Art

Studio in Art

Studio in Art is a full-year course, which focuses on a variety of topics and skills, involved in the creation of art. Studio in Art is in succession with Junior High Art. This course follows the elements and principles of art, at a more advanced level. While learning the elements and principles, students will experiment with a variety of art-making tools to create their own works. Students will also study various styles of art, influential artists, diverse cultures, and art history. They will understand how art influences cultures, and how cultures influence art. Upon completion of this course, students will have fulfilled their visual arts high school graduation requirement.

Ceramics (College Now, 1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Studio In Art, 10th-12th grade)

Ceramics is an art elective course offered to all high school students. In Ceramics, students will learn basic sculpting techniques and methods for creating clay pottery. Throughout this course, students will become familiar with the basic terminology and methods used in creating three-dimensional pottery construction. Students will be expected to complete a number of mandated and individual projects.

Drawing I (College Now, 1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Studio In Art, 10th-12th grade)

This course focuses on a variety of topics and skills, involved in the creation of realistic drawing. This course helps students to become familiar with specific drawing materials, techniques, and styles. In this course, students will complete a variety of projects involving various drawing media, such as pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pen and ink, chalk pastel, and oil pastel.

Painting (1/2 year)

(Prerequisites: Studio in Art and Drawing 1)

Introduction to Painting addresses beginner painting skills and techniques. In this course, students will learn how to handle a variety of painting media, such as tempera, acrylic, watercolor, and oil paint. Students will have the opportunity to create a number of paintings, throughout the duration of this course. The size and subject of the work is student choice.

Advanced Art (1/2 year)

(Prerequisites: Studio in Art and at least two Art electives, or teacher recommendation)

Students will further develop as artists, as they expand on the skills and techniques previously learned in the basic art courses. Advanced Art students are required to complete both mandated and independent projects. However, they are allowed to choose their own sizes, subjects, and themes, for many of their projects. Students in Advanced Art plan projects that reflect creativeness, higher-level thinking, and they should produce works suitable for portfolio presentation for art majors.

Sculpture (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Studio In Art, 10th-12th grade)

Sculpture is an overview of basic skills used to create three-dimensional works of art in a half-year course. This course has an emphasis on studio production, while learning about influential artists, diverse cultures and art history. Students will be experimenting with a variety of materials and tools to create their own three-dimensional works. Materials such as clay, papier-mâché and found objects will be used.

Mixed Media (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Studio In Art, 10th-12th grade) 

Mixed Media focuses on a variety of topics and skills, involved in the creation of art. This course allows students to combine media(art-making materials), techniques, and styles, while experimenting with a variety of art-making tools to create their own unified works.

Art History I (1/2 year)

(No prerequisite, 10th-12th grade)

Art History I is an art elective course which explores an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. In this course, students will begin their journey learning about the earliest known artifacts, such as cave paintings and stone sculptures, and we will end at the Renaissance, one of the most exciting periods in human history. Art History is not a traditional lecture course. Throughout the duration of this course, students will also have the opportunity to create their own art forms to accompany well-known periods of history.

Art History II (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Art History I, 10th-12th grade) 

Art History II. is an art elective course that continues where Art History I. left off. In this course, we will continue learning about the Renaissance, and we will end our journey of the history of art at the present time – Post-Modernism.

New Media (1/2 year)

Grades 10-12

The New Media course is a half year elective. Students will be creating and publishing original content in a variety of media forms for an authentic audience. Students will explore but not be limited to: Website design, Journalism, Graphic design, Video, Digital photography, Social media. The New Media course students will problem solve, challenge, collaborate, design and create innovative projects. Student experiences will be across a full spectrum of digital products and interfaces.

Introduction to Computer Graphics & Design (College Now, 1/2 year)

(No prerequisite, 10th-12th grade) 

This will be a half year elective course that will focus on the digital side of the arts with emphasis places on the creative side of technology. Students will be taking and using their own digital photos to create different graphics pieces. This computer-based graphic design course will consist of using vector-based drawing and photographic image editing software. The main softwares used are: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. An addition to these programs students will also be using numerous websites, graphics programs, 3-d printer, apps, iPad or iPods, and smartphones for the duration of the class.

Pre-AP Art (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite courses: Studio Art; Grade 11 only) 

Pre-AP Course is a half-year art elective course that is in preparation for enrollment in the AP Art Immersion Program. Studio in Art and certain art electives are prerequisites to Pre-AP. Students will further develop as artists, as they expand on the skills and techniques previously learned in the basic art courses. Pre-AP students are allowed to choose their own sizes, subjects and media concentration for many of their projects. Students in Pre-AP plan projects that reflect creativeness, higher-level thinking and they should produce works suitable for portfolio presentation from art majors.

AP Art (2.5 credits)

Grade 12 only

This class is for 12th grade students that are interested in going to college or a career ready field in the arts. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation in May. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques, and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving, and ideation.
AP Studio Art students demonstrate mastery through any two-dimensional or three-dimensional medium or process, such as drawing, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting,printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. AP Studio Art students will also experience guest artist and a variety of field trips to support learning.