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Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks


The importance of fine arts is a benefit, not just to the older student and population, but is a necessary area of development for the
young student who will benefit with it in all areas of education. Art provides an opportunity for children to develop the use of their
senses directly and encourages the student to further develop what they already know as a source of knowledge and creativity. It is
important for the student to make a connection between the verbal and visual; logic and emotions; imagination and reality. Art
offers the student an opportunity to express feelings and emotions in their drawings and with color. The fine art program promotes
self-esteem and self-awareness as it enhances personal fulfillment. Children have a wonderful imagination that, if encouraged, will
be needed though out their life. This program provides an opportunity for self-discipline through instruction and cooperation while
providing the student with an opportunity for self-expression by using imaginative thinking for creative solutions. Again, this is a
necessity in lifetime experiences. The student will see the artistic expressions and inventions from cultures around the world that
are part of the history of mankind and development. Modern media provides many opportunities to the student. However, the
student has the benefit to experience it more closely in art classes. Repetition, important for young children, is evident in these
lessons. Repetition is provided at different age levels while using various tools and mediums. Home, family and friends, pets, and
toys are the young student’s world. The student will begin with their personal world as they think they know it, and discover so
much more about it. These lessons provide a deeper awareness of the world immediately around them, and eventually their journey
will grow from there. Each student is an individual with unique ideas and talents. Our goal is to provide each student an opportunity
for personal growth for themselves and the world in which we live.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Primary colors
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Blue
  • Secondary color- made by mixing two primary color together
    • Orange
    • Violet/ Purple
    • Green
  • Complementary colors- color opposite of one another on the color wheel
    • Red and Green
    • Blue and Orange
    • Violet and Yellow
  • Wet-on-wet watercolor- wet the paper down completely and paint with watered down paint
  • Watercolor control- use less water to keep watercolors in a smaller space without spreading on the paper
  • Line positions
    • Horizontal
    • Vertical
    • Diagonal
  • Symmetry (Mirror Image)- one side of the art piece is the same as the other side
  • Shapes & Lines in Art
    • Line down the middle with the same shapes and lines on both sides
    • Face mask that is the same on both sides using round eyes, oval ears, etc.
  • Shadows
    • Create shadows by layering colors to make a darker shade
  • Printing Block
    • Cut out shapes from cardboard and add a handle to the back
  • Block Print
    • Use it like a stamp to create a print
  • Line Types
    • Zigzag
    • Curvy
    • Wavy
  • Texture
    • Short lines to create scratchy feeling
    • Long wavy lines to create something soft
    • Pointed lines to create sharpness
  • Movement-
    • Use action lines to show wind direction or other items moving

Credits .5


  • Color
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of color by naming the primary and secondary colors, describing how to create secondary colors, explaining complementary colors, and creating a color wheel.
  • Watercolor
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of watercolor by describing the wet-on-wet watercolor technique, explaining how to keep more control over watercolors, and creating a watercolor painting that uses a variety of line positions.
  • Symmetry
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of symmetry by describing symmetry, explaining their use of shapes and lines in their artwork, and creating shadows in a symmetrical flower drawing.
  • Printmaking
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of printmaking by describing the steps for making a printing block, explaining how to create a block print, and creating a block print.
  • Lines
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of lines by describing different types of lines, using lines to create texture, and creating art using a variety of line types.



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