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Studio Curriculum Guide

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Art instruction at Art Time Studios is structured around the visual arts curriculum standards and is taught through differentiated and guided instruction.  Classes are curriculum goal specific and self-directed. We proudly continue to teach highly motivated and serious students who desire learning and achievements in the visual arts.  Pertaining to student art achievements, students are consistently evaluated for long term benchmark visual arts standardized goals in 4 areas:  Knowledge, Habits of Mind, Communication Skills, and Habits of Work.  A detailed outline is available for review. 

Important principles taught a Art Time Studios are the 7 art element skills:  color, line, shape, space, form, value, and texture.  Students learn to identify these elements through weekly impacted worksheet practices and long term project completions.  The studio has adopted a complete visual arts education revolving around teaching 4 components:  Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical/Cultural Context, and Aesthetic Valuing.  Artistic Perception involves helping students perceive works of art and identifying functions of artworks.  Creative Expression involves developing art skills, creating original works, and develop a lifelong learning for students.  In Historical/Cultural Context, students explore the role of visual arts in culture and their history and are introduced to investigate historical and contemporary themes.  Aesthetic Valuing helps student to understand meaning from artworks through analysis, interpretation, and judgement.  

The implemented studio curriculum guide systematically provides students the ability to move flexibly in and out and explore these art elements into their own projects.  Art projects are done in any medium of choice, but implemented according to the art elements taught.  Practices and projects range from beginning to advanced concepts.  There is a readiness level that students will need to demonstrate to advance to the next level, art medium of choice, and creative free based concepts.  This system has proven to show incredible results and achievements on all students, beginning and advanced alike.

7 Elements of Art: Foundation Skills for Solid Applied Arts Education

1 Line:

Line is an element of art which refers to the continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point. It may be two dimensional, like a pencil mark on a paper or it may be three dimensional(wire) or implied( the edge of a shape or form) often it is a outline, contour or silhouette. Students will take a more detailed look at ?line? and how it is used in the visual arts.

2 Shape:

Shapes are everywhere. More common ones are given names such as circle or square. There are an infinite amount of shape possibilities and combinations. Shape is an enclosed space defined by other elements of art. Shapes may take on the appearance of two-d or three- d objects.?Students will take a closer look at ?shape? and how it is used in the visual arts.

3 Color:

Many people would argue that the Element of "Color" has the most effect on a work of art. Consider what our world would look like if everything was black, white and shades of gray? The effects of "Color" on humans has been studied many times. Artists have known that "Color" has a powerful effect on their works and on the impressions of the viewers. Color is an element of art with three properties1) Hue, the name of the color, e.g. red, yellow, etc. 2) Intensity or the purity and strength of the color such as brightness or dullness. And 3) value, or the lightness or darkness of the color. Students will understand what ?color? is and just how it is used in the visual arts.

4 Texture:

An element of art which refers to the surface quality or "feel" of an object, its smoothness, roughness, softness, etc. Textures may be actual or simulated. Actual textures can be felt with the fingers, while simulated textures are suggested by the way the artist has painted certain areas of a picture. Students will understand what ?texture? is and how it is used in the visual arts.

5 Form:

Forms are often called the "three-dimensional shapes" such as cubes and spheres. Unlike flat, two-dimensional areas, Forms are represented as "three-dimensional". The great illustrators and sculptors of the world of art have mastered the Element Form.  Students will understand how they did it and how it is used!

6 Value:

Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. It also refers to how artists use other Elements Of Art to create a sense of light or dark.?Value is needed to express Volume. Students will understand what ?value? is and how it is used in the visual arts.

7 Space:

Space refers to the distance or area between, around, above or within things. It can be a description for both 2 and 3 dimensional portrayals. Often we do not consider Space when we create a work of art. It often just seems to happen. Students will understand and take a look at how Space effects a work of art and just how artists use Space to create interest in their works.

STUDENT EVALUATION PROCESS.....and What Students Will Need To Know!

Students will have the opportunity to be evaluated per request of Parent/Teacher Conference.  To receive a solid quality arts education, students will be evaluated to know the following key skill areas:  

*Knowledge of Elements/Foundations

*Habits of Mind

*Communication Skills

*Habits of Work

*Creativity and Originality (Implemented for the advanced students, will be added to evaluate their overall depth, investigation, and artistic process) 

From the above key student evaluation skill areas, students will be scored according to their performance levels as: 25/25

5= Exceeds Standards

4= Meets Standards

3= Advancing Towards Standards

2 to 1= Needs To Develop

A more detailed description of the key skill areas will be documented and reviewed by arrangement only.