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Ms. Coffin

Spring 2011

Advanced Projects in Drawing and Painting

Course Description - Prerequisites: Studio Art, Drawing and Painting

Advanced Projects in Drawing and Painting is about solving visual problems in drawing, color study, and composition. Students become aware of the AP Portfolio exams and begin to think about a concentration, or area of focus for their work. Students are encouraged from the beginning of the class to formulate ideas for their Quality and Breadth Concentrations and find new and varying means of expressing these ideas. Students are required to complete four pieces that are related for their end of the year portfolio submission in preparation for taking an AP Studio Art course during the following year.


The Sketchbook

The sketchbook you receive should be your “new best friend” this year. You need to carry it with you every day, everywhere! Open it up first thing in the morning and last thing at night and many times in between. BRING it to EVERY class, as we will use your sketchbook in EVERY class session. Draw in it, write in it, scribble in it, paint in it, glue things into it, cut the pages, tear the pages, change the way it looks to make it look like your own book. At the end of the year it should reflect YOU and your experiences throughout the year. Work in your sketchbook is an ongoing process that will help you make informed and critical decisions about the planning and progress of your work.


Course Schedule


Unit 1 - Design + Technique/Experimentation with Media

 • The Portfolio (Elements & Principles Overview)

• The Sketchbook

• Relationships in Compositions

• Symmetrical/Asymmetrical

• Organic/Geometric


Unit 2 –Gesture & Beginning Approaches + Experimentation with Media

• Continuous Line

• Organizational Line Drawing

• Functions of Value

• Expressive Use of Value

• Perspective/Anti-perspective


Unit 3 – The Picture Plane + Technique/Experimentation with Media

• Composition strategies

• Shape, Plane, Volume

• Spatial Illusion

• Perspective


Unit 4 – Color + Technique/Experimentation with Media

• Color Theory

• Color Relationships

• Color Schemes


Unit 5 - Surface and Embellishment + Technique/Experimentation with Media

• Texture

• Invention

• Additive materials


 Unit 6 - Establishing a Context for Making Art / Technique/Experimentation with Media

• Thematic Development

• Developing a body of work

• Motifs and Themes

• Content

• Contemporary Art

• Appropriation and Re-contextualization



-Pencil (must be brought to class daily)

-Folder specifically for Drawing & Painting

-Sketchbook that opens from the side (like a book) with plain, white drawing paper containing no lines (Sketchbooks and related materials can be found at Pearl Paint, Utrecht, or any related art supply store)



1. Keep a sketchbook. This will be your weekly homework assignment. This will also contain notes taken on reading assignments, lectures, films and demonstrations. Your sketchbook will be a work in progress that we will discuss in the first unit.

2. Be present and on time for class, participate in discussions and critiques, make efficient use of class time.

3. Complete all sketches, worksheets, homework, and assignments in a timely manner.

4. Be responsible for tools, supplies, and studio work area.

Rules and Protocols:

  • 5 latenesses equals one school detention
  • School policy requires that all electronic devices be checked in at the front door, there will be no electronics of any kind allowed in the classroom at any time.
  • All work must be neat / clean and presentable
  • All materials provided by the art department must be returned before the end of class unless otherwise instructed
  • Each student is responsible for his / her own property and all valuables should be kept in backpacks, purses, lockers etc.
  • No student is allowed to wear any clothing other than the assigned uniform
  • One student may use the restroom at a time without exception
  • Every student must be respectful of the materials provided by the art department as well as other student’s use of these materials
  • Each class is responsible for cleaning the art room before the end of each period
  • No cursing or inappropriate language is acceptable in the classroom
  • No student may touch another students work without permission
  • All work must be stowed in your designated area or it will be tossed

Grading Policy:

Grading will be done on a points-system / with each type of assignment worth a distinct number of points. Emphasis will always be placed on writing and larger scale assignments:

·      Projects = 100 points each

·      Tests/Exams = 100 points each

·      Sketchbook = 50 points

·      Quizzes = 15-30 points each (depending on length)

·      Class work = 25 points each

·      Homework = 5 points each (homework will include reading quizzes)


Due Dates: Students will be given adequate time to complete each assignment. Assignments not turned in on time will receive a 10 point deduction in grade each day it is late. Unfinished work will receive only partial credit

Make-Up Work: Upon returning to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to request make up work. Students with an excused absence, per the office, have the number of days they were absent to makeup an assignment. Make up work will be done outside of class time either in the mornings, after school or at home.