Art August 13-17

Elements and Principles of Art

Students will continue reviewing the Elements and Principles of Art by creating examples of each one in their sketchbook.


 ELEMENTS OF ART: The visual components of art such as, color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.

Line: An element of art defined by a point moving in space. Line may be two-or three-dimensional, descriptive, implied, or abstract.

Shape an element of art that is two-dimensional, flat, or limited to height and width.

Form: an element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses volume; includes height, width and depth (as in a cube, a sphere, a pyramid, or a cylinder). Form may also be free flowing.

Value: the lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray.

Space an element of art by which positive and negative areas are defined or a sense of depth achieved in a work of art.

Color an element of art made up of three properties: hue, value, and intensity.

  • Hue: name of color
  • Value: hue’s lightness and darkness (a color’s value changes when white or black is added)
  • Intensity: quality of brightness and purity (high intensity= color is strong and bright; low intensity= color is faint and dull)
  • Texture An element of art that refers to the way things feel, or look as if they might feel if touched.

PRINCIPLES OF ART: Balance, emphasis, movement, proportion, rhythm, unity, and variety; the means an artist uses to organize elements within a work of art.

Rhythm: a principle of design that indicates movement, created by the careful placement of repeated elements in a work of art to cause a visual tempo or beat.

Balance: a way of combining elements to add a feeling of equilibrium or stability to a work of art. Major types are symmetrical and asymmetrical.

Emphasis.:a way of combining elements to stress the differences between those elements.

Proportion: a principle of design that refers to the relationship of certain elements to the whole and to each other.

Gradation: a way of combining elements by using a series of gradual changes in those elements. (large shapes to small shapes, dark hue to light hue, etc.)

Harmony: a way of combining similar elements in an artwork to accent their similarities (achieved through use of repetitions and subtle gradual changes)

Variety : a principle of design concerned with diversity or contrast. Variety is achieved by using different shapes, sizes, and/or colors in a work of art.

Movement:  a principle of design used to create the look and feeling of action and to guide the viewer’s eye throughout the work of art.


Art August 8-10




Welcome back!

My name is Soraya Reichmann. I have been teaching Studio Art and AP Studio Art for Middle and High School at Discovery School for the past six years. Art is my passion, and I enjoy sharing my experience with my students.

It is with sincere enthusiasm that I would like to welcome all of our students and parents to a new year at Discovery School.

How students will be assessed and evaluated:

The art score will encompass three areas:

  1. 70% Production (Class Project): Each project begins with a lesson plan where expectations and due dates are discussed as well as a project rubric. Art rubrics will encompass several areas such as: concept, creativity, originality, craftsmanship, and the application of the principles of design.
  2. 15% Written Work: Progress in sketchbook, sketches, written assignments analysis of work, quizzes and homework.
  3. 15%Classwork: Includes regular attendance, use of in-class time, effort in work, showing up to class prepared and with the proper materials, attention to lectures, attention to directions, and demonstration of respect for the teacher and classmates, and proper use of art materials.

Supplies: Aside from school provided art materials and specific requests for each grade; students should always bring to class:

1.    A Sketchbook

2.    HB Pencil

3.    An eraser

4.    A sharpener



5.    A ruler

6.    A pair of scissors

7.    Glue stick


Best wishes for a successful year!

Art May 7-11

Mark your calendar!

We are pleased to invite you to attend our art exhibition on Saturday May 12 in the secondary school hall.  We are proud of how our students have matured and developed as individuals as well as designers and artists. The work on show will display the diverse range of skills, talents and techniques, not to mention hard work and dedication.

During this week students will prepare their work for the exhibition.


Art May 2-4

AP Studio Art

Students are completing both parts of the portfolio 11th grade is completing the Breadth part of the portfolio, and 12th grade is completing the Concentration part of the portfolio.

12th grade students must submit their portfolio by Wednesday May 9. The digital portfolio must include 12 breadth art works, 12 concentration art works, and 5 quality art works.

Students must begin to create their digital portfolio by Friday May 4. In order to open their digital portfolio students need to obtain their student codes.

Art April 23-27

AP Studio Art

Students will continue to work on their individual projects,11th grade will continue to work on their Breadth Projects, and 12th grade will continue to work on their Concentration. Here are samples of the work in progress.

Art April 3-6

Concentration Section of the A.P Studio Art Portfolio

Section II

Sustained Investigation (Concentration) — 12 digital images | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • Create a body of works that demonstrates sustained investigation of a specific visual idea
  • Must not include images of the work included in the Range of Approaches section.

Adriana Martinez Concentration


Ruth Chimirri Concentration


Ruth Chimirri Concentration

Sam Walsh Concentration 4 (5wx7l) (2)

Samuel Walsh Concentration

Art March 5-9


The concentration in Studio Art provides students with the framework to develop their own body of work through a variety of studio experiences supported by knowledge of past and contemporary art making practices.


Ruth chimirri Concentration

SamWalshconcentration#2 (L7.25 W3.5)

Samuel Walsh Concentration