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Art Concepts

Art Concepts

– 2 semesters – 1 credit (11, 12)

Prerequisite: For the advanced student with the upper classmen having preference

This course is offered to both students enrolled in studio art classes and those with no specific interest in creating works of art, but who have a curiosity about the development of different periods of art. Grades will predominately be based on comprehensive slide exams. Students will participate in class discussions, small group discussions, debates, note taking, and occasional class art activities. Students will learn about various forms of art in the context of world cultures and historical periods. Students will develop an appreciation for art and art processes throughout the world. Students will develop an understanding of such disciplines as sociology, religion, politics, cultures, and psychology in reference to how they represent society from ancient to modern times. Students will develop a sense of taste and maturity in understanding art so that their knowledge may enrich their lives and personal perceptions of themselves.

Pluto and Proserpina (1621-22) white marble cm. 255 | Gian Lorenzo Bernini

I utilize the google classroom as a way to communicate effectively with my students and parents. If you would like to receive updates (either daily or weekly) from the google classroom please email me @ jessica.biller@riversideschools.net . The subject of the email should be your add me, the body of the email should read with your name, your child’s name, and the class and block you would like to be added to. The awesome thing is that you only needed to be added once, ever, once you are in you stay in for ALL their classes forever. You will not be an active member of the class but you will see updates and due dates.

You can also check my google site that I linked all my class calendars:https://sites.google.com/riversideschools.net/jbillerarteacher/home

Another way to stay on top of your child’s progress is to have the Infinite Campus App on your phone. This will allow you to receive text alerts when grades are entered or messages are sent home. Your child can also download this to the phone. You must chose the option to receive the alerts.

Another way to help your child would be to encourage them to download the google calendar/classroom to their phone. When downloading, they should choose allow alerts. Allowing alerts insures they will get an alert on their phone when teachers post things and reminders when things are due. This will also allow them to see all their due dates for all their classes that use google classroom and they can add due date for the classes that do not use the classroom. Ask your child to share their log in so you you can also see their calendars, you can add things for them like clean their room :-)

Lastly, if your child does not want to utilize any of the above they can very easily check their email by opening their chromebook and hitting the preloaded mail box on the bottom of their screen. An email is sent to a student every single time a teacher posts anything to the classroom. Also, by having their log in your can log in from anywhere and check their email as well.

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Unit 1 "what is art" : with the permission of your parents, watch and write a synopsis of Pollock or Mona Lisa's smile.
Unit 2 "Magic and survival": Create a replica of Stone Henge
Create a creative Art History time line
Go on a road trip with your family to see a Frank Lloyd Wright Home, make a presentation to students when you get back.
Unit 3 Mythology: Do an in depth research about an artist in this unit and present to the class, make sure to use reliable sources (ones with authors)
-make a family tree with both Greek and roman names
-watch Helen of Troy, do a synopsis to share with the class
Unit 5 Asian Art: Research an area of the world where Buddhism is prevalent and plan a virtual field trip for us.
Unit 6 Hindu Art and Indian Culture: Create a children's book about an artist in this unit, see teacher for examples.

ANY UNIT from here on: go to http://museum.thinkport.org/ and make a museum of your favorite pieces of artwork, include explainations of the art.
Unit 7 Jewish Art: Create a "social networking profile" for your favorite artist
Unit 8 Christian Art: Create a T-shirt advertising Art Concepts (in a positive school appropriate way)
Use Google Art Project to create a fun and interesting presentation for your class.
See your teacher about visiting Lakeland CC.
Use movie we discussed in class to make a ppt from the movie's dioramas.
Unit 9 Islamic Art : Plan a virtual field trip to a famous mosque.
Unit 10:
Unit 11:With the permission of your parents watch Girl with a Pearl Earing and do a synopsis.
Unit 11/12- Go see the special exhibit at the art museum and bring back a ticket stub.

You need a pencil, eraser, pen and notebook every single day. Other supplies will be given as homework assignment as needed. If you do not have a computer with a printer and internet you need to make sure the teacher knows this so the teacher can write you a pass to the media center, otherwise you need to make arrangements when computer assignments are given.