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FINE ARTS COURSE OFFERINGS

 


INTRODUCTION TO TWO-DIMENSIONAL ART (9, 10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester   Core 40, AHD, THD

A beginning high school art class that provides units in drawing (portrait, figure, still-life, landscape and perspective), design (elements and principles of design), painting (color theory), advertising art, art history. Each unit will focus on the four step critique process (description, analysis, interpretation and judgment) as well as art aesthetics. Individual and group experiences will promote problem solving, sequential learning, creative thinking and personal expression. Artist research, individual oral presentations, and a guest speaker will also be included.  Note: Some materials must be provided by the student                                                  

INTRODUCTION TO THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART (9, 10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester   Core 40, AHD, THD

Students engage in sequential learning experiences gained from Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art and expand into the illusion of form and the element of form. The class will encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production. Units include color theory, ceramics (hand construction, glazing and firing) and sculpture. Each unit will focus on the four step critique process (description, analysis, interpretation and judgment) as well as opportunities for individual and group experiences promoting problem solving, creative thinking, and personal expression. 

 Note: Some materials must be provided by the student. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art

DRAWING I   (10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester                                 Core 40, AHD, THD

This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to gain basic techniques in drawing and perceptive skills through the study of the elements and principles of design. A wide variety of media will be used including graphite, charcoal, conte', pen and ink, ink wash, scratchboard, prismacolor, pastels, and mixed media. Students will work from original sources, in addition, each unit will focus on the four-step critique process (description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment) as well as art aesthetics and the history of art. Sketchbook assignments as homework will be required.
Pre-requisite: Intro 2-D and Intro 3-D with a "C" or better.                                                       

DRAWING II   (10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester                                Core 40, AHD, THD

This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to expand their drawing techniques and vocabulary by focusing on perceptual and expressive skills. Emphasis will be placed on composition, technique, and the development of individual style. Students will explore various media and subject matter. Continued emphasis will be placed on the four-step critique process (description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment) and aesthetics and historical references. Sketchbook assignment as homework will be required.  Pre-requisite: Drawing I with a "C" or better      

PAINTING I   (10, 11, 12)   1 Credit, 1 Semester                                   Core 40, AHD, THD

This course is designed to provide the sequential fundamentals of painting using a variety of media, tools, and techniques in watercolor and acrylic paints. Assignments will include the study of color theory, color mixing, composition, and application. Emphasis will be placed on still life, landscape, abstract, and non-objective subject matter. The continual process of critiquing (description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment), appreciation of aesthetic aspects, and historical references will be executed.  Pre-requisite: Intro 2D & Intro 3D with "C" or better, Drawing classes encouraged.

PAINTING II   (10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester                                       Core 40, AHD, THD

This course is designed to refine techniques learned in Painting I. Students will increase their perceptive and expressive skills in watercolor, acrylic and oil painting. Art history, aesthetic concepts, and current expressions of art in painting will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their critiquing skills through small group, teacher/student, and class assessments.  Pre-requisite: Painting I with a "C" or better, Drawing classes encouraged.       

CERAMICS  (10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester                                           Core 40, AHD, THD

Students will develop skills and learn sequential vocabulary and techniques in ceramics including clay preparation, designing, hand construction, use of potter's wheel, surfacing decorating, firing and glazing ceramic ware. Students will incorporate the aesthetic aspects using the elements and principles of design as well as historical references. Opportunities will be provided for individual and class critiques.  Pre-requisite: Intro 2 D and Intro 3 D with a "C" or better     

ADVANCED CERAMICS  (10, 11, 12) 1 Credit, 1 Semester                                Core 40, AHD, THD

Students will continue to develop skills and learn sequential vocabulary and techniques in ceramics including clay preparation, designing hand construction, use of potter's wheel. surface decorating, firing and glazing ceramic ware.  Students will incorporate the aesthetic aspects using the elements and principles of design as well as historical references. Opportunities will be provided for individual and class critiques. Pre-requisite: Ceramics I with a "C" or better.                    

ADVANCED TWO-DIMENSIONAL ART  (10, 11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester    Core 40, AHD, THD

Advanced students will have the opportunity to develop skills and art vocabulary in problem recognition and solution through application of elements and principles of design. They will experience a variety of media in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms. Student should understand and appreciate the functional and aesthetic aspects of well designed products and art forms in the past and present. Critique opportunities of describing, analyzing, interpreting and judging will be provided. Pre-requisite: Intro 2-D Art & Intro 3-D Art with a "C" or better.                

 
VISUAL COMMUNICATION (10, 11, 12)   1 Credit, 1 Semester           Core 40, AHD, THD

Students will survey the field of commercial art through sequential experiences in a variety of problem solving activities such as lettering, calligraphy, illustration, layout concepts, package design, book illustrations, cartooning, and book making. Students will also participate in small and large group critiques. Opportunities will be provided to understand and appreciate the functional and aesthetic aspects of commercial products of the past and present. A commercial design vocabulary will be emphasized.  Pre-requisite: Intro 2-D Art and Intro 3-D Art with a "C" or better.