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Art III Honors

Level: Academic Full Year (Grades 10-12)

Credits: 5.0 Visual/Performing Arts

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art II Honors

Course Description: This advanced level course is designed to develop and refine students’ drawing, painting, printmaking, and critique skills through a hands-on studio art experience. Students will have the opportunity to create works for inclusion in college portfolios. Students will continue to work in a variety of media including charcoal, ink, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, linoleum block printing, collage, and assemblage. Students work with an analytical and conceptual approach to generate original artworks through and advanced engagement with process and materials.


  • Standard 1.1: The Creative Process – All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 1.2: History of the Arts and Culture – All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures
  • Standard 1.3: Performing – All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 1.4: Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies – All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Supplementary Materials

  • Artist and Art Movement Videos and DVDs
  • Current Art Publications/Artist Biographies
  • Internet Resources

Units of Study

  • Review of and increased exploration of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
  • Observational Drawing: Landscape, Figure, Portraiture, and Still Life
  • Advanced Color Theory
  • Graphic Arts Exploration
  • Selected Artists and Historical Art Movements through History
  • Art Career Exploration
  • Critique
  • Art History

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

  • Show a working knowledge of art vocabulary.
  • Refine their perceptual, intellectual, physical, and technical skills through the creation of visual art.
  • Have an understanding and awareness of historical and artistic accomplishments throughout the ages.
  • Have knowledge of the rules of composition in art and apply those rules to their own artworks.
  • Think, write, and speak about art critically and fluently.
  • Engage successfully in the process of critique by thinking, writing, and speaking about art critically and fluently.
  • Apply the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to create dynamic and fully realized compositions.
  • Demonstrate facility in both drawing and painting using a variety of media.
  • Demonstrate facility in the application of advanced color theory.
  • Demonstrate skill and knowledge of the graphic arts, including printmaking and illustration.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of seminal art movements of the last 100 years.
  • Identify specific career paths in the arts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of safety procedures for materials and equipment in the art studio.
  • Refine their perceptual, intellectual, physical, and technical skills.

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 (40%) – 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 the project.
  • Class Work (30%) – 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 and supplies, studio set-up and clean-up, and participation in class discussions and critiques.
  • Tests/Quizzes (5%) – 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.
  • Homework (15%) – 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.
  • Mid-Term Exam (5%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s coursework.
  • Final Exam (5%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s coursework.


Updated: 9/26/2017