Art Department

627 Foundations in Art-2D: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: None
This is an introductory course that allows students to explore several areas of two-dimensional art. Foundations in 2D is a ½ credit course where drawing, painting printmaking and design are units of study. Through art history and studio activities, students are given strategies for problem solving in the visual arts. To meet the graduation requirement of a “fine arts credit”, students will also have to take Foundations 3D or another art class. This course serves as a basis for those who wish to improve their ability to think and articulate in visual terms and is open to any student in grades 9 through 12.

628 Foundations in Art-3D: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: None
This is an introductory course that allows students to explore several areas of three-dimensional art. Foundations 3D is a ½ credit course where sculpture, pottery, jewelry and mixed media are units of study. Through art history and studio activities, students are given strategies for problem solving in the visual arts. To meet the graduation requirement of a “fine arts credit”, students will also have to take Foundations 2D or another art class. This course serves as a basis for those who wish to improve their ability to think and articulate in visual terms and is open to any student in grades 9 through 12.

629 Pottery I: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art- 3D
Pottery is a concentrated study of the clay medium. Students will examine pottery as a functional and sculptural form of art using multiple clay bodies (Earthenware, Stoneware, Terra Cotta, and Porcelain). Emphasis will be placed on basic pottery construction methods such as drape mold, hard/soft slab, coil, extruder, and potter’s wheel. Students will explore and identify various finishing techniques such as glaze, oil pastel, shoe polish, paint (tempera, watercolor, spray, and acrylic), oxides, Raku, collage, horse hair and smoke fire.

630 Jewelry I: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art-3D
This course teaches students about the design and creation of “wearable art”.   Basic design skills are taught. Students will learn essential jewelry techniques, including enameling, forging wire or metal, soldering, and lost wax casting. Students will use equipment such as a band saw, buffing machine, saws, drills, and soldering torches; therefore, safe operation and proper conduct is stressed. Due to the processes and equipment used, this class is only for the very self-disciplined student.

631 Drawing & Painting I: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art- 2D
This course is designed as an introduction to the drawing and painting process and media. Concentration is focused on drawing and painting techniques and tools. Emphasis is placed on subject consideration, dry and we media exploration, composition, mark making, effective use of light and shade, illusion of three dimensional forms, direct observation, and color theory. There will be individual and group discussions on the art processes and related art history. In the first trimester the student will explore pencil, charcoal and tempera.

632 Drawing & Painting II: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting I
This course is designed for students desiring in-depth study of complex problems in a variety of painting and drawing media. Emphasis is placed on the further development of skills and techniques learned in Drawing & Painting I. Students will explore a variety of content derived from direct observation, personal expression, figurative and landscape studies. The student will explore reverse use of light and shade techniques, surface manipulation, and ways of creating and organizing space. In the second trimester the student will continue to use wet and dry media and explore methods of direct observation, color theory, visual communication and expression through social commentary, various subjects and personal imagery.

633 Sculpture I: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art- 3D
Sculpture is the art of using materials to transform an idea into a real object. The term sculpture is used to designate a three-dimensional form that is mostly non-functional. Students will explore three-dimensional art utilizing a multitude of mediums, such as wire, plaster, found object and stone while investigating techniques such as additive, subtractive, assemblage, and fabrication. Students will explore a variety of subjects and themes incorporating the elements and principles of design along with sculptural concepts such as freestanding, relief, sculpture in the round and kinetic.

634 Drawing & Painting III: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting II
This course is for the serious art student who has been successful in Drawing & Painting I & II. It is recommended for the student who is interested in taking the Advanced Placement: Drawing their senior year or for the art student who wants to prepare a portfolio for college entrance. Emphasis is on advanced painting and drawing concepts, techniques and media. Students who are enrolled in this class will work independently in a studio type setting and must have teacher approval. Students are required to submit work in two art shows.

635 Jewelry II: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: Jewelry I
This course is a continuation of the concepts and skills established in Jewelry I. Students will learn and expand their knowledge of essential jewelry techniques, including etching, enameling, patina, soldering (various techniques), bezel setting and lost wax casting. Students will use equipment such as buffing machine, saws, drills, and soldering torches; therefore, safe operation and proper conduct is stressed. Emphasis will be placed on design and successful execution of processes.

636 Pottery II: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Pottery I
This class is for students who have taken Pottery I and want to further explore a variety of clay bodies as well as diverse finishing techniques. Projects will focus on sources of inspiration for example, artist Paul Soldner or incorporating unexpected materials into the clay surface such as nails or found objects. Students will continue to use the potters wheel to create forms as well as, apply finished for forms that are traditional and non -traditional (glaze, candle wax, Raku or apply a colorant to a workable clay body). In addition, students will be expected to create high quality work that can be submitted for art exhibits.

637 Sculpture II: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Sculpture I
This class is for students who have taken Sculpture I and want to seek new ways and materials to make art. Students will continue to explore various mediums and techniques to create three dimensional forms. Sources of inspiration for projects will include Claes Oldenburg and his large scale soft sculptures, Sandy Skoglund and her ability to incrust objects, and Andy Goldsworthy’s creation of site specific environ-mental sculptures. In addition, students will be expected to create high quality work that can be submitted for art exhibits.

638 AP Studio Art-Drawing: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
This is an advanced course for seniors aiming at college credit. All work will be directed towards the production of a finished portfolio of personal artwork based upon the standards set by the Advanced Placement College Board. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of art, a concentrated area of study, and the ability to work in a number of diverse drawing and painting methods and techniques. The AP Art student will work in consultation with the teacher on an individual basis and must be able to work independently in and out of the classroom.

640 AP Studio Art-3-D Design: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
This is a year long advanced course aimed at students producing a finished portfolio based on standards set by the Advanced Placement College Board. A three dimensional portfolio is intended to address a broad interpretation of sculptural issues in depth and space. These may include mass, volume, form, plane, light and texture. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of artwork, focus on a concentrated area of study and the ability to work in numerous mediums to articulate concepts.

642 Art & Design: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art-2D
Simply stop and look at the world around you! “Design” is something you encounter everywhere, everyday of your life. It is a means of organization of colors, shapes, lines, textures and forms. You see it in clothing, furniture, CD covers, video games, cars, buildings, books, websites, etc. Whether you are aware of it or not you design everyday without knowing it. Look at what you are wearing. In this course, you will explore a broad interpretation of the creative process. Projects could include the exploration of color theory, product design, calligraphy, collage, book creation, illustration, paper relief, mixed media forms, notans, paintings, acrylic lifts, etc.

644 Mixed Media: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: Foundations in Art-3D
Leave what you know about art behind and take your artwork to a new level. Discover the possibilities of combining a wide variety of mediums and materials free from their traditional context. Explore new combinations of two and three dimensional materials through heat, stitching, adhesives, links finishing etc. Sources of inspirations for projects include sound, photographs, event, and personal experience to name a few.