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(Drawing and Painting)

Sherri Smith
National Board Certified Art Teacher
Art Department Chair
Ext. 5810
By Zack L.

There is a $40.00 class fee for all art classes.
Please pay it quickly so that we can purchase supplies.
Thank you!

Senior Class Selections for the class of 2018
Senior Class Song- Carry On Wayward Son By Kansas
Senior Class Motto- "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Charles Dickens 
Senior Class Flower- Black Rose

for the class of 2018

1st place - Backdrop By:  Railey R.


2nd place - Program Cover By:  Carolena S.

The backdrop is drawn onto the final boards by my Art 1 classes, refined by my Art 2 classes
and Painted by my Art 2, Art3, Art 4 and Advanced Drawing Students.  
It is going to be 16 feet tall and 48 feet long this year.

St. Francis: He who works with his hands is a laborer.  
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  
He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.

For Information about the New Mexico Art Standards:

Glossary of Visual Art Terms

Aesthetics: A branch of philosophy that focuses on the nature of beauty, the nature and value of art, and the inquiry processes and human responses associated with those topics.

Analysis: Identifying and examining separate parts as they function independently and together in creative works and studies of the visual arts.

Artifact: An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest.

Art criticism: Describing and evaluating the media, processes, and meanings of works of visual art, and making comparative judgments.

Art history: A record of the visual arts, incorporating information, interpretations, and judgments about art objects, artists, and conceptual influences on developments in the visual arts.

Arts disciplines: Dance, music, theatre/drama, visual art.

Assess: To analyze and determine the nature and quality of achievement through means appropriate to the subject.

Balance: refers to the ways in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged.

Chiaroscuro: From the Italian meaning "light-dark".  The use of value contrasts to represent the effects of light and shadow.

Color: the visual perceptual property corresponding to the categories called red, yellow, white, etc. Color derives from the spectrum of light, but we often refer to the properties of the pigment or colored material based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, etc.

Color Scheme: a planned combination of colors, often based on color wheel concepts. Common color schemes are monochromes (one color), analogs (similar colors), complements (opposite colors), and triads (3 colors equally distant on a color wheel).

Context: A set of interrelated conditions (such as social, economic, political) in the visual arts that influence and give meaning to the development and reception of thoughts, ideas, or concepts and that define specific cultures and eras.

Contrast: the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.).

Create, creative or creativity: a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts; the flexible and fluent generation of unique, complex, or elaborate ideas.

Creative process: The act of generating new ideas or concepts, and the steps involved.

Cultural institutions: places such as theaters or museums that preserve or display The attitudes, values, patterns of behavior, social organization, and concepts of reality of a given people that persist through time.

Elements of art/art elements: Visual art components such as color, line, shape and form, texture, value.

Expressive features: Elements evoking affects such as joy, sadness, or anger.

Expression: A process of conveying ideas, feelings, and meanings through selective use of the communicative possibilities of the visual arts.

Form: the external three-dimensional outline, appearance or configuration of some thing.

Golden rectangle: a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio, approximately 1:(a)618. When a square section is removed, the remainder is another golden rectangle. Many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the form of the golden rectangle, which has been considered aesthetically pleasing.

Ideas: Formulated thoughts, opinions, or concepts that can be represented in visual or verbal form.

Inspiration: sudden creativity in artistic production.

Line: a mark that is long relative to its width.

Material/art materials: things needed for doing or making something.

Media/art media: Broad categories for grouping works of visual art according to the art materials used.

Pattern: the repetitive use of any shape, object, color, line, or other component in a work.

Perception: Visual and sensory awareness, discrimination, and integration of impressions, conditions, and relationships with regard to objects, images, and feelings.

Portfolio: A collection of an artist's work. This system is based on visual and performing art and writing through production, reflection and perception.  Comparing and Contrasting learning, journal entries, observations, critique sessions and approach to work.

Principles of design/ Organizational principles: rhythm and movement, balance, contrast, pattern, proportion, unity and variety.

Process: A complex operation involving a number of methods or techniques, such as the addition and subtraction processes in sculpture, the etching and intaglio processes in printmaking, or the casting or constructing processes in making jewelry.

Reflection: contemplation, as in a calm lengthy consideration; or, a remark expressing careful consideration.

Repetition: a way of combining art elements so that the same pieces are used over and over to achieve balance and harmony.

Shape: A two-dimensional (or implied two-dimensional) area defined by line or changes in value and/or color; an outline (or implied outline) of an object is its shape. The three categories of shape include: natural, non-objective, and geometric.

Structures: Means of organizing the components of a work into a cohesive and meaningful whole, such as sensory qualities, organizational principles, expressive features, and functions of art.

Symbol: An image that stands for something more than its own literal meaning.

Symbolic elements: see symbol and symbolism. Colors, letters, numbers, geometric shapes, orientation, gesture, materials and other attributes can be symbolic elements in our culture and in other cultures.

Symbolism: The representation of things or ideas by use of symbols.

Symmetry: Called formal balance, symmetry is a design with identical or nearly identical form on opposite sides of a dividing line or central axis; or, balance among the parts of something.

Techniques: a method or way of working with materials to create a work of art, sometimes with well-defined procedures to accomplish specific effects.

Technologies: tools, equipment or techniques for performing particular activities Technology includes all the objects from pencil and paper to the latest electronic gadget.

Texture: the surface quality or physical feel of a piece of art; or the representation or invention of the appearance of such a surface quality; examples are flat, bumpy, rough, smooth, etc.

Tools: a device that provides a mechanical or mental advantage in accomplishing a task.

Visual Arts: A broad category that includes the traditional fine arts such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture; communication and design arts such as film, television, graphics, product design; architecture and environmental arts such as urban, interior, and landscape design; folk arts; and works of art such as ceramics, fibers, jewelry, works in wood, paper, and other materials.

Visual arts problems: Specific challenges based in thinking about and using visual arts components.

St. Francis: He who works with his hands is a laborer.  
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  
He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.