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Art 1 - Drawing 1

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Art and Digital Graphics

Art speaks to all of us regardless of our race, culture or life experiences. It conveys knowledge that we cannot gain through other studies and helps us make connections that use the whole brain rather than one dominant domain. Art is a safe place to explore open-ended questions about what it means to be human and why something is considered to be aesthetically beautiful or valuable. Art can also be a form of worship, and some philosophers have considered the arts to be a key link in the complex relationship between what we believe and how we behave. If art is a universal language that synthesizes understanding and action, then that language is best learned by simultaneously studying and doing art. This studio class will focus on training the eye to see accurately so that students can draw accurately. Students will work from life as they explore the key components of Line, Space, Values/Modeling, Proportion, and Perspective drawing through traditional and non-traditional exercises. In addition, students will learn the formal rules of perspective, composition and the ways in which a subject can be organized for greater visual impact. Assignments are predominantly hands-on drawing projects as students will practice and apply the concepts covered in that topic. Teacher demonstrations and individual feedback will help students hone their skills. Students should expect their artwork to be discussed anonymously and respectfully in class as part of the group learning process. This course is suitable for a range of talent and experience levels for both Art and non-Art majors. It is highly recommended and serves as a prerequisite for students who want to take advanced art courses in TPS.

Grade Levels*:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
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Transcript Planning: Art 1 – Drawing 1 and Art 1 – 2D Design are the core courses that should be taken by every student desiring to pursue further studies in the visual arts.

“I have loved being in Drawing 1 this year!! I have grown unspeakably in my skills as an artist. The teacher is amazing, always encouraging, helpful, and so much fun! We’ve covered everything from negative space to values to telling stories with our art, and I am a hugely better artist because of it. I’ve loved this class so much, and I will definitely be continuing on next year!!”

Miriam S

“I love this class so much because it’s so easy and fun to learn how to draw! I looked at my first drawing and then my last one, and it was crazy to see the improvements. If you’re looking for a laid back and friendly class, this one is for you!”

Dee C

“I loved this course, it really helped me to grow as an artist, and the teacher did a wonderful job with being the right amount of encouraging and critical so that I could develop the most in the relatively short amount of time in one semester. I am looking forward to taking drawing 2 next semester.”

Anna T

“The class was amazing! The teacher was super encouraging and helpful. I learned so much from her. My drawings went from something I’d never show anyone to pieces I am proud of. The difference between my first piece and the last piece in the class was night and day. I went into the class nervous and with no idea what I was doing. I came out more confident and a lot more knowledgeable.”

Riley B

“This course is perfect for anyone, regardless of experience. The teacher is very patient, encouraging, and genuinely sees the best in each student. Every week we learn something new and are given the opportunity to apply it to our projects.”

Emma G
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