HMS High School Art I

Hedrick Middle School

Visual Arts Department

Art I


Drafted: Fall 2013



Students will use the following media throughout the course and will have multiple opportunities to use a medium (for example: tech sheet, sketchbook assignment, or finished products).

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


  • brush
  • pallet
  • type of paint
  • watercolor
  • acrylic/tempera


  • wedging
  • finishing a clay piece to completion
  • kiln
  • bisque
  • stages of a clay piece


  • gouge or nib
  • nib
  • brayer
  • Plate

A variety of other materials (i.e. sculptie, fiber, different papers, so forth)


Terminology, Techniques and Skills

Demonstration and understanding of the terminology,techniques, and skills will be reflected in the students portfolio.

The Elements of Art


  • Real and Implied
  • Contour and Gesture
  • Weight


  • Organic and Geometric


  • Basic Form Names (cube, cylinder, sphere…)
  • How to translate shape into form


  • Real and Implied


  • overlapping
  • size related to distance
  • Positive/ Negative


  • Value Scale
  • Gradation


  • 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 Principals 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).. Use of Space

Understand the difference between static and Dynamic compositions

Linear perspective

one and two point

sighting: proportion

2-D terms

picture plane

3-D terms


Plinth (base)





The portfolio in Art I is designed to show a students  experience with the media, techniques and skills stated above. The portfolio will be used in part for both the Midterm and Final exam in HS Art I. 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 High School Art I.

Examples of 1 and 2 Point Perspective

An artwork that demonstrates a range of values

One Still-life

One Portrait

One Painting

One Piece Ceramics

One Print

One Sculpture

One Sketch (a progression of an idea)


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

Art History and Historical Cultural Context will be addressed in Art I, as well as Career vocational opportunities in the arts. 

Critique/ Evaluation of a work of art

Resources as to where to find art

Resources to careers in art

Understanding of art style(s)