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AR110 Basic Photo
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

In this introductory course, students will learn the historical, technical, artistic, and practical nature of photography. The history of photography and photographic techniques will be learned through readings, discussions, and the study of images. Basic black and white chemical developing techniques will be explored. Students will need a SD memory card (2GB min.) for this class.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand, identify and describe the Elements and Principles of Design
  • Understand compositional concepts in design such as negative space, framing, and rule of thirds
  • Understand what an exposure is
  • Understanding of shutter speed: its role in exposure as well as its role in freezing or blurring moving objects
  • Understanding of aperture is: its role in exposure as well as how it affects depth of field in addition to how depth of field is also affected by the distance between camera and subject and the subject’s background
  • Knowledge of photo management/organization, filing and editing
  • Basic understanding of tools and techniques in PhotoShop
  • Knowledge of darkroom safety and procedures including chemical process in developing paper
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to use the Nikon D40 camera using manual focus

Technique:

  • Demonstrate ability to take an in focus and well-exposed photograph
  • Construct quality photographs that utilize the Elements and Principles of Design and other compositional techniques and concepts
  • Safely perform darkroom processes: using an enlarger, developing paper
  • Demonstrate how to properly expose photo paper in given situations and conditions for the purpose of creating art
  • Measure and mount finished artwork for display

Analysis:

  • Students are able to analyze and critique their own work in written form as well as work done by other artists
Students will need a SD memory card (2GB min.) for this class.
AR120 Art Foundations
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This course is designed to give students a strong foundation in art media and techniques. Students will learn the fundamental skills necessary to be successful in higher level art courses in the high school art curriculum. Students will use a variety of media including pencil, acrylic paint, watercolor, plaster and clay throughout the semester. Students will focus on strengthening drawing skills, color theory, basic design, and sculptural techniques.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and describe right brain vs. left brain philosophy
  • Identify and define basic drawing techniques; blind and modified contour, negative space, value drawing
  • Understand and define basic color theory vocabulary
  • Identify and define the 4 basic types of sculpture
  • Understand clay properties and limitations

Technique:

  • Demonstrate proper use of contour line drawing and negative space as well as produce a major assignment in pencil demonstrating the ability to shade with a full range of values
  • Demonstrate and use proper mounting techniques for two-dimensional artwork
  • Demonstrate and apply proper color mixing techniques and solve color theory problems using acrylic paint
  • Create sculpture stylizing correct additive techniques
  • Use subtractive techniques to create a sculpture
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of basic clay rules and techniques, including hand building, hollowing, and subtractive work.

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate their own work in a written format
AR281 Intro to Graphic Design
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

In this introductory course, students will learn typography, layout design and practical uses for graphic design. Students will learn digital art-making processes. Students will learn about historical and contemporary practices involving art and technology, and will create their own works in these forms. The class serves as a prerequisite for Graphic Design Studio.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and describe the Elements and Principles of Design
  • Understand compositional concepts in design such as negative space, framing, and rule of thirds
  • Understand how to use tools in Illustrator and PhotoShop
  • Understand that design can visually communicate an idea and create an emotional response from the viewer
  • Recognize the form and function of lettering
  • Recognize the importance of visual signs and imagery as a form of communication in society

Technique:

  • Construct a strong design concept while meeting the specific needs of a client
  • Construct digital artwork while applying knowledge of Elements and Principles of Design and other compositional techniques
  • Create artwork using expressive typograph
  • Demonstrate ability to use specific tools and techniques in PhotoShop
  • Demonstrate ability to use specific tools and techniques in Illustrator, including creating vector art drawings
  • Demonstrate ability to use specific tools and techniques in PhotoShop

Analysis:

  • Analyze and critique their own work in written form
  • Students are able to analyze and critique other artists’ work in written form
AR324 Draw Printmaking Studio
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This course will focus on advanced drawing skills and techniques as well as many printmaking techniques that will enhance these drawing skills. The course begins with a focus on representational drawing and will move toward less realistic drawing and more creative self-expression. Emphasis will be placed on mark making and the development of a personal style. In this class, students will use pencil, pen, charcoal, chalk and oil pastels,as well as learning monoprinting, etching, block printing and lithography techniques. Students will be able to promote and share their ideas through class discussion and group techniques.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and utilize the different definitions, supplies, rules, and techniques required for monoprinting, etching, and block printing
  • Identify and create drawings and prints utilizing the 5 major themes of art; portrait, figure, still life, landscape, and non-objective art

Technique:Ê

  • Understand and demonstrate accurate shading techniques when drawing from life using a variety of drawing media
  • Demonstrate proper printmaking techniques using monoprinting, etching, and block printing
  • Create artwork utilizing the 5 major themes of art
  • Understand the concept of visual communication and begin to develop a personal voice in their own work.
  • Demonstrate proper mounting and matting techniques

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate and compare personal work with the work of other in a written format as well as becoming familiar with participating in group critiques

AR120 – Art Foundations

Seniors may be exempt from prerequisite with instructor approval
AR344 Ceramics Studio
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This course will build on students prior experience working with clay, focusing on both hand built and wheel-thrown techniques. In this class, students will learn several different techniques including: hand sculpting, hard and soft slab construction, wheel throwing, decorative ceramic techniques, and assisting in firing a kiln. Students will be able to promote and share their ideas through class discussion and group critiques.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and utilize the different definitions, supplies, rules, and techniques relating to clay bodies, building techniques, tools stains and glazes
  • Understand and identify the difference between functional and nonfunctional sculpture

Technique:

  • Understand and demonstrate soft slab and hard slab construction
  • Understand and demonstrate the use of hump mods, slump molds and newspaper armatures
  • Successfully demonstrate a variety of surface decorating techniques including low relief, mashima, sgraffito, staining, painting and glazing ceramic pieces
  • Create both functional and nonfunctional ceramic sculpture
  • Understand the concept of visual communication and begin to develop a personal voice in their own work

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate and compare personal work with the work of other in a written format as well as becoming familiar with participating in group critiques

AR120 – Art Foundations

Students will need a sketchbook. Seniors may be exempt from prerequisite with instructor approval
AR346 Sculpting and Art Metals Studio
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to advanced sculpture techniques including jewelry and metal-smithing. The first half of this course will be dedicated to learning art metals techniques focusing on the creation of small jewelry pieces. Students will learn sawing, forging, soldering, enameling and stone setting. During the second half of the semester, students will explore their own ideas in sculpture. Students will be able to promote and share their ideas through class discussion and group critiques. Students will need a sketchbook.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and utilize the different definitions, supplies, rules, and techniques and safety requirements relevant to sculpture and jewelry making techniques

Technique:

  • Understand and safely demonstrate basic metal-smithing techniques; including cutting, filing, sanding, polishing, soldering, enameling, and casting
  • Understand and demonstrate the ability to create artwork with a high level of craftsmanship
  • Successfully apply additive and subtractive sculpture techniques to artwork which embodies personal ideas and voice
  • Understand the concept of visual communication and create work which communicates with the viewer
  • Create bases and mountings to display sculptures

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate and compare personal work with the work of other in a written format as well as becoming familiar with participating in group critiques

AR120 – Art Foundations

Students will need a sketchbook. Seniors may be exempt from prerequisite with instructor approval
AR351 Painting Studio
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This course will build on techniques learned in Introduction to Drawing and Painting. Students will focus on more advanced painting media and techniques. Students will explore acrylic, watercolor, oil, and encaustic painting. Creations will involve developing a personal style of painting while working with real life, abstraction, and imaginary images. Students will be able to promote and share their ideas through class discussion and group techniques. Students must have a sketchbook and are strongly advised to purchase a set of paintbrushes.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and utilize the different definitions, supplies, rules, and techniques required for oil, acrylic, watercolor and acrylic painting
  • Identify and create paintings utilizing the 5 major themes of art; portrait, figure, still life, landscape, and non-objective art

Technique:

  • Understand and demonstrate advanced color mixing techniques
  • Demonstrate proper painting techniques using oil, acrylic, watercolor and acrylic paint
  • Understand the concept of visual communication and begin to develop a personal voice in their own work
  • Demonstrate proper matting and mounting techniques

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate and compare personal work with the work of other in a written format as well as becoming familiar with participating in group critiques

AR120 – Art Foundations

Students must have a sketchbook and are strongly advised to purchase a set of paintbrushes. Seniors may be exempt from prerequisite with instructor approval.
AR355 Visual Statements
11, 12
Standard
0.5

This upper level art course will focus on Modern issues in the art world. We will address conceptual art, environmental art, political statements, and other current issues in art. Students will be given a range of problems and using knowledge from previous studio courses they will choose what media they want to use to solve them. The purpose of this course is to encourage students to create their own personal voice and strengthen their ability to communicate or create meaning through their work.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • In depth understanding of conceptual art, political statement, ecological issues in art and the understanding of current issues in art
  • Understand, utilize, and identify the elements and principle of design and use them within their work
  • Identify and discuss their own personal ideas within their work

Technique:

  • Demonstrate the ability to consistently create strong work with a high level of craftsmanship inherently integrating the elements and principles of design

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze, evaluate and compare personal work with the work of others in a written format as well as participating in regular oral group critiques

Two studio courses

AR362 Photo Studio
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This course will build on techniques learned in Introduction to Drawing and Painting. Students will focus on more advanced painting media and techniques. Students will explore acrylic, watercolor, oil, and encaustic painting. Creations will involve developing a personal style of painting while working with real life, abstraction, and imaginary images. Students will be able to promote and share their ideas through class discussion and group techniques. Students must have a sketchbook and are strongly advised to purchase a set of paintbrushes.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand and utilize the different definitions, supplies, rules, and techniques required for oil, acrylic, watercolor and acrylic painting
  • Identify and create paintings utilizing the 5 major themes of art; portrait, figure, still life, landscape, and non-objective art

Technique:

  • Understand and demonstrate advanced color mixing techniques
  • Demonstrate proper painting techniques using oil, acrylic, watercolor and acrylic paint
  • Understand the concept of visual communication and begin to develop a personal voice in their own work
  • Demonstrate proper matting and mounting techniques

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate and compare personal work with the work of other in a written format as well as becoming familiar with participating in group critiques

AR110 – Basic Photo

AR382 Graphic Design Studio
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This course builds on skills learned in Introduction to Digital Arts. Emphasis will be placed on processes and techniques used by graphic designers and design firms. This course will focus on creatively solving real-world print and product design problems, and providing a more in-depth understanding of graphic design and other deign related fields. The use of drawing skills and materials are important to the development and execution of solutions to each problem. Students will refine their visual and verbal vocabulary in graphic design. Students will promote their projects and share their ideas through class discussion and group critiques.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Understand advanced concepts utilizing an understanding of the Elements and Principle of Design
  • Understand typographical anatomy and terms for the purpose of combing fonts and layout
  • Understand how to combine different typographic fonts for aesthetic and practical purposes
  • Understand digital editing software including Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop at a comprehensive level

Technique:

  • Create advanced designs utilizing and manipulating typographical concepts
  • Create conceptual designs that communicate an idea at a more advanced level
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of specific tools and techniques in Adobe Illustrator
  • Demonstrate competency in creating artistic and practical designs by using advanced layout skills in graphic design projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Elements and Principles of Design by creating a project suitable for a client

Analysis:

  • Students are able to analyze and critique their own work in written form

AR281 – Intro to Graphic Design

AR740 AP Studio Art/2D [Photography, Digital]
11, 12
,
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Potential college credit. This course is geared towards students interested in pursuing the rigor of AP Studio Art and/or those who want to pursue a career in a related field. More advanced photography and alternative approaches to photography will be emphasized in this course during the first semester. Students may choose to explore other 2-dimensional mediums such as graphic design, drawing, and multi-media during the second semester, or they may continue to pursue more within the medium of photography. Students will have the option of submitting portfolio work for review by the College Board for potential college credit. If the student chooses not to submit a portfolio they will still receive advanced credit. No matter the medium, students will strive to show mastery of quality, design in concept, composition, and execution.

AR362 – Photo Studio
OR
Consent of instructor

If you take this course, you must also take AR740-S2 – AP Studio Art/2D [Photography, Digital]

Students will need a sketchbook and a DS memory card (2GB min) for this course.
AR750 AP Studio Art: Draw/Design
12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. potential college credit This course is geared toward for the serious art student who is considering a post-secondary degree in the visual arts, a career as a fine artist, an art educator, or who wants the challenge of a rigorous art program that allows the student to pursue their individual artistic vision. This course offers students the potential to receive college credit by submitting a portfolio for review by the College Board. If the student chooses not to submit a portfolio they will still receive advanced credit.
The course will address three major concerns that are constants in art production:

  1. a sense of quality in student work
  2. student concentration on a particular visual interest or problem
  3. student need for breadth of experience in formal, technical, and expressive means.

Students signing up for this course are expected to take the AP examination.

Outcomes:
Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the requirements of the AP Art portfolio
  • Understand, utilize, and identify the elements and principles of design
  • Identify and discuss major topics in art history; ancient to modern

Technique:

  • Create the Breadth portion of the portfolio; 12 pieces of artwork that exhibit strong skill and technique within a broad range of subject matter, technique and media
  • Create the Concentration portion of the portfolio; A series of 9-12 pieces of artwork that shows the investigation of a theme or problem proposed by each individual student
  • Demonstrate the ability to consistently create strong work with a high level of craftsmanship inherently integrating the elements and principles of design

Analysis:

  • Critically analyze, evaluate and compare personal work with the work of other in a written format as well as participating in regular oral group critiques

Two studio level courses

If you take this course, you must also take AR750-S2 – AP Studio Art: Draw/Design S2

Students will need a 11 x 14 sketchbook.