Art

  • APPLIED ART 1
    2.5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Applied Art 1 is a half year introduction to the methods and materials offered in the Applied Arts programs of the district. It is an introductory course which exposes students to basic design skills, critique methodologies, aesthetic appreciation, critical thinking and aspects of art history. Through different activities the students learn how to handle tools and materials associated with ceramics, fibers, and metals. 

    APPLIED ART 2
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisite: Applied Art 1, Fine Art 1, or departmental recommendation
    Applied Art 2 continues to develop the student’s knowledge of design, critique, and aesthetics but the assignments become more complex and allow for greater concentration in personal growth. Through this full year course, student’s work with tools, materials, and equipment which build increasingly advanced skills. 

    APPLIED ART 3
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Applied Art 2 or departmental recommendation

    Applied Art 3 encourages craftsmanship and self-expression. Visual problem solving is emphasized and creative solutions of specific assignments are promoted. In this advanced class, the students continue to develop original design applications, aesthetics awareness and learned critique methodologies through innovative applications using clay, metal, and fibers. Included in these studies are the incorporation of technology and the proper handling and safe usage of art materials. Emphasis on quality gives students a basis for portfolio preparation. 
     
    HONORS APPLIED ART 4
    5 Credits, Grade 12
    Prerequisite: Applied Art 3 or departmental recommendation

    Honors Applied Art 4 is an advanced art course challenging students to further push their creative potential using the media of their choice. At this level, the students will be able to develop a body of work that is of professional standards. Students taking this full year course will receive honors credit with significant preparation and attention to portfolio and interviews.
     
    ART HISTORY
    5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    This course emphasizes understanding works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, class, religion, audience, gender, and others. The course also teaches practices of visual and contextual analysis of works of art. Students use these analyses to create and display their own artistic expressions.
     
    FINE ART 1 
    2.5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Fine Art 1 is a half year introduction to the methods and materials offered in the Fine Arts programs of the district. Units of study present the student with drawing skills, the principles of design, color theory, critical thinking and aspects of art history. Included in these studies is the proper handling and safe usage of art materials. Students leave the semester course with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Fine Art.
     
    FINE ART 2
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisite: Fine Art 1 or departmental recommendation
    The Fine Art 2 student will build upon the foundation of Fine Art 1 with increasingly complex projects and more sophisticated materials. Units of study present the student with drawing skills, the elements, and principles of design, materials and methods, color theory, critical thinking and aspects of art history. 

    FINE ART 3
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Fine Art 2 or departmental recommendation
    The Fine Art 3 student will be presented with an increasingly individualized instruction as his or her preferences and personal imagery develop. A student with the goal of presenting a portfolio to a college art program will begin forming a group of cohesive artworks –- work done from life, not copied from secondary sources. 

    HONORS FINE ART 4
    5 Credits, Grade 12
    Prerequisite: Fine Art 3 or departmental recommendation
    Students are presented with various visual problems and challenges which they must solve creatively using acquired art skills and techniques. Special emphasis on portfolio development is given to seniors who may be in the process of preparing an admissions portfolio for entrance into art school or college. Visits to museums, galleries and art events are encouraged to enhance classroom learning.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART: DRAWING, 2D DESIGN, 3D DESIGN
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Fine Art 2 or departmental recommendation

    This course enables visually creative, technically skilled, and highly motivated students to do college-level work in Studio Art and to prepare a college credit portfolio according to specific AP portfolio guidelines. This portfolio may be used in seeking college admission. Fees for Advanced Placement portfolio reviews and required slides must be provided by the student. Field trips to museums, galleries and art events are encouraged to enhance classroom learning.