DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 1 / ART 2 / ART 3 / ART45
About the Course
This class is an alternative to the honors weighted and more rigorous Art 4 or Art 5 courses. In this class, the students have a bit more freedom to develop their own educational plan that includes creating personal goals and setting their own due dates according to self expectations. This class is grouped with the honors ART 4 and Art 5 courses, so there are plenty of opportunities to learn from the most dedicated artists in our program.
Through critique, discussion, lecture, and artistic creation, the students will learn to question the very nature and purpose of art. It is our goal that students learn to lose preconceived notions of "art", and re-define them in terms of their own expression.
This is an independent learning environment where the students create their own educational plan each quarter. There are frequent individual meetings with the instructor about how to reach the personal goals set forth in the beginning of the quarter. At the middle and end of each quarter, students are required to reflect, in various ways, about their progress. This is not an honors course, but there is an expectation that the students are thoughtful and diligent in the work they create.
A major component of the Directed Independent Study curriculum is art criticism. At DRHSART, we use a variety of critique methods that include individual, small group, and full class discussions about the work. Most of the time, but not always, the Directed Independent Study students will have their work critiqued at the same time as the Art 4 or Art 5 students.
Students of this course are expected to create and maintain and updated online portfolio of their work. Students should have completed their college admissions portfolio by the end of November, and the AP Studio Art portfolio ( if the student chooses to complete one) must be completed by the beginning of May. It is expected, but not mandatory that students also create a portfolio of their work to be submitted to the National Scholastics Art and Writing Competition by the first week of January..
The final element of this course is art history. Understanding the history of art is essential to making successful art in the present. In this class, we will spend a great deal of time learning about the history of art through a variety of activities, lectures, and research journaling.
Artists To Research
Senior Show Assessment Sample
ArtWorks Gallery Call For Entries
Rock the Cradle
Senior Show Tips and Advice
The Art Story: Modern Art History
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