Intro to Art

Intro to Art


About this course


This course is intended to be a prerequisite and introductory course to the full year Art History Series. It is recommended students take this course before any of the Art History courses in order to gain an introductory understanding of the vocabulary surrounding artistic studies, as well as an introduction to the major movements and styles of art history.

Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 10-16, although younger artistically gifted/interested children will be accepted.

Levels: There is only one level for this course.

Start Date: Enrollments received on or before Monday will be given class access the following Tuesday. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 23 to complete the course. Upon enrollment, you will receive class access information on Tuesday. Final reports will be issued on August 24. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 23.

Price:  $50

Space Available: 

In this class we will learn the fundamentals of art–the elements of art and the principles of design. We will also get into the major styles of art while we learn about some of the famous artists that were known for those styles. We will begin the first two weeks with the fundamentals, learning some vocabulary while we practice those concepts with some fun and quick drawing assignments. In weeks three and four we will learn about compositional drawing/painting/sculpting/etc. while studying styles of art throughout humanity. We will cover classical and ancient art as well as modern styles; for example, we will spend a little time exploring the work of Michelangelo and make our way into modern pop-art. Students will have the opportunity to explore these varied styles of art by recreating them for themselves.

There will be vocabulary in each lesson, as well as many quick drawing assignments, which will be counted as extra-credit, scattered throughout the lessons so that the students may have hands on ways of learning the concepts covered. There will also be quizzes regarding the vocabulary and the main ideas of each lesson. The major projects will be very open to interpretation, and each artist will mostly get to chose the medium they would like to work with for these big projects. The main idea is to create; this class only requires that the student puts forward their best effort to understand the concepts of this class while being creative, they will find it is easy and fun!

My goal for this class is that each student may walk away with a firm grasp on the basic fundamentals of art, and that they may explore their own creativity to possibly unlock new talents they may have ever known they had. This course is intended to be fun, stress-free, and allow the creativity of these budding artists to flourish. I hope that any student who comes into this class thinking they are not a good artist will finish the course more confident in their new found skills, and develop a thirst to build upon that creative knowledge.

LESSON PLANS: This is an 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION:There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Students will have a choice of small projects each week (which will take about 10-15 minutes each to complete), and will also be assigned one larger weekly project. Students will be able to complete the assignments in the medium of their choice. Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-3 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

WEEK 1 – Fundamentals of Art We will begin the course discussing what art is. What defines art? What makes something art? We will then dive right into learning about mediums of art, and finish the week learning all about color theory.

WEEK 2 – Elements & Principles of art (fundamentals continued) In week two we will cover the elements and principles of art. These range from concepts like line and shape to concepts of compositional harmony and understanding perspective. This week will include a lot of vocabulary that is necessary to use when analyzing and discussing art. These are the fundamentals that are essential to understanding art theory.

WEEK 3 – Ancient Styles In week three we will begin studying styles of art by going back to the beginning–cave paintings. We will work our way through humanity’s more ancient styles, touching on Ancient Egypt and indigenous peoples, then working our way through the Renaissance and towards more contemporary art styles like Realism and Impressionism. Within each style we will learn about artists that were known for utilizing those styles. For example, we will explore the works of Michelangelo and his sivsical art, and we will explore Impressionism through the works of Monet.

WEEK 4 – Modern Styles In the last week we will focus on modern styles of art, from Fauvism to Graffiti. We will learn how these styles of art have been influenced by their era, explore the lives and works of the styles’ most famous artists, and have the opportunity to recreate works in those fun styles. During this week we will learn about artists like Matisse, Dali, and Andy Warhol.

Students will be able to complete the assignments in the medium of their choice.

Required Materials:

  • Red, blue, and yellow paint of any kind
  • pencil
  • paper for drawing/painting
  • playdough or some kind of clay
  • Colored pencils/crayons/markers/Or some kind of coloring set that is not paint.Suggested Materials:
  • Set of paints (watercolor or acrylic)
  • Set of pencils with different weights
  • drawing paper
  • painting specialty paper or canvas


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