Ms Grunt's Studio Portfolio I class page

Penn Wood High School

Useful Forms

Pastel picture analysis

Class Syllabus

SPI Syllabus

Project Rubrics

Project 1 (Negative Space Plant Study)

Project 2 (Contour Line Study)

Project 3 (Nature Study)

Project 4 (Chiaroscuro Charcoal Still Life)

Project 5 (Hallway Perspective Drawing)     

Project 6 (Pastel Still Life)

Project 7 (Oil Under-Painting Still Life)

Project 8 (Oil Under-Painting Self Portrait)

Project 9 Watercolor TBA)

Homework Charts

Homework Chart MP3

Turn It In Class ID


Images for Comparison Paraghraphs

Project 1-3 (Drawing Exercises)

Project 4 (Chiaroscuro Charcoal Still Life)

Project 5 (Hallway Perspective Drawing)

Project 6 (Pastel Still Life)

Project 7 (Oil Under Painting)

Project 8 (Self Portrait Oil Painting)

Course Overview

Credit 1.0 (full year course)

Grades: 10-12 (GAC)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to drawing or permission of the instructor

This year-long intermediate level art course is open to students with drawing experience and a strong interest in improving their art skills.  The purpose of this course is to further the development of students' skills with a variety of media while developing portfolio pieces suitable for submission to college art programs.  Topics include drawing and painting from observation while developing skills with a variety of media including colored pencil, pastels, charcoal and various inks and drawing pencils. Students will also learn to paint with oils and watercolors.  In the first semester, particular emphasis will be given to composition, perspective and value.   In the second semester students learn about various properties of color as they continue to work primarily from direct observation.  This course is recommended for students hoping to advance their skills for possible further study.


Students are graded in three main areas; the first grade is based on daily workshop points.  Students earn daily credit for coming to class and using their time productively.  This grade reflects the effort to learn new skills, regardless of one’s ability in art.  Once they practice a new technique, students then undertake a major project to submit for a project grade.  Lastly, weekly homework is a necessary way to independently practice skills learned in class; these assignments total about an hour a week.

Marking Period grade determined by:

Daily Grade = 30%

Major Project Grades= 40%

Weekly Homework = 10%

Quarterly Assessment = 20%

SPI Samples

Value Study: charcoal

SPI Samples

Perspective Drawing

SPI Samples

Color Study: pastel

SPI Samples

Self Portraits

The above links show examples of projects created by students in Studio Portfolio I. Students work with a range of media including charcoal, pastels and oil paint.  Emphasis in this course is placed on working from direct observation, not photographs. For the self portraits, for example, that means we set up spot lights and mirrors. Perspecitve drawings are done in the hallways of Penn Wood and in students' homes.

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