The Independent Art Project is designed to be an open-ended project that gives the students the ability to explore their individual creativity. This project should act as a reflection of what the student has learned over the course of their studies in the visual arts. Students are expected to utilize a number of techniques and creative methods, such as drawing skills, color theory, and compositional planning. Students are expected to research artists and styles of art for inspiration in the development of this project. All research should be documented in the journal. Additionally, there will be a research component that will ask the students to understand the life and works of their chosen artist. Students will compare and contrast their artwork with the artwork of their chosen artist and finally critique their work in order to create an Artist’s Statement. Students will be given time in class to work on each of the components but will need to do most of the required research at home. Research can be a print out from the computer or a book. A list of suggested websites is provided below. Students should refer to the rubrics for both the project and writing components that are listed on the class website’s homepage to understand how the project and writing components will be graded.
All students will be taking an art assessment on the second day of class. This pre-assessment will not effect the student's grades. I will be sharing outcome of the assesment with you via Engrade, however the pre-assessment is meant to gauge the progress in student learning. The Pre-Assessment will involve art vocabulary that is commonly used in the art lesson. Most of these words are also used in the other common core subject areas. There is no need to study for this assessment.