessary source materials)
your statement
ready to select your materials and paper

You will be assessed on the following criteria:
Coming prepared with an idea and sketch to the exam
Your idea - Creativity and originality
Conveying your idea/chosen statement
Craftsmanship and skillful use of materials
Focus and Effort

Course 7425/7424                        

This course promotes extensive independent work based on individual abilities, ideas, and interests for the completion of the Senior Portfolio and the production of an original artbook and the Senior Installation. Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to develop clear intellectual and emotional reasons for creating artworks from a personal point of view. The portfolio and installation are the culmination of the student’s creative efforts to apply all of his or her drawing, compositional, technical, and aesthetic skills. The results of these efforts will provide a personal record of the student’s creative potential for pursuing an art career or developing lifelong interests in the visual arts.

Major:  Periods per cycle:  4   Credits:  5     
Minor:  Periods per cycle:  2   Credits:  2.5   
Prerequisite: Three years of art or approval of the Program Administrator.
Scroll down for descriptions of individual projects.

1. Learning Objectives

    By the completion of this course, the successful student will have:

a. Demonstrated an advanced application of the uses commonly associated with two mediums in the categories of painting, sculpture, graphics, printmaking and computer design media; and a proficient application in the remaining mediums.
b. Demonstrated the ability to skillfully prepare artworks for presentation and exhibition as a solo exhibitor in a site specific environment.
c. Demonstrated knowledge of the care and handling of tools and materials.
d. Articulated their understanding of specific masterworks of art by working in the manner of a particular artist and/or style.
e. Articulated visually and verbally the essential differences between classical, romantic, and realistic temperaments as it relates directly to their own artworks.
f. Demonstrated an understanding of underlying structures relative to the invention and expression of visual forms in space.
g. Produced a documentation in the form of a book as a culminating visual statement representing their cumulative art experiences, creative development, and personal growth.
h. Produced a body of work in specific media which is a meaningful reflection of their personal interactions with important themes, issues, and interests.
i. Developed a keen appreciation for the values of self-motivation, independence, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and personal responsibility.

2. Learning Experiences

    In this course, students will:

a. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the creative process through the practice of experimentation, journal keeping, discussion, critique, final resolution, and aesthetic judgement, culminating in the production of a project using the concept of a book, either literally or as a metaphor.
b. Complete and prepare a portfolio exhibit as well as a portfolio for college admissions and review.
c. Develop an appreciation for group dynamics, cooperative experiences, class presentations, discussion, and teaming.
d. Maintain a portfolio of works in progress as well as completed work, a journal-sketchbook, and miscellaneous homework activities.

3. Course Outline

    In this course, students will explore the following (or similar) topics:

a. Developing a series of works expressing a theme in the following media:
drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture.

b. Senior Art Installation
c. optional - development of a portfolio

4. Course Materials

    In this course, students will utilize the following materials:

a. Graphic materials such as charcoal, graphite, ebony pencils, colored pencils, pastels, conte crayons, oil crayons, markers, ink pens.
b. Paint materials such as acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, watercolor, gouache, bristle and sable brushes, palette knives.
c. Paint grounds such as modeling paste, textured gels, gesso, various cardboards and illustration board.
d. Sculptural materials such as pariscraft, plaster, styrofoam or foam board, balsa wood, utility board, corrugated cardboard, found materials, clay.
e. Printmaking materials such as water-based printing inks, linocutting tools, brayers, and ink mediums.
f. Computer technology – computers with design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, CoreFx, Indesign, Flash and color printers.
g. Visual resources such as art reproductions, and slides, visual art periodicals and magazines, and images online.

Description of Individual Projects:

Working with a theme -

You will develop a theme to be explored in a series of artworks. Begin by brainstorming ideas, then research imagery/subject matter to be used or referenced somehow in your work. Sources can be observational drawings, photographs, objects, web, books, magazines, imagination, etc. This theme can be based on a subject matter, a concept/idea, a narrative. Artworks can be realistic or abstract.

You will create a series of artworks, developing your chosen theme -

1. A small color drawing, using any drawing medium (pastel, oil crayon, color pencil, watercolor).
2. Painting on large stretched canvas
3. A piece incorporating mixed media – digital media, artist's book, drawing, painting, collage, photography, etc.
4. A sculpture using your choice of mediums – clay, plaster, pariscraft, wire, wood carving, relief, etc.

Through this series of works, you will show a progression in the development of the idea(s) involved in your theme. (This is NOT one image simply repeated in different mediums.) Each piece will be planned by beginning with sketches in your sketchbook.

Claude Monet

Light, Atmosphere and Season

Andy Warhol

Pop Culture and Mass Production

Frida Kahlo

Self Portrait and Self Revelation


Marc Chagall

Memory, Dreams and Imagination


Alison Saar  Identity, symbolism and metaphor                 9114_74119_0.jpg 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005

Use this link for researching contemporary artists:


1. Research and determine your theme, WRITE A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF YOUR THEME, WITH PROJECT IDEAS FOR THE 4 MEDIA - DRAWING, PAINTING, MIXED MEDIA AND SCULPTURE.  These can develop and change during the year.

2. Show me a sketch at the beginning of each project.

3. Most Homework every week will be to work on your theme - research, preparatory drawings, working on the projects. Occasionally I will give you specific assignments: for your portfolio, and for the senior art installation.

4. DUE DATES are important for completing all assignments.
Theme development due Friday 9/18
Required: Description of your theme and a brief description of the projects for each medium

Small Color Drawing due 10/16
Mixed Media due 12/11
Painting due 2/26
Senior Art Installation 5/6
Sculpture due 5/27

Turning in work late:
You can turn in your major projects up to 1 week late, no points will be deducted from your grade.
If it is still not completed by 1 week after the due date, you will need to stop working on it, it will be graded AS IS, and you will begin the next project.
*You can continue to work on a project OUTSIDE OF CLASS after the due date until the end of the term that it is due. When you resubmit it to me I will update your grade.

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