Advance Art Progam



Curriculum designed for advance art program can help stidents build a portfolio which can give them high school art credit.

(Each school has different rules so please check with your student’s counselor for eligibility).


Course Description:

Students enrolled in this course will explore the fundamentals of art making. This course provides students with opportunities to develop the skills and abilities needed to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings in visual form. The lessons are focused on utilizing the elements of design which are; line, shape, form, color, texture, value, repetition, emphasis, contrast, and space. Students will learn skills and techniques related to the application of basic art mediums such as; pencil, oil pastel, collage, watercolor, tempera, acrylic paint. Weekly journal assignments focus on observational drawing and provide opportunities for development of the drawing skills demonstrated in class. Students will also become aware of a variety of art styles, art periods, and artists throughout history.


Focus of the advance course will be on

Developing an Art Journal (An observational drawing portfolio)

On-going weekly assignment Sketching and creating a collection of observational drawings using variety of geometric and organic shaped objects.Drawings, Sketches, Ideas and Visual Resources will be collected in the Art Journal. Journaling is a vital tool for all artists for recording ideas, experimenting with techniques and subjects, and capturing inspiration. Take and collect photos of interesting textures, lighting, subjects, etc. and fix into your journal. In addition, complete the following artworks based on these prompts in your journal.


Perfecting different color mediums :

Pencil drawing:

Participate in hands on demonstration of pencil shading techniques. Employ a variety of shading techniques that will be demonstrated in class such as; hatching, crosshatching, stippling, smooth shading, etc. 3-dimensional manner to fit the size of the page, shaded to show form, with close attention to detailUnderstanding the characteristic of different color mediums


Color Pencil shading:

Participate in hands on demonstration of color pencil shading using, water color and Prisma colors techniques. Learn best colored pencil drawing tips, tricks and techniques for creating exceptionally realistic colored pencil artwork.


Acrylic painting:

Participate in hands on demonstration of acrylic painting techniques, color mixing.Oil pastels: Participate in hands on demonstration of color mixing and acrylic painting techniques.


Watercolor painting:

Participate in hands on demonstration of watercolor techniques. How does one make watercolor more transparent, opaque? Characteristics of a watercolor brush? Eg: Discuss the merits of O’Keefe’s work, her methods, materials, and influences. Develop an abstract design inspired by a flower. Demonstrate the ability to use some of the discussed watercolor techniques to create an O'Keefe style painting.



Participate in hands on demonstration of charcoal techniques using vine and compressed charcoal and pencil of varying hardness.



Participate in hands on demonstration of graphite techniques


Oil painting:

Participate in hands on demonstration of oil painting techniques.


Color mixing and color theory:

-Participate in hands on demonstration of color mixing.

-Primary, Secondary and Tertiary ColorsWarm and cool colorsTints, Shades, and TonesColor


- Basic techniques for creating color schemes

- Complementary

- Analogous

- Triadic

- Split-Complementary

- Rectangle (tetradic)

- Square-Monochromatic colors



Portraits and figure drawing:

Participate in hands on demonstration of facial proportion and portrait techniques. Grid and drawing a picture using grid method, How does one scale up or scale down a photo using a grid process?.In-depth knowledge of Figure drawing, and human anatomy.


Still life:

Many students say,"I don't like still life's, can I paint something else"?Learning to "see" is the first and most important skill a student must learn to develop. By far the humble still life is most emphatically the very best place to do this for several reasons. Nowhere are color, value relationships based on light more consistent and straightforward than in a still life. Everything the student needs to learn is long lived and clearly stated in a still life without deviation or distortion as in a photograph. This gives the student time to study, see and perform without the stress of the ever moving light found in the landscape or of subject matter that twists, turns and moves through the scene. It far exceeds the convenience of painting from photographs which fall far short in providing this information. "Still Life is best school, best exercise for artists." - Sergei bongart.


Art History:

Art history observe and discuss life and artworks of art and artist from different eras.

Eg Analyze Van Gogh’s art and understand how his life may have affected his artistic style.

- Practice Van Gogh style mark -making on a drawing worksheet

-Create a painting using various elements of Van Gogh’s artistic style in his/her own artwork.

-What are the qualities that make a particular artist appeal to you and make other artists’ work less appealing? (personal aesthetic).


Perspective drawing – 1, 2 & 3 point perspective.


Student will:

Participate in a hands on demonstration of perspective techniques.

Draw the interior of the art classroom by applying one- point perspective.

Study the artworks before and after the renaissance to discover when the laws of perspective where first developed and used in art to create depth.

How can a vanishing point be used to create depth in a picture plane?

When did artists first discover the laws of perspective?

What are the 3 types of lines used in a 1 & 2 point perspective drawing?


Many more artistic techniques like Tessellation, Typography, Trompe l'oeil etc will be emphasised eg.


Draw a grid, create a tessellation style, and use it to create a repetitive pattern.

Color image with own choice of mediums using 2 colors to enhance the positive/ negative space inthe design.

What is a figure/ ground reversal?

How can geometry be used in art?

How can color choice effect overall design?