A Year in CFA III.
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Henrico High School/Center for the Arts Art III Syllabus Dowdy 2011-2012Welcome to CFA Visual Art III…..Course Description: (What is the purpose of this class?)Visual Arts III is designed to reinforce concepts learned in visual Arts I and II. You will be introduced to more advanced techniques and concepts, while expanding your creativity, self-expression and craftsmanship. Workshops will be offered on a variety of techniques by visiting area artists. By encouraging your self-confidence, creative resolutions, independent thinking and disciplinary skills, level III will prepare you for level IV, independent study, and art school beyond it, should you desire to go.Course Objectives: (What will our primary goals be?)…….You will……Explore and experiment with a variety of media and techniques in the studio including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media and computer graphics with an emphasis on risk-taking and thinking outside the normal confines of the media.Examine the history of art from multiple viewpoints, considering art from the feminine, minority, and Non-western perspective, with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary art. Be introduced to a wide range of visiting artists from the area.Continue developing a portfolio by focusing on areas that are weak while producing a more extensive body of work in the areas that are strong.Continue using and improving visual language vocabulary used in evaluating and critiquing your own work and that of other artists’ as well as the art of contemporary commercial and visual culture. You will maintain a research workbook that corresponds to your portfolio and critique experiences.
Each nine weeks there will be an assignment of 2 to 5 projects, including 1 or 2 homeprojects (the amount will be determined by the length of time it takes to complete each project) The projects will have specific guidelines and criteria that will be evaluated for the final grade. All projects turned in late will be graded down 10 points each day.
Each student is required to keep a workbook. The workbook will be checked for a grade at the interim and the end of the grading period. A minimum of 20 pages should be completed each 9 week period. The workbook should contain comprehensive sketches, warm-ups, plans for home and class projects, skill development, self-assessment, artist research, reflections and progress critiques. It is a daily requirement to have a workbook in class everyday. A total of ten points will be deducted from the weekly grade for each day the workbook is not in class
Each project will be accompanied by an art history/visual culture unit that will either be evaluated with a quiz or a test based on vocabulary, image identification, and critical observation
Gallery visit/Community service-10%
All students are required to visit a gallery or museum once each semester and write a critique on the work of one artist. All students must participate in a minimum of 3 hours each semester of community service in an art related venue as well. One will be counted one nine weeks and one the other nine weeks.
This grade is based on preparation for class, work habits in class, clean-up and class participation (including bringing workbook to class everyday and immediate participation in daily warm-ups)
PLEASE USE SCHOOLSPACE AND YOUR OWN AGENDA BOOK TO KEEP YOURSELF ON TRACK TO TURN IN YOUR WORK BY THE DUE DATE!!!!
September 16th: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!
September 18th &19th: AMAZING RAISE!!!!
September 23rd: FCFA Ice Cream Social: 7pm HHS South Cafeteria JOIN FCFA!!!!!!
Fall Showcase: MANDATORY to attend one night:
November 21st and 22nd 5:00-7:00 Visual Arts Showcase
(followed by Performing Art Showcase-not mandatory)
January 21-24th: MIDTERM EXAMS
March 7th: SPRING SHOWCASE IN THE JEFF HALL GALLERY! REQUIRED ATTENDANCE
FOR ALL OF MRS D’s CFA STUDENTS 5:00-7pm ONE NIGHT ONLY!
May 23rd: Visual Arts Senior Showcase at Fourth Fridays downtown at Artworks Gallery
May 31st: FCFA Honors picnic for CFA students and their families:
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June 10th-13th: FINAL EXAMS!