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Course Description

This advanced art course is designed for high school students who have a solid foundation in art and seek to further refine their skills and creativity. The course emphasizes experimentation with various mediums, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, and digital art, encouraging students to develop their unique artistic voices.

Through guided projects and independent study, students will explore advanced techniques, study art history, and engage in critical analysis of contemporary and classical works. Collaborative projects and class critiques foster a dynamic learning environment, promoting artistic growth and peer feedback. This course is ideal for students interested in deepening their artistic practice and pursuing a career in the arts.

Course Details

Advanced Art

Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade

Course Objectives

  • Develop advanced skills in various art mediums.
  • Experiment with a range of artistic techniques to create unique works.
  • Understand and appreciate art history and its influence on modern art.
  • Engage in critical analysis of contemporary and classical artworks.
  • Build a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating personal growth and creativity.
  • Foster collaboration and effective critique in a peer-focused environment.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Advanced Art and Portfolio Development

  • Overview of Course Expectations and Goals
    • Syllabus review and introduction to advanced art concepts.
    • Setting personal goals and expectations for the course.
  • Portfolio Development
    • Understanding the components of a comprehensive art portfolio.
    • Identifying themes and personal styles for portfolio work.

Unit 2: Exploring Art Techniques and Mediums

  • Advanced Drawing Techniques
    • Exploring different types of pencils, charcoal, and ink.
    • Techniques for enhancing depth and texture in drawings.
  • Advanced Painting Techniques
    • Working with acrylics, watercolors, and oils.
    • Experimenting with color mixing, layering, and brushwork.
  • Sculpture and Mixed Media
    • Introduction to sculpture materials (clay, wire, wood, etc.).
    • Incorporating mixed media into artwork for added texture and dimension.
  • Digital Art and New Technologies
    • Using digital tools for art creation (tablets, software, etc.).
    • Exploring digital painting, graphic design, and animation.

Unit 3: Art History and Contemporary Art

  • Classical Art and Its Influence
    • Study of major art movements (Renaissance, Baroque, etc.).
    • Analysis of famous works and their impact on modern art.
  • Modern Art Movements
    • Overview of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and more.
    • Discussion of key artists and their contributions to art history.
  • Contemporary Art and Current Trends
    • Examination of contemporary art and emerging trends.
    • Understanding the impact of culture and society on modern art.

Unit 4: Collaboration, Critique, and Presentation

  • Collaboration and Group Projects
    • Working on collaborative art projects with classmates.
    • Developing teamwork and communication skills in art.
  • Critique and Feedback
    • Learning how to provide constructive criticism.
    • Participating in class critiques to improve and refine artwork.

Unit 5: Course Reflection

  • Course Review and Reflection
    • Reflecting on personal growth and artistic development.
    • Class discussion on the challenges and rewards of the course.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

  • The course uses a mix of demonstrations, hands-on practice, class discussions, group projects, and critiques.
  • Assessment methods include project evaluations, class participation, portfolio review, and final presentations.

Additional Resources

  • Art supplies for various mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital art tools.
  • Access to art history texts, documentaries, and online art resources.
  • Guest speakers and artists for inspiration and guidance.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have developed advanced artistic skills and created a comprehensive portfolio showcasing their unique style and artistic journey. They will have gained an understanding of art history and contemporary trends, and they will be prepared for further study in art or related fields.

Syllabus for the upcoming year coming soon. 

Required texts for the upcoming year coming soon. 

MaiLyn Millward

MaiLyn Millward having been raised in Utah by two artist parents, took to the family business. While focusing her major in sculpture, MaiLyn paused to serve a church mission in Fiji which cultivated a love of the Pacifika culture and sparked her interest in her own AAPI heritage which is reflected in her BFA exhibit. She currently works as a patina artist and plans to continue after graduation. MaiLyn loves to travel, rollerblade, make art, and cook.