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Rochambeau Alternative High School

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Here's what's been happening in the art room 2013.
Students are able  to: Visualize how artists apply their knowledge of the basic geometric forms when they observe natural and man made objects in their environment.  Use these forms as an artist would to draw objects realistically. Use the four basic geometric forms: cylinder, cube , cone and sphere to draw still life objects.  Visualize how artists apply their knowledge of the basic geometric forms when they observe natural and man made objects in their environment.  Use these forms as an artist would to draw objects realistically.
What types of objects will the students draw? star fish, onions, garlic, plastic bottles, lanterns, electronic alarm clocks, boxes, toasters, lightbulbs,etc.
Students will a #2, 4B, and ebony pencil to apply 6 different values to the surface of objects.  They will create value contrasts. They will observe the effect of light on shiny objects and dull objects to differentiate between objects that reflect light and objects that absorb light. We will explore color theory.  We will view the art work of Van Gogh, Millet, Raphael , DaVinci, Picasso, Diego Rivera and Gaugain to differentiate between the painting styles and time periods in which these artists created their oil paintings. We will explore the subject matter the artists worked with in their natural environment.  Students will develop a color wheel and color star to expand  their repetoire of color development and value contrasts so they can apply it to fantasy based painting with tempera on paper and acrylic on canvas.
Why is Art important in the United States of America?

As a nation, we are close to reaching a collective understanding

that all students benefit from the opportunity to learn about and

experience the arts. Study of the arts in its many forms—whether

as a stand-alone subject or integrated into the school curriculum—

is increasingly accepted as an essential part of achieving success

in school, work and life

May 2005 Harris Poll on the attitudes of Americans toward

arts education, commissioned by Americans for the Arts, revealed

strong public support. Among the findings:

.

86% agree an arts education

encourages and assists in

the improvement of a child’s

attitudes toward school.

93% agree the arts are vital

to providing a well-rounded

education for children,

a 2% increase over 2001.

83% believe that arts education

helps teach children to

communicate effectively

with adults and peers.

79% agree incorporating the arts

into education is the first step

in adding back what’s missing

in public education today.

It is common for students to ask why we study art? Artists show us new ways to see familiar things, and how to interpret new situations and events through various kinds of visual shorthand. This creation of visual language may be the artist's intention, or it may be a side effect of other purposes. Art is timeless and has many uses.  
     Probably the first purpose of art is as a religious ritual. Art can also serve to commemorate an important event.  Art has often served as propaganda or social commentary.   It is common to see art being used to persuade people to some viewpoint, or to make us aware of some human condition. 
   Art has many purposes.  Some can be as simple as recording data visually, conveying intense emotion, capturing beauty of our world, and storytelling,  In any case, art is to interpret the subject matter at hand. Although new subject matter has evolved, the human condition, nature, and events still continue to capture our minds.
 
 
Last Modified on October 2, 2014