Visual Art Courses

  • ART I    (8350-9350)          Grades 9-12         5 Credits

    This is an introductory course in art designed to give the students a general exposure to the many and varied popular forms of two-and three-dimensional art. The students learn the basic principles of art and translate them into their own visual means of expression. Art appreciation is nurtured through repro­ductions of famous art works. Practical art experiences in painting, sculpting, drawing, and art will provide students with a basis for future art course selections. Field trips, college visitations and museum visits are an integral part of most art courses. Students should expect to attend these scheduled, approved activities.


    ART II                 (9351)    Grades 10-12      5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Art I

    This course is a comprehensive study of the procedures and techniques of painting and sculpture. The painting medium is acrylic; the sculpture materials may be plaster or clay. The subject matter will be the choice of the student with the guidance of the teacher. Experimentation is encouraged along with the development of the student’s skills and special interests. It is a foundation for future painting and sculpturing experiences. Stu­dents will also participate in local exhibi­tions.


    ART III                (9352)                    Grades 11-12       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Art II

    This course is the logical continuation of Art II. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their skills and talents in painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. Experimentation is encouraged. Materi­als include acrylic paints, water color, pastel, charcoal, clay, silver work, Pariscraft, etc.


    COMMERCIAL ART I (9355)    Grade 10 -12       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Art I

    Commercial Art generally signifies one thing — illustration. Commercial Art activities include cartooning, fashion design, paste-up and layout, lettering, design and print mak­ing, to mention a few. Some of the techniques covered include pastel painting, watercolor, pencil drawing, scratchboard, and pen and ink. In addition, the course introduces stu­dents to the methods for the reproduction of finished art works. Students acquire a work­ing knowledge of the commercial art field and an introduction to the various activities, tools, and techniques of the commercial artist.


    COMMERCIAL ART II                 (9356)                    Grades 11-12       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Commercial Art I

    This course is designed for the student who has already completed Commercial Art I and is interested in further developing his/her artistic skills and expression. Areas of explo­ration may include air brush painting, pastel, watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink drawing. Lessons in caricature as well as animation are included if time allows. An emphasis is placed on creativity, composi­tion (design), and problem solving via art techniques and principles made familiar to the students in Commercial Art I.


    COMPUTER ART            (9359)                    Grades 10-12       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Art I

    This course is designed for the art student interested in learning about creating art on a personal computer. The traditional skills and principles acquired in basic art are applied to the computer environment via programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinemation, Dabbler, and Morph to name a few. Activities include: making illustrations, creative lettering, animation (cartooning), scanning, printing in color and black and white, using the digital video camera, and making 3 dimensional images on the com­puter. This course is highly structured. Projects and class assignments are expected on a regular basis.


    AP ART HISTORY          (9366)                    Grades 11-12       5 Credits (AP)

    Prerequisite:

    • Art II with minimum B+ average OR 1 Honors or AP course with B+ average

    This is a humanities approach to the teaching of art history. The course is designed with the objective of developing an understanding of, and appreciation for, past and contempo­rary visual art forms. Social, economic, musical, and literary elements of history will give relevance to the art that is studied. Videos, PowerPoint presentations and technology-driven materials, along with field trips, and slides will be reinforced by relevant in-class art experi­ences. This is an excellent course for prepar­ing for art school, college, or for an in-depth appreciation of the visual arts. The Advanced Placement Art History course is constructed on the basis of the first year of world art history at the college level. This is a foundation course which all Art majors are required to take on the college level. A.P. Art History consists of textbook, note-taking, PowerPoint presentations and projects to bring a level of under­standing to the student of art through the ages with its social and historical importance. The student will study, in sequence, the ages, periods, styles, and artists of the past and present. This course will aid the Art major or History student in easing some of the pressure off their first year in college.


    CERAMICS AND CRAFTS I        (9353)    Grades 10-12       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Minimum knowledge of basic art required

    This course enhances students’ awareness of the significance of the ceramics and crafts movement in the present and past. Students will concentrate on creating original clay works using hand construction. Integrating arts and crafts, students will experience various media. Textiles and fiber will be used to design paper cuts and baskets, along with silk painting etc. Fibers also include the use of plaster to create a three-dimensional mask.  Printmaking techniques and multiple prints will be made in class to create an array of works being produced in class. Through­out the year students will be studying crafts and crafters from other countries. They will incorporate the knowledge learned to en­hance their own finished craft projects. This course, along with the upper levels are a production-based class where all works are handmade.


    CERAMICS AND CRAFTS II (9354)     Grades 11-12      5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Ceramics and Crafts I

    This course will enable students enrolled in Ceramics and Crafts I to further their experiences with various media and master selected skills while learning new techniques. Students taking Ceramics and Crafts II will be able to utilize all materials and tools, including technology pertaining to the subject matter that they are learning to master according to the curriculum. The students will increase their skills which will help them to obtain classroom subject matter proficiency. Included in the Ceramics and Crafts II course, students will explore contemporary craft artists and discover new art works by taking field trips to selected museums. The format of the class will allow for teacher demonstrations, brief lectures, student to student teaching and technology interaction. The open environment and will allow student freedom to explore multi –media with the intent to master a craft. This course may also help students attain a level of proficiency to the point where they can succeed in pursuing a possible career in art or continuing to a higher academic institution. Objectives of this course include: an appreciation and understanding of historical and contemporary artists within diverse cultures; hands – on work with a variety of mixed media including (but not limited to) metal wood, glass, fibers, clay, and much more; ability to express and create opportunities to work with diverse hand, power, and/or machine tools with the progression of the course; ability to describe, analyze, interpret, and make critical thinking skills about the form and content of their art and others.


    CERAMICS AND CRAFTS III (9357)     Grades 12      5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Ceramics and Crafts II or teacher recommendation

    Ceramics and Crafts III is designed for the dedicated art student who is interested in continuing with mixed media. In this advanced class students will work heavily with clay and should have a strong knowledge of various hand-building techniques. This course includes advanced methods of clay construction. Students will immerse themselves further into working with clay by throwing on the potter’s wheel. Ceramics and Crafts III encourages strong craftsmanship, self-expression, and aesthetic awareness through critique. Visual problem solving is emphasized and creative solutions of specific assignments are promoted. With mixed media being a component, students will experiment with various materials such as metals, wood, and mosaics with various sizes and methodology.


    PORTFOLIO ART           (9365)          Grade 11-12                  5 Credits         (Honors)  

    Prerequisite:

    • A minimum of two art courses AND teacher recommendation

    This course is specially designed for visual arts students who wish to pursue art as a career. These students, both juniors and seniors, are those who can benefit from smaller group instruction and who wish to pursue a career in art or an allied field. Instructor permission required.  In general, students will have an opportunity to work in breadth and depth with the various media of visual art. The portfolio aspect of this course is designed for seniors. Emphasis is placed on assem­bling a finished portfolio of art work which is worthy of presentation at a college or art school.

    Moreover, students will be respon­sible for applications to schools, letters of recommendation, and personal essays. In addition, students will develop strategies for a “professional” presentation of their work and talents. The studio aspect of the class encourages students to explore those areas of art which have not been a part of the curriculum. These include metal work, sculpture, oil painting, graphic, and photography. Students will be expected to participate in extracur­ricular art activities such as assembling art displays, designing projects for the school newspaper, posters, etc. and field trips. Furthermore, aspects of art history will be periodically introduced in the class.