Independent Study Art / Special Topics


Course Description:  Independent Study Art is an upper level elective art course designed for those students who wish to explore art further than that offered in Advanced Art.  Students taking Independent Study Art will establish goals for individual growth and exploration of their own interests and style in their study of the visual arts.  After discussing their goals for each 9-weeks, the teacher and student will establish an expected number of projects / assignments along with approximate dates of completion that the students will complete.  Independent study students work at their own pace, choose their own subjects, and are responsible for monitoring their own progress in terms of meeting the goals that they and the teacher establish for them at the beginning of each 9-week grading period.  In addition to completing the aforementioned art projects, the students will be responsible for completing both written and reading assignments as well as a semester and final exam.


Prerequisites:  Students must have passed Advanced Art at an acceptable level and have signed approval by the instructor at the time of scheduling.


Course Text:  No text assigned to this course.


Expectations:  Students taking Independent Study Art are expected to adhere to the code of conduct / discipline policy / and acceptable computer use policy set forth in the Greenup County High School student handbook.  Students are also expected to complete all in class and out of class assignments on time.  Students will be given time outside of class to complete assignments.  It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they have the materials necessary to work at home and that the assignment is completed and turned in by the assigned date.  Participation in all class activities is mandatory so students should be prepared with proper materials when they come to class each day.  If you are absent and it is excused it is also your responsibility to make up any missed work.  Work missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up.  Being an upper level art course, students are expected to put more time and effort into their work with the expectation that this added effort and attention will increase the overall quality and skill level demonstrated in their art.  Independent Study Art level work should demonstrate a high level of individual expression, exceptional understanding of the core elements and principles, and a high degree of craftsmanship.


Required Materials:  I understand that art supplies can be expensive.  For the most part, students will be provided with the art supplies that they need to work in class but they will be expected to purchase a few items.


            Notebook paper

            Pencils (Preferably No. 2 wooden lead pencils)

            A sketchbook


Course Overview:  Along with the following outline students will also study aspects of art history, art vocabulary, and the process for analyzing a work of art.

1st 9-weeks

            Basic drawing media




                        Colored pencil

2nd 9-weeks

            Advance drawing media

                        Pen and Ink



3rd 9-weeks

            Basic painting media




4th 9-weeks

            Basic Sculpture media



                        Plaster / Paper mache’

For the complete course syllabus click on the following link:  Independent-Study--Art-course-syllabus.doc