ART 1 - This is a course to introduce students to all aspects of the creative arts with major emphasis on the visual elements of design. Students learn to use the elements as tools to help express themselves and to evaluate the quality of art objects. Students will explore media such as painting, perspective, portraits, figure drawing, graphics, vocations, drawing, lettering, and art history. Students successfully completing this course receive LEVEL 2 credit.
VISUAL ARTS 1 - This course is designed for the serious student who wishes to prepare or determine if they are interested in a career in the arts or for those students who have demonstrated above-average ability in the arts area. The visual arts program is a three-year sequential program of skill development leading to art school, college, or university study in the arts. The student will be pursuing a program of structured skill development including study in design elements, drawing, painting, graphics, photography, advertising, illustration, fashion design, package design, and computer graphics. Students will be prepared to mount and mat art work, and explore careers of the artist/designer. Prerequisite: ART 1 or approval of department staff. Students successfully completing this course receive ACCELERATED credit.
VISUAL ARTS 2 - This second-year course in the visual arts program is designed to develop the student as a professional in the arts. The program explores painting, drawing, graphics, and the commercial areas to a higher degree. The student will be introduced to art history, will prepare creative compositions to be used in the development of a portfolio and pursue personal interests in an independent study program. Emphasis will be placed upon exploring college requirements, scholarships, and goal development. Prerequisites: VISUAL ARTS 1, approval of department staff. Students successfully completing this course receive HONORS credit.
VISUAL ARTS 3/STUDIO ART AP - This course is divided into two parts: portfolio development and the study of art history. This course may lead a student to advanced standing in art schools and colleges. The first semester, devoted to portfolio development, will take two directions: drawing skills and the traditional portfolio. The major emphasis is on student responsibility, self-motivation, personal commitment, and slide preparation. The second semester will be devoted to the survey of art objects from prehistoric times to the present, with the intention of relating art production to ideals, values, needs, and hopes of people at different times in history. Prerequisites: VISUAL ARTS 2, approval of department staff. Students successfully completing this course receive HONORS credit.
PAINTING/DRAWING - Artists use various materials to communicate sensory, emotional, and intellectual reactions to the visual world. The goal of this course is to explore the skills and techniques required to communicate through painting and drawing media. Students will be exposed to the historical importance of artists in the development of painting and drawing. Individualized instruction as well as group activities will be important parts of this course. Various media such as charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, oil and acrylic paint and water colors will be utilized. ART 1 is recommended. Students successfully completing this course receive LEVEL 2 credit.
PRINTMAKING AND DESIGN - The creating of a design and the application of that design to reproduction is a key to the PRINTMAKING AND DESIGN course. Students are exposed to the elements of design through screen printing, lithography, etching, relief printing, and other graphic processes. Students learn the terminology and techniques necessary to communicate through design and printmaking processes. Individualized instruction, group projects, and technical demonstrations are the types of activities.
CERAMICS - This full year course gives emphasis to the variety of ceramic sculptural forms that are functional and non-functional. CERAMICS explores hand-built and wheel-thrown methods of clay construction, introduces glaze design and chemistry, and surveys the history of ceramic design. Individual guidance is offered to students in developing a sense of three-dimensional design and responsiveness to the material. In the second half of this full year course, we will build upon the basic methods of construction and create more complex techniques such as spouts, lids, necks, handles, and feet in the production of utilitarian pieces. Decorating, texturing, glazing, and staining of pieces will be taught and students will assist in kiln loading and firing. In addition, the historical importance of clay in civilization will be presented and a final project and/or research paper will be required. Students successfully completing this course receive LEVEL 2 credit.
THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN - People exist and move within a spatial reality consisting of three dimensions. An understanding of those dimensions is essential if individuals are to relate effectively to their surroundings. This course deals with the elements which make up the visual areas of three-dimensional expressive arts. Areas of exploration are crafts, jewelry, mobiles, sculpture and architecture. In addition, the historical significance of major three-dimensional works will be presented. Students successfully completing this course receive LEVEL 2 credit.