Art Courses

 
DESIGN PRINCIPLES   
This is a beginning level semester class for students interested in art. The course will introduce students to elements of art and the principles of design. A variety of art forms will be explored including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. Students will keep a notebook and have homework assignments. No prior experience is required. The course serves as a prerequisite to Art I, Painting, Mixed-Media Art, and Sculpture. Successful completion of Design Principles, maintaining a “B” average or higher, can qualify students for more advanced study.                                                                                                                                                          
ART I     
Art I is a beginning level course focusing on fundamentals of Art. The first part is devoted to building drawing skills and sight skills. During the second part, students will use skills learned earlier to explore different art media. Drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture are the major art forms covered in this course. The course serves as a prerequisite to Art II, Painting, Mixed-Media Art, and Sculpture. Students will keep a notebook/sketchbook and have homework assignments. Successful completion of Art I course, maintaining a “B” average or higher, can qualify students for more advanced study.                                                                                                                 

PAINTING                                                             
This course is designed to acquaint art students with the techniques related to water based paints such as acrylic and gouache. Students will have the opportunity to work in a studio based atmosphere on painting projects designed to explore both techniques related to the painting medium and personal ideas developed through the study of  subject matter. Subject matter will include field painting, still life, figurative, and non-objective works. Students will maintain a sketchbook. Project work created in Painting can help build the high school art portfolio. Students must have maintained a “B” average in Art 1 or Design Principles to be eligible to take this course.                                                                                              

MIXED-MEDIA ART     
This course is designed for art students who want to explore alternate means of expression through a mixed media approach to making art and who enjoy a studio class. The course makes extensive use of processes related to printmaking, such as relief and silkscreen, and combining these with traditional art media such as pencil and paint. Nontraditional processes such as digital photography, Photoshop, and photo transfer will also be explored. Students will maintain a sketchbook. Work created in this class can help build the high school art portfolio. Students must have maintained a “B” average in Art 1 or Design Principles to be eligible to take this course. 

SCULPTURE     
This is a specialized course for the serious art student whose interests are in the three-dimensional area. Students will use a variety of media to explore the sculptural techniques of modeling, carving and assemblage/construction. Students will maintain a notebook and have weekly homework assignments. Written tests will be given on vocabulary. Students must have maintained a “B” average in Art 1 or Design Principles to be eligible to take this course. 

ART II                 
This course builds on the requisite skills and concepts of the ART I class to provide an in-depth study of Drawing (9 weeks) and Painting (9 weeks). Several historical movements in art are integrated into the studio process.  Students will maintain a notebook. Homework assignments will be given each week. Written tests will be given on vocabulary as well as on historical artists studied. Students must have maintained a “B” average in Art 1 to be eligible to take this course and successful completion of Art II, maintaining a “B” average or higher, can qualify students for more advanced study.  

ART III    
This course combines creativity and technical skills to solve a variety of visual art assignments. This course will draw upon art history, advanced techniques, professional materials, and critical thinking skills to make this course exciting and challenging. Students will keep a notebook and have weekly homework assignments due in their sketchbook. Success in this course as a junior is required for students seeking Advanced Placement credit during their senior year. Students may contract for an honors credit. Students must have maintained a “B” average in Art I1 to be eligible to take this course and successful completion of Art III, maintaining a “B” average or higher, can qualify students for more advanced study.  

ART IV     
Students in Art IV will draw upon their previous experiences in art to expand their technical and conceptual artistic skills. A variety of art approaches will be explored to complete their Breadth section (comprised of 12 quality images), part one of the AP portfolio. Students will be required to keep an extensive notebook and sketchbook with weekly assignments. Art IV is considered the pre-AP class so this course is required in the fall before taking AP Studio Art in the spring semester. This course carries an honors quality point. Students must have maintained a “B” average in Art II1 to be eligible to take this course and successful completion of Art IV, maintaining a “B” average or higher, can qualify students for more advanced study.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN  
In this course, students create and develop an original thematic body of artworks based on the student’s interest in a particular visual and conceptual creative idea. Students will complete the Concentration section (comprised of 12 quality images), part two of the AP portfolio. In 2-D Design, you are asked to demonstrate a conscious and deliberate application of design issues using a variety of forms.  These could include, but are not limited to, graphic design, illustration, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, drawing, printmaking, etc. Design works place emphasis on the elements of art and the principles of design. Additionally, students will learn how to organize their art portfolio, create effective presentations, develop an art resume, and participate in numerous art activities. Successful completion of the portfolio, based on the AP College Board’s final score, can earn students college credit. This course carries an honors quality point and is a spring semester course only. 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART: DRAWING   
In this course, students create and develop an original thematic body of artworks based on the student’s interest in a particular visual and conceptual creative idea. Students will complete the Concentration section (comprised of 12 quality images), part two of the AP portfolio. AP Studio Art: Drawing is designed to address a broad interpretation of drawing issues. For example, drawing, painting, printmaking, studies for sculpture, some forms of design and abstract and observational works would qualify as addressing drawing issues. The work should focus on the act of “mark-making” for the Drawing Portfolio. Photos, digital works, three-dimensional works, and color photocopies of your work in other media may not be submitted. Additionally, students will learn how to organize their art portfolio, create effective presentations, develop an art resume, and participate in numerous art activities. Successful completion of the portfolio, based on the AP College Board’s final score, can earn students college credit. This course carries an honors quality point and is a Spring semester course only.                                                                                                       

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART HISTORY                                                                          AP Art History is designed to prepare student for the Advanced Placement exam in May. The course covers major movements and periods in art history from pre – civilization to the present. Course work will include extensive writing and research, slide lecture, presentations, and visits to local museums.

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