Advanced High School Art AP – 2nd AA Period Friday (10th-12th)


Teacher: Amy Crossno
Course Description: Arrow’s Advanced Academic HS Art (AP optional) focuses on composition techniques, creative content and applications, as well as helping budding artists find their voice in the medium of their choice. This class will continue Arrow’s tradition of approaching art instruction classically, meaning that it will emphasize traditional methods for strengthening student’s art skills while expanding their knowledge of art history, criticism, and aesthetics; however, this class is designed to reach beyond building basic art skills and assumes that students have a reasonable level of mastery over their materials. It is designed to help students become effective visual communicators. The course will focus on traditional art media including sketch, ink, watercolor, and acrylic, but allows for individual exploration into other mediums as well. Instruction will also cover art concepts such as advanced color theory, the art elements and principles of design, and some practical skills including canvas building.
Course Expectations and Assessment: All students will be expected to participate in class discussions, critiques, projects, and presentations. This is a strenuous class and will require approximately 3-4 hours per week of out-of-class time. Out-of-class assignments will consist of finishing in-class art projects, researching topics and themes relating to a chosen thesis, collecting “inspiration”, and completing some enrichment activities such as watching YouTube videos, skill building worksheets, etc. This is a graded course and students are eligible to count it as a fine art or elective high school credit. Assignment grades will be assessed on a complete/incomplete basis. Projects and enrichment work completed at a level that shows understanding of the concept being taught will receive a grade of “Complete”. Parents will be asked to sign their student’s syllabus each week indicating that all enrichment content for the week(s) has been completed. Students will receive a grade of “Complete” once all content for the week(s) is complete. A final grade will be assigned based on the percentage of “Complete” projects: 90-100% – A, 80-90% – B, 70-80% – C, 69% and below is incomplete for the course and is not considered passing.
Pre-Requisites: none
Grade Levels: 10th-12th
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