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450000 VISUAL ART I (ADE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS) TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1

 

Visual Art I is a two-semester course designed to teach students to apply the elements of art and the principles of design to the creative process. Students are expected to use a variety of media, techniques, processes and tools to compose original works of art that demonstrate understanding of the elements of art and principles of design, awareness of aesthetic concerns and the ability to communicate ideas through artwork. Students will critique and reflect on their artwork and the art of others. Students will exhibit artwork and will assemble portfolios that demonstrate successful completion of Visual Art I student learning expectations. Students may not be enrolled in the second semester of Visual Art I unless they are transferring from another district and had the first semester of Visual Art I at the prior district.

 

453100 VISUAL ART APPRECIATION (ADE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS) TERM: FALL & SPRING CREDIT: .5

 

Visual Art Appreciation is a one-semester course designed to develop perceptual awareness and aesthetic sensitivity, as well as a foundation for a lifelong relationship with the arts. Students will learn the elements of art and principles of design; explore the basic processes, materials, and inherent qualities of visual art; examine a broad range of methods; conduct critical analyses of the creative processes involved in the various art forms; and reflect on the connections between society and visual art. The Standards for Accreditation require schools to offer a one-half unit of survey of fine arts or one-half unit of an advanced art or advanced music course. Visual Art Appreciation may be used to fulfill this requirement. Visual Art Appreciation also fulfills the requirement for one-half unit of fine arts for graduation. The course does not require Arkansas Department of Education approval.

 

550010 ADE APPROVED FINE ARTS - ART + PROCESS: CREATING A BODY OF WORK TERM: FALL CREDIT: .5

 

What does it take to make a body or portfolio of work, or a series of artworks that are coherent and work together? The short answer is: process. Students will explore the longer answer in this semester-long studio art course. Each week students will study two different contemporary artists who were part of the State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This exhibit that presents illustrated the best of what is happening with diverse artists across the country. Students will look at these artists’ work and learn about the techniques, processes, and concepts to understand and be inspired by their thinking. In the first half of the course, students will complete experimental art projects influenced by these artists. These projects will help students find an idea to develop into a body of work in the last half of the course. Each week students will watch videos, sketch ideas, create art, present their work, and participate in a supportive class critique. This semester long process leads to the culminating event—hanging and exhibiting the body of work in the gallery of a 3D online replica of the museum as well as the creation of an online portfolio to use for college applications, marketing, and more. ABOVE STATE REQUIREMENTS.

 

553010 ADE APPROVED SURVEY OF FINE ARTS – ART APPRECIATION AND AMERICAN IDENTITY TERM: SPRING CREDIT: 5

 

How is the identity of America represented in the arts? Is it a more accurate and diverse reflection than you would find in a textbook? How has the identity of America changed throughout history? All of these questions and more will be explored in this course as you learn how to discuss and interpret paintings from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other museums throughout the country. Located in Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges has over five centuries of American Art, from early portrayals of Native Americans to the contemporary art of today. Each of these artworks is a primary source and provides a unique perspective of American history and identity that you cannot find in a history textbook. You will learn how to discuss, interpret, and critique in this class while also learning about careers in museums. The final project will culminate in a virtual student created exhibition.