Course Number: 6117
Prerequisites: Portfolio review for incoming Freshman
For Grade 9
Students will study and develop their visual, creative, and critical thinking skills through the investigation of the fundamentals of art: Elements and Principals of Design, observational drawing, line and shading techniques, perspective, art history, art appreciation, criticism and color theory. A variety of mediums, subject matter and techniques will be experienced in the study of various artists and movements in past and modern art. Drawing exercises and criticism are integrated throughout the year.
FINE ART I
Course Number: 6003
Students will study and develop their visual, creative, and critical thinking skills through the investigation of art: Students will study and explore the elements and principals of design, drawing, perspective, art appreciation, criticism, and color. A variety of mediums, subject matter and techniques will be experienced in relation to an art time line and the movements in modern art. Observational exercises, art appreciation and criticism are integrated throughout the year.
DRAWING / PAINTING
Course Number: 6225
Prerequisites: Foundation Art or Fine Art.
Available to grades 10, 11, 12
This course is an advanced art class which emphasizes a variety of visual, creative, and critical thinking skills. Students will explore more advanced and in-depth drawing and painting techniques. Greater emphasis on value, light, color, texture, perspective, space and form. Students will focus on developing compositions from life observations, still-life studies, landscapes, self-portraits, portraits, and figure drawing. A variety of mediums will be explored.
Course Number: 6529
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Available to grades 10, 11, 12.
Visual Communication is an art course that focuses on integrating technology and the arts to create fine art media on the computer. Through this course, students will develop an appreciation of traditional artistic expression as well as an understanding of the importance of digital media and its role as a verbal and visual means of communication. Students will primarily use the software programs Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Projects will include the study of elements and principals of design in addition to commercial assignments such as package design and logo work. The course will also introduce students to a variety of digital artists in today’s media.
AP ART 2D - DESIGN, (Architecture, Drawing, and Painting)
Course Number: 6411 Wgt. 1.06
Prerequisites: 93% average in previous art courses and recommendation by instructor, a portfolio review and conference with student, parent and teacher. Available to Grade 12.
- AP Architecture – AP Architecture is for the student who is looking for a career in Architecture or Design fields. Students will need to be highly motivated and work beyond the scheduled studio time. The portfolio will need 24-30 design pieces. Requirements: 12 concentration Pieces, 12 Breadth Pieces, 5 quality pieces. The teacher will determine if the portfolio meets the requirements for submission. Then it will be sent in Mat to the AP College Board. Students are responsible for the AP testing fee
- AP Drawing and Painting – AP Drawing and Painting is for students who want to pursue a higher level of drawing and/or painting. Students will be required to work outside and beyond scheduled class time. The drawing portfolio may include a broad interpretation of drawing issued including abstract and observational works. A portfolio of 12 concentration works and 12 breadth works from which 5 quality works are selected to make a final portfolio of 24-30 artworks. Portfolios will be sent for examination and review to the College Board’s AP program in May. Students are responsible for the AP testing fee.
CERAMICS I - (Hand Building)
Course Number: 6547
Prerequisites: Available to grades 10, 11, 12.
Credit: .5 for semester or 1.0 full year course with Ceramics II
Ceramics is a semester long course in which students will explore a broad range of techniques and approaches to art through hand built and wheel thrown clay. Students will learn to approach ceramic artwork as both functional and decorative sculptural objects. Development of technical skills and artistic vocabulary will include scoring, slipping, hand building (slab, coil, and pinch techniques), wheel throwing, bisque firing, painting, and glazing, plus endless alternative possibilities involved with clay. A brief overview of the history of ceramics will be presented.
CERAMICS II – (Potter’s Wheel)
Course Number: 6570
Prerequisites: Ceramics I and/or recommendation of teacher.
Available to grades 10, 11, 12
This course is designed for students who have completed Ceramics I and want to continue exploring the ceramic medium. In this course students will learn how to use the potters wheel and learn advanced hand building techniques to alter thrown forms. Exploration of sagger, raku, and sawdust firing will be covered.
AP ART 3D – DESIGN (Ceramics)
Course Number: 6512 Wgt. 1.06
Prerequisites: 93% average in Ceramics II or Advanced Ceramics and recommendation by instructor. Available to Grade 12.
Advanced Placement Art makes it possible for the highly motivated student to do college level work. Students will need to spend extra time in the studio beyond scheduled periods. The 3-D Portfolio may include sculptural works from ceramics, architectural models and other forms. A portfolio of 24-30 highly crafted works will need to be completed by the end of the year. The teacher will determine if the portfolio meets the requirements. Portfolios will be sent for examination and review to the College Board’s AP Program in May. Students are responsible for the AP testing fee.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND DRAFTING I
Course Number: 6577
Prerequisites: None. Available to grades 10, 11, 12. Limited Enrollment
This beginning course introduces students to the architecture and design fields by covering the proper techniques and procedures used in drafting by hand and by CADD or Revit. Students will learn to: draft basic floor plans, elevations, and 3D printed models. A goal of this class is to create as much exposure to their occupational futures as possible. Projects are based on career options in the design fields: architecture, industrial design, interior design, fashion design, and the subcategories of each of these fields. With this information students are encouraged to apply to specific art programs at the college level or jobs they can apply for in business/industry upon graduation. Fees will be assessed for lost or damaged equipment.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND DRAFTING II
Course Number: 6587
Prerequisites: 90% average in Architectural Design and Drafting I, instructor recommendation
Available to grades 11, 12. Limited Enrollment
This course gives the student the practical knowledge needed to pursue courses in allied fields of drafting, architectural, industrial design, engineering, landscape design, interior design and fashion design. The course explores the principles of visual, spatial relations in design, and helps the student to discipline themselves by emphasizing precision, neatness, and correct interpretations of standard drafting principles, using drafting tools, CADD or Revit and the 3D printer. Students work according to their design interest. Fees will be assessed for lost or damaged equipment.
Course Number: 6557
Prerequisites: None. Available to grades 10, 11, 12. Limited enrollment refer to the Photography permission form for details regarding equipment and expenses for Photography.
This course introduces students to fundamental picture-taking techniques using a 35mm SLR camera, black and white film processing, and black and white print-making techniques using our wet-processing darkroom. Other topics covered are photographic composition, special effects filters, portraiture, lighting techniques, and the elements and principals of design. Photographs are mounted and exhibited regularly.
Course Number: 6567
Prerequisites: Photography I, instructor recommendation and minimum 90% average in Photo I. Available to grades 11, 12.
Refer to the Photography I permission form for details regarding equipment and expenses for Photography II.
This course includes advanced and creative photographic techniques building on the fundamentals learned in Photo I. Students will learn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom on the Mac computers to develop and edit their digital photographs. Students will also receive instruction on the optimum use of digital cameras and scanners. All students will be required to complete a portfolio. Student work will be displayed around the school.
AP PHOTOGRAPHY (2D Design)
Course Number: 6511 Wgt. 1.06
Prerequisities: A minimum grade of 93% in Photo andrecommendation of instructor.
Available to Grade 12.
This is an advanced course for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of photography and computer graphics. Students will need to work outside the classroom and beyond scheduled periods. Group and individual critiques will be done frequently to enable the students to learn to analyze their own work and their peers’ work. All students will complete a portfolio of 24-30 works by the end of the year. The portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional (2-D) design issues. The elements of design (line, shape, illusion of space, illusion of motion, pattern, texture, value and color) are combined with the principles of design (unity, variety, balance, emphasis, rhythm, and proportion/scale) in order to communicate content.
The final portfolio consists of five original works, twelve images of their concentration, and twelve images of breadth. This portfolio will be submitted to the AP College Board in early May for grading. Students are responsible for AP test fee.
Course Number: 6420
Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting. Available to grades 11, 12.
This course is for the advanced student who is interested in creating his or her portfolio. Works will be created with emphasis in advanced observational, drawing, color, perspective, an abstraction process, a concentration, and independent exploration of various mediums and techniques. Each work is created with the purpose of becoming a quality piece worthy of a portfolio. Four to six quality art works are required each quarter. When completed, sixteen to twenty works will be included in the student’s final portfolio.
Course Number 6581 Ceramics
Prerequisites: Ceramics I & II and teacher permission. Available to grades 11 & 12
Independent Ceramics is an art course for advanced students. The focus is on each individual student and working with them to create their artistic voice. Students are guided by their teacher to create an independent series of works, experience different clay bodies and further explore different firing techniques: low fire, high fire, reduction, oxidation, raku, etc. They will learn more ceramic techniques and surface treatments. Students will work with broader concepts: Realism/abstract, content/narrative and how to professionally present their works of art.
Course Number: 6580 Drawing & Painting
Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting, or Portfolio Development. Available to grade 12.
This course is for the advanced student who is interested in enhancing and creating his/her own style. Students will study and explore the elements and principals of Design, drawing, perspective, art appreciation, criticism, and color. A variety of mediums, subject matter and techniques will be experienced in relation to an art time line and the movements in modern art. Observational exercises, art appreciation and criticism are integrated throughout the year.
Visual and Performing Arts Faculty
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