Art Department Course Offerings



High School Fine Arts Courses

Course: DRAWING I
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Length: Semester course paired with Painting I
Do you like to draw? Do you wish your drawing skills were more developed?  This course starts off working with line, builds up to shading and then we explore color.  We work with pen, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels and anything else you can draw with.  This course will teach you how to observe closely and to “see” as an artist.  A weekly journal is required for this class and all grade levels are welcome.
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Course: PAINTING I
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Drawing I
This course begins with the exploration of color mixing including tints and shades.  Students will paint on paper, canvas board, and canvas exploring with watercolor, acrylic and even pastels.  Our subject matter covers realism, emotion and communication with color and images.  A journal is required for this class and all grades are welcome.
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Course: DRAWING II
Prerequisite: Drawing I and Painting I
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Painting II
All art has meaning and this course will help you to examine and understand how to convey meaning in your own work.  You will stretch your observation skills and refine your individual techniques.  You will begin to interpret objects creatively and are expected to solve visual assignments in more than one way.  A journal is required for this class.  You will create a digital portfolio with a gallery to keep a record of your progress and also display your work.
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Course: PAINTING II
Prerequisite: Drawing I and Painting I
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Drawing II
Continue your exploration of painting by delving into some personal expression.  Students will paint with watercolor, acrylic and be introduced to oil paints on a variety of surfaces such as cardboard, paper, and canvas.  The opportunity exists for students to stretch their own canvases and work in a large format.  You will explore different styles of painting as you begin to develop your own unique style.  Expression of emotion and use of imagination are part of building your painting skills.  A journal is required for this course as well as adding to your digital portfolio.
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Course: DRAWING III
Prerequisite: Drawing II and Painting II
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Painting III
Are you looking to build your portfolio?  Colleges look for portfolios that have a diverse collection of work, such as portraits, still-life, figure drawings as well as an understanding of a variety of techniques and media.  We will continue to explore the meaning of art and explore art mediums to develop your own personal style.  You will refine your drawing skills through the use of various media.  Projects will be linked to global events that are happening in today’s society.  You will also create from observation and explore your own imagination to help develop your personal style.  A sketch journal is required for this class and you will continue to add to your digital portfolio to keep a record of your progress and also display your work.
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Course: PAINTING III
Prerequisite: Drawing II and Painting II
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Drawing III
In this class we will continue to explore and experiment with oil, acrylic, and watercolor and paint on a variety of surfaces.  You will stretch your own canvases and begin to paint on a large scale.  You will be encouraged to explore different mark making techniques to help you develop and build your own individual style as well as incorporating the styles and techniques of famous painters.  A sketch journal is required for this class and you will continue to add to your digital portfolio to keep a record of your progress and also display your work.
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Course: ABSTRACTION
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Crafts
All abstraction is based on reality but distorted, altered or exaggerated in some way (color, shape, space.)  Students will become familiar with the abstract continuum by looking at how art has evolved in the last century.  Students will use a variety of materials to create projects with clay, paint, mixed media, pastels and paper.  The ability to think critically and abstractly (beyond reality) will benefit the student in both art and other academic disciplines. A weekly journal is required for this class.
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Course: CRAFTS
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Abstraction
A craft is not only beautiful but also useful.  Traditional crafts are created by many talented people other than classically trained artists.  A central component to crafts is working with one’s hands to create a decorative and often functional piece of art.  This class surveys crafts from around the globe, including macramé, clay, fibers, printmaking, paper cutting and sculpture.  A weekly journal is required for this course.
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Course: SCULPTURE
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Ceramics
Do you like to build things or work with your hands?  If you enjoy working with wire, plaster, cardboard, and found objects, then this course is for you.  This course concentrates on developing technical skills as well as artistic appreciation and understanding of successful three-dimensional artwork.  Studio projects will be linked to the discussion of art historical topics and/or the applications of sculpture in modern societies.  You will use a variety of methods, including assemblage, carving, and modeling.  Weekly sketchbook assignments are required in this course.
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Course: CERAMICS
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Semester course paired with Sculpture
Do you want to learn how to hand build with clay and throw on the pottery wheel?  Ceramics is designed for the beginner through the advanced art student.  You will explore the many uses of clay, from the simple handmade forms of early cultures to the extremely varied applications of clay in today’s society.  Ceramics will increase your understanding and application of the elements and principles of design, knowledge of specific artists, and the functionality of clay throughout history.  You will have the opportunity for creative expression through the use of your imagination and acquired skills.  Teacher demonstrations will be provided showing a variety of ceramic hand-building techniques as well as throwing on the wheel.  A variety of glazing techniques will be shown.  Weekly sketchbook assignments are required in this course.
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Course: ADVANCED CERAMICS
Prerequisite: Sculpture/Ceramics
Credit: 1.0
This course is open to any student who has successfully completed the sculpture/ceramics course.  In this course, students will continue to explore various ceramic construction techniques, such as hand-building with slabs and coils and sculpting.  A great deal of time will be spent learning how to throw on a potter’s wheel.  Various glazing techniques will be explored.  Students will learn how to reclaim clay, create slip, mix glazes, experiment with alternative firing techniques, and how to load and unload a kiln.  Weekly sketchbook assignments are required for this class and you will build a digital portfolio to keep a record of your progress and also display your work.
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Course: ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART HISTORY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.0
This course is designed to provide an understanding and appreciation of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts from a global perspective. Students will study 250 College Board required works of art in-depth from prehistory to contemporary time.  The students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of globalcultures.  Students learn to look at works of art critically, intelligently, and sensitively, and to analyze what they see.  Many colleges and universities offer advanced placement and/or credit to students who have performed successfully on the AP Art History Examination.
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Course: ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART
Prerequisite: Drawing II and Painting II
Credit: 1.0

Students registering for this course select a concentration in drawing, 2D design, or 3D design. Whichever area is chosen, the creation of portfolio is required.  Each portfolio consists of three sections — quality, concentration, and breadth of work.  Exact deadlines must be met throughout the school year in order to fulfill the requirements of this advanced course.  Possible awarding of college credit is based on presentation of the actual portfolio or through submission of slides for the 3D segment.  Five summer assignments must be completed by the first day of school.  These assignments will be available on the district website.
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Course: DIGITAL DRAWING AND PAINTING
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.0
Do you like to draw and paint? Do you like to use technology in your daily life? This class will focus on traditional drawing and painting techniques but your actual artwork will be created on a computer! You will learn to draw and paint using a Wacom tablet and various software applications. We will explore traditional drawing subjects, such as still life, landscapes, and portraits. We will also explore contemporary graphic design concepts such as character design, logo and packaging design. Weekly sketchbook assignments are required in this course.
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Course: VISUAL DESIGN AND IMAGE MANIPULATION
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.0
This course is an introductory visual media and design course for students pursuing a journey in graphic or visual design. Students will work independently and within groups to use 21st century resources, photography, and graphic design applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create marketable products. The course will follow and build upon the Adobe Visual Design curriculum. At the end of the course, the students will have the opportunity to acquire program certifications from Adobe System Inc.    
 

 
 
Middle School Fine Arts Courses

Grade 6 – Art – The 6th grade art experience will focus on reviewing many of the fundamental skills acquired in Elementary school such as the elements and principles of design, one point perspective, drawing and painting techniques, the color wheel, ceramics, art styles and art history.  The students will also participate in discussions and written reflections about various styles of art.  The long-term activity for the quintile will be to create a portfolio that encompasses all techniques and skills acquired in the course as well as allow students to express their own individuality.
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Grade 7 - Art – In 7th grade the students will experience the continuation of the “fundamentals” of art and design. Students will further develop their skills in drawing, color blending, 3-D shading, lettering, painting, perspective, ceramics and written expression.  Throughout this class the students will learn about various artists’ styles and apply them to their artwork.  The long-term activity for the quintile will be to create a portfolio that will build upon 6th grade techniques and skills as well as allow students to express their own individuality.
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Grade 8 – Elective Art 

Course: Art Explorations

Art is the visual expression of worldly influences and human intelligence.  In this general art course, students will identify the common themes of art-making throughout time and across cultures.  They will connect art to real world experiences and respond visually.  This course will focus on two-dimensional media and forms of expression, including drawing and painting, shading techniques, elements and principles of design, art history, craftsmanship, display, presentation, art critiques and written responses will be investigated.  Sketchbook assignments will be given bi-weekly to build upon skills and concepts that the students are learning in class.  This is the perfect art class for students who are interested in art and want to learn more about the history and the processes of art-making while improving basic art skills. 
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Course: The 3-D Experience

The fundamental and unique principles of three-dimensional art are analyzed in a variety of constructive experiences. Concepts of space, movement, mass, volume, and the qualities of materials are explored within an enduring ideas framework, connecting the art-making to issues and experiences found in our world throughout time and across cultures.  Constructive materials may include clay, cardboard, paper, paper-mâché, wire, plaster and found objects.  Sketchbook assignments will be given bi-weekly to build upon skills and concepts that the students are learning in class.  Written responses will be incorporated into the lessons as well.  This class is ideal for students who like to build and construct as well as investigate new ways to create three-dimensional art. 
 


 
Art Elective Courses
 
 

9th grade

11th grade

Drawing/Painting 1

Crafts/Abstraction

Sculpture/Ceramics

Digital Drawing/Painting

Visual Design and Image Manipulation

Drawing/Painting 1

Drawing/Painting 2

Drawing/Painting 3

Crafts/Abstraction

Sculpture/Ceramics

Advance Ceramics

AP Art History

AP Studio Art

Digital Drawing/Painting

Visual Design and Image Manipulation

10th grade

12th grade

Drawing/Painting 1

Drawing/Painting 2

Crafts/Abstraction

Sculpture/Ceramics

Advance Ceramics

AP Art History

Digital Drawing/Painting

Visual Design and Image Manipulation

Drawing/Painting 1

Drawing/Painting 2

Drawing/Painting 3

Crafts/Abstraction

Sculpture/Ceramics

Advance Ceramics

AP Art History

AP Studio Art

Digital Drawing/Painting

Visual Design and Image Manipulation

     
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