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Art Foundations
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): None 
(suggested for all freshmen)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: This course will cover the broad basics of art appreciation and art production. It will introduce students to the methods and procedures for making critical appraisals of artwork. Students will be introduced to the elements of art, the principles of design, and historical examples of western and non-western art. The production portion of this course will emphasize the application of design concepts using a variety of materials and techniques. Both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art will be addressed, as well as written projects and critiques. Sketchbook work is also required for this course.

Online: The above description also applies to the online option. All papers, projects and assessments will be submitted online throughout the course, but at the conclusion of the course, all production work will be submitted for a portfolio review to receive a final grade. 
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Photography
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): Art Foundations
 
Description: This class will explore various types of photography. These areas include but are not limited to: portrait, landscape, action, product, and macro photography. Students will learn the proper use and care of both “point-n-shoot” and “SLR” digital cameras. The class emphasis will be on composition and creativity. Students will also learn photo enhancement and photo manipulation through specific computer software programs.  
 
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Computer Art
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): Art Foundations
 
 
Description: Creative design using Adobe Photoshop® plus other commercial programs and online freeware. Both fine art design and commercial design is included in this course.
 

 
 
 
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Drawing 1
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): 
Art Foundations
 
 
 
 
Description: Drawing 1 builds upon the art elements and principles learned in Art Foundations. Drawing will be investigated as preliminary planning and as finished work. Activities will emphasize rendering and design using a variety of materials. Sketchbook work outside of class will be required. Materials explored will include pencil, charcoal conte, ink, and mixed media. Students will focus on drawing from observation and will explore the subjects of objects and still life, landscape and environment, portraits and figure, as well as more personal expressive pieces.
 

 
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Drawing 2
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): 
Art Foundations
and Drawing 1
 
 

 
Description: Drawing 2 will continue to push a student’s development of drawing skills. Activities will emphasize rendering and design using a variety of materials. Use of color and how to accurately capture information will be addressed also. Materials used will be pencil, colored pencil, pastel, colored inks, and mixed media. Sketchbook and journal work outside of class is required. Students will draw from observation as well as concentrate on own creative ideas and individual expressive pieces.


 
 
 
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Painting
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): Art Foundations; (note: Drawing 1 is not a prerequisite, but would be helpful if taken before Painting)
 
Description: Painting will build upon the knowledge of design and color theory, as well as the art elements and principles from Art Foundations. Assignments will deal with various painting media, such as acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media and will use different types of substrates, like canvas, Masonite, and non-traditional surfaces. Students will explore a variety of styles in painting, such as realism, abstract, and expressionistic. Historical painting masters will also be explored.
 
 
 
 
 
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Crafts
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite(s): None
 
 
Description: This class explores the world of the craftsman. Selected craft areas, based upon the American Crafts Movement, will be explored in depth. The class will look at both traditional wood and fiber-based crafts like cloth and paper, as well as more contemporary crafts like glass fusing, stained glass, and metal-work. Students will be encouraged to adapt the crafts studied to create uniquely personal projects.
 
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Printmaking
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Art Foundations
 
Description: This class will center on the three major printmaking fields. Students will look at ways that artists have used to make multiple copies of their artworks. Students will have the opportunity to work in each of the traditional techniques: relief, intaglio, and planographic. We also exploring some of the most contemporary methods used by today’s artist.
 
 
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Ceramics 1
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Art Foundations 
 
Description: This course builds upon the principles learned in Art Foundations. The course explores clay as an art medium. Students will use hand-building techniques to create decorative and utilitarian objects in clay. Major emphasis will be design as used in surface decoration, ways that the clay surface can be manipulated and the creative use of low-fire glazes.
 
 
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Ceramics 2
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1 
Prerequisite(s): Ceramics 1 
and Art Foundations
 
 
 
Description: The course builds on the techniques learned about working with clay presented in Ceramics I. This class will emphasize construction of large-scale sculptural pieces, an introduction to wheel throwing, and experimenting with reduction firing. Stoneware clay will be used for most projects.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sculpture
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 9-10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Art Foundations 
 
 
Description: Sculpture will build on the principles and elements introduced in Art Foundations. The class will provide extensive work on both small and large-scale three-dimensional project. Students will explore a variety of sculptural techniques for both subtractive and additive sculpture using a wide range of sculpture materials.
 
 
 
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Advanced Art
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Selection by application. Art Foundations, 2 semesters of Art electives (Drawing course highly recommended) and department approval. 
 
 
Description: This year-long course allows the student who is seriously interested in art to get beyond the surface and explore some interest areas in greater depth. Using a modified independent study approach, students will refine their visual problem solving skills and work toward developing their own personal style. During the first semester of the class, students will work on developing a portfolio of their work.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Independent Study: Art
Curricular Area: Fine Art
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Selection
by application with
instructor approval.
 
Description: The student will propose an intended course of study investigating to a specific topic in art. The instructor will monitor the progress of the student throughout the course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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