History of Art through Painting

History of Art through Painting Teacher: Michelle Kane
One Semester- 1/2 Credit
Prerequisites: Art Exploration (General Art), Fine Art I or Art Foundations
Painting Syllabus 2012/Painting Supplies 2012/Painting Terms 2012

Fees: There is a $5.00 course fee. It covers materials (paper, paint, tools) we use to create your work in this studio. Students may also be required to purchase additional supplies for this class.
Course Overview: Students will begin with an introduction to the basic principles of painting and learn how to critique and compare works of art. Coverage of artistic movements highlight historical context and introduces students to key artists that represent a variety of geographic locations. Throughout the course, students apply what they have learned about art critique to analyze and evaluate both individual artists and individual works of art. This class is recommended for both Fine Art majors as well as those who enjoy art history and looking at paintings!

The K-12 Art Curriculum at Mentor Schools is based upon the Ohio Department of Education's Fine Arts Academic Content Standards.
Myth Busters! Myths About Being an Artist (exerpts from an article by Marion Boddy-Evans) for Students and Parents:
Art Myth No.1: Art Should be Easy; it's ART
Fact: Why should anything that’s worth doing be easy? There are lots of techniques that anyone can learn (such as shading, rules of perspective, color theory) to produce artwork in a relatively short time. But it takes effort to move beyond mediocrity. Great artists can make it look easy, but that 'ease' has, like any great skill, come through years of hard work and practice.
Art Myth No.2: If You Can't Draw, You Can't Paint
Fact: A painting is not a colored-in drawing. Painting involves its own set of skills. Even if you were an expert at drawing, you'd need to learn how to paint. Some artists like to do detailed drawings to use as reference before they paint, but many don't. Some artists do drawings directly onto their canvas before they start to paint, but many don't.

Drawing is not just an initial step in making a painting. Drawing is a different way of creating art. Having drawing skills will definitely help with your painting, but never let the belief that you "can't even draw a straight line" stop you from discovering the enjoyment that painting can bring.

If you are interested in Painting and in Art History, enroll in "Introduction to the History of Art Through Painting." Check out the link to the left!

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