• Fine Arts Courses
     
     

    ART MAJOR I

    (18 Weeks) 1.0 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71021 This course gives the student an in-depth study into a variety of media, techniques, styles and subject matter. Students will gain a greater understanding of their strengths and preferences in art-making as well as the ability to critique. Major units of study will include drawing, painting, two and three dimensional design and mixed media. A sketchbook is required.  This course is required for invitation into the National Art Honor Society (to be invited, you must also take one other art course, and hold a 90% average in all art courses).

     

    ART MAJOR II

    (18 Weeks) 1.0 Credit

    Grades 10 through 12

    Prerequisite: 75% or better in Art Major I

    71022 Art Major II is a course for the advanced art student who intends to pursue a possible career in an art-related field. Coursework will focus on the Elements and Principles of Design as well as the mastery of media and critiquing. Projects focus on the basic portfolio requirements for admittance to the art field/college. A critical review paper is required and a sketchbook must be purchased.

     

    DRAWING

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71062 This course is for students of all skill levels – from the novice interested in developing basic drawing skills, to the more experienced artist seeking to advance and hone their skills.  With Elements of Art and Principles of Design as a foundation, students will begin by drawing from life and reference images and will eventually use their new skills and body of knowledge to create imaginative compositions.  Students will experience a variety of techniques and drawing media including charcoal, pencil, pen, colored pencils, pastels, and markers.  A sketchbook is required.

    PORTFOLIO

    (18 Weeks) 1.0 Credit

    Grades 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: 78% or better grade in Art Major II and approval of instructor

    71023  This course  is for the serious  art student  who is interested in creating  an extensive portfolio for college admissions and possible art-related career. Art projects are structured as creative advanced-level problem-solving assignments designed to increase technical skill, conceptual creativity, planning skills and critiquing in students.  Students enrolling in AP Studio Art should not sign up for Portfolio.  A summer assignment is required for this course.

     

    INTRO TO PAINTING

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 10 through 12

    71072 This course is open to students of all experience and skill levels, who have an interest in painting. The course will focus on basic drawing skills, composition, design/color theory, a variety of genre, and multiple media. The course will include a variety of painting tools and paint media. A sketchbook is required.

     

    SCULPTURE

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71006 This course introduces students to a variety of methods and materials around 3-dimensional art.  Students will learn 3D design, a number of additive and subtractive sculptural methods and explore interesting historical and contemporary sculptures and sculptors.  They will use what they learn to create original pieces of 3-dimensional art from a variety of materials, including clay, wire and found objects. Students will also learn how to create conceptual drawing in order to solidify concepts and assist in their design process.

     

    ART HISTORY AND ART APPRECIATION

    (18 Weeks) 1.0 Credit

    Grades 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: B or above in English and Social Studies

    Student selection of Art History must be accompanied by recommendation of current English and Social Studies teachers.

    71013 Students will explore the major art movements from prehistoric to modern times. This course is for the student interested in taking a critical look at why art is created and its importance in society. Course will work parallel with AP Art History curriculum but students will not be required to take the AP Art History test. This course requires a high degree of commitment to academic work.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART HISTORY

    (18 Weeks, plus Seminar) 1.50 Credits

    Grades 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: B or above in English and Social Studies. Student selection of Art History must be accompanied by recommendation of current English and Social Studies teachers.

    71012 AP Students will explore the major art movements and their significance to society from prehistoric to modern times. Students will learn how and why art is a crucial part of our history and culture. This course prepares students to take the AP Art History exam. Students are required to take this exam. This course requires a high degree of commitment to academic work.

    71012S Students taking AP Art history are required to take an AP Art history seminar course number 71012S. Students must select both courses on their course selection worksheet.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART

    (18 Weeks plus 2nd Semester Seminar) 1.50 Credits

    Grade 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: Portfolio review and approval of instructor. Grade of 85% or above in Art Major II

    71011 Advanced Placement Studio Art is intended for highly motivated student who are seriously interested in the study of art.  Students must be aware that AP Studio Art involves significantly more commitment than the typical high school art course. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of breadth of portfolio, quality of artwork and a concentration of individual interests. Art projects are structured as creative advanced-level problem-solving assignments designed to increase technical skill, conceptual creativity, planning skills and critiquing in students. All students must present a completed portfolio to the AP Examination Committee for evaluation in May. Summer assignments are required for this course. 71011S Students taking AP Studio Art are required to take an AP Studio Art Seminar course during the second semester. Students must select both courses on their course selection worksheet.

     

    ILLUSTRATIVE DRAWING FOR COMIC BOOK ART

    (18 weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71064 This is a drawing-based course for students interested in popular media such as Manga / Anime, computer games, fantasy figures for graphic novels, or illustration principles as they relate to the comic and cartooning industry.  This course explores the process of developing comics, with projects ranging from single-panel style comics to a multi-page comic book. Students will develop original imaginary characters, costumes, and landscape settings using a variety of drawing strategies, and will each construct a unique narrative in the form of a short graphic novel with a professional-looking cover.  A variety of drawing media will be used, including Prismacolor markers, pen and ink, and colored pencils. A sketchbook is required.

     

    CERAMICS I

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71044 This course will introduce students to the wonderful world of ceramics.  Using your hands as the primary tool, students will pinch, pull, build, coil and form clay into a variety of functional and decorative pieces.  A variety of traditional and non-traditional finishes will also be explored. There is a $5 lab fee for this course.

     

    CERAMICS II

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 10 through 12

    Prerequisite: 85% or above in Ceramics I and instructor’s approval

    71045 This course will build upon the knowledge and techniques of Ceramics I. Focus will be on the pottery wheel and increasing students’ skills at hand building and sculpture.  All students will develop their design sensibility by learning about the formal properties of art. There is a $5 lab fee for this course.

     

    JEWELRY

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71036 This course will focus primarily on creating jewelry and small metal objects. Students will learn how to cut, shape and solder metal to create contemporary pieces of wearable and decorative art. Other materials will be used to help students develop a strong design sensibility and aid in their creativity. This course will follow the current trends of fine art crafts, where craftspeople create museum quality objects that are as sophisticated and refined as fine art pieces.  There is a $5 lab fee for this course.

     

    COMPUTER GRAPHICS I

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 9 through 12

    71053 In Computer Graphics I students will learn to use computer technology as a tool to create fine art. This course will cover the basic functions and tools in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Using Photoshop and Illustrator students will learn various ways to edit and manipulate images, text and also explore the techniques of vector drawing.  A strong emphasis will be placed on the principles of graphic design. This course is for the student interested in digital media and possibly a career in computer graphics, web design, game design, graphic design, animation and illustration.

     

    COMPUTER GRAPHICS II

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 10 through 12

    Prerequisite: 75% or above in Computer Graphics I and approval of instructor

    71054 In Computer Graphics II students will learn to use computer technology as a tool to create fine art. This course will build on the basic functions and tools in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator as well as introduce Flash animation. A strong emphasis will be placed on the principles of graphic design. This course is for the student interested in digital media and possibly a career in computer graphics, web design, game design, graphic design, animation and illustration.

     

       COMPUTER GRAPHICS III – 3D Animation ***NEW COURSE OFFERING***
       (18 Weeks) 1.0 Credit
       Grades 11 and 12
       Recommended: Completion of Computer Graphics II or Intro to Computer Science
       71052 In Computer Graphics III students will learn to use Maya and be provided a background in the basics of 3D modeling, texturing,    animating, and rendering. You will gain a solid understanding of how Maya is used to create professional 3D animation for film,    television, and games, and be able to begin creating your own impressive animations. Topics include: Getting familiar with the Maya    interface; Creating hierarchies and layers; Creating polygonal objects; Working with subdivision surfaces; Extruding a mesh;    Smoothing geometry; Lofting and extruding with the NURBS curves tools; Converting NURBS to polygons; Creating and applying    texture maps; Applying UV mapping; Adding lights and cameras to a scene; Creating realistic effects such as depth of field; Batch    rendering; Animating in Maya

     

    9TH GRADE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grade 9 only

    71507 This is an introductory course specially designed for 9th grade students.  Through a hands-on approach, it teaches the basics of digital camera operation, picture-taking, and Adobe Photoshop CS3.   Students apply learned skills through photo projects designed to ignite their imagination and observational skills. There is a $5 lab fee for this course.

     

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 10 through 12

    71055 This introductory course provides students with an extensive overview of the world of Photography; everything from how an image is made to how an image is manipulated. Through a hands-on, learn by doing approach, students learn the technical aspects of operating a digital camera.  Understanding how to take better photos is learned through picture taking assignments that apply compositional and seeing techniques.  Basic and intermediate skills in Adobe Photoshop CS3 also will be learned in order to do photo re-touching and creative manipulations. There is a $5 lab fee for this course.

     

         DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II

    (18 Weeks every other day) 0.5 Credit

    Grades 11 and 12

    Prerequisite: 85% or above in Digital Photography I and approval of instructor.

    71056 This course is designed to cater to the individual needs of students that have a strong interest in fine tuning their photographic skills. Advanced picture-taking and Photoshop techniques will be explored with an emphasis on creating images with purpose and meaning. Projects will involve more outside picture taking as well as field trips.   Students must have their own digital camera for this advanced course. There is a $5 lab fee for this course.

     
     
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