Fine Arts Courses

Art History 1

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Semester – ½ credit

PREREQUISITE: None

In Art History I we will study the evolution of art all the way up to Neoclassicism.  We will start with Prehistoric (cave art), and then move on to Egyptian, Greek & Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, and finally, Neoclassicism.  A majority of class will involve artwork analysis and class discussion.  While we will be doing several hands-on projects throughout the year, there is also a large writing and research component to this class. 

Art History 2

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Semester – ½ credit

PREREQUISITE: None

In Art History II we will study the evolution of art all the way up to Andy Warhol and pop art.  We will start with Impressionism & Post-Impressionism, then move on to Expressionism, Realism, Abstract Expressionism, American Realism, Photography, Modern Mexican Art, Surrealism, and finally, Pop Art. A majority of class will involve artwork analysis and class discussion.  While we will be doing several hands-on projects throughout the year, there is also a large writing and research component to this class.

Studio in Art

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Full year – 1 Credit

PREREQUISITE: None

Fulfills art/music graduation requirement

This is a basic course for all other art courses in the program. It is the fine arts foundation course for the department. Studio Art concentrates on the creation of art in relation to the elements of art and the principles of design. Projects emphasize technique and skills, while incorporating creative thought processes. Studio Art explores drawing, painting, and sculpture and focuses on both art history as well as current and contemporary art movements.

Visual Communication 1 (Graphic Design/Video)

½ credit (half year course) – Prerequisite: Studio Art

In this class there will be an emphasis on creative problem solving in a digital world. Between 1st and 2nd semester, the topics covered will include illustration, advertisement, typography, product design, media production, and both the still and moving image. Students will be working both individually and in groups to complete hands on projects.

Visual Communication 2 (Graphic Design/Video)

½ credit (half year course) – Prerequisite: Studio Art + Visual Communication 1

In this class there will be an emphasis on creative problem solving in a digital world. Between 1st and 2nd semester, the topics covered will include illustration, advertisement, typography, product design, media production, and both the still and moving image. Students will be working both individually and in groups to complete hands on projects.

Digital Photography 1

½ credit (half year course) – Prerequisite: Studio Art

Digital Photography 1 & 2 focuses on the basics of identifying creative elements in your everyday life.  Students will develop experience working in a lifestyle and a studio setting. Technical methods and photographic aesthetics will be explored, as well as the use of the computer to manipulate and produce printed images. Students must be prepared to complete a large portion of this coursework at home.  Fields of study include: the camera, light, exposures, composition, special effects, equipment, history, and careers in photography.

Digital Photography 2

½ credit (half year course) – Prerequisite: Studio + Digital Photography 1

Digital Photography 2 moves past the technical aspects of camera work and dives deeper into post production manipulation and creativity.

Drawing and Painting

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Full year – 1 Credit

PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

This course is designed for those wishing to explore areas in greater depth than previously covered in Studio Art. Students in this course will begin by experimenting with pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, and ink and then moving into acrylics, watercolor, and oil paint.  Art history and contemporary art movements will be covered as it relates to various art projects.

Advanced Drawing and Painting

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Full year – 1 Credit

PREREQUISITE: Studio Art + Drawing and Painting

This course expands upon the skills learned in Drawing and Painting I and is designed for the more serious art student looking to create a well rounded college portfolio.  The techniques learned in Drawing and Painting I will be further explored and strategies in mixed media will be introduced.  Conceptual ideas and critical thinking will be pushed and work with personal intent will be encouraged in order for the student to develop their own unique style.

Sculpture

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Full year – 1 Credit

PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

Sculpture is a full year art course that introduces students to the world of three-dimensional art. During the course of the year students will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques that are used by sculptors around the world. Students will explore wire, plaster, clay, wood, paper, and found materials.

 Advanced Art Portfolio

½ credit (half year course, only in the fall) – Prerequisite: Studio Art + Drawing and Painting, + at least one other art class (or teacher recommendation)

This class is for serious art students only who wish to pursue art after high school. This is a highly independent class in which students will be given prompt-based assignments and will work on really identifying their unique style. Students are encouraged to work with any art medium and work will be completed to develop both breadth and concentration sections of a finished college portfolio. Assignments will include advanced observational drawing, experimental journaling, and storytelling. Finished portfolios can be in either a 2-D or 3-D format. Students will be preparing new work as well as re-working past projects. There is a large peer and teacher critique component to this course.

Independent Study

½ or 1 credit (half or full year course) – Prerequisite: Studio Art + 1 other art class + special approval needed from Department Head, Guidance Counselor and Principal

Students completing a sequence of art courses may apply to do an independent study in the medium of their choice. A course of study must be chosen that has been approved by the State Department of Visual Arts Education and be conducted under the guidance of an art teacher.