Course Outline

Art 1

This course introduces students to general techniques and theories of art and provides experiences for a beginning level student who has an interest in learning about different art media. Course themes include, but are not limited to, elements of art, principles of design, foundation drawing, color theory, acrylic painting, and 3D sculpture. Students will be given technical instruction in the use of various media and explore creative approaches to artistic expression. This class is designed as an introductory course, which will allow for you to move on to more advanced art classes.

Advanced Art

This studio class will examine the fundamental techniques and concepts appropriate to the use of color and painting as a significant means of human expression. Basic tools, techniques and ideas related to oil painting will be explored. Students will also engage in hands on experimentation with different media including ebony pencil, ink pen, charcoal, conte crayons, pastels, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints. All projects will emphasize three-dimensional style, work and students will receive individual help as needed. Instruction will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations, visual aides, projects and visual analysis (critiques). Prerequisite: Art 1 with a minimum grade of "B" and instructor approval.

Ceramics 

This is an in-depth study of various techniques in art with clay. Emphasis will be on craftsmanship, hand-building, increasing student vocabulary, and developing skills in the use of ceramic tools. Students will receive individual help for solving problems with their projects. Students will be able to explore and expand upon their projects which include pinch and coil pots, slab construction, life sculpture, and abstract forms. Historical and multicultural emphasis are typical additions to many projects. Prerequisite: Art 1

Advanced Ceramics

The advanced level ceramics course is an in-depth study in hand-building and wheel throwing for the highly motivated student. The course emphasizes proficiency in class use surface application and kiln firing as well as a concentration on craftsmanship. The student will develop a sound art, aesthetic appreciation of the ceramic process, and understanding of the use and application of ceramic materials, glazed materials, firing and an awareness and understanding of the use of clay through the Visual Arts standards, Students will explore and expand on their previous art and ceramic knowledge through projects which include pinch, coil, slab construction, life sculpture, and abstract life forms. Prerequisite: Ceramics with a minimum grade of "B" and instructor approval.

Advanced Painting Honors

The Advanced Painting Honors course is an in-depth study in processes, materials and techniques used in acrylic and oils for the highly motivated student. Students will work toward developing their personal style and an advanced proficiency in communicating an idea, theme or emotion in realistic or abstract rendering. Students will have an opportunity to study and research artist's life and style by creating a power point presentation. Instruction will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations, visual aides, projects and visual analysis (critiques). Students will analyze and discuss series of heir work in-depth and develop personal style and direction. Students will receive individual help as needed. Prerequisite: Advanced Painting Honors instructor approval, portfolio review, application, teacher recommendation, and 2 years of studio art classes (Art 1, Advanced Art or Illustration).

AP Art History

The AP Art History course attempts to provide a broad overview of the history of art, beginning with prehistoric and ending with art of the 1990's. This course will examine primarily Western Art as well as non-Western art history. It is intended to provide students familiarity and awareness of the development of art, its major movements and figures with its relationship to the historical period which it was created. Prerequisite: Instructor approval, statement of intent, and English teacher recommendation. Summer work is required.

AP Studio Art

Students in AP Studio Art create a portfolio of a minimum of 25 pieces of art. They are allowed to submit in two categories: Drawing and 2 Dimensional Design. Much of the work will be personal interpretations of assignments, an extra time will be expected and needed in order to complete the portfolio requirements. All AP students will be expected to take the AP exam (submission of the portfolio). Summer work is required. Prerequisite: AP Studio Art instructor approval, application, teacher recommendation, portfolio review, 2-3 years of previous studio art classes (Art 1, Advanced Art, Illustration/Animation, Painting 1 or Advanced Painting Honors).

Illustration/Animation

This class is designed for students considering a career in the areas of illustration or graphic arts. Students will apply drawing and painting skills to solve illustration problems. Course themes include, but are not limited to elements of art, principles of design, ink technique, book illustration, character development, story telling and comic production. Students will learn a variety of ink media and develop an understanding of design. They will be introduced to key figures and the historical traditions associated with illustration. Students will familiarize themselves with the illustrator process from thumbnails, to roughs, to finished products. Previous art and drawing study is highly recommended.

3D Sculpture 

3D Sculpture is designed to give students experience in classical and contemporary art making and sculpture methods using a variety of art materials. Sculpture projects explore art history and philosophy, while providing opportunities for self-expression. Projects materials include wire, wood, fabric, found objects and papier-mâché. Instruction is conducted in a safe and respectful creative environment supporting individual attention, idea development and artistic growth. This course is currently pending UC/CSU approval. Prerequisite: Art 1 or instructor approval.

Art/Film

A course designed to introduce students to the audio/visual field. Students will learn camera operation, video editing, special effects creation, storyboarding, sound and set design for both live and recorded events. Students must have good academic standing to maintain enrollment and must be willing to put in extra hours after school for production schedules. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

Advanced Art/Film

This class is designed for those students with a background in audio/visual media. Students will learn script writing, advanced video editing, production management, sound engineering and directing. Student may take the class for a total of six semesters. Students must maintain good academic standing to maintain enrollment and must be willing to put in extra hours after school for production schedules. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.