Fine Arts Department

Courses

Foundations of Art (0.5 Credit)

This is an introductory course for students planning to take additional courses in the Art department. The course provides students with the basic foundation of the elements and principles of Art. Students are introduced to a variety of two-dimensional media. Greater emphasis is placed on design fundamentals related to drawing, painting, design, sculpture, and printmaking. Exposure to a range of artists and styles will provide insight into the development of a personal style. Students explore new media and begin to develop a portfolio. Sketchbooks are required


Studio Art AP (1 Credit)

Pre-requisites: Foundations of Art, Drawing and Painting, Advanced Drawing and Painting. (C or better)

This course is for highly motivated students who are serious about pursuing art and developing a portfolio of their work. Students must be committed to a great deal of out of class work. The portfolios created by students are evaluated by the advanced placement program of the College Entrance Examination Board.


Computer Art I (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Foundations of Art, Grade of C or better

In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of creating images on the computer. We will be building upon the elements and principals of art, composition and color theory lessons learned in Foundations of Art. These building blocks of art will be reinforced through basic instruction of Adobe Photoshop, with students creating hands-on computer generated projects.


Computer Art II (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Computer Art I, Grade of C or better

In this second level course, we will be continuing with the elements of art and principles of design lessons learned in Foundations of Art, and expanded upon in Computer Art I. This course will expand on Photoshop skills, as well as introducing vector drawing and working with paths, with hands-on activities and basic instruction of Adobe Illustrator.


Analog Photography I (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Foundations of Art, Grade of C or better

This first level course is designed to combine basic theory with hands-on work. This course introduces the student to the 35 mm manual film camera, the steel reel and tank method of processing black and white film, and the process of printing both contact sheets and black and white prints in the traditional wet darkroom.


Analog Photography II (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Analog Photography I, Grade with a C or better

This second level course is designed to build on what the student learned in the Analog Photography I course. The student will continue to shoot, develop and print film and will also explore alternative process of creating a final print. Sandwiching negatives, double exposures both in the camera and in the darkroom, toning and hand coloring will be investigated. Students will also focus on presentation of work, spotting, dry-mounting and matting.


Digital Photography I (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Analog Photography I & II, Grade with a C or better

This course is designed to utilize Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras in both program mode as well as manual mode. Students will create digital negatives and learn what a digital workflow is and how to implement it to process the images in Adobe Bridge. Students will also learn how to bring files into Adobe Photoshop to manipulate lighting and contrast to create a visually appealing image and size images for the web and for printing purposes.


Illustration (0.5 Credit)

Available for Grades 11 & 12 (10 with recommendation)

Prerequisites: Foundations of Art and Drawing and Painting, Grade with C or better.

For a variety of outlets-from book publishing to advertising and from product packaging to the Internet-illustrators use their skills to capture viewers' interest, translating concepts into tangible images. Students will gain a mastery of digital and traditional techniques, including drawing and an understanding of the figure; concepts and storytelling; the use of color to convey feeling and mood; and perspective and composition. It will also include the exploration of philosophies of the twentieth and twenty-first century leaders in design and their application in contemporary illustration practice. Strong focus on content within the context of projects that reflect current illustration markets (Editorial/Advertising, Children’s Book Illustration, Graphic Novels/Storyboarding [for stories, comics, and movies/television], Medical/Botanical Illustration, and Fashion Illustration) with an eye towards how that model may be changing.


Ceramics I (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Foundations of Art I

This course is designed for the art student who is interested in working in 3D. The medium used is strictly clay. Students will learn the 5 basic hand building techniques: pinch, coil, soft slab, hard slab, and sculptural techniques. No wheel throwing is offered at this level. Students will learn about various glazing techniques and firing techniques. Homework is given on a weekly basis and includes both research based writing and drawing. All students are expected to come to class each day to insure a well-rounded foundation in clay. This class is offered in the fall semester only.


Ceramics II (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Ceramics I (with teacher approval)

This course is designed for the serious art student. Students will further the development of hand building techniques to generate creative innovative sculptural pieces. Half of the student’s time will be devoted to wheel throwing. This amount of time on the wheel is crucial to the process of motor memory which aids in the formation of consistently strong wheel thrown vessels. Students will have the opportunity to learn new exciting glazing and firing techniques such as Raku. Homework is given on a weekly basis and includes both research based writing and drawing. All students are expected to come to class each day to insure a well-rounded advanced foundation in clay. This class is offered in the fall semester only.


Sculpture (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: Foundations of Art I

This course is designed for the art student who is interested in working in 3D. Students will be introduced to various sculpting techniques such as subtractive and additive methods, assemblage, installation, and mold making. Some materials students may use are: plaster-of-paris, paper-mache, wire, wood, cardboard, found objects, and space. There is no clay used in this class (see Ceramics). Homework is given on a weekly basis and includes both research based writing and drawing. All students are expected to come to class each day to insure a well-rounded foundation in sculptural techniques. This class is offered in the spring semester only.


Printmaking

Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting

This course is designed for the serious art student. Students will be introduced to various printmaking techniques such as relief, monotype, silkscreen, Z-Acryl lithography, embossing, and combination. Students will learn how to use the etching press, silkscreen darkroom techinques, and transfer techniques. Homework is given on a weekly basis and includes both research based writing and drawing. All students are expected to come to class each day to insure a well-rounded foundation in printmaking techniques. This class is offered in the spring semester only.


Drawing & Painting (0.5 Credit)

Available for Grades 9 (second semester) - 12

Prerequisite: C or better in Foundations of Art

This course focuses on the history techniques and processes of drawing and painting. Concepts of design, color, composition, and establishing form in space using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design are covered. Students will develop skills in observational and expressive drawing while being exposed to a wide range of dry and wet media. Weekly homework is assigned and a pencil and sketchpad is required.


Mural Painting (0.5 Credit)

Available for Grades 10, 11 & 12

Prerequisite: C or better in Foundations of Art

This is a course that is devoted to designing, drawing and painting murals for school and community presentation. Historical and stylistic techniques for mural painting will be covered and a number of painting media will be employed. Students taking this course must be willing to have their work exhibited in public spaces. Weekly homework is assigned and a pencil and sketchbook is required.


Advanced Drawing & Painting (1 Credit)

Available for Grades 11 & 12

Prerequisite: B or better in Drawing & Painting

This is a course for the student who wishes to focus on both problems of observation and representation of three dimensional structures, as well as developing expression and emotion in their drawings and paintings. Portraits, still life, landscape, figure, and abstract image making will be covered and time will be devoted to large scale drawings and paintings as well as series of studies and concentrations of different subject matter. A wide range of media both traditional and non-traditional will be employed. Weekly homework is assigned and a pencil and sketchbook is required.


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