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Introduction to Art for High School (Semester 1)

Join this first semester of high school art to begin a creative exploration in building critical life skills through art techniques like drawing, painting, mixed media, digital graphic design, photography, and sculpture.
Karmen Paterson, B.S. Ag & Environmental Science
641 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 12 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 16 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 29

Aug 29 - Dec 12 (16 weeks)
5:30pm - 6:25pm
3 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

Students will have a basic understanding of the foundations of art. They will also have a general knowledge of famous artists throughout time and be able to critique famous artwork based on the foundations of art. Students will be able to adequately use a variety of art tools including graphite drawing pencils, oil pastels, color markers, and acrylic paint. Students will be able to use basic digital programs to create graphic design, and they will hone their compositional eye for photography. Students will learn to create complex mixed media 2D pieces as well as explore unique materials to create 3D sculptures.
I have a Degree in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Science, and over 20 years of working experience in art and graphic design including being the CEO of Little Daisy Media.  I believe that the art of graphic design, or at the very least an appreciation for that art, is something that everyone should practice.  Graphic design floods our visual perception from everywhere, from the products we buy to the advertisements we are exposed to.  I want to share my knowledge of graphic design so that kids understand the basic elements and can build on that to become creative critical thinkers.
Students will submit in the classroom throughout the week:
1. Art Critique
2. Art Creation Assignment

*Students are given the week to complete these assignments to allow time for thoughtful analysis and creation as well as to exercise their time-management skills.
 2 files available upon enrollment
Week 1 Full page color botanicals print (provided) Circle Templates - various sizes no larger than 1.5 inches/3.8 cm Pencil Drawing pens - black ink Scissors Glue 11x14 Mixed Media Paper - white Week 2 11x14 canvas board or mixed media paper - white Black and white bring of architectural building 1 or more copies (provided) Scissors Glue Acrylic Paint Watercolor Paint Paintbrushes Water Rag Week 3 Crystal clear Shrinky Dink paper Colorful permanent markers Hot glue gun Scissors Parchment paper Baking pan Oven Week 4 Mixed media paper cut into six 5 inch/12.7 cm squares Pencil Circle templates various sizes - all should fit inside the squares Colored Markers Digital camera (cell phone with camera is fine) Round dishes variety of sizes and colors *or other circular objects Access to Google Slides or other digital software with which you are comfortable Week 5 Access to Google Slides Provided information: 3-4 photos, Given text, 2-3 graphics Week 6 Selfie photo, posterized and printed in black and white at a 5x7 inch ratio 10x14 mixed media paper - white Ruler Pencil Colored pencils & colorful markers Week 7 Watercolor paper Watercolor pencils Black Marker Metallic Markers Oil Pastels Printout reference drawing Pencil Water Paintbrushes Week 8 White paper Pencil Large Canvas panel 18 gauge jewelry wire Acrylic paint Paintbrushes Nail Hot glue gun Wire cutters *optional: needle nose pliers and tape Week 9 11x14 Mixed Media Paper - white Black acrylic ink Fine-tip paintbrushes Acrylic paint Rag Painters’ Tape Week 10 Digital Camera Access to Google Slides *optional: access to photo manipulation software with which you are comfortable Week 11 11x14 or larger canvas board Newspaper 8x10 drawing Paper Acrylic paint Pencil Paintbrushes Rag Glue An old paintbrush for glue Object like a pitcher or vase, etc. Week 12 Mixed Media Paper Pencil Eraser Oil Pastels Provided fruit bowl image Week 13 Digital camera with video options Camera Stand Video editing software with which you feel comfortable Water balloons filled with paint Floor cover - canvas/sheet Access to Google Slides Week 14 Charcoals Black ink drawing pens Pencil Colored pencils Watercolor paints Water Paintbrushes 11x14 mixed media paper - white 11x14 mixed media paper - brown or gray Selfie photo in color to use as a reference Week 15 Shoebox or small box open on one end Scraps & found objects like cardboard, buttons, string, fabric, carpet pieces, linoleum pieces, scrapbook paper, etc. Be creative Paint Paintbrushes Hot glue gun Scissors X-acto knife Pencil Week 16 11x14 or larger canvas Pencil Eraser Ruler or straight edge Acrylic paint Paintbrushes Rag
Looking for High School Art credit? This class counts as one semester of high school art. Please reach out to me for specific assessment needs. Class assessments are based on the following:
class participation
time management and timeliness of submissions
students' displayed understanding of the weekly topic through Art Critique, and Art Project submissions

Assessments will be based on a 0-5 scale rating.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Karmen Paterson, B.S. Ag & Environmental Science
Lives in the United States
Educator, Mom, Creative Mastermind
641 total reviews
528 completed classes

About Me

Hi friends!

My name is Karmen Paterson and I am an online educator in art, graphic design, and early science. I have an Associate's of Art in Graphic Design, and Associates of Science in Economics, and a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural... 
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