Visual Arts Class Unit Plan

BCLHS Fine Arts Department - Visual Arts

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COURSE TITLE:                       Visual Arts

LENGTH OF COURSE:           One Year


GRADE LEVEL:                        11- 12


PREREQUISITES:                    A desire to develop artistic skills



MATERIALS:                              Art History, Marilyn Stokstad, Harrey N. Abrams, Inc., 1995.

                                                      Art Talk




This course is a first year art course in the fundamental of art.   This course emphasizes the necessary skills to provide the student with a perceptual base leading to understanding artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context(s); aesthetic valuing and connections, relations, applications of the Visual arts.   Learning the tools, techniques, materials, technology and application of what is learned in other art forms, subject areas and careers.   The art elements and principals of design serve as a foundation for each unit covered.   Selected historical or cultural contexts will be applied with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment of student work as well as appreciation of art works from other cultures and times.


This Visual Arts courses will meet the BCLHS graduation requirements as well as the requirement for admission as the CSU system.




Unit I - Introduction to Art

  1. The variety of art: Artistic Perception
  2. State framework/Scoring Rubics
  3. The variety of art.
  4. When is it Art?
  5. Philosophy of Arts
  6. Artwork as a class of objects
  7. The aesthetic of objects
  8. Intentions in art
  9. The Art world

Unit II - What to Look for:   Creative Expression

  1. Description
  2. Knowing what to look for
  3. Vocabulary
  4. The Visual elements of art
  5. Line
  6. Descriptive line
  7. Implied line
  8. Expressive use line
  9. Shape and form
  10. Value
  11. Light and dark
  12. Value
  13. Color
  14. Hue
  15. Value tints & shades
  16. Color harmonies
  17. Monochromatic
  18. Analogous
  19. Complementary
  20. Triadic color
  21. Expressive color
  22. Space
  23. Space in our environment
  24. Space in three-dimensional art
  25. Space in the picture plane
  26. Representing space in two-dimensional art
  27. Three-dimensional space in abstract painting
  28. Texture and movement
  29. Texture
  30. Movement
  31. How is it organized?
  32. Analyzing what you see
  33. Composition
  34. Design
  35. Unity
  36. Variety
  37. Dominance
  38. Rhythm and movement
  39. Balance

Unit III - Introduction to Media - Creative Expression

  1. Two-dimensional media
  2. Drawing
  3. Painting
  4. Mosaic
  5. Printmaking
  6. Photography and film
  7. Video art
  8. Mixed media
  9. Three-dimensional media
  10. Sculpture
  11. Environmental art
  12. Ceramics
  13. Clay Properties and working with clay
  14. Hand building
  15. Pottery Wheel
  16. Glazes and Firing



Unit IV - Careers in Art:   Connections, Relations, Applications

  1. Architecture
  2. Interior and display design
  3. Graphic design
  4. Industrial design
  5. Fashion design
  6. Film and television
  7. Art education
  8. Fine art
  9. Crafts
  10. Photography


Unit V - What is it Saying?  Cultural, Historical Contexts    

  1. Interpretation: There is more to it than meets the eye
  2. Interpretation and meaning
  3. Art history
  4. Non-Western Art I

  1. Non-Western Art II
  2. Islands of Time I
  3. Island of Time II


Unit VI    In the Final Analysis - Aesthetic Valuing

  1. Criticism and Critics
  2. Professional Criticism
  3. Non professional criticism
  4. A Critical Method
  5. Using the first three stages of the Critical Analysis Model Evaluation




  1. Classroom participation and artistic attitude
  2. Written and verbal test
  3. Critique by instructor and peers
  4. Portfolio
  5. Participation in public display
  6. Written reflection
  7. Evaluation of Art Work(s) by teacher
  8. Studio and Visual arts assessment Rubric