Temescal Canyon High School

Advanced Painting and Drawing 


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The Show Cycle: This is a three week process in which a student prepares artwork for an art show. The cycle involves the following Steps:

-The Theme

-The Idea

-Project Proposal 

-The Artwork

-Show Application 



-Show Proposal (PDF)

-Project Proposal worksheet (PDF)

-Show Application worksheet (PDF)

-Show Rubric (PDF)

Other Helpful Links:

-Principles of Art and Design

Past Shows:

Entertaining America


Heaven and Hell

Mass Appeal


The World of Cartoons


Why Show?

For artists, shows are often more than where the work meets the wallet; shows offer an opportunity to present ideas and work to an audience beyond the artist's immediate friend circle, professional counterparts, or those visits the studio. A show presents an opportunity for the public at large to open their minds to new ideas through the work of gallery owners, museum curators, or art critics. In Advanced Drawing and Painting class shows do two things: First of all they provide a space for your friends and classmates from across campus to see your work, secondly they give the class a chance to break away from the history of art and carefully look at and think about new and innovative work that comes from the ideas of those artists right next to us in the same circumstances. 

The Process:

The Theme: Advanced Drawing and Painting shows begin with a theme. This theme connects all of the work in a show and focuses the efforts of an artist to consider a subject in perhaps a new and unique way. Themes may be almost anything because it is the way that the theme is interpreted by the artists that provides the greatest interest in a show. Some themes from past shows are cartoons, war, and urban art, but may be as specific as "TC High" or as ambiguous as "Trees." <TOP>

The Idea: Once the theme of a show is determined students as artists must develop some ideas that address the theme. For example: If the theme of a show is simply "Trees" one might simply think about all of the physical qualities of a tree such as the branches, leaves, or even the texture of the bark. Another student might go a bit farther and consider what a tree "is" to a person; trees can give us protection from the sun, rain, and wind- much like the important people protect us from the unpleasant things that impact us at different times in our life. If this second layer of thought is more interesting to a student that what a tree looks like then portraits of those people that protect that students would also be related to the theme "Tree."<TOP>

Project Proposal: After a few good ideas are developed a student must sketch a couple of them out and fill out a "project proposal" for each idea that will become a work of art for the show. These worksheets ask students to focus their work and develop the use of the "Principles of Art and Design." "Project Proposals" are available from the teacher and should be complete at the end of the first week of the three week show cycle.<TOP>

The Artwork: Students have a total of three weeks to prepare an acceptable amount of work for each show. The amount of work acceptable is determined by "Art Value Points." Art Value Points (or AVPs) are assessed as follows:

Achromatic Drawing- 1 pt.
Color drawing/ watercolor painting- 2 pts.
Acrylic Painting-  3 pts.

A student must have at least three (3) AVPs for full credit in an Advanced Drawing and Painting art show. Fewer than three AVPs will negatively affect a students grade for that show.  Students are encouraged to consider the time involved in using the different media; it usually doesn't take as much time to complete a pencil drawing as it does to go through all of the steps to complete an acrylic painting. Therefore if a student plans a large pastel drawing, for example, the time involved in the large piece may be offset by a much smaller work in graphite or india ink. An example of a successful entry to an art show would be one water color painting and a drawing using graphite.<TOP>

Show Application: After the work has been completed for a show students must complete a "Show Application" for each piece to be entered. This worksheet is to be accompanied by a photograph taken on the reproduction stand. "Show Applications" must be turned in at the end of the third week of a show cycle.<TOP>

Receiving: This is the date at which the work must be submitted complete so that it can be prepared for the show. The work must be turned in along with a "Show Application" for each piece.