Intro to Art 1

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

9th–12th

Tuesdays 3PM EDT

Aug 25–May 4th

$599

Heather Eades

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Course Description

This live, online visual arts course is suited for high school students of all art backgrounds and abilities. A complete blend of art appreciation and fine art lessons, this course is designed around the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations standards, building a solid foundation for further advanced art courses and counting as one high school credit for Visual Arts.

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” –P.T. Barnum

Calling all artistic makers, Imagineer-minded innovators, creative and critical thinkers, and those who simply appreciate the arts and enjoy fascinating stories—this class is for you! This course focuses on helping students learn to think like artists and develop fundamental understanding of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design through both studying and creating works of art. Our class is designed for all artistic skill levels, taking a close look at visual storytelling and how artists employ basic concepts and design principals to effectively communicate ideas and evoke emotion.

This one-of-a-kind class features weekly live explorations in aesthetics, production, art criticism, and art history, AS WELL AS engages students in creative problem solving through a variety of contemporary and traditional art-making processes in a very non-traditional studio experience. Students are continually involved in innovative thinking, self-expression and analysis, problem solving, and problem identification within their creative work. They are also encouraged to develop their skills in both verbal and written expression, as well as in their artwork. Students are asked to visit a local art museum or gallery at least once throughout the year (if at all possible), and each semester will wrap up with a virtual art exhibit to share with family and friends, as well as with the Aim Academy community!

Our virtual class time will involve sketchbook sharing; interactive lecture and discussion of concepts, artworks, artists, and art history; demonstration and class experimentation with various techniques and media with a weekly visual prompt; and conclude with critique. An optional live stream demonstration of each week’s project will be recorded and posted each Thursday where students can follow along with the instructor and ask questions throughout the process, or students may watch the recording posted on our Canvas website where they can pause or speed up the process as needed.

This course seeks to achieve the following goals through a study of artists and their art as well as weekly hands-on projects:

  • We will identify, describe, and apply the elements of art and principles of design.
  • We will experience studio practices that include a variety of traditional media, techniques, and processes in two and three dimensions. (*While supply lists are given and encouraged, media substitutions are provided and allowed with a focus on mastering the concepts vs. mastering the media.)
  • We will develop basic visual art literacy and vocabulary.
  • We will develop and refine observational drawing skills.
  • We will experience opportunities to apply the constructs of Art Criticism and critique to works of art, including their own
  • We will compare and contrast universal qualities, function, and purpose of visual art in world cultures through research and analyzing significant artists, styles, and movements in Art History.
  • We will explore the value of technology and its relationship to visual art.
  • We will research careers in and related to visual art.
  • We will generate portfolios as assessment tools and artistic presentation.
  • We will develop basic creative problem-solving skills and refine craftsmanship.
  • We will explore visual avenues to communicate self-expression.

My teaching style is lighthearted, relational, and tailored to each group of students in my class. I keep my class atmosphere positive and encouraging— a place where all feel welcome and valued, with a focus on the joy and wonder of creating and creation, and where all artworks discussed will be kept PG and family-friendly.

Students will first learn to critique master works, then their own works of art before they begin to critique fellow students. All critiques, whether given by teacher or classmates, will be crafted to produce insightful, helpful and, wherever possible, positive statements meant to encourage and deepen the understanding and success of the student artist. All feedback to all students will be done in positivity, kindness, and encouragement with a focus on the art concepts being studied over talent or skill level.

Course Structure

Live course meeting time: LIVE meetings via Zoom will occur every week on Tuesdays at 3PM EST. First semester will focus on the Elements of Art, continuing into second semester with an emphasis on Design Principles, with an introduction to art history incorporated throughout.

All course meetings are optional (though encouraged for class community) and will be recorded for scheduling convenience. Students who are unable to attend live lectures still will be able to participate with peers through our weekly short-form written group discussions on the course website in Canvas. This course emphasizes that art is for ALL and values the heart of homeschooling where flexibility is a top priority!

Over the course of the school year, students will engage in interactive lectures and weekly discussions, reflect and respond orally and in writing to famous artworks in numerous styles and art movements, (including four research papers and two PowerPoint/Google slide/other media presentations). Students can also expect to keep a visual journal and a sketchbook, where they will wrestle with and work through artistic problems. Students will also have hands-on art projects to work on each week, some taking several weeks for completion. This class will require several hours (4—5hrs., including live class time) of creative and reflective response time each week.

Weekly assignments may include:

  • A weekly 60-minute LIVE MEETING
  • Interactive discussion of concepts, artworks, artists, and art history in our Canvas Discussion forum
  • Reading/viewing assignments from our text, handouts, or various sources
  • Art journal/sketchbook prompts
  • Art projects in a variety of styles, techniques, and media
  • Presentations
  • Research, critiques, and compare and contrast papers (only 2 papers max per semester)

Who should enroll?

Students in 9th—12th grade should enroll in this class. This class will be the foundational class for all further and more advanced Aim Academy art courses.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Digital camera (can be phone with camera), or other means to photograph, scan, and upload student artwork

Evaluation and Feedback

All homework will be submitted and formally critiqued through our website on Canvas; I provide detailed critiques on all artwork (focusing on understanding and demonstration of the concept vs. artistic skill) and respond to course discussion responses personally. My goal is to provide detailed artwork critiques within 1 week of the assignment’s due date (2 weeks for larger projects). Students receive all critiques well before the next art project is due so that they may steadily develop and grow in their artistic abilities while improving their work and developing their own artistic style with each assignment!

Communication

I will confirm registration with parents and provide a welcome email with clear details and video instructions on how to navigate this course. All parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers, and I will respond to all parents and student questions via email or Canvas message within 24 hours. I prefer communication through Canvas on our course website.

Required Texts

This text will serve be used as the spine for this course and will be a useful resource for students in all other high school art classes taught by Mrs. Eades.

Ragans, R. (2005). ArtTalk, Student Edition (4th ed.), Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-07-830599-3

Many used copies available here for low prices (I found mine for $7): https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&kn=&an=&tn=&isbn=0078305993

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Instructor Bio

Heather A. Eades

For as long as Heather Eades can remember, she has been both a writer and an artist, and loves teaching young people to do the same. Earning her B.A. in Visual Arts and English from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH, along with her studies at Columbus College of Art and Design, helped launch her professional career in publishing where she served as an editor and art liaison for SRA/McGraw-Hill, Inc., helping to create the elementary art program, Art Connections: the companion series to the middle and high school texts utilized in her art classes. Her passion and enthusiasm for helping create fun, innovative learning experiences led her to earn her MA in education with a focus on creating arts-based, literacy-rich curriculum for all students. With over twenty years of professional experience in publishing, her specialty has become designing, writing about, and implementing creative, arts-based curriculum and educational “fun-tivities” for all ages.

And while she enjoys her professional work mosaic of writing articles and book projects, editing online course material for Colorado Christian University, and managing social media communications for Aim Academy by night, by day Heather is passionate about her first and favorite work: the fine art of homeschooling—teaching her own and other students in their homeschooling community. Heather Eades is excited to begin her fourth successful year of teaching online with Aim Academy—this year introducing her art classes to the Aim Academy community!

During her graduate program, Mrs. Eades developed and implemented an early childhood art program for an inner city preschool, which she now continues to teach locally to preschoolers in her own community with the help of her two teenage daughters. She has also taught art classes to middle schoolers for many years at a local Christian art collaborative, and to elementary through high school students for the past 8 years at their local homeschool co-op, as well as private art lessons. “Mrs. E.” loves to teach art with the intent and encouragement of bringing joy to others and developing/using the arts for Good in the world. While Heather’s own specialty area is mixed-media illustration, exposing her students to experiment with as many styles, techniques, and media in the arts as possible assures that her class times are never boring and helps students to find their favorite creative outlets. Mrs. Eades is excited to bring her latest collection of “fun-tastic,” hands-on art experiences to Aim Academy, with the same authentic, light-hearted teaching style found in her writing classes!

In her spare time, Mrs. Eades loves to laugh, draw, read, hike and camp with her family, co-lead youth ministry with her husband at their church in Denver, …and can be found consuming obscene amounts of coffee.

Email: eades.heather.a@gmail.com

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