• ART

    Dept. Chairperson: Kimberly Langlitz

    STUDIO ART - Entry Level Course

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT 

    This is a basic course for all other art courses in the program. It is the fine arts foundation course for the department. Studio Art concentrates on the creation of art in relation to the elements of art and the principles of design. Projects emphasize technique and skills, while incorporating creative thought processes. Studio Art explores drawing, painting, graphics and the history of art. Each student keeps a sketchbook to track their progress and allow them to think visually.

     

    DESIGN & DRAWING FOR PRODUCTION - Entry Level Course

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This is a design foundation course in which students build confidence in their drawing ability from both observation and imagination. Students will learn the language of technical and perspective drawing to describe forms from a variety of problems, which encourage imaginative and practical solutions. Students learn how design affects their daily lives and how it relates to the past, present and future. Each student keeps a sketchbook to track their progress and allow them to think visually.

     

    ELECTIVES

     

    CERAMICS

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is both technical and artistic. Students will learn to work with clay, using a variety of hand building methods. Students will be working with the pinch method, coil, slab building, additive and subtractive methods, and throwing on the pottery wheel. Students will learn about glazing and various decorative methods used in finishing clay with color silica glazes. Students will make a variety of decorative and utilitarian pieces using techniques used by entry level ceramic artists as well as college level and professional techniques. Students will also learn hot to fire their work in the kiln. Students interested in three-dimensional work in the art area will be interested in this class.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art or Design and Drawing for Production.

     

    DIGITAL MEDIA

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course explores the digital creation of artwork through computer graphics and design. Technical methods and aesthetics will be explored, as well as the use of industry standard computer programs to manipulate and produced finished printed images. Students explore design concepts, computer illustration, typography, page layout and digital manipulation. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop will be utilized.

    Level Pre-requisitesStudio Art or Design and Drawing for Production.

     

    DRAWING & PAINTING

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is designed for the serious art student interested in exploring areas in greater depth previously covered in Studio Art. Students in this course will be given experiences in acrylic, paste, conte, pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, oil paint, etc. Painting experience in acrylic and oil will be new to the drawing and painting students. Art history will be covered as it relates to various art projects and movements. Students taking Drawing and Painting will improve skills and be prepared to find areas that they wish to concentrate on in Advanced Drawing & Painting.

    Prerequisite: Studio Art or Design or Drawing for Production.

     

    ILLUSTRATION

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Illustration is a full year course for the student who wants to develop their skills in illustration in various color media. The creative process and stylization is stressed as students solve problems in which the only means of communicating an idea is visually. The focus of the course is hands-on illustration; some computer work will be introduced. Students must be confident of their ability to draw.

    Pre-requisites: Studio Art or Design and Drawing for Production.

     

    SCULPTURE 

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Sculpture is a full year art course that introduces students to the world of three-dimensional art. During the course of the year students will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques that are used by sculptors around the world. Students will start with the traditional techniques, such as paper mache’, working with clay and basic additive and subtractive methods. Modern techniques will also be covered throughout the course through the use of technology and 3-D printing.

    Prerequisite: Studio Art or Design and Drawing for Production.

     

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Digital Photography is a full year course focused on the diverse creative concepts that digital photography has to offer. Technical methods and photographic aesthetics will be explored, as well as the use of the computer to manipulate and produce printed images. Students must have a digital camera to complete the course work. Homework is an essential component of the course for image acquisition.

    Prerequisite: At least two years of art or Junior Status.

     

    FASHION ILLUSTRATION 

    .5 UNIT OF CREDIT

    The purpose of this class is to build your portfolio and skills as an artist! This class will improve your communication and illustration techniques through the creation of fashion techniques, figure work, accessory invention, and overall design methodology. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of fashion illustration and design in order to solve a variety of artistic and design problems. Some areas you will be working with are the design of clothing, drawing of the figure, use of color theory, understanding of drapery and patterns, and the creation of unique accessories. You will use the basic art skills taught in the base art courses and explore critical thinking and problem solving skills in fashion illustration. You will think and create as a designer!

    Prerequisite: Studio Art or Design and Drawing for Production.

     

    INTERIOR DESIGN 

    .5 UNIT OF CREDIT

    The purpose of this class is to build your portfolio and skills as an artist! This class will improve your communication and illustration techniques through the creation of different types of interior illustrations including furniture design, perspective drawing, the study of textures and patterns and overall design methodology. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of interior design in order to solve a variety of artistic and design problems. Some areas you will be working with are the design of rooms, furniture design, perspective, use of color theory, understanding of textures and patterns, and the creation of unique interior spaces. You will use the basic art skills taught in the base art courses and explore critical thinking and problem solving skills in fashion illustration. You will think and create as a designer!

    Prerequisite: Studio Art or Design and Drawing for Production.

     

    ADVANCED

     

    ADVANCED DRAWING & PAINTING

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Advanced Drawing and Painting is for the serious art student who is looking to create a well-rounded portfolio for college entrance or artistic growth. A variety of techniques and materials will be introduced in order to advance the student’s skills in both drawing, painting and mixed media. Observational drawing, material studies, figure drawing, portraiture and printmaking are just a few of the subjects which will be covered in this course. The end of the course will focus on portfolio development unique to that individual. A review will be done at the end of the third quarter and the student will create a plan to finalize their portfolio for professional review. The student will be able to tailor many of these projects in order to develop their own unique style and subject matter.

    Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting

     

    ADVANCED DESIGN AND DRAWING

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This is a second year concentration of design, which builds on the basic principles and elements of design previously taught. Model Making techniques and technical drawing will be introduced and applied to a series of long-term design problems throughout the year. Connections between design, materials and technology will be learned as well as an understanding of the process and how design works in both historical context and future vision.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art or Design and Drawing for Production

     

    ADVANCED CERAMICS

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    Advanced Ceramics is designed to give students an opportunity to use basic skills mastered in Ceramics in a more in depth and creative way. The first half of the year the students will create complex and challenging projects using hand-building methods. The second half of the year students will spend time learning to use the potters’ wheels to produce ceramic works of art and utilitarian pieces. Students will produce wheel made bowls, mugs, teapots and other useful wares.

    Prerequisites: Ceramics

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART

    1 UNIT OF CREDIT

    This course is offered to Seniors only

    This course is taken by seniors wishing to prepare a portfolio for college credit within the curriculum of this class. Students will be preparing new work and reworking previous projects to create the required portfolio in the areas of quality, breadth, and concentration. Students will submit the portfolio to the AP board for review. The portfolio is submitted in May of the senior year.

    Prerequisite: At least two advanced courses