Art 4 | The Heights School

Art 4

Course Description and Objectives

The Art 4 Course seeks to help Art students continue to form themselves into better artists at a high level. Students will be building their portfolio with original work while at the same time continuing to practice previous skills that they have acquired through past
Art courses. Students will be required to be more self-directed than in past art courses. The instructor will assign specific assignments for which students will often have to find creative solutions.


There are no texts for this course.

Outline of Topics Covered

Basic Still-life Practice– Students will practice drawing accurately and proportionately from still lives to refresh their drawing skills

Photo Practice- do a watercolor based on a photograph. Colors should be intense, diverse and involve transitions. Strong contrasts should be present.

Simplified Palette- students will do a watercolor of a still life with only three or so colors of paint. Then students will work on an original composition based on photos that deals with “Western Theme” using a similarly narrow range of colors.

Oil Painting- students will be introduced to oil paints and techniques.

Acrylic Painting – students will learn the differences betrween oil and acrylic paints and techniques and how to use them together in the same painting.

Film Noir Project- students will work from a dark background using white paint to make a picture in a theme

Painting a light Source- Students will depict a light source maintaining the extremes of light for the source itself and secondary lights for illuminated objects while dealing with difficult color situations.

Three Levels of Distance- students will take what they know about two-point perspective and apply it to a painting where they invent a landscape and use values and colors appropriately for the aerial perspective present in the scene.

Portrait Project- students will work on a portrait to further sharpen their drawing skills and demonstrate their competence

Geometric Pattern- Students will look to patterns from a variety of sources including Celtic, Iconic, and ancient Egyptian and Greek in order to inform their own original pattern

Practice Drawing the Figure

Making a work of art based on a photo of a person– students will demonstrate their accomplishment in drawing the human form and incorporating it into a context

Independent work-  Students will work on a single theme


Each student should bring a pencil and an art pad 9” x 12” to every class.  

All other materials will be provided by the school.

Portfolios are on loan and must be cared for and returned at the end of the year.


25% Take Home Project

25% 5 graded class assignments

25% Mid-term take-home project

25% Portfolio Evaluation

Brian Coyne '94

Faculty Picture
B.A. University of Dallas
Phone: 301-365-0227 Ext.244

Brian Coyne returns to the Heights this year to teach Art for grades 7 through 12.