Drawing with Color (Spring)
Term: Spring Semester 2021, January 25–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Kim Williams
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
The aim of this course is to start building students’ appreciation and understanding of color through dry media drawing tools. First, we will allow ourselves time to explore and delight in this complex, multifaceted art element. We will examine the formal elements of color—how colors relate to each other—as well as the psychological effects and symbolic uses of color throughout history.
After experiencing some theories of color, students will begin learning to handle colored pencils, oil pastels, and chalk pastels. Through demonstrations, personal instruction, and exercises, students will explore different subjects/compositions, textures, papers, and application techniques suitable for each unique medium. Students can expect to complete at least 3 finished drawings. Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to finish exercises not complete during class time. However, students should not work ahead on extended projects between classes unless instructed to do so.
Along with hands-on studio work, students will participate in regular class critiques, creating a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes. Offering work for public exhibition is an important part of the creative process. It is our hope that we will be able to display work from this class to each other and the broader SA community through an online/webpage gallery.
Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about art in history, the Christian imagination in relationship to faith and the arts, and the role of the arts in the Church. The hope of the instructor is that through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of our Maker.
Student Academic Expectation
Students will be encouraged to:
- Explore formal color theory and the psychological/symbolic use of color
- Experience and control a variety dry color drawing media
- Learn and practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space
- Explore and develop personal concepts in creative expression
- Create engaging compositions using art elements, including line, value, texture, space, shape, form, and depth
- Develop and utilize specialized vocabulary in relationship to color, drawing, and visual art in general
- Engage in collaborative discussion that enhances understanding of their works as well as the work of others
Student Conduct Expectation
Students will be encouraged to:
- Care for themselves, their peers, and their supplies as stewards of God’s creation (be and do the good)
- Inquire into the discipline, asking questions in order to arrive at the truth (seek the truth)
- Reflect upon and pursue excellence in order to make good use of their gifts (make the beautiful)
The instructor will be providing rich and robust feedback/critique constantly, but the class is ungraded and parents can make the final decision about what grade to assign to the course. To aid in that process, the following grades can be assigned to your student’s level of achievement: magna cum laude (with great praise), cum laude (with praise), satis (sufficient, satisfactory), and non satis (not sufficient).
Ideally, every average student working diligently should do praiseworthy work (cum laude). Those who excel beyond this expectation will be magna cum laude students. Students who do adequate but not praiseworthy work will be designated satis. Non satis means lacing sufficiency or adequacy.
Rising 7th–12th graders: While it is not necessary, it is helpful for students to have experience in basic drawing techniques. Students with previous experience in drawing will be able to work at their levels of skill. A sense of wonder, creative courage, and perseverance are beneficial postures for flourishing in this course.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
Sample Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
*Required Supply List:
- Any kind of 8 x 10 sketchbook: We will use these for exercises. If you already have one that you use, that will do!
- Pad of 11 x 14 white drawing paper (50–80 lb. medium surface), 24 sheets. Any brand.
- Pad of black 11 x 14 drawing paper
- Toned pastel drawing paper, 11 x 14. Colors are individual choice. See link for example.
- Mungyo soft pastel 64-color set square chalk, found here.
- Set of soft-core colored pencils, 38 count at least. Prismacolor Staedtler or Arteza recommended.
- Sakura Cray-Pas oil pastels, set of 50 found here.
- (Optional but useful) Kolormondo Mini color globe: Students can get on without it, but it is a great resource for understanding color.
*Required supplies not included in course purchase
Kim Williams is trained as both artist and educator, holding a Bachelor of Science in art education and an Associate Degree in Christian education. She has taught in many contexts, including elementary, middle and high schools, daycare centers, and in parish ministry. For 7 years she taught at Cair Paravel Latin School, a private classical Christian school, where she designed the K–6 art curriculum and developed a passion for classical education and writing curriculum. She currently teaches 6th and 7th grade art at Delaware County Christian School and adults through preschoolers at the Wayne Art Center, both in Pennsylvania. When not teaching others, Kim turns to one of the several mediums she has used over the years for her own art, from oil paint to charcoal, pastels to printmaking. She and her family reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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