Art

Foundations of Art
Grade Level 9-12
5 Credits- Full Year

Foundations of Art provide an understanding of an array of skills and techniques. Students are introduced to drawing skills, color theory, and the principles of two- and three-dimensional design. Areas of investigation include perspective, portraiture, figure drawing, and still life. A variety of techniques will be explored. Approaches to design, the use of direct observational drawing technique and composition will be emphasized. As skills develop, students will continue in their exploration of various media and techniques including drawing, printmaking, painting, mixed media, ceramics, and sculpture. Throughout the course, production activities using a wide variety of media will focus on the development of drawing skills, craftsmanship, and self-expression. Strongly recommended for students intending to pursue 4 years of art culminating in AP Art Studio. Also recommended for students unsure of preferred area of art concentration (2D, 3D, Digital Media).

Digital Media Arts and Design I
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

Digital Media Arts and Design I provides an understanding of an array of skills and techniques. Students are introduced to digital methods of imaging. A variety of techniques will be explored. Approaches to design include an understanding of how design can communicate, promote, persuade, inform, and motivate a consumer to act. Approaches to digital imaging include developing technical skills, considering point of view, artistic direction, and photo editing. Throughout the course, production activities using a wide variety of media will focus on the function of digital visual arts for global communication. Importance will be placed on student growth in aesthetic awareness, compositional understanding, and individual creative expression.

Digital Media Arts and Design II
Prerequisite: Digital Media Arts & Design I
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

Digital Media Arts and Design II is designed for students who have mastered the required skills in Digital Media Arts I. It involves studio inquiry into the advanced nature of visual problem solving strategies and visual communication. This course stresses the ever-changing concepts and skills needed to work professionally in the visual communication field. Specific areas of application will be examined through the study of notable artists/designers in the field. Students will be encouraged to explore areas of special interest, and emphasis will be placed on independence, using industry standard techniques, strengthening computer imaging skills, and individual creative development.

3D Design and Ceramics I
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

3D Design and Ceramics I is a course designed for the student who is interested in a variety of three-dimensional media to produce both functional and nonfunctional 3D art. It includes an exploration of various methods of ceramic hand-building, an introduction to the use of the potter’s wheel, the creation of ceramic sculpture, experimentation with the various methods of handling clay, understanding the properties of glazes, a study of the history of ceramic art, and the contemporary uses of clay as well as basic scientific principles of ceramic art. Students will explore a variety of 3D design and sculpture concepts including mass, volume, form, plane, light, texture, and function. These concepts will be reinforced through a range of styles, creative approaches, techniques, and media. Working artists of today will be introduced, as well as key historical art figures.

3D Design and Ceramics II
Prerequisite: 3D Design and Ceramics I
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

An opportunity for students to continue a more in-depth study of the materials and processes introduced in 3D Design and Ceramics I, which will allow the students to further develop their 3-D design and ceramic skills such as wheel throwing and alternative finishing techniques. Students will move towards an individual focus and a breadth of work using a variety of materials, concepts and techniques.

2D Art: Drawing and Painting I
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

This course offers exploratory and focused experiences related to drawing and painting. The students will use a wide variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, chalk and oil pastels, acrylic paints and watercolors. The emphasis of this course is to build skill competency while promoting individual growth and creativity. The students will work with a variety of visual references, including the still life, photo resources, and life drawing as they build a strong background of skills and techniques, working toward expanding their personal creative abilities and imagination.

2D Art: Drawing and Painting II
Prerequisite: 2D Art: Drawing and Painting I
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

This course is a continuation of Drawing and Painting I on a more advanced level. The basic skills in handling drawing and painting media have been developed and are used to solve more sophisticated visual problems. Individualized instruction becomes increasingly important as advanced students explore self-expression and creative problem solving techniques.

Drawing
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester


Drawing is a course designed to address two-dimensional drawing instruction with a focus on observational drawing technique, portraiture, perspective, still life, and landscape drawing executed in a variety of drawing media. Projects are designed to help students improve their personal drawing skills and technique while exploring the history of drawing. This is a class that is of particular interest to the advanced student who wishes to enhance their fundamental drawing skills. This course is also particularly useful for any student seeking to develop drawing skills which can serve as a means of communicating ideas.

Art Portfolio Development
Prerequisite Options:
1) Foundations of Art AND one full year of concentration in 2D Art, Drawing and Painting, Digital Media Arts and Design, or 3D Design and Ceramics OR
2) Two full years of concentration in 2D Art, Drawing and Painting, Digital Media Arts and Design, or 3D Design and Ceramics OR
3) Presentation of a portfolio, Teacher Recommendation, and Foundations of Art or one full year of concentration in 2D Art, Drawing and Painting, Digital Media Arts and Design, or 3D Design and Ceramics
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full Year

This course will offer students the opportunity to become immersed in a variety of artistic media and techniques. Possible areas for in-depth exploration include painting, drawing, printmaking, and three-dimensional design. Students will strive to develop a comprehensive portfolio for eventual submission to the College Board Advanced Placement Studio Art program, as well as for inclusion in their college application materials. A summer assignment prior to entry into the course must be completed.

AP Studio Art
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation, Presentation of an Art Portfolio, AND Art Portfolio Development
Grade Level 11-12
7 Credits - Full Year

Advanced Placement Studio Art is an intensive, full-year course designed for the student who has satisfied the prerequisite coursework. This course addresses advanced concepts in drawing, color theory, painting, computer-generated design, printmaking, mixed media, or two- and three-dimensional design. As prescribed by the College Board, the course will result in the development of a portfolio by each student. All students enrolled in AP Studio Art are expected to prepare a portfolio suitable for submission to the College Board. Prior to entry into the course, each student must present a portfolio of work to the department. Students must also work over the summer in preparation for the course. Students are permitted to enroll in AP Studio Art during two different academic calendar years as long as they vary their concentrations.