Art Courses

AP ART/INDEPENDENT PORTFOLIO

1 Credit

1 Year (can be taken as a semester course)

Prerequisite–successful completion of an Art Fundamentals course, at least two other art classes and/or the consent of instructor. This course is suitable for students interested in focused 2-D independent study as well as the AP art student. AP Art/Independent Portfolio is designed for the student who has a strong interest in art and is planning to continue in art beyond high school. All work done in this class is directed towards developing a portfolio that can be used for national requirements for Advanced Placement Art or for further education or for professional use. Students spend the fall semester developing independent works that are geared towards a breadth of skills by thoughtfully applying the elements of art and principles of design in imaginative and creative ways. Spring semester focuses on an in-depth exploration of a particular 2-dimensional design concern by concentrating on an 
investigation of a specific visual idea of the students’ choice. National AP portfolio evaluation is in May. All students wishing to submit an AP portfolio should sign up for a full year course. This course may be repeated. 
*$15.00 Materials Fee
*Credit in AP art for a 3-D portfolio is available through Independent Study, with consent of the instructor.


ART I (Art Fundamentals)
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–None 
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Art I is an introduction to working in an art studio setting. Students in this class develop an understanding of ways to expressively apply the elements of art and principles of design. Students will explore a variety of mediums and work with both two-dimensional and three dimensional processes. This class is designed to give students a solid foundation for further study.

ART II 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Art I or Drawing I

Art II is for students who enjoyed the multi-media approach of Art I and would like to continue learning about various art styles and media. The elements of art and principles of design are further explored by developing a more in-depth understanding of studio techniques and processes. Both two-dimensional and three dimensional processes will be explored including drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking.

DRAWING I (Art Fundamentals)
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–None

This class is an introductory class for art students who wish to develop their drawing skills. In this class students will explore a variety of drawing media such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels and printmaking techniques. As in Art I, the emphasis will be on the elements of art and principles of design and will focus on twodimensional projects.

DRAWING II
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite- Drawing I or Art I

This class is a natural extension of Drawing I and the skills learned in Art I. Drawing techniques are developed using advanced level materials and concepts. A significant portion of this class is devoted to printmaking techniques with an emphasis on exploring a conceptual basis for creating art. Various drawing techniques will be explored to give the student a solid foundation for taking advanced classes.

HUMANITIES I: WESTERN STUDIES 
1/2 Credit 
1 Semester 
Prerequisite–None

Humanities I is designed for students that are less interested in art production and more interested in art appreciation. Western Studies is an arts appreciation class that explores history, culture, fine arts and how art creates meaning in our lives. Students become aware of how time, place and society influence the arts as we examine major forms of artistic expression from the past to the present. Students will learn to look at works of art critically and to express what they have seen or experienced. This class is project oriented, a hands-on approach to art 
appreciation.

HUMANITIES II: EASTERN STUDIES 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–None

Humanities II: Eastern Studies is an arts appreciation class exploring history, culture and the fine arts of India, China and Japan. By exploring ancient literature, traditional art forms and major philosophical ideas, students explore a worldview outside of Western culture. Students will create a portfolio of art projects as well as written work in response to traditional music, literature and film. This class is project oriented, a hands-on approach to art appreciation. 

PAINTING I 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Art I or Drawing I

Painting I is a class that introduces students to painting technique, color theory, color mixing, and tools specific to painting media. Students will explore works from art history and contemporary artistic styles. Using a variety of painting media such as: temperas, watercolors, and acrylics, we will explore an expressive, personal approach to painting and develop our painting skills for further study. 
* $15.00 Material fee.

PAINTING II 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Painting I

Painting II is an advanced studio class for students who are interested in continuing their study of painting, offering a more in-depth exploration of painting techniques. A broad range of approaches will be explored dealing with realistic to abstract and non-figurative work. Students will develop style, personal creativity, and an independent voice and will use painting media such as acrylic, water based oils and canvas and easels to complete works.
*$15.00 Material fee.

SCULPTURE 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite-Art I or Drawing I

This advanced studio class deals exclusively with three-dimensional techniques and concepts. Students will explore a variety of materials such as clay, cast stone, plaster casting, found objects and others. Students will generate personal goals and work towards combining 
expressive ideas with technical skills. Students will learn about various sculptural styles and individual artist's work as they explore historic and contemporary art forms.
*$15.00 Material Fee

CERAMICS I 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Art I or Drawing I

Ceramics I class provides students with an experience in clay, both hand-built and wheel thrown. Students will explore throwing functional ware on the Potter’s wheel, Southwestern Native American style coil method, slab construction and sculpting. In addition, students will learn proper studio use and maintenance and study beginning glazing and firing techniques.
* $15.00 Material fee.

CERAMICS II 
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Ceramics I

Ceramics II is a course designed to be a natural extension of Ceramics I. Students will produce advanced hand-built works and learn more sophisticated wheel-throwing techniques. The course includes a more in-depth examination of glazing and firing techniques. Students will work to develop independent interests and will learn skills required to take independent study in ceramics should they wish to continue studying ceramics in the future. (Ceramics II is required for Independent study.)
* $15.00 Material fee.

METAL ART/JEWELRY I
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Art I or Drawing I

Metal Art and Jewelry I is a studio introduction to the design and techniques of metalsmithing. The course format will include demonstrations, individualized instruction, and studio practice. 
Students will explore the fundamental shaping and fabrication of nonferrous metals such as copper, brass, nickel and silver. Techniques will include sawing, torch use, soldering, stone setting and more. This course focuses on the creation of jewelry and small-scale metal 
objects, while developing creativity, studio safety and technical skills. 
* $15.00 Material fee. 

METAL ART/JEWELRY II
1/2 Credit
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Metal Art/Jewelry I

Metal Art and Jewelry II is a continued exploration of the design and techniques of metalsmithing. Like Metal Art/Jewelry I, the course format will include demonstrations, individualized instruction, and studio practice. Students will explore contemporary trends in 
metalsmithing as well as advance their practice in the fabrication of nonferrous metals. This class takes an in-depth examination of jewelry fabrication. Projects will include chain making, belt buckles, hollow forms such as metal bead making, the use of recycled materials and more. This course also focuses on the creation of jewelry and small-scale metal objects, while developing creativity, studio safety and technical skills. 
* $15.00 Material fee.

GRAPHIC DESIGN I
1/2 Credit (Tech or Fine Arts credit)
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Art I or Drawing I

Graphic Design combines creativity, art, and communication. We focus our fundamental art concepts to unite word, symbol and image to create a visual message. This class will introduce students to the expanding field of graphic arts and provide a foundation to continue your studies beyond high school. Students will experience creating a wide range of digital and printed media using the Adobe Design Suite on Apple computers. Prepare yourself to push your fine arts skills 
with the leading design software.
* $15.00 Material fee.

GRAPHIC DESIGN II
1/2 Credit (Tech or Fine Arts credit)
1 Semester
Prerequisite–Graphic Design I

Do you want to expand on your experiences from Graphic Design I? Students will work to develop independent design styles inspired by their passions and interests as they continue in-depth exploration of the design principles while building on their knowledge of the software programs used in Graphic Design I. Learn the skills necessary to pursue graphic design in a college or work setting beyond high school in a project based studio environment. Graphic 
Design II is for advanced students who are serious about pushing their artistic skills to a higher level. *$15.00 Materials Fee