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Art Department Courses

501235 Introduction to Art (Weight – 1.1)                                                                                 0.5 credit


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 2-dimensional techniques and of design as it relates to 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 a sketchbook and produce an exit portfolio of 10-15 quality pieces, demonstrating a serious approach to art production.


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


501611 Advanced Placement Studio Art (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 Studio Art course has been developed to accommodate students who have expressed an interest in completing the AP® Drawing Portfolio. Through teacher instruction, class work, and outside assignments, emphasis will be placed on producing 24 quality pieces of art work for submission in May. Students will address all three sections of the portfolio:

Breadth (12 pieces) - Works that demonstrate a variety of concepts and approaches

Concentration (12 pieces) - A body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea

Quality (5 pieces selected from the Breadth and/or Concentration sections) - 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 Studio Art will be required to submit their portfolio


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drawing/Painting I & II and additional art courses with a grade of ‘B’ or higher. Drawing/Painting II may be completed simultaneously with AP Studio Art. 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 credit


This class focuses on artists and art history as the approach to art production. Both 2-D and 3-D art techniques are covered as they relate to the thematic study in art appreciation. Students are given an opportunity to explore and develop their artistic abilities and individual styles in a range of media and themes.


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 credit


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 credit


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, as well as learn about a variety of historical photographers and their equipment. 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 credit


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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