Gwenn Woods



Course Time:
This course is offered on Tuesdays.

Course Pre-Requisites:

  • While this course is open to all students, it can also count as a Fine Arts
    credit for high school students. (Subject to your umbrella requirements.)

Course Text:

  • none required


Course Description:
This course is an introductory studio course where students will be introduced to the elements and principles of art and design as they explore an array of drawing techniques.

We will observe how God ordered the 7 elements and 7 principles of art, conveying His
completeness in creating the visual world, and how he arranged the properties of these
elements and principles in groups of 3, reflecting His Trinitarian nature.

Primary emphasis is on developing the student’s observational, perceptual, and
representational skills through the art of drawing.

Topics include, but are not limited to, describing objects in terms of line, value, shape, and  texture; exploring the principles of light, space, composition, and perspective using a variety
of dry and wet media and techniques.

We will also learn to analyze art and evaluate it from an aesthetic perspective.




Course Objectives:

By the end of the year it is expected that the student will be able to produce a body of work
that demonstrates the following concepts and practices:

  • To understand and apply linear drawing concepts and approaches, including contour
    and gesture.

  • To develop a visual arts vocabulary, and apply the basic terminology, including the
    elements and principles of art and design.

  • Apply the rules of one and two point perspective in creating a work of art.

  • To refine the student’s observational drawing skills by drawing from nature, still life,
    portraits, and landscapes.

  • To explore and develop increasing skill in a variety of wet and dry media,
    including graphite, charcoal, conte, pastels, and ink.

  • To identify, organize, and apply the formal properties of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional
    art and design that contribute to visual literacy.

  • To develop abilities in perception, conception, creative problem solving, decision making,
    risk taking, and personal expression through a series of related assignments which respect  tradition and encourage innovation.

  • To discern and create art with integrity by glorifying God through discipline, effort, and goals.

  • To explore various visual arts-related career options.






Course Content:

  • Drawing Fundamentals- Studio sessions will consist of a sequence of projects that will  introduce the visual and verbal vocabulary and concepts of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art and design and the language of drawing.

  • Drawing Media- Projects will explore these materials: graphite, colored pencil, pastels,
    conte, charcoal, and ink.

  • Themes- Projects will include 2-dimensional studies of everyday objects, the human figure,  forms in nature, technology, and personal themes interpreted by representation or

  • Art History- Many assignments and projects will include an overview of an aspect of art  history or a particular artist. Students are encouraged to go to the library or on the internet  to research artists from these art movements.

  • Fostering Creativity- Drawing is a learned discipline. The most important quality in learning
    is having a good attitude. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
    - Philippians 4:13. Students need to believe they are artists. Knowledge and dedicated  craftsmanship can produce beautiful results. Children who see themselves as artistically  talented show more interest than children who do not recognize that they were, in fact,
    created in the image of the Master Artist and have God-given creativity.





Course Class Time:

  • This is largely a studio class.

  • After a short presentation on the element, principle, concept, medium, technique,
    and historical context, most of our time will be used for studio production and practice.

  • Students are expected to complete projects begun in-class outside of class.

  • Art-making requires consistent, focused engagement.
    Students should be fully present and ready to work hard.

Course Homework Requirements:

  • Students can expect to have around 4 hours of homework each week.
    These home assignments will consist of portfolio drawings initiated in-class and weekly sketchbook assignments.



  • 50%  class projects (portfolio drawings)

  • 40%  sketchbook exercises

  • 10%  participation

  • There will be opportunities for extra credit.

  • Grading will be based on finished class projects (portfolio drawings), sketchbook,
    participation in class, and take-home exams.

  • High School students will have an extra writing assignment.

  • Students can revise and resubmit a graded project for a higher grade with no penalty.
    This must be done by the next week of class.

  • Students will receive a detailed rubric explaining the grading criteria for each project
    and will receive a grade and written comments for each completed project.


Late Policy:

Projects will be accepted late, however, students cannot receive full credit for a late project.
Late projects must be handed in by the end of the quarter and will be lowered one more letter grade.

Course Supplies:

  • newsprint pad 18x24

  • sturdy sketchbook, at least 8x10

  • metal ruler (12" minimum)

  • graphite drawing pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)

  • watercolor pencils (24)

  • charcoal vines or charcoal pencil

  • black conte

  • white conte

  • sanding block

  • colored pencils (24) (crayola is fine)

  • blending stump

  • kneaded eraser (gray, square or rectangle, wrapped in cellophane)

  • white plastic eraser

  • pink pearl eraser

  • hand-held pencil sharpener

  • 3 large artist's clips (binder clips) for drawing pad


   Hobby Lobby is good for finding supplies.  
   They run 50% off sales on art supplies frequently, and you can get a 40% off
   coupon on your phone from the website.

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