Visual Art

Jr. High Art

Grade 8

This course introduces students to basic art and design fundamentals, and is a place to create fun and enjoyable art projects. The course introduces basic art elements and principles used in two and three dimensional design. Students focus on learning basic drawing and three dimensional techniques through a variety of projects.

Art I: Foundations – 2D & 3D

Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 | 2 Semesters – 1 credit

This course is a survey course that serves as an introduction to both of the 2D & 3D Arts course sequence. The main objective of this course is to give students a general working knowledge of and foundational skills in the elements and principles of art and design. An emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, perspective, color theory, and design. Students will participate in a wide range of three dimensional additive/subtractive sculptural and fiber techniques. An emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, design, and form. Students will be required to complete some outside class work and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required.

2D Art

2D Art 2: Drawing & Painting

Grades 10, 11 or 12 | Annual – 1 credit

This is a course that builds on the foundation acquired from Art 1 and is the next course in the 2D Art sequence. A strong emphasis on observational drawing and an understanding of color theory will be stressed. Creative problem solving and development of concepts will be emphasized. A wide variety of media and techniques will be explored in this course. Students will begin to complete projects that can be used in a college entrance portfolio. Students will be required complete some outside class work and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required. Art 1 2D & 3D is a prerequisite.

2D Art 3: Advanced Art/Portfolio

Grades 11 or 12 | Annual – 1 credit

The primary focus of this course is the development of projects for entry into a portfolio for a university or art college entrance. Students who are serious about pursuing a career in an art related field should be enrolled in Art 3. A wide variety of media and techniques will be explored in this course. Students will be completing projects both in and out of the classroom. Skills and techniques learned in both Art 1 and Art 2 will be utilized with an emphasis on the integration of concept and creative problem solving. Quarter 4 of this course is an independent study. Students will be required to propose an area of study that they are interested in exploring and fine tuning. Upon agreement with the teacher, students will work independently to complete projects. It may be necessary for students to purchase some or all supplies needed for independent studies. Students will be required complete some outside class work and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required. 2D Art 2 is a prerequisite.

2D Art 4

Grades 12 | Annual – 1 credit

This course is designed for the serious art student and exists for exploration in an area of keen interest and to further develop the college entrance portfolio. Students will be required to complete outside class work and keep a planning and sketchbook. Supplies required. Class fee required. 2D Art 3 is a prerequisite; instructor approval required.

2D AP Studio Art

Grades 12 | Annual – 1 credit

This course is designed for the serious art student and meets the requirements for the AP Studio Art Portfolio, which may lead to college credit. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination, instead students submit a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the year. The works in the AP portfolios are evaluated for quality, concentration, breadth, and an in-depth presentation of an aspect of his/her work in which the student has invested considerable time, effort and thought. This course will be rigorous, challenging and worthy of its place in the serious student’s schedule. Since students in this class are advanced in their understanding of techniques, materials and art concepts, this art experience will offer a greater challenge. The primary emphasis in this class is on the individual interpretations of what is seen, rather than literal copies of still life objects. Individual decision-making, personal thoughts and feelings are more valued in this program than is mere skill development. This curriculum is not static but progressive in nature. NOTE: You may receive credit/advanced course placement at most 4-year colleges/universities by scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on your art portfolio.
Supplies required. Class fee required. 2D Art 3 is a prerequisite; instructor approval required. Students must meet the honors requirement to qualify for this course.

3D Art

3D Art 2 Clay/Sculpture

Semester – 1/2 credit

This course builds on the foundation acquired from Art 1 and provides students with the opportunity to creatively express their thoughts and ideas in a three dimensional form. Emphasis will be placed on refining basic skills to produce work that is more complex and mature as well as creatively producing solutions to assigned projects. Studio activities center on development of technical skill in a variety of experiences using additive or subtractive sculptural techniques. Students will study and critically respond to significant historical works of art, artists, and art periods in the process of refining their own artistic vision. Art 1 2D and 3D is a prerequisite. Supplies Required

3D Art 2 Fibers

Semester – 1/2 credit

This course builds on the foundation acquired from Art 1 and provides students with the opportunity to creatively express their thoughts and ideas in fibers. This course focuses on developing the student’s originality, craftsmanship and ability to create using various fibers along with study of techniques inspired by cultures around the world. Students will study and critically respond to significant historical works of art, artists, and art periods in the process of refining their own artistic vision. Art 1 2D and 3D is a prerequisite. Supplies Required

3D Art 3: Advanced Art/Portfolio

Grades 11 or 12 | Annual – 1 credit

The primary focus of this course is the development of projects for entry into a portfolio for a university or art college entrance. Students who are serious about pursuing a career in an art related field should be enrolled in Art 3. A wide variety of media and techniques will be explored in this course. Students will be completing projects both in and out of the classroom. Skills and techniques learned in both Art 1 and Art 2 will be utilized with an emphasis on the integration of concept and creative problem solving. Quarter 4 of this course is an independent study. Students will be required to propose an area of study that they are interested in exploring and fine tuning. Upon agreement with the teacher, students will work independently to complete projects. It may be necessary for students to purchase some or all supplies needed for independent studies. Students will be required complete some outside class work and keep a sketchbook. Supplies required. 3D Art 2 is a prerequisite.