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Visual Arts

ART FUNDAMENTALS

CREDIT: 0.5 (4.A grading) ONE SEMESTER GRADE 9-12

This introductory course is a study of basic art concepts. Emphasis is on studio projects exploring the elements and principles of art and design

in a variety of media and in two and three dimensions. The course will include a broad overview of art history for the purpose of understanding

the historical, cultural, and spiritual significance of the visual arts. Students will learn about diverse approaches to art and build a vocabulary

with which to think critically and communicate about works of art.

DRAWING I

CREDIT: 0.5 (4.A grading) ONE SEMESTER GRADE 9-12

The focus of this class is to introduce and provide practice in the skills needed for realistic drawing. Perceptual skills, technical skills, and

expressive skills will be given equal emphasis. The class provides students with an opportunity to build self-confidence in drawing through

traditional assignments such as the still life and portrait as well as numerous informal opportunities of drawing from observation and from

photographs. Various media, mainly black and white, will be used.

 

DIGITAL ART MEDIA COURSE

CREDIT: 0.5 (4.A grading) GRADE 9-12

This course introduces students to contemporary digital media as an extension of the creative experience. It includes an introduction to digital

arts software including Photoshop cs4, Illustrator cs4, and the use of flip movie cameras with Windows Movie Maker. As a visual Arts course

the student will be asked to consider aesthetics, art-criticism, art-history, art making and self expression. Students analyze and compare

traditional art with contemporary art, methods and use of technology in the art experience. The course includes exploring different cultural

influences, historical periods and movements in art. Through lecture, research, reading materials and exercises and a series of lessons that help

to complete assigned projects, the course emphasizes the elements and principles of art in a manner that engages students. The course

concludes with relative links between the visual arts and professional career possibilities. It may be repeated as an advancing skills course with

instructor approval.

ART II

CREDIT: 1 (4.A grading) GRADE 10-12

PREREQUISITE: B or higher in Art Fundamentals or Drawing I

This course is a study of the art elements and principles learned throughout Art Fundamentals and/or Drawing I which apply to painting and

drawing in various styles and combinations. This course also includes ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, advertising, and art history.

ART III

CREDIT: 1 (4.A grading) GRADE 11, 12

PREREQUISITE: B or higher in Art II

This is a course in advanced drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Photography with both a manual and digital camera is

introduced, as well as an introduction to Photoshop and digital imaging. Students paint in watercolors and acrylics. There is an in-depth study

of the art principles as applied to design and drawing projects. Art appreciation is developed throughout the year, especially through

discussions of aesthetics. Students will make an in-depth study of an American artist. Students will be required to purchase a copy of

Photoshop Elements available from the bookstore.

 

ART III HONORS

CREDIT: 1 (5.A grading) GRADE 11, 12

PREREQUISITE: A- or higher in Art II

This course is for the dedicated art student who has demonstrated a high proficiency in Art II. The course follows the Art III program of

Photography, into to Photoshop, advanced drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. Within the curriculum, the student will

develop sixteen finished art pieces for a portfolio. The portfolio will enable the student to apply for college scholarships or art competitions.

Students will make an in-depth study of an American artist. Students will be required to purchase a copy of Photoshop Elements available from

the bookstore.

ART IV

CREDIT: 1 (4.A grading) GRADE 12

PREREQUISITE: B- or higher in Art III

This is an opportunity for fourth-year art students to concentrate on areas of interest and work on directed, independent projects. Students must

produce at least sixteen pieces of art; four per quarter. Students are required to produce two pieces of printmaking, ceramics, sculpture,

painting, and drawing. Projects must be matted or mounted and students must submit pre-project research and post-project evaluations with

each piece.

ART IV HONORS

CREDIT: 1 (5.A grading) GRADE 12

PREREQUISITE: B+ or higher in Art III

This course is established to meet the needs of advanced fourth-year art students who wish to follow a course of art instruction that is

comparable to college-level study with directed independent projects. The major emphasis of the course will be the construction of a student

portfolio and the production of the Golden Palette Senior Art Show. The Golden Palette Award is given to graduating seniors who have

produced twenty pieces of quality art in the senior year. Projects must be matted or mounted and accompanied by pre-project research materials

and written post-project self-evaluations of their work. There will be an on-going, in-depth study of art history, artists, and media applications.

 

JOURNALISM AND YEARBOOK MAY COUNT FOR FINE ARTS CREDIT. SEE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS UNDER ENGLISH

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