8th Art I HS

8th Art I HS


Drafted:Fall 2013


These mediums must be used in the Art I experience. The students should be informed of the characteristics of each media and understand the proper use of the material. Students will be informed of proper vocabulary and terminology used with each medium. Through the artistic process the students should get multiple opportunities to use a medium (for example:  sketchbook assignment or finished products)

  • Drawing media ( pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, pen and ink, markers, oil pastel)

  • Paint

    • brush

    • pallet

    • type of paint

      • watercolor

      • acrylic

  • Clay

    • wedging

    • glaze

    • kiln

    • wheel throwing
    • slip
    • score
    • coil

    • slab
    • pinch pot
    • stages of a clay piece

  • Printmaking

    • gouge

    • nib

    • brayer

    • Plate

  • a variety of other materials (i.e. sculptie, fiber, various papers, so on)

Terminology, Techniques and Skills

Each of these techniques and skills must be cover in the Art I experience. The terminology must be addressed and relate to the techniques and skills taught. The students should get real world and hands on experience using the terminology. ( for example: Creating a sculpture and talking about form) Any of the mediums may be used to teach a specific technique or skill. Keep in mind that some techniques and skills work better with different mediums (for example: pencils and linear perspective). Demonstration and understanding of the terminology,techniques, and skills will be reflected in the students portfolio.

  • The Elements of Art

    • Line

      • Real and Implied

      • Contour, Blind Contour, and Gesture

      • Weight

    • Shape

      • Organic and Geometric

    • Form

      • Basic Form Names (cube, cylinder, sphere…)

    • Texture

      • Real and Implied

    • Space

      • overlapping

      • size related to distance

      • Positive/ Negative

      • Perspective (One & Two Point)
    • Value

      • Value Scale

      • Contrast
      • Hatching
      • Cross Hatching
      • Stippling
      • Smooth Shading
      • Gradation

    • Color

      • Color schemes

        • Warm/ Cool

        • Monochromatic

        • Tint/Shade

        • Primary/ Secondary/ Tertiary

        • Neutral

        • Analogous

        • Color triad

        • Complement/ Split Complement

        • 3 properties of color

          • Hue

          • Intensity

          • Value

        • Psychology of color

  • The Principles of Art

    • Unity/ Variety

      • Harmony

    • Balance

      • Symmetrical/Asymmetrical

      • Radial

    • Emphasis

      • Focal Point

    • Contrast

    • Rhythm

    • Repetition

      • Pattern

    • Proportion/Scale

      • Body and Face

    • Figure/ Ground Relationship

  • The Rules of Composition

    • No focal point in the center

    • Break your composition up into thirds or fifths

    • Fill your composition (picture plane)

  • Linear perspective

    • One and Two point

  • 2-D terms

    • picture plane

  • 3-D terms

    • Armature

    • Plinth (base)

    • Plane

    • Mass


The portfolio in Art I is designed to show a students  experience with the media, techniques and skills stated above. All of the specific projects below must be represented in the portfolio. Any medium or technique may be use to complete these projects. The students need to build a physical, digital or e-portfolio to represent the work completed in Art I.

  • Examples of 1 and 2 Point Perspective

  • A Value scale

  • One Still-life

  • One Portrait

  • One Painting

  • One Piece Ceramics

  • One Print

  • One Sculpture

  • One Sketchbook

Art History, Historical Cultural Context, Career/ Vocational Opportunities in the Arts

Art History and Historical Cultural Context must be addressed in Art I, as well as, career vocational opportunities in the arts. The manner in which the material is delivered varies from year to year. The only stipulations are that the teacher must address the information below.

  • Critique/ Evaluation of a work of art

  • Resources as to where to find art

  • Resources to careers in art

  • Understanding of art style(s)

  • Career Day with a visiting art professional(s)