• Painting Syllabus

    This Painting course will explore the art of applying color to a surface with a range of liquid mediums and techniques, such as acrylics, watercolor, printing inks, India ink, etc.  Inspiration for projects will come from a variety of sources including art history, contemporary life, old masters, recent discoveries, and the halls and outdoor spaces of Tenafly High School.  Painting is a special art form, which allows an artist to express a personal point of view or unique way of seeing the world. Students must learn to communicate through painting by developing their own style.  Style will be developed by understanding basic techniques of painting covered in this class.

    Student Expectations:

    1. You must have a sketchbook at all times
      (100 PAGE WIRE BOUND, 9” X 12” - NO EXCEPTIONS)
    2. Participate in class activities, discussions, and critiques.
    3. Show evidence of hard work, visible interest, and ORIGINALITY.
    4. Arrive to class on time.  After three late arrivals, morning detention (7:45am) will be assigned.
    5. Hand in assignments on time unless you speak to me and have a special circumstance.
    6. Bring required materials (Pencil and Eraser everyday!)
    7. Have FUN and gain an appreciation for art.
    8. Keep paint brushes, work space, and classroom materials in good condition.

    Sketchbooks:  September 14th

    9” x 12”, 100 page, all-purpose medium weight drawing paper, wire bound is a MUST!  

    Do NOT buy newsprint, rough charcoal, or watercolor paper.  

    Available at Pearl Paint, Michael’s, AC Moore, Dick Blick, Amazon.com)

    You will receive smaller assignments to keep in a sketchbook.  Think of this book as a visual diary or journal in which you will record your thoughts, ideas, dreams, and sources of inspiration throughout the school year.  Sketchbook exercises will be specific, but should enable you to practice technical skills while exercising your creativity and personal vision.


    Cell Phone Policy:

    • NO CELL PHONES OUT ON TABLE unless given permission for an assignment.
    • If permission is given to listen to personal music, one earbud must always be out.  If listening to music, playlist must be created in advance. NO SEARCHING for songs during class.
    • If any student in class is using their cell phone to text, Snapchat, Instagram, watch videos, stream television shows, play video games, etc., the class will get 3 warnings.  After the 3rd warning, the entire class loses ALL cell phone privileges until further notice.

    Grading based on work from the following:

    Portfolio 60% - Major projects and tests

    Class Assignments 30% - Sketchbook work, Smaller Assignments, and Critiques 

    Other 10% - Overall Participation, Time Management, Attendance, Punctuality, Use of class time


    1. Understand the different painting media.
    2. Understand different painting surfaces and how to prepare them for painting.
    3. Understand the elements and principles of art and how to use them in the creation of a painting.
    4. Learn and understand painting terms.
    5. Understand the three major parts of colors:  hue, value, and intensity.
    6. Begin to learn various painting techniques.
    7. Explore paintings by different artists to help understand the different lessons in painting.

    Activities Include:

    1. Realistic still life
    2. Abstract painting
    3. Landscape
    4. Portrait Painting

    Practice paintings:

    1. Painting: learning how to hold a brush and different kinds of brush strokes
    2. Mixing colors
    3. Color wheel
    4. Color and value scale
    5. Intensity scales
    6. The properties of light to paint the illusion of form
    7. Monochromatic painting

    As a THS Art Student You Should:

    • Supplement your art experience by visiting art galleries and art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMa, Chelsea (W34th to W14th Streets), Whitney, Museum of American Art, etc.
    • Participate in arts related field trips.
    • Explore art history by reading art history books, researching master artists on the web.  You may also listen to art podcasts, view art related movies online, and visit websites of museums for more art history.
    • Offer your art skills to the school and the community.


    Extra Credit Opportunities

    • Art News - Read an art news article and write a three-paragraph essay explaining what the article was about and your reaction or opinion of it. Hand in a copy of the article and your typed essay.  You will also be required to share information about the article to class through a slide show presentation.
    • Museum Visit – After your visit, write a one-paragraph essay describing your experience at the museum. In a slideshow to be shared with the class, pick one or two works of art to describe in more detail and give your opinion of the work. Hand in your typed essay along with a brochure or entrance ticket from the museum on the day you visited that location.
    • Listen to and share an art podcast with Ms. Allen.  Present your findings about the podcast to the class in a 5-10 minute summary, using a slide show presentation.


  • Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. ― Pablo Picasso

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