• Fine Arts Studio II Course Overview

     Grades 10, 11 or 12

    Instructor:  Ms. Pinkerton


    This course is designed for the serious, disciplined art student who would like to do advanced work in both drawing and painting. The Fine Arts Studio II course will explore these areas through the use of various mediums, techniques, historical and contemporary works, and critiques.  Students will be required to keep an outside drawing journal throughout the course.  The Fine Arts Studio II Course will include but not be limited to working with the following types of mediums and involving the students in the following types of activities.


    Studio work such as:

    ·        Creating a sketch journal

    ·        Creating an illuminated manuscript or illustrated calligraphy piece

    ·        Exploring basic water color techniques and creating a finished watercolor

    ·        Creating a self portrait painting

    ·        Exploring basic oil painting techniques and creating a finished oil painting

    ·        Mixed Media drawing/painting


    Mediums to be used:

    ·        Graphite

    ·        Charcoal

    ·        Colored Pencils

    ·        Water soluble oil paints

    ·        Acrylic

    ·        Watercolors


    Critical analysis:

    ·        Students will engage in discussion of various styles and genres of artwork

    ·        Students will participate in classroom critiques, evaluating works of their peers as well as their own.


    Historical and cultural perspectives:

    ·        We will take a look at the historical context of the projects that we will be working on as well as contemporary artworks for insight and inspiration.  You will be required to do some written assignments and participate in classroom discussions, in addition to creating your works of art.


    Aesthetic analysis:

    ·        Students will debate questions such as “What is art?” and “What is the meaning of art?”



    ·        You will be given a description of each of the projects so that you will know what your obligations are for each one. 

    ·        Quality of the project will be a main factor in determining your final grade.  Class participation, effort and craftsmanship will also be among the components, which will determine each student’s individual grade. 

    ·        Waste or destruction of materials will result in a grade penalty. 

    General Information: 

    ·        You will be supplied with a basic drawing set of supplies and brushes to use for the duration of the course. 

    ·        You are required to have these supplies in class everyday and you need to maintain these supplies.

    ·        If you loose something you need to replace it. If your pencil is used up, you can trade you stub in for a new one.

    ·        Brushes will be returned at the end of the semester. Brushes should be cleaned and stored properly after each use.  If you loose or

    ·        If you take home your supplies to work in your sketch journal, you need to remember them for class.  If you forget them, points will be deducted from your project.


    Students must have for class:

    • A folder to keep handouts in (If you loose the rubrics that you are given and do not have it when the project is due I will deduct points from your project.)
    • Your planner
    • You may also be required to bring in various material for projects that will be mandated in the project handout