Visual Arts Curriculum
DRAWING I/SCULPTURE I -Drawing I provides for sketching posed figures and action figures; detailed study of fractured drawing, asymmetrical compositions, detailed study of part of the whole; creating from memory; studying strong contrast of light and dark; creating textures and patterns; mirror studies of distorted self-portraits. Students will maintain a sketch book. Sculpture will provide for studio production and art appreciation in 3-dimensional media such as paper, fibers; plaster, clay, and found objects. Basic compositional skills using line, shape, texture, form and space will be practiced through modeling, forming construction and carving. Students will learn to evaluate sculpture using appropriate vocabulary and criteria. PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation.
DRAWING (Second Year) & DRAWING (Third Year) - Drawing will build upon the skills, knowledge, and concepts acquired in Drawing I. Students will be exposed to a variety of media and tools including, pencil, felt-tip pen, brush, ink, chalk, conte crayons, and charcoal. Painting techniques and mediums will also be included. Emphasis will be placed upon figure drawing, interiors, landscapes, and still life. Students will maintain a sketch book. PREREQUISITE: Level I art courses and teacher approval.
PRINTMAKING - This course provides instruction in printmaking processes from a technical, historical, and aesthetic point of view. Critical attention to imagery, composition, and craftsmanship will be included. Printmaking processes will be pursued in depth, utilizing traditional tools and techniques with experimental applications. PREREQUISITE: Level I courses and teacher approval.
SCULPTURE II, SCULPTURE III, SCULPTURE IV - The purpose of this course is to give the student a basic understanding of three-dimensional design and sculpture. Using a variety of materials and media, the student will create both functional and non-functional forms. In addition, the student will apply the elements of art and the principles of design in the production of their work. Students will produce a body of original and imaginative works of sculpture which make a personal visual statement. PREREQUISITE: Level I courses and teacher approval.
CERAMICS/POTTERY - Ceramics/Pottery will include the investigation of the ceramic process via various utilitarian and non-utilitarian projects, the combining of several elements into a new form or whole, the development of a sensitivity to clay, and will include the practice and successful use of forming techniques. Skills using potter’s equipment and tools will be required for the production of clay pieces, including coil, slab, and pinch methods. PREREQUISITE: Level I art courses and teacher recommendation.
CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY - The purpose of this course is to give students a basic understanding of photographic imagery. The content should include, but not be limited to the following: the study of black/white photography; perception of and response to the visual aspects of photography found in black and white prints, slides, and published images; valuing the role and function of photography as an art form in our society; the study of basic photographic production techniques; the history of various processes leading to modern photography; criteria for critically analyzing photographs and justifying opinions about quality, cameras, and darkroom processing. PREREQUISITE: Level I courses and teacher recommendation. NOTE: Course will emphasize Digital Photography Techniques and Processes
PORTFOLIO III - Portfolio III provides for the career oriented student the further development of a concentrated production of original two and three dimensional art forms. Emphasis will be on the individual student’s unique utilization of technical, compositional, and expressive skills. This course is designed to give the senior art student the opportunity to concentrate on production, hanging a show, and applying for higher education. Students will maintain a sketch book.
PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation.
DRAWING AND PAINTING III (HONORS) - The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop advanced perceptual, observational, and compositional skills necessary to communicate a range of subject matter, symbols, ideas,and concepts using knowledge of drawing and painting media, processes, and techniques. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: use of tools and materials, art vocabulary, elements of art and principals of design, critical thinking and evaluation, historical and cultural perspectives, connections between visual arts and other subject areas, personal and social benefits, collaborative skills, and career opportunities. PREREQUISITE: Drawing I / Sculpture I
ART HISTORY III (Honors) - Art History is the study of visual arts from a conceptual point of view, including its history, its relation to social and psychological conditions, philosophical positions, and other humanistic disciplines. It is the study of the history and evolution of art forms and symbols, including architecture and their relationship to other historical data. PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation, and a “B” average in English.
DIGITAL ART IMAGING 1, 2 & 3 (HONORS) - Digital Art Imaging is a sequence of digital art courses dealing with the interaction of text and image, the fundamental components of graphic communication. Students will develop and hone skills in working with Adobe Creative Suite as they create solutions to a series of art & design problems. Visual literacy will be increased through exposure to the elements and principles of design as well as contemporary design issues. Students will achieve Industry Certification in Adobe Photoshop. Strategies of digital photography and composition will be explored. Students will expand their proficiency in all aspects of the design process, including the use of formal design principles, type as image, creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign & Corel Painter.
CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY 1 & 2 - Creative Photography is a digital design course dealing with the interaction of personal vision and imagery. The fundamental strategies of photographic composition will be explored. Students will develop and hone creative thinking skills in working with imagery as they create solutions to a series of visual design problems. Students will develop and demonstrate a base knowledge of Adobe Photoshop in the manipulation of digital images. Fine art photographers, aesthetics, and the critique process will be explored.
DESIGN PORTFOLIO/ADVANCE PLACEMENT STUDIO ART 2D (Digital) - The advanced placement art courses are designed to prepare students for college, give them the necessary lab experiences to nurture their creativity, and give them the opportunity to earn college credit. The 2-D Design Portfolio & AP 2D Studio Art courses analyze a wide range of design concepts while building professional software skills. Students develop a portfolio in graphic design, digital imaging, photography, typography, collage, mixed media, illustration, and/or digital painting. Students may create art with natural media and/or Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In-Design, Adobe Flash, Corel Painter, or any combination of the above. Abstract, observational, inventive and the functional fine arts are explored. Portfolios in Breadth, Concentration & Quality are submitted to the College Board. Visit apcentral.collegeboard.com for more information.
ADV. PLACEMENT ART 2-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO - This portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional design issues. This type of design involves purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. The elements of design (line, shape, illusion of space, illusion of motion, pattern and texture, and value and color) are like a palette of possibilities that artist use to express themselves. The principles of design help guide artists in making decisions about how to organize the elements on a picture plane in order to communicate content. These principles include unity/ variety, balance/emphasis/rhythm, and proportion/ scale. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate proficiency in two-dimensional design using a variety of art forms. These could include, but are not limited to, graphic design using a variety of art forms. These could include, but are not limited to, graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking. A variety of approaches to representation, abstraction, and expression may be part of the student’s portfolio. Students are expected to submit a portfolio as evidence of the course study. PREREQUISITE: Level I art courses and teacher recommendation.
ADV. PLACEMENT ART 3-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO - This portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of sculptural issues in depth and space. These may include mass, volume, form, plane, light, and texture. Such elements and concepts can be articulated through additive, subtractive, and/or fabrication processes. A variety of approaches to representation, abstraction, and expression may be part of the student’s portfolio. These might include, among others, traditional sculpture, architectural models, apparel, ceramics, fiber arts, or metalwork. Students are expected to submit a portfolio as evidence of the course of study. PREREQUISITE: Art teacher recommendation.
ADV. PLACEMENT ART - DRAWING PORTFOLIO (AP) (LEVEL 3 ADV) - Advanced Placement Art-Drawing Portfolio is a carefully planned developmental program based on the needs of the individual student. The program adheres closely to the guidelines published in the latest College Entrance Examination Board booklet. This 2-hour block of courses provides for the development of a portfolio that reflects an understanding of the elements of design using such forms of expression as drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage. Students are expected to submit a portfolio as evidence of the course of study and to maintain a high level of work in their sketch book. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 art courses and teacher recommendation.
ADV. PLACEMENT ART - HISTORY OF ART (AP) - This AP offering in Art History is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history; an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts. Advanced Placement Art- History of Art if a carefully planned program based on guidelines as published in the latest College Entrance Examination Board booklet. PREREQUISITE: A “B” average in English and teacher approval.