Art October 15-19

AP Studio Art

Students will continue to work on individual projects

Santiago Zelaya: Transparency Project

Jose Manuel Ruiz: Self Portrait

Laura Salazar: Concentration #2


Art October 8-12

Present artwork for critique

It is important to keep mind that when looking at an art piece an art students should be objective, observant, analytical. When making comments about an artwork they should be backed up with rational basis for art appreciation. The following worksheet is basic but useful for this particular purpose.


Art Sept 3-7

Art Critiques

Artwork Critique Form

QUESTIONS Write your ideas here. Give first impressions. Make guesses. Say what you see, do not say what you like, or don’t like. Do not judge. Describe, analyze, and interpret.
l.  What stands out the most when you first see it?  .
2.  Explain the reason you notice the thing you mention in number 1. .
3.  As you keep looking, what else seems important?  .
4.  Why does the thing you mention in number 3 seem important.  .
5.  How has contrast been used. 
See Contrast Note – over.
6.  What leads your eye around from place to place? See Connections – over. .
7.  What tells you about the style used by this artist? See Style –over .
8. What seems to be hiding in this composition?  .
9.  Why do you think this  was partially hidden?  .
10. Imagine the feelings and meanings this artwork represents?  .
11. What titles could you give this artwork? .
12. What other things interest you about this artwork? .
form   ©  Marvin Bartel, 2002 
May be printed and copied for non profit classroom use.

Students will present their projects to the class. Art critiques and comments will take place.

Art August 27-31

Individual Projects

Laura Salazar : Concentration Project # 1

Jose Manuel Ruiz: Variety Project

Santiago Zelaya: Rhythm Project

Projects are Due :  Wednesday August 29, 2018

Critiques and comments will take place on: Thursday August 30, 2018

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!