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Amphitheatre Yearbook

Level: Academic/Honors

Credits: 5

Course Description: Amphitheatre is an intermediate level course designed to introduce students to the concept of designing the annual high school yearbook. Students build technical skills while solving various arts challenges using a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on composition, the Elements of Art, the Principles of Design, and observational drawing skills, as well as color theory and life drawing. Students will expand their visual arts vocabulary and critique skills through speaking and writing about art both independently and with their peers. Artists and world cultures will be examined as students discover how they are relevant to art history and their individual works.

Standards: NJCCCS 1.1: The Creative Process; 1.2: History of the Arts and Culture; 1.3: Performing;

1.4: Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies

Supplementary Materials: Internet resources, Yearbook Avenue website/software

Units of Study

  • Elements of Art
  • Principles of Design
  • Observational Drawing
  • Compositional Organization
  • Color Theory
  • Life Drawing and Human Proportion
  • Art History
  • Critique

Proficiencies: By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design
  2. Demonstrate full value through the use and understanding of light and shadow
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic color theory and color relationships
  4. Demonstrate skill and knowledge of observational drawing through contour drawing, gesture drawing, and accurate rendering
  5. Demonstrate technical skill of perspective drawing (1 and 2 point) in real-life spaces
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of art history with an emphasis on world cultures and art movements, and draw comparisons to their own works
  7. Identify various career paths, interests, and art opportunities

Evaluation & Assessment: Student learning incorporates a variety of methods, strategies and skills. To accurately evaluate student achievement, various methods of alternative assessment will be employed in the evaluation and assessment of students, including:

  • Projects – projects are assigned as both instructional tools and instruments for assessment. Projects are assessed on an individual basis and evaluated based on the following criteria: following instructions, skill and development, creativity and originality, craftsmanship, and completion of project
  • Class Work – an integral aspect of the learning process, allowing students to demonstrate their ongoing understanding of content and concepts taught. Class work includes demonstration of a cooperative attitude and contribution to the learning process of the class, proper utilization of class time, attendance and punctuality, proper use of materials/supplies, studio set-up and clean up, and participation in discussions/critiques.
  • Homework – enables students to exercise and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of skills taught in class, as well as preparation and/or research for projects to be executed in class
  • Tests/Quizzes – an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study/evaluation of short-term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class lessons.
  • Grading breakdown:
    • Projects 40%
    • Class Work  30%
    • Homework  15%
    • Tests/Quizzes  5%
    • Mid-term 5%
    • Final  5%


Updated: 9/26/2017