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Art 2- Drawing, Watercolor, Photography

Ms. Tessa (She/Her)
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In this 15-week semester course, we will work on projects and concepts of The Principles and Elements of Art within 3 units: Drawing, Color Theory (watercolor), and Digital Photography.

Class experience

Beginner - Intermediate Level
  • Students will learn such things as: -Color theory & Terms -Elements of Art: Line, value, texture, space, color, shape/form -Principles of Art: Balance, emphasis, contrast, movement, rhythm, pattern, unity -Composition -Point of View -Photo Composition -Depth of Field
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
There are no grades for this class. There is, however, a certificate of Completion that will be presented at the end of the semester. This is contingent on completing all of the assignments.
What you will need.
 Week-by-week breakdown:

Week 1:
-Graphite Pencil Set (These are a set of 5 or more pencils from 2H-8B/ you can get them at any art or hobby store, as well as Staples)
-Drawing paper (9x12)
-Blending tools (look like rolled-up white paper pencils)- You can also use a simple Q-Tip
-Printed out handout OR access to handout on computer

Week 2/3: 
-Graphite Pencils
-Drawing Paper (9x12)
-Blending Tool/Qtip
-Drawing Paper
-Small magazine clipping of black and white picture (we will talk more about this) 3"x 3" or 4" x 4"

Week 4:
-Compressed black charcoal sticks 
-Vine charcoal
-Drawing paper
-Blending tool/Qtip
-Apron and table covering (this is a messy medium)

Week 5:
-Compressed black charcoal sticks
-Vine charcoal
-Drawing Paper
-Blending Tool/Qtip
-An open mind

Week 6/7: 
-11x14 Drawing paper
-Compressed black charcoal sticks 
-Charcoal vine
-Blending tool/Qtip
-Black and white magazine/newspaper picture- cut out
-Glue Stick
-Apron and table covering (another messy project)

Week 8:
-Watercolor paint (in the tubes)-Red, Yellow, Blue
-Rounded brush
-Watercolor paper (9x12)
-Jar of water
-Paint Palette 

-Watercolor Paper (9x12)
-Watercolor paint (red, yellow, blue)
-Jar of water
-Brushes of varying sizes 

Week 11: 
-Watercolor paper (9x12)
-Watercolor paint (black, grey, white)
-Jar of water
-Brushes of varying sizes

Week:12: Museum Visit
-Listening ears 
-Watching eyes
-Lots of questions

Week 13: 
-A digital/phone camera
** a phone will work beautifully
-Ability to take photos of specific things within their immediate environment (ie: pencil, foot, leaf, hand, etc.) for a photo composition scavenger hunt

Week 14:
-Digital/phone Camera
-A set-up Still-life  within their space (we will talk more about this)

Week 15:
-Editing techniques/ Wrap up of the course.
-Phone/digital camera
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There may be the use of scissors during the drawing unit. Guidance at Guardian's discretion.

We will also be taking a "field trip" to a few museums using the website Google Arts and Culture. This is a virtual tour that a few of the more famous museums around the world use to show exhibits (MoMA, Louvre, etc.). There is no need for any accounts or signing in/up from the students. It is a free website available to anyone. 
I will be sharing my screen as we navigate through specific art exhibits. 

If you have any questions about the "field trip", please let me know. 
Joined January, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Vermont Teaching Certificate - Music/Theater/Arts
Bachelor's Degree in Music/Theater/Arts
Hi there! My name is Tessa DeForge. I live in the beautiful state of Vermont with my husband, 2 silly dogs and 2 precocious cats. I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011 and hold a bachelor's in Art Education. 
I am very... 
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weekly or $275 for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
55 min

Completed by 20 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
1-8 learners per class

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