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(Drawing and Painting)
See Calendar Below

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

There is a $40.00 class fee for all art classes.
($20.00 Per Semester)
Please pay it quickly so that we can purchase supplies.
Thank you!

Senior Class Selections for the class of 2019
Senior Class Song- Hall of Fame by The Script

Senior Class Motto- "Did everyone see that?  Because I will not be doing it again."
-Jack Sparrow  
Pirates of the Caribbean

Senior Class Flower- Sunflower

for the class of 2019

1st place - Backdrop By: Madison EasleySmith

2nd place - Program Cover By: Karina Rubio

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 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.

National Art Standards (Adopted by NM)
Visual Arts/Creating

Anchor Standard: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Enduring Understanding: Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.
Essential Question: What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking? What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks? How does collaboration expand the creative process?


Anchor Standard: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Enduring Understanding: Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.
Essential Question: How does knowing the contexts histories, & traditions of art forms help us create works of art & design? Why do artists follow or break from established traditions? How do artists determine what resources are needed to formulate artistic investigations.


Anchor Standard: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Enduring Understanding: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches.
Essential Question: How do artists work? How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective? How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?


Anchor Standard: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Enduring Understanding: Artists and designers balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
Essential Question: How do artists and designers care for & maintain materials, tools, & equipment? Why is it important for safety & health to understand & follow correct procedures in handling materials & tools? What responsibilities come with the freedom to create?


Anchor Standard: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Enduring Understanding: People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.
Essential Question: How do objects, places, and design shape lives and communities? How do artists and designers determine goals for designing or redesigning objects, places, or systems? How do artists and designers create works of art or design that effectively communicate?


Anchor Standard: Refine and complete artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.
Essential Question: What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work? How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms? How does collaboratively reflecting on a work help us experience it more completely?

Visual Arts/Presenting

Anchor Standard: Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Enduring Understanding: Artists and other presenters consider various techniques, methods, venues, and criteria when analyzing, selecting, and curating objects artifacts, and artworks for preservation and presentation.
Essential Question: How are artworks cared for and by whom? What criteria, methods, and processes are used to select work for preservation or presentation? Why do people value objects, artifacts, and artworks, and select them for presentation?


Anchor Standard: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
Enduring Understanding: Artists, curators and others consider a variety of factors and methods including evolving technologies when preparing and refining artwork for display and or when deciding if and how to preserve and protect it.
Essential Question: What methods and processes are considered when preparing artwork for presentation or preservation? How does refining artwork affect its meaning to the viewer? What criteria are considered when selecting work for presentation, a portfolio, or a collection?


Anchor Standard: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: Objects, artifacts, and artworks collected, preserved, or presented either by artists, museums, or other venues communicate meaning and a record of social, cultural, and political experiences resulting in the cultivating of appreciation and understanding.
Essential Question: What is an art museum? How does the presenting & sharing of objects, artifacts, & artworks influence & shape ideas, beliefs, & experiences? How do objects, artifacts, & artworks collected, preserved, or presented, cultivate appreciation & understanding?

Visual Arts/Responding

Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation of self, others, the natural world, and constructed environments.
Essential Question: How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art? How does learning about art impact how we perceive the world? What can we learn from our responses to art?


Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: Visual imagery influences understanding of and responses to the world.
Essential Question: What is an image? Where and how do we encounter images in our world? How do images influence our views of the world?


Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.
Essential Question: What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism? How can the viewer "read" a work of art as text? How does knowing and using visual art vocabularies help us understand and interpret works of art?


Anchor Standard: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: People evaluate art based on various criteria.
Essential Question: How does one determine criteria to evaluate a work of art? How and why might criteria vary? How is a personal preference different from an evaluation?

Visual Arts/Connecting

Anchor Standard: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Enduring Understanding: Through art-making, people make meaning by investigating and developing awareness of perceptions, knowledge, and experiences.
Essential Question: How does engaging in creating art enrich people's lives? How does making art attune people to their surroundings? How do people contribute to awareness and understanding of their lives and the lives of their communities through art-making?


Anchor Standard: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Enduring Understanding: People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.
Essential Question: How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures? How is art used to impact the views of a society? How does art preserve aspects of life?

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.