Visual Arts

Course Descriptions – Art

INTRODUCTION TO TWO DIMENSIONAL ART
Students will understand the significance of visual art in relation to historical, social, political, spiritual, environmental, technological, and economic issues of the time. Students will describe, research, and interpret works of art. Students will observe, select and utilize a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas in their work. Students will develop and apply skills using a varied of two dimensional media tools and processes to create works that communicate personal meaning and significance. 
Recommended Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ADVANCED TWO DIMENSIONAL ART
This course is designed to allow students to explore more widely the various offerings in the art program. It is a continuation of the principles and elements of design studied in Introduction to Two Dimensional Art.  

Recommended Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art.
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

INTRODUCTION TO THREE DIMENSIONAL ART
Students have the opportunity to increase their understanding and appreciation of art through responding to and make three dimensional visual images. Individual and group experiences promote problem solving, creative thinking, and personal expression. Students study career opportunities in visual art. 
Recommended Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art (L)
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ADVANCED THREE DIMENSIONAL ART
Learning experiences build on the skills developed in Introduction to Three Dimensional Art. Students examine, analyze, discuss, interpret, and judge traditional and contemporary works of art to discover how artists have used art elements, principles, subject matter, media, techniques and styles. This course is a continuation of the principles and elements of design studied in Intro to Three Dimensional Art. 
Recommended Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art, Introduction to Three-Dimensional Art
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

CERAMICS 1
The ceramics course is devoted to the study of clay and the processes of pottery making. The course is developed chronologically, beginning with the most primitive pinch pot technique and involves most of the forming methods: pinch, coil, slab, drape, wheel, slip casting and experimental methods. The first semester is directed toward tools, materials, and techniques. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art 
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

CERAMICS 2
The second semester is a continuation of skills and techniques in ceramics. Individual studies may include the ceramic process, technical aspects of clay, experimentation with glaze techniques and loading and firing the kiln. Emphasis will be placed on individual expression and the development of creative design. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art and Ceramics 1.
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

DRAWING 1
The objectives of this course include the development of visual sensitivity to line, form, value, texture and space. The structure of the course is centered around drawing problems which include still life, outdoor, and figure drawing. Skill in a variety of drawing media and techniques is encouraged, e.g., pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, conte, etc. Problems that require an understanding and use of perspective are a part of this course. Group discussion and evaluation is used to develop evaluative skills. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art 
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

DRAWING 2
The objectives of this course include broadening the students' concept of drawing as a medium of visual expression and communication. Emphasis on composition and design is an integral part of the various drawing problems. Interpretive drawing, as well as drawing motivated by social, psychological and visual stimuli, is a part of this course. Group exercises and individual interests are utilized to encourage optimal drawing quality. Supplementary material such as books, magazines, and slides are used to help students relate and evaluate their own work. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art and Drawing 1
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

JEWELRY 1
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the various media available such as hemp, wire, metal, leather, plastic, ceramics, wood, etc. The student will be introduced to basic tools, skills, techniques and processes of jewelry making. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art 
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

PAINTING 1
Knowledge and skills developed in this course via introductory painting exercises include elementary color theory, paint mixing, techniques in opaque and transparent media, care and use of materials and tools, and preparation of painting surfaces, including canvas. Painting problems include still-life environmental studies with emphasis on pictorial composition and color choice. Slide prints are utilized congruently with the various painting programs to develop the concept of painting in a cultural and historical context.
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

PAINTING 2
Individual painting problems are selected by the teacher and student to meet the individual needs and interests of the student. The development of the idea that painting is a means of personal expression is a primary objective of this course. Study of contemporary and historical paintings by means of slides and prints is encouraged as a means of helping students develop skills and an historical understanding of painting. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art and Painting 1
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

SCULPTURE 1
Students in sculpture engage in sequential learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production. Using materials such as plaster, clay, metal, paper, wax, and plastic, students create portfolio quality works. Students at this level produce works for their portfolios that demonstrate a sincere desire to explore a variety of ideas and problems. They create realistic and abstract sculptures utilizing subtractive and additive processes of carving, modeling, construction, and assembling. They reflect upon and refine their work; explore cultural and historical connections; analyze, interpret, theorize, and make informed judgments about artwork and the nature of art; relate art to other disciplines and discover opportunities for integration; and incorporate literacy and presentational skills. Students utilize the resources of art museums, galleries, and studios, and identify art-related careers.

Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art and Introduction to Three-Dimensional Art 
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

SCULPTURE 2
Individual sculpting problems are selected by the teacher and student to meet the individual needs and interests of the student. The development of the idea that sculpture is a means of personal expression is a primary objective of this course. Study of contemporary and historical sculpture by means of slides and prints is encouraged as a means of helping students develop skills and an historical understanding of sculpture. 
Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art, Introduction to Three-Dimensional Art, and Sculpture 1.
Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas