Drawing II

Drawing II

Materials List

  • Multiple #2 Pencils
  • Sketch Book (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! a spiral bound or hard cover) This is your research workbook/sketchbook/notebook. Get something that will last and not fall apart!!!!!!! (9”x12”)
  • Folder/Binder for keeping handouts and other sheets
  • There is a $15.00 this is to cover costs of paper, pencils and other materials that are an essential part of the

Course Description

This is an advanced class of drawing at STMA Senior High. The foundation of this class is based in self-exploration with instructor guidance. You will explore various genres of painting and drawing while beginning to find a “voice” in your art. Aesthetics, composition, intent, and research are integral in this class, while learning from history and each other. The mediums we will work with are primarily focused in the drawing realm but some paint used as a drawing medium may be explored.

Originality and Plagiarism

Originality and creativity are important components of this course. Students will not make direct use of another artist’s work and call it their own; this violates copyright laws and is plagiarism, and will result in an automatic failure for the project, and possibly the class. Students are encouraged to work only from personal photographs that they themselves have taken. Other artist’s work may be used as reference for personal artwork, but the work being referenced should be altered to such a degree that the original artist’s intent is in no way recognizable in the student’s work. Copying and/or duplicating of another artist work and calling it your own is cheating and fraudulent, and is not permissible in this course.

Instructional Resources:

Lecture, group and individual discussion, independent and group projects, art criticism writings and readings.

Overarching Learning Targets

I can…

  • Create artwork that expresses an idea and demonstrates learning.
  • Create a collection of art work.
  • Read, reflect, revise, and analyze artwork based on feedback.
  • Find and generate original artistic ideas.
  • Understand and appreciate art and art history.


(Sensory) Elements (Formal) Principles
·         Value

·         Color

·         Form (3-D)

·         Space

·         Texture

·         Line

·         Shape (2-D)

·         Balance

·         Unity (harmony)

·         Rhythm (pattern, repetition)

·         Variety (or contrast)

·         Movement

·         Emphasis (dominance/point of interest)

·         Scale (proportion)

Grading – Academic Expectations


  1. Grades are based on individual assignment criteria- artwork will consist of a relationship to aesthetics, art history, art criticism, and studio work. The majority of your grade will result from your project work. All students must follow the project objectives and must complete by the final deadline given. Excused absences.
  1. Participation in class discussion – which include lecture, group and individual discussion, independent and group projects, art criticism writings and readings.
  1. Written and verbal critiques
  1. Timely completion of work, and each student’s citizenship in the class (Cooperation, Attitude, and Attendance).
  1. Break down is typically Effort- Craftsmanship/ Perseverance- Originality/Creativity- Design.


                                                             Grading Scale:

100 – 94
93 – 90 A-
89 – 87 B+
86 – 83 B
82 – 80 B-
79 – 77 C+
76 – 73 C
72 – 70 C-
69 – 67 D+
66 – 63 D
62 – 60 D-
59 – 0 F

Electronic Devises

You will get an assigned number/storage unit for your cell phone. Your phone needs to be in the storage unit when the bell rings. You may pick up your phone after you have cleaned up (last 5 minutes of class). You may kindly remind me that we have 5 minutes left and I will finish what I am saying and excuse you to grab their phones). School Policy on electronic devices.

Behavior ExpectationsClassroom Guidelines/Expectations

  • Be in your assigned seats at the bell and quiet. Remain in your seats until attendance is taken, and directions for the day are given.
  • Tardiness – If a student is late to class, he/she will be given a tardy.  If a student is tardy four times, he/she will receive an after-school detention
  • You will not leave the room without permission from the teacher. You will not enter the other art room without permission or purpose.
  • Students have the option of wearing work aprons or a painting shirt but are not required to do so.
  • Profane or indecent language will not be tolerated.
  • No eating or drinking will be allowed in the classroom.
  • You must be working during class time – do not misuse the time given to work on your projects. All the time in class is to be used for your art only.
  • Maintain a quiet working atmosphere – no talking across the room, loud unnecessary noise, or wandering from table to table.
  • Clean up your work area and art tools are mandatory; please do not leave a mess. You are responsible to keep tools and your work area clean.
  • Do not touch other students’ work, vandalism will not be tolerated.
  • Insubordinate behavior will not be tolerated.


General Expectations:

This is an advanced class in the art department at STMA. Some of the expectations for the class are:

  • Be on time.
  • Continual work in class (USE the class time that is available!)
  • Work outside of class time (you will NOT be able to complete all the work this class entails during class time only!)
  • Keeping your work and material organized and clean (Sketchbook/ binder/ portfolio)
  • Exploring new and creative themes (not hashing and rehashing old or the same concepts)
  • Exploring new mediums that you might not be familiar with.
  • Challenge yourself to work outside your comfort zone in art.
  • Persevere through struggles during the art making process
  • Seek out extra help and guidance if needed (other students and instructor)
  • Demonstrate skill, craftsmanship and effort during the art making process (show respect for your work!)
  • Begin to understand that art is not made in a vacuum and that it is influenced by history and the world around us and you!
  • Critiques are an important part of the art making process
  • Understand that being able to describe and discuss your work using proper terminology is an important part of being an artist.
  • All students must have a pencil and eraser.

Sketchbook Assignments

Sketchbooks are an amazing opportunity to draw, visualize, write, thumbnail, or fill countless hours doodling and relaxing. Part of the problem with sketchbooks is that artists see them as the enemy. They are white pages that command a perfect image. Consider using your sketchbook as an extension of your personality as well as continuing to improve your artistic skills. Remember your sketchbook is a tool to better yourself and not viewed solely as a grade.

  • You will need to do total of eight sketchbook assignments.
  • Spend 2-3 hours to complete each assignment because the purpose of a sketchbook is to make you look harder at things, use your imagination, and explore ideas techniques that interest, and stimulate you.
  • Use a variety of mediums
  • Remember- you’re only limited by your own imagination.
  • Full shading is expected, as are details, and use of the whole page
  • Due Dates Dec. 16, Jan 6, Jan. 13, Janu. 21, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb 10, Feb 17
  • Sketchbooks (These are given out weekly) See assignment sheet.
  • I do not accept late sketchbook assignments.

Drawing  II – Dates are subject to change

December 2th introduction, expectations and presentations assigned.

Week 1-2: Review Project and Still Life:

  1. Single Objects
  2. Drapery
  3. Still Life as Metaphor

Week 3 and 4: Tool inspired by Jim Dine

  1. Oil Pastels
  2. Color
  3. Working in Large scale

Week 5-7/ Landscape

  1. Landscape Organization
  2. Alternative Landscapes
  3. Personal Landscape

Week 8-10: Food and Feasting project

  1. Field Research
  2. Sketchbook research
  3. Three “final works” on the same theme

Week 11-13: The Portrait

  1. Contour Portraits
  2. Portrait as a Document
  3. Self-Portrait

March 5, Final presentation of all paintings and artist statement in the Media Center

Questions to ponder when working on an artwork

  • What is my focal point?
  • What is my secondary area of interest?
  • How do they connect?
  • What is my concept?
  • Is it conveyed?
  • How does my art work as a whole?
  • What can I change to improve the work?
  • What in the artwork is working?
  • Can the work “stand” on its own?

Extra Art Opportunities:

Art Club

The purpose of art club is to extend studio hours for students currently taking an art class and to allow students who are not currently enrolled in an art course access to the art studios. Art club meets once a week after school from 3:30-5:00.  Sign up in on the community education site.

Scholastic Art and Writing

All current STMA students can submit as many pieces of artwork to this competition. Each artwork submission is $7. Students who are interested in submitting a portfolio should talk to their instructor. To view winning artwork from the national competition, visit http://www.artandwriting.org/ and to view the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Gallery visit http://www.aem-mn.org/sitepage.asp?page=Scholastic .

Due Date is December 10, 2019

Duck Stamp

Interested in wild-life art? Use any 2-D media of your choice to create an original composition of a duck(s) for the Minnesota and National Junior Duck Stamp Competition. Students are limited to 1 entry and submission is free. The artwork must be exactly 9” x 12” and can be turned into Ms. Halker  by February, 15, 2019. http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/2015%20Federal%20Duck%20Stamp%20Contest%20Regulations.pdf

MSHSL, Visual Arts Minnesota, YAM, Mississippi 8, Congressional Art show and more…

Students who create outstanding artwork and demonstrate a positive attitude and work ethic in the classroom will be asked to participate in various art shows. The STMA art department is always looking to shine light on artwork from as many students as possible throughout the school year. These shows are invite-only & have limited entry spots.


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