Art

ART DEPARTMENT
Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO ART
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Art is a beginning course for all students to experience the visual arts and develop their artistic skills. This course satisfies the fine arts requirement for graduation and is the prerequisite for all other studio courses in the art department. Students will create original artworks in realistic, abstract, and non-objective styles emphasizing the elements of art and principles of design. Inspired by observation and imagination, they will learn about drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and mixed media techniques to create two- and three-dimensional artworks. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work.


CERAMICS I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Ceramics I is an introductory course dealing with the elements of art as they apply to three-dimensional constructions in clay. Students will develop and use ceramic hand-building methods, decorative surface techniques, and glazing and firing skills. Students will create original functional pieces and original fine art pieces. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how ceramic objects have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work.


CERAMICS II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art and Ceramics I

Ceramics II is an upper level studio course that will build upon and extend skills developed in Ceramics I. Students will create original functional pieces and original non-functional pieces that will challenge your creativity. Students may develop hand-building, wheel-thrown and decorative surface techniques. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how ceramic objects have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work.


GRAPHIC DESIGN I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Graphic Design I is a course that explores visual communication through the use of digital media. Students will use the principles of design to develop technical and artistic skills using computer software such as Photoshop, Flash, iMovie, and Illustrator. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand the origins of graphic design in the history of art. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


GRAPHIC DESGIN II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art and Graphic Design I

Graphic Design II is an upper level studio course in which students will develop advance technical skill in the use of digital media. They will create original designs targeted for a mass audience and explore the communication of ideas. Students will analyze and critique design products, discuss aesthetic issues, and relate graphic works to current trends and past influences. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


DRAWING I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Drawing I is an introductory studio course that develops technical skills in the use of different drawing media. Students will create original two-dimensional artworks based on drawing from observation, perspective, and personal communication of an idea. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how artworks have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


DRAWING II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art, Drawing I

Drawing II is an upper level studio course that will build upon and extend skills developed in Drawing I. Students will experience a variety of media and subject matter in creating two-dimensional artworks. Students will be expected to apply drawing skills to achieve desired effects in chosen thematic and observational works. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how artworks have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


PAINTING I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Painting I is an introductory studio course that develops technical skills in the use of different painting media. Students will learn to express themselves through color theory and use a variety of painting techniques to create two-dimensional works. Work will focus on observational skills and be inspired by different historical periods. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how artworks have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


PAINTING II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art, Painting I

Painting II is an upper level studio course that builds upon experiences from Painting I that will enable students to paint compositions with a variety of media. Students will begin to develop their own personal painting style. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how artworks have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


PRINTMAKING I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Printmaking I is an introductory studio course that develops technical skills in the use of different printmaking media and procedures. Students will explore relief, intaglio, and serigraphy methods to produce prints on a variety of surfaces. Students will be expected to construct original and creative compositions utilizing drawing skills and design principles. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how artworks have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


PRINTMAKING II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art & Printmaking I

Printmaking II is an upper level studio course that builds upon skills from Printmaking I. Students will use different printmaking processes such as relief, intaglio, or serigraphy to create art works with various subjects. Students will be expected to construct original and creative compositions utilizing drawing skills and design principles. A strong background in drawing and an imaginative mind are essential. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, relate prints to current trends in the field of printmaking, and understand how prints have been used in history across many cultures. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


SCULPTURE I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Sculpture I is an introductory studio course that develops technical skills in the use of different sculpture media such as plaster, clay, paper, wire, or found objects. Students will create original, three-dimensional artworks using modeling, carving, and assemblage. Students will explore historical influences on the evolution of sculpture. Students will analyze and critique artwork construction and discuss aesthetic issues. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


SCULPTURE II
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art and Sculpture I

Sculpture II is an upper level studio course that builds upon skills from Sculpture I while allowing students to experience new sculptural techniques and media. Students will create three-dimensional art forms that express personal styles and/or themes. Students will explore historical influences on the evolution of sculpture. Students will analyze and critique artwork construction and discuss aesthetic issues. Evaluation will be based on active class participation, written work, tests, and studio work with an emphasis on student artwork.


AP ART HISTORY I
Credit: Advanced Credit Program Possible
Prerequisites: Grades 11-12 Strongly Recommended/ Advanced Credit Program Possible. 
Note: GPA 2.0+ recommended. Does not require Introduction to Art

Advanced Placement Art History enables highly motivated students to study college level art history from the Prehistoric period to the early Renaissance. Students will gain an understanding of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students examine major forms of artistic expression. They will describe, critically analyze, and interpret artworks, trace artistic influences, and evaluate art from various aesthetic perspectives. This study of art history enriches student knowledge in the fields of both art and history. No prior experience in art history is needed, but the course requires a strong commitment to academic work. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take the AP Art History exam in May. This course partially satisfies the fine arts requirement for graduation. Evaluation will be based on written work, research, class participation and tests.


AP ART HISTORY II
Credit: Honors credit. Advanced credit program possible.
Prerequisite: Grade 11 - 12 strongly encouraged
Note: GPA 2.0+ recommended. Does not require Introduction to Art or Art History I

Advanced Placement Art History enables highly motivated students to study college level art history from the Renaissance to present day. Students will gain an understanding of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students examine major forms of artistic expression. They will describe, critically analyze, and interpret artworks, trace artistic influences, and evaluate art from various aesthetic perspectives. This study of art history enriches student knowledge in the fields of both art and history. No prior experience in art history is needed, but the course requires a strong commitment to academic work. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take the AP Art History exam in May. This course partially satisfies the fine arts requirement for graduation


AP STUDIO ART 
Note: Student must fill out application and fulfill requirements to be invited by Art Department
Prerequisite:
" Grades 11 - 12 
" Passing grade of C or better in Introduction to Art
" Passing grade of C or better in Drawing I & II
" Enrollment by Invitation of the Art Department, approved by Department Chair;
" Additional Studio Courses strongly recommended

The AP Studio Art course is designed for the serious art student who is interested in intensive art production for the purpose of compiling an art portfolio in preparation for future art studies or college entrance. The portfolio may be used to present during portfolio reviews for admission and scholarship opportunities or to obtain AP credit.

The AP program in Studio Art enables highly motivated students to perform at the college level while still in high school. Students will be challenged to refine their artistic skills and develop mastery of composition. Emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of quality pieces of artwork. AP Studio Art students will submit completed portfolios at the end of the year with the opportunity to apply for AP credit.

The AP Studio Art Portfolio exam is a performance-based exam rather than a written exam and will require students to demonstrate quality, breadth, and an in-depth engagement in the process of making art. The AP Studio Art student will record portfolio work through a digital slide portfolio that will be submitted for AP review. Students will also be required to write short reflective statements to explain the thought process behind the artwork.

AP Studio Art requires a significant commitment of time and effort, both during class time and outside of the school day. Students interested in this course should be highly motivated and be willing to devote considerable time and effort to the study of art and the development of higher-level skills. Students will be placed in AP Studio Art I or II based on previous studio course experience and performance, personal goals, teacher recommendations, and portfolio review.

 

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