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  • Benchmark Series:Portraits Black and White

    Slideshow includes Descriptive Criteria and Sequential Skill DevelopmentTo show larger image of artwork click on the thumbnailTo return to the thumbnail page, click on click to return

    Art EducationFulton County Schools2008

  • EmergingProficientAdvancedBenchmarks: Portraits Black and White

  • Descriptive Criteria

    Verbal descriptors of visual benchmarks

    Describe traits of emerging, proficient and advanced artwork

  • Emerging TraitsLimited range of values often lacking subtle value variations Values and edges often defined by outline Mark making is awkward or erraticLacks command of mediaLittle depth in face and negative spaceNo direct observation; grid is still visible Proportion problems; lacks understanding of relationships of physical featuresLack of detail

    Compositional issues such as excessive negative space, minimal background development, and static placement

    Viewpoint not considered- often frontal view

    No background or shallow backgroundLacks innovation

    Little or no expression of personality

    Teacher guided project or exerciseArtistic VisionCompositional SkillTechnical Skill

  • Proficient Traits

    Media use is more skillful and controlledCarefully observed contoursMark making is consistent and controlledValue to model form is successfulProportion is mostly accurateCloser observation of subjectFigure is relaxed and aliveLighting is intentional with better contrast and range of valueLittle attention to details OTHER than facial detailsViewpoint is considered in composition: normal, ants eye or birds eye

    Conscious choice of pose to match intent of work:face only, shoulders of figure

    Background is considered and is an important part of the composition

    Intentional composition choicesStudents personal expression is beginning to be shown in artwork

    Symbolism or theme may be apparent

    Risk takingArtistic VisionCompositional SkillTechnical Skill

  • Advanced Traits

    Technical skills with media are resolvedAppropriate choice of media for intent of workMark making is expressive and intentionalSubtle use of color as enhancementLine is intentional if usedTransitions are soft and subtle; edges are sharp as appropriateSensitive observation;images are not generalizedExploring mixed mediaComposition engages space and is unified

    Planning in composition is evident and it supports artists intent

    Background details are modeled correctly or purposefully simplified

    Strong focal point

    Feels alive and carefully observedClear voice and intent

    Communicates drama/ mood/ narrative

    Risk taking

    Viewpoint and the amount of figure shown is consciously chosen to communicate meaningArtistic VisionCompositional SkillTechnical Skill

  • Sequential Skill Development

    A listing of skills, related to this benchmark, that should be developed at each level: Middle School Art CoursesHigh School Introduction to ArtDraw/Paint 1 and 2Advanced Draw/paint & Advanced Placement VIP: Art History, Criticism, Aesthetics Are Woven Into All Units

  • Middle School Drawing SkillsNote: Art History, Criticism, Aesthetics Are Woven Into All Units

    Teaching in small SegmentsBasic rules of proportion and size relationshipsComposition- rule of thirds, placement, focal pointContour line drawingFacial features in generic standardsSimple mark making techniques/ implied textureRange of valuesFocus on technical skills with basic media introductionFrontal viewsArt History- simple portraiture exposure

  • Intro to Art Portrait Skills

    Integrating small segment of instruction into a final wholePerspective and foreshorteningProportion of face and facial featuresComposition- point of view with the use of viewfindersMark making techniques/implied texture in a greater variety of mediaCorrect observational drawing of multiple facial featuresAwareness of the effects of lighting on the face and facial featuresFull range of values in black and white and color media (nine step value scale)Art History: more complex portraiture interpretations and observations

  • Seeing and Portraying a more subtle value rangeEffect of technique learned on the content expressedIntroduction of mixed media techniquesRisk TakingTwo and multiple point perspectiveGreater emphasis on a complete composition with items in the backgroundGreater control over techniques and mediaDevelopment of personal voice and concept in sketchbookThree quarter and manipulated views to express moodNon- Static poseAdvanced/sensitive mark making techniquesLighting to show technical control and push valuesProportions are accurate in the facial features to a specific person (non generic)Draw Paint I and II Mastery and extension of all Intro topics and add:

  • Advanced Drawing and Painting/AP

    Working holistically by connecting componentsBreaking the rules of composition to create dramatic effectsEverything in paintingPersonal voice is evident in design and technical choicesInterpretive exploration of featuresProportional variations and positioning viewpoints-positioning/tension/contropostoArt history- historical/contemporary portraiture with interpretive and expressive comparisonsLighting to show greater sensitivity to subtle changes and greater contrast and values- sfumato, atmospheric perspective, dramatic lightingStudents make personal choices about content and media

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