Course Descriptions

  • Level One Art Courses

    All level one courses provide students with a common, rigorous study in the elements and principles of art via study within a specific artistic approach.  Each course satisfies the graduation requirement and prepares students for further study in any artistic discipline.  Students may only take ONE (1) level one art course for credit.

    ART AND DESIGN GRADE  9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None

    5 Credits

    This course offers an introduction to the design and creation of functional objects and establishes a foundation of basic art and design concepts.  Students will learn the elements of art and principles of design and apply them to the creation of objects in a variety of media. The course will provide information about basic materials, tools, techniques and the historical background for each process.  By analyzing and evaluating professional artworks, as well as their own creations, students will develop an appreciation for aesthetics.  They will learn a four-step process for writing art criticism essays.

    FINE ART GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None                                                                                         

    5 Credits

    The course introduces students to the elements and principles of art and establishes a foundation for further study in the art department.  Students will sharpen their perceptual skills while learning about the language of art.  They will become familiar with sources of inspiration for artists and art history, while creating extensive studio projects covering each of the elements of art.  This course will help students to appreciate art history by analyzing and evaluating artworks orally and in writing. Students will also create their own original works of art using a variety of media and art processes.

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None                                                                                         

    5 Credits

    The course introduces students to the elements and principles of art and establishes a foundation for further study in the art department by introducing students to photography.  This course will focus on basic techniques of using a digital camera, framing the picture, and image manipulation in Photoshop on the Mac platform. Students will sharpen their perceptual skills by applying the elements of art and principles of design to their own photographs. This course will help students to appreciate photography by analyzing and evaluating photographs and writing art criticism essays.

     

    Level Two Art Courses

    Level two courses require one year of art at the introductory level; this can be a course in Art and Design, (formerly Crafts) Fine Art and Digital Photography.  Each course is a discipline specific study that builds on the elements and principles of art established in level one.

    DRAWING AND PAINTING GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Level One Art Course                                                             

    5 Credits        

    The Drawing and Painting class will build on the skills students gained in the introductory art classes. It will provide further explorations of the art elements and principles of design.  In this class, students will gain a deeper understanding of how they can organize the art elements into compositions that communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and feelings.  Extended projects will challenge students to develop their skills in drawing, painting and printmaking.  This class will prepare students for further study in Advanced Art and it will help them to begin developing portfolios for college admissions.  Each student will develop and maintain a sketchbook and a portfolio of their work throughout the year.

    CERAMICS (Offered every other year; SYs that start with odd years) GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Level One Art Course                                                             

    5 Credits

    This course exposes the student to clay and glaze and the procedures for manipulating the medium.  Techniques will move from basic to advance as students learn historical content and reinforce their skills in art criticism and aesthetics. Students will learn many hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slabs, and sculpture.  Students will create thrown forms using the potter’s wheel.  Special attention will be given to surface decoration using texture and various types of glazes. Each student will sketch and design all projects before producing functional and decorative ceramic pieces that are fired in the kiln.

    DIGITALLY INTEGRATED PRINTMAKING GRADE 10, 11, 12
    (Offered every other year; SYs that start with even years)                        

    5 Credits

    Prerequisite: Level One Art Course                                                            
    Digital photographic techniques and traditional printmaking processes combine in this comprehensive course emphasizing the relationship between the camera, the drawing, the computer, the ink jet printer and the printing press. Students will develop photographic skills as they create original prints. Students will create monotype, relief, intaglio and manipulated ink jet prints. They will have the opportunity to solve visual problems through the studio art experience and enhance their artistic development through the interaction of oral and written critiques.

    SCULPTURE (Offered every other year; SYs that start with even years) GRADE 10, 11, 12    

    Prerequisite: Level One Art Course                                                             

    5 Credits        

    The Sculpture course will provide students with an exploration of three-dimensional design and construction.  Participants will gain skills in assemblage, carving, casting, and modeling techniques.  Materials may include clay, fiber, metal, paper, plaster, stone, wax and various found and recycled objects.  An examination of an era in the history of sculpture and an exploration of a specific sculpture technique will introduce each study unit.  Drawing exercises will help students to create two-dimensional designs for each project that they will then translate into three-dimensional media. Students will view and evaluate their work and the work of professional artists in oral and written critiques.

     

    Level Three Art Courses

    Advanced level art courses require a minimum of two years of art and a teacher’s recommendation.  Students must have completed a level one course and at least one course at the second level.  These courses further students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in art and help prepare them for college admission.

    ADVANCED ART GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Level Two Art Course and Teacher Recommendation                     

    5 Credits

    This full year course offers students opportunities to explore art areas of interest and prepare for a college fine arts program.  Students will build on elements and principles of art to create artwork with strong compositional and technical skills.  They will learn and utilize additional principles through the experience of hands-on learning, always allowing for creative expression.  Students also explore new media and advanced techniques.  Studio projects will integrate past and present art traditions from around the world while integrating aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and production. Students preparing a portfolio should take this course in eleventh grade.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART HISTORY GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Level Two Art Course and Teacher Recommendation                     

    5 Credits

    The Art History course will provide a survey of art from ancient times through the 21st century.  Students will view, analyze and discuss artworks from Europe, the Americas and a variety of non-western cultures.  The course will provide students with an understanding and appreciation for architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms.  Students will learn art historical terminology and the technical processes used in the production of art.  Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are encouraged to take the AP exam at the end of the course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Level Two Art Course and Teacher Recommendation  

    5 Credits

    The AP Studio Art course is a college level course designed for high school seniors who have received a teacher recommendation and are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students will produce a portfolio for judgment by the College Board in one of the following areas: Drawing, 2-D Design, or 3-D Design. Each portfolio shares a basic structure that requires students to investigate, develop, and exhibit the aspects of Quality, Concentration, and Breadth.  Summer assignments and sketchbook development are requirements of this course.