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Art 2- Semester Long Flex Course

Ms. Tessa (She/Her)
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(279)
In this 14-week semester flex course, we will work on projects and concepts within 3 units: Drawing, Color Theory, and Digital Photography

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Beginner - Intermediate Level
3 units//14 lessons//14 Weeks
Unit 1Drawing- Graphite and Charcoal
7 lessons7 Weeks
Drawing- Graphite and Charcoal
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Principles/Elements of Art
We will begin our unit by discussing art's principles and elements. We will also become familiar with our graphite pencils and tools through a couple of exercises. This will prepare us for our first big project.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Graphite Grid Drawing 1 of 2
We will choose a b & w photo as our reference for this drawing and recreate it using a grid and our drawing tools. We will also discuss the work of Paul Lung and DeigoKoi
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Graphite Grid Drawing 2 of 2
We will continue working on our grid drawings.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Intro to charcoal
We will better understand charcoal by working with a few exercises. Some are familiar, others are not. This will prepare us for our next big project. We will also discuss the work of Heather Hanson.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Musical Interpretation drawing
This class is all about playing with our new medium, charcoal. We will listen to a few songs ranging in style and sketch out what the music sounds like, how it makes us feel, and any images we might experience while listening to the music.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Charcoal Extension Drawing 1 of 2
With this project, we will create an extended charcoal drawing using a b & w photo and our charcoal tools. We will discuss the work of Robert Lango.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Charcoal Extension Drawing 2 of 2
This week is devoted to continuing with our charcoal extension drawing.
Unit 2Color Theory- Watercolor
5 lessons5 Weeks
Color Theory- Watercolor
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Color Wheel/Theory
This lesson revolves around learning about color theory and how to mix colors using a color wheel. We will discuss the work of Jaakko Mittila
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Landscape Watercolor (primary colors) 1 of 2
By mixing the primary colors together, we will create a landscape painting. This lesson is a reinforcement of what we learned the previous week.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Landscape Watercolor (primary colors) 2 of 2
This week is devoted to continuing with our primary color landscapes. We will also discuss the work of Andrew Wyeth.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Monochromatic Watercolor Painting
With the use of one color, black, white, and grey, we will create a painting. This will familiarize us to monochromatic colors using hues, shades, tints, and tones. We will also discuss the work of Pablo Picasso
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Virtual Field Trip- Museum
This week is all about exploring some pretty famous museums. We will tour through the museums looking a variety of work, and discussing the artists, hidden meanings in some of the work, and the museums themselves.
Unit 3Photography
2 lessons2 Weeks
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Photo Composition Handout & Editing Techniques. Photo Scavenger Hunt
We will discuss the compositions of photography and learn specific vocabulary. Using our knowledge of composition in photography, we will go on a scavenger hunt to find different examples of these. How many examples can be found? We will also be discussing the work of Ansel Adams.
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Still-Life Photo Set Up
This final class is geared towards creating multiple still-life set-ups to photograph. The use of composition is a large part of this project. We will also discuss the work of Irving Penn.
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
-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 Pencils
-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)

Week 4:
-Compressed black charcoal sticks  
-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
-Apron and table covering (this is a messy medium)
-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)

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. 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(279)
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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