• Roosevelt High School

    Introduction to Art Syllabus



    INSTRUCTOR:         Ms. Sara Haag             PLANNING PERIOD:   2nd and 6th Period

    EMAIL: sara.haag@slps.org


    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to Art is an exploration into visual art techniques, processes, and media.  Students will study the application of the elements and principles of art as they have been used in professional and historical examples and use these elements and principals to enhance the expressive quality of their own work.  Students will also learn to enhance their observational skills, increase their artistic vocabulary to better verbalize their thoughts and feelings of the visual world in which they live, and recognize and understand the interconnections with other academic areas.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES/COMPETENCIES: As a result of this course you should be able to…

    • Utilize various techniques and mediums in the creation of works of art.  (FA 1)
    • Know and understand the basic elements of art and visual design and be able to understand how these Elements interact. (FA 2)
    • Communicate both verbally and in written format in order to express their ideas about the Visual world.  (FA 3)
    • Realize how art interconnects with other academic areas. (FA 4)
    • Know and understand the historical and cultural significance that art has had in human civilization.(FA 5)



    Fall Semester:

    Unit 1   WHAT IS ART?

    Chapter 1   Art in Your World


    Chapter 2   Art Criticism and Aesthetic Judgment

    Unit 3:   MEDIA

    Chapter 3   Media and Processes of Art

    Unit 4:   LINE

    Chapter 4   Line

    Spring Semester:


    Chapter 5   Shape, Form, and Space

    Chapter 8     Rhythm, Pattern, and Movement


    Chapter 6   Color

    Chapter 9     Balance


    Chapter 7   Texture

    Chapter 10   Proportion


    Chapter 11   Variety, Emphasis, Harmony, and Unity

    Chapter 12   Art Traditions from Around the World

    Unit 9: WESTERN ART

    Chapter 13   Western Traditions in Art

    Chapter 14   Careers in Art



    Time Frame



    First Quarter

    The World of Art

    8/16  -  9/8

    Chapter 1   Art in Your World

    §  What is Art?

    §  Why Do Artists Create?

    §  The Language of Art

    9/11  -  10/12

    Chapter 2   Art Criticism and Aesthetic Judgment


    ·         Art Criticism: Learning from a Work of Art

    ·         Aesthetics: Thinking About a Work of Art

    ·         Art History: Learning About a Work of Art

    Second Quarter

    10/16  -  11/9

    Chapter 3   The Media and Processes of Art


    ·         Two-Dimensional Media

    ·         Three Dimensional Media

    ·         Technological Media

    The Elements  and Principals of Art

    11/13  -  12/20

    Chapter 4   Line


    ·         The Element of Line

    ·         The Expressive Quality of Line


    Third Quarter

    1/3  -  1/26

    Chapter 5   Shape, Form, and Space

    Chapter 8  Rhythm, Pattern, and Movement

    ·         How We Perceive Shape, Form, and Space?

    ·         How Artists Create Shapes and Forms in Space?

    ·         Rhythm and Pattern

    ·         Types of Rhythm and Pattern

    ·         How Artists Use Rhythm to Create Movement

    1/29  -  3/9

    Chapter 6  Color

    Chapter 9  Balance

    ·         Hue, Value, and Intensity

    ·         Color Schemes

    ·         Understanding the Nature and Uses of Color

    ·         Visual Balance

    ·         Informal Balance

    Fourth Quarter

    Art through the Ages

    3/12  -  4/13

    Chapter 12   Art Traditions from Around the World

    ·         Art of Earliest times

    ·         Art of Asia and the Middle East

    ·         The Art of Africa

    ·         Art of the Americas

    4/16  -  5/18


    Chapter 13   Western Traditions in Art

    ·         The Beginnings of Western Art Traditions

    ·         The Beginnings of Modern Art traditions

    ·         The Nineteenth Century

    ·         Early Twentieth Century

    ·         Art After 1945

    Chapter  14 Careers in Art


    ·         Careers in Two-Dimensional Art

    ·         Careers in Three-Dimensional Art and Education


    ASSESSMENTS: Your assessments in this class will consist of written tests and studio performance tasks. Tests will focus on vocabulary and analytic use of concepts. Performance tasks will ask you to synthesize the unit concepts inside the framework of a visual problem solving environment.



    ARTTALK, Rosalind Ragans, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2005

    Art in Focus, Gene A. Mittler, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2006



    REQUIRED SUPPLIES: You will be expected to bring all required supplies with you to class EVERY day. Part of your evaluation for this course is craftsmanship. Failure to be prepared will have evaluative consequences.

    • PENCIL!!!
    • NOTEBOOK!!!


    CLASSROOM EXPECTAIONS/ POLICIES: You will be expected to adhere to all school conduct policies. You will also be expected to be respectful and non-disruptive while in this class. Failure to do so will result in the following actions:

                    Verbal redirection/ Student conference/ Reflective assignment

                    Parent Notification

                    Administrative referral

                    Removal from classroom



    Assessments                          70%

    Coursework                           20%

    (Classwork, Homework, Daily Participation)

    Tests                                       10%


    100-90%                                 A

    89-80%                                   B

    79-70%                                   C

    69-60%                                   D

    59-50%                                   F


    Attendance: You will be expected to attend class on all days allotted. You will also be expected to be prompt in your attendance. Failure to do so will have evaluative and possible administrative consequences.


    Make-up Work: Late work and make-up work or exams will be given on a case by case basis. District acceptable reasons will be expected to accompany the assignment of any make-up work. Post-Factum reasons (Reasons given after the fact) will be looked at with greater skepticism. NO MAKE UP WORK WILL BE GIVEN BECAUSE WORK WAS SIMPLY NOT DONE OR TURNED IN without administrative permission or request.


    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY/PLAGIARISM: All the work that you turn in is expected to be of your own design and creation. Plagiarized work, copied work, or work completed by others will not be tolerated and will result in loss of credit for the assignment. Theft or damaging of other student’s work will similarly not tolerated.

    During test assessments, use of testing aides of any kind, including any use of electronic devices, without the expressed permission of the instructor shall lose any completion credit for that particular test. Disruption of testing environment shall also lose credit for the test. Any of the above activity may also be reported to administration for further action.




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