• Creative Art 1 - 6

    Course Title: Creative Arts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Subject Area: Visual Arts

    Student Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

    Length of Course: 20 weeks

    Credit Assigned: 0.5 credit

    Prerequisites: None

    Enrollment Limit: 15

    This course fulfills the Regents requirement for one credit of Art in High School. 



    Creative Arts is a course where students can develop art skills based on their own interests and skills at their own pace. Students will learn basic techniques to use a variety of art media. This might include clay, wood, plaster, glass, wire, found objects, foam, wax, craft, pencil, charcoal, ink, pen, marker, printmaking, painting (watercolor, acrylic, oil), printmaking, collage, mixed media, etc. Each student will help determine the media he/she will use as a class, small group, or individually. Often multiple project choices will be offered concurrently. Beginners are welcome, since we can learn basic skills up to advanced techniques. This course can be taken multiple times, since project work changes from year to year.

    Creative Arts 1

    This class is an introduction to drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking media and techniques with an emphasis on creating from life and nature, combined with creative and imaginative work. The use of the elements and principles of art (such as line, form, color, texture, contrast, balance, motion, rhythm, etc.) will be explored in a variety of basic media including charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, pastels, watercolor, acrylics. Some basic sculptural techniques may include hand-building methods in clay, basic carving in foam, wire, or papier-mâché.

    Creative Arts 2

    Emphasis will be on the relationship between discipline and expression in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, including ink, colored pencil, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and printmaking.  Some more advanced sculptural media may be used, such as wax, plaster, and wood. Students will create a variety of major projects to develop their art portfolio.  In addition, learning will be reinforced through sketchbook assignments, research, and critique activities.  Art research may include topics such as media, techniques, artists, art styles, art history, careers, museums, and cultures. 

    Creative Arts 3

    This course is a continuation of Creative Arts 1 & 2 with an emphasis on individual problem-solving skills and the development of a personal artistic style.  Students will explore a variety of professional media and techniques to create a portfolio of high quality, original artworks.  Media may start to become mixed in order to form more personal expressions, with a focus on more advanced materials and techniques. Grading is based on a combination of major projects, sketchbook assignments, research, and active class participation through oral and written critique. 

    Creative Arts 4

    Students will develop an individualized portfolio by solving a variety of art problems that are posed. Students will be encouraged to choose appropriate media and techniques that best suit their design needs, and often may incorporate mixed media into their solutions.  Grading is based on a combination of major projects, sketchbook assignments, research, and active class participation through oral and written critique.  This course is highly recommended for students who wish to take AP Studio in 2D Design or AP in Drawing OR in place of AP Art, since the amount of completed projects are less than AP. As a part of this course, students will develop a portfolio of work that can be used for college admissions.  Student will set up a personal display of his/her work at the annual art show.

    Art Portfolio (Creative Arts 5 & 6)

    This course is an advanced section of drawing and painting or sculpture for students to develop their own design problems and solutions through tutoring from the instructor.  In this course, the students will develop a breadth of artworks that fits his or her style.  This course is for the student who wishes to develop a portfolio for college, but does not feel ready for the rigorous pace of AP portfolio.


    Materials (Include title & Author of Text(s)):

    No assigned textbook, but may include readings from a variety of sources, including books, Web pages, and Power Point displays, articles, small-group demonstration, etc.

    All supplies are provided, but students are responsible for care and upkeep and bringing them to class daily.  This may include: art media, sketchbook, portfolio.  Media and tools must be returned; proper care will be graded.  Recommended: Small pencil box or tackle box to store art tools and media. A shelf or drawer will be provided, but students are to keep things neat and organized.

    Materials May Include: Clay, Paper, Papier-mâché, Copper, Wire, Found Object, Plaster, Wax, Plasticene, Wood, Soapstone, Glass, Mosaic, Glaze, Underglaze, Acrylic Paint, Enamel Paint, Dye, Stain, Varnish, Polish, pencil, charcoal, marker, colored pencil, chalk pastel, oil pastel, crayon, pen and ink, brush and ink, watercolor, acrylic, oil, watercolor pencil, gouache, monoprint, linocut, screen printing, mixed media & collage


    Time Allotment per unit: (Projects will vary each year based on student interest, but this is a general overview) (Each major project/ unit takes roughly 3-4 weeks, depending on complexity

    • Portraiture

    • Figure in Art: Narrative, Genre

    • Animal Art

    • Still Life

    • Fantasy Art/ Surrealism

    • Symbolic Artwork

    • Landscape

    • Graphic Design

    • Abstraction/Expressionism

    • Nonobjective Art

    • Architecture/Interior Design

    • Cultural/Historical Themes

    • Word Art

    • Product Design/ Functional Art

    • Fashion

    • Belief Systems

    • Art Styles

    • Self-Expression

    • Observation

    • Creativity Methods

    • Large Scale Art

    • Installation

    • Contemporary Issues

    • Book Design


    Methods of Study:

    This course will include hands-on use of media, lectures, class discussion and critique, individual research papers and or power points, short drawing assignments, and small group instruction.  Classroom discussion will be focused on historical trends in art, methods and techniques, and critique/assessment of master and student samples using the elements and principles of design and composition as guidelines.  Course may include research will be about historical and cultural examples of art.  Drawing or journaling assignments are used to effectively plan major projects.


    Assessment Plan:

    Major Projects (~3 - 4 per M.P.)………….50%

    Must be in on time to receive full-credit. Projects can be re-worked for a higher grade, but points off for late work will still apply. Artwork will be graded on effort / time, use of media and techniques, design/ composition, creativity / risk-taking, and emotion/clarity of message.

    Effort/ Class Participation……………50%

    This includes use of class time, oral participation in class discussion and critiques, being prepared for class, cleanup of tools and area, planning for projects (sketches, research, brainstorming, etc.)

    Extra Credit……….5%

    Participation in the arts outside of class: volunteer work, contests, additional research, etc.


    Final Grade:

    MP1 (40%) + MP2 (40%) + Final Exam (20%) = Final Average