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Art Department Courses

501235 Introduction to Art (Weight – 1.1) 0.5 credits


An introduction to drawing, painting, design, and 3-D (sculpture & pottery) with a focus on the artistic process, media techniques, art appreciation and the basic art elements and principles used in art production. 



503131 Drawing I/Painting I (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1.0 credit


This course elaborates on the development of a 2-dimensional composition through the intentional selection of visual elements, materials, and drawing and painting techniques . Students will develop their awareness of artistic styles and the ability to reflect on professional and student artwork. Students will be required to create and maintain a sketchbook. 


Prerequisite: Introduction to Art with a grade of ‘B’ or higher OR upon teacher approval



503231 Drawing II/Painting II (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 11, 12) 1.0 credit

(This course will be scheduled during the first semester only.)


This course is designed for students who are interested in learning advanced drawing and painting techniques to develop their awareness of composition. Students will be exposed to the production of observational and thematic artwork that encourage students to make creative choices to further investigate their artistic style. Students will be required to maintain an annotated sketchbook, which will be used to guide independent investigations through research, planning and reflection.


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drawing I/Painting I with a grade of ‘B’ or higher OR upon teacher approval

 


501611 Advanced Placement Art and Design (Weight 1.3) (Grades 11 and 12) 1.0 credit

(This course will be scheduled to meet every other day for the full year.)


The AP Art and Design course has been developed to accommodate students who have expressed an interest in completing the AP Drawing portfolio or the AP 2-D Design portfolio. Through teacher instruction, class work, and outside assignments, emphasis will be placed on producing a series of quality artwork that is guided by experimentation, practice and revision. Students will complete the following sections of the selected portfolio: 

Sustained Investigation- A body of work investigating and producing a strong underlying inquiry

through experimentation, practice and revision. 

Selected Works- Works that demonstrate mastery in concept, composition and execution


Students will be challenged to develop a personal voice, while developing mastery in concept, composition, and execution of personal ideas and themes. Students will also understand that art making is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decisions in order to produce quality work. Students will be expected to develop a comprehensive portfolio that addresses each of these issues in a personal way. Approximately 5-7 hours per week will need to be devoted to the production of their artwork outside of class. Students will be expected to create 5 assigned pieces in the summer prior to the start of the course. As part of the course, students may need to purchase some of their own materials. Students enrolling in AP Art and Design will be required to submit the selected portfolio in May.


Prerequisite:
Drawing Portfolio: Successful completion of Drawing/Painting I, as well as additional art courses with a grade of ‘B’ or higher. Completion of Drawing/Painting II is highly recommended and may be completed simultaneously with AP Art and Design. Teacher approval required.

2-D Art and Design Portfolio: Same requirements as Drawing Portfolio. Students interested in pursuing photography or graphic design should have completed the appropriate course with a grade of ‘B’ or higher. Teacher approval required.



502131 Ceramics I/Sculpture I (Weight – 1.1)  (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1.0 credit


This course offers students a variety of experiences in 3-dimensional form. Students will explore the techniques used in basic ceramics and sculpture. Students will be encouraged to think creatively, problem solve and begin to contemplate form. Aesthetics, criticism and art history will be covered as it relates to art production in 3-dimensional form. Basic clay construction includes: pinching, modeling, coil building, slab construction, surface manipulation, and wheel throwing.


Prerequisite: Introduction to Art with a grade of ‘B’ or higher OR upon teacher approval



502231 Ceramics II/Sculpture II (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 11, 12) 1.0 credit


This course is designed for those students who want to refine their skills and explore advanced ceramic processes. Students will be encouraged to establish individualized goals reflecting a sense of personal expression, to be shown in the production of functional and non-functional art pieces. Students will also gain an understanding of cultural influences on contemporary and historical ceramics and sculpture. 


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ceramics I/Sculpture I with a grade of ‘B’ or higher OR upon teacher approval



501435 Studio Art (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 10, 11, 12)     0.5 credits


This course focuses on the student as an artist with a focus on the development of the artistic process. Other key concepts include development of materials, collaboration with peers and maintenance of a studio space. Students are also introduced to the Studio Habits of Mind. Through practice, analysis, and reflection students will collect evidence of these Habits of Mind to better develop their creative process. 


Prerequisite: Introduction to Art with a ‘B’ or higher OR upon teacher approval









505135 Graphic Design (Weight – 1.1)   (Grades 10, 11, 12)       0.5 credits


This course will introduce students to the digital art process and focus on the applications of visual communications. Adobe Illustrator and traditional media techniques will be utilized throughout the design process. This class offers students the opportunity to explore media and techniques that focus on marketing and consumer products, such as logos, package design, and, advertisements. Students will learn to communicate effectively and creatively through the proper use of design elements and principles, appropriate typography choices and visually stimulating compositions. 


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to art with a grade of ‘B’ or better OR upon teacher approval



504135 Photography I (Weight 1.1)                                                                                             0.5 credits


This course is designed to teach students the basic concepts of digital photography. Emphasis is placed on the proper handling, care and operations of the digital SLR camera as well as the artistic approach to shooting images. Students will explore a variety of compositional strategies to create more interesting photographs. Students will critically examine and write about images. It is not necessary for students to own a digital SLR camera to participate in this course. 



504235 Photography II (Weight 1.1)  (Grades 10, 11, 12)                                   0.5 credits


This course is designed for students who want to master the use of the digital SLR camera. This class includes advanced use of camera functions and Photoshop. Artistic and thoughtful choices regarding composition, camera settings and subject matter will be heavily emphasized in this course. In this course students will critically examine photographs and discuss or write about them in a cohesive manner. It is not necessary for students to own a digital SLR camera to participate in this course. 


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photography I with a grade of ‘B’ or better OR upon teacher approval



106131 Yearbook  (Weight – 1.1)    (Grades 10,11,12)                                                               1.0 credit

 

This course is designed to produce our high school yearbook. Students will be instructed and work on developing skills in the following areas concerning yearbook:  composing, revising, editing, creative design of layouts, photography, marketing and public relations. Yearbook involves independent working, including work to be accomplished outside of the classroom and regular school hours; therefore, only students seriously interested in and dedicated to professional production should consider this course. Students selected for Yearbook will be invited to an informational meeting, upon which they’ll need to participate in an application process to officially enroll in the course.  See Mrs. Schock with questions.  

 

Recommended Courses: Preferred to have completed of Graphic Design, Photography, OR Desktop Publishing with a grade of ‘B’ or better.
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