Program of Studies

  • Drawing
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    The art of drawing is an act of uncanny coordination between the hand, the
    eye, and the mind. Each of these is subject to training and habit. Improvement
    in drawing simply lies in breaking bad habits, and replacing them with new and
    useful ones. In Drawing students learn to draw by observing the visual properties
    of forms and the spaces they occupy. Drawing students will create artwork using
    a wide variety of drawing mediums, such as graphite, pen and ink, pastels, etc.,
    while exploring a vast array of subject matter. Drawing students are required to
    complete a minimum of one homework/sketchbook assignment per week,
    in addition to any in-class assignments.

     
    Fine Arts I
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Fine Arts I will introduce and expose the students to the Visual Elements of
    Design, which are the building blocks for all forms of Art. The students will
    participate in units based on drawing, painting, print making, multimedia and
    sculpture. Specific attention will be paid to composition and observational
    assignments. Fine Arts I students are required to complete a minimum of
    one homework/sketchbook assignment per week, in addition to any in class
    assignments.
     
    Functional & Wearable Art
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Fiber has a long and rich history as a medium for both fine and applied arts.
    Functional & Wearable Crafts explores the conventional and non-conventional
    uses of fiber in the past and present. Both two and three dimensional
    approaches will be explored through the techniques of coiling, fabric dyeing and
    embellishment, felt making, paper making, and weaving. Students will create
    usable crafts, such as, bags, baskets, scarves, rugs, etc. Students are required
    to complete a minimum of one hour of sketching/research outside of class.

    Interior Design and Housing
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    Students of Interior Design and Housing will examine the universal need for
    housing, including its social and economic factors. Technological and architectural
    contributions and limits will be researched. Housing choice and the individual nature
    of interior decorating will be explored interactively through project and cooperative
    learning. Practical application will be made in comparing the economic factors of
    housing choice and individual budget limits. Social and legal controls of housing
    will be introduced. Projects in design presentation and career research allow the
    student to prepare for informed decision making in the choice of advanced study
    in this area.

    Creative Crafts
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    .5 Credit
    Creative Crafts gives the student an opportunity to explore and experiment in
    personal applications of traditional American crafts. Projects will be linked to
    rendered tasks in clothing and object adornment using art material and machine
    sewing. This can include but is not limited to textile appliqué, embroidery, stenciling,
    quilting, and paper crafts. This will be accomplished by consistent application of the
    elements and principles of design to create original works that reflect the individual
    style of each student.

    Ceramics I
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Students are encouraged to take Sculpture prior to Ceramics.
    Since the dawn of time, humans have used clay to fulfill their utilitarian needs
    and satisfy their creative impulses Ceramics introduces students to the basic
    fundamentals of working with low relief and in-the-round forms, in clay. Students
    will produce functional and sculptural pieces using slab, pinch and coiling
    techniques. Students will experiment with a variety of ways to finish their clay
    pieces, such as glazing and staining.

    Fine Arts II
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    The Fine Arts II course will expand upon the basic fundamentals and
    experiences with the Visual Elements of Design gained in Fine Art I. The
    students will begin to balance the mastery of technical skills while developing
    an individual voice, utilizing the Visual Elements and Principles of Design. An
    emphasis will be placed on analysis, observation, and organization. The students
    will further develop their eye-hand coordination and their understanding of the
    basic traditional concerns, materials, and methods associated with the arts. Fine
    Arts II students will be required to complete a minimum of one homework/
    sketchbook assignments per week, in addition to any in-class assignments.

    Photography I
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    This course is for sophomores, juniors and seniors only.
    Photography will introduce and expose the students to black and white
    photography through experience with photographic chemicals, equipment,
    contact sheets, test strips, and final prints. Photography students are required
    to complete a minimum of one hour of research outside of class. Students who
    enroll in this course are encouraged to purchase their own 35mm Single Lens
    Reflex Camera.

    Digital Art and Photography I
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    It is highly recommended that students interested in this course take Fine
    Arts I or Drawing prior to taking Digital Art and Photography.
    This course is designed to introduce the students to Black and White
    Photography, Digital Art manipulation and Digital Photography. The students will
    have the opportunity to work with manual SLR Cameras, film processing, and
    black and white print processing utilizing traditional darkroom techniques. The
    students will also have the opportunity to work with iMac computers and Adobe
    Photoshop for manipulating their art and photography.

    Sculpture Studio I
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Sculpture Studio I is an introductory course focusing on the basic elements: form
    and space. Students will develop their skills for sculpture through the three main
    groups: subtractive, additive and kinetic. A variety of materials will be used to
    create objective and non-objective works. Utilitarian, in-the-round, and low
    relief sculpture will also be addressed. Problem solving and time management
    skills are crucial. The students will work cooperatively and individually.

    Advanced Drawing & Painting-Honors
    Grades 11, 12
    Advanced Drawing and Painting is a comprehensive training in the traditional
    disciplines of drawing and painting. An emphasis will be placed on accepting
    and lending constructive criticism, further developing critical thinking skills and
    problem solving strategies, as well as, building and maintaining self discipline,
    organization and responsibility. Students will experience and explore various
    drawing and painting media, such as pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastel, pen
    and ink, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media. The art work created during this
    course will help to fulfill portfolio requirements at higher level learning institutions,
    and it will help the students gain the self-confidence necessary to expand their
    creativity and become better artists. Advanced drawing and painting students
    are required to complete homework/sketchbook assignment on a weekly
    basis and should be prepared to spend 3 to 4 hours on artwork outside of
    class.

    Ceramics II-Honors
    Grades 11 & 12
    This course is designed to build upon the skills developed in Ceramics I.
    Students are expected to have an advanced knowledge of hand building and
    wheel throwing, as well as finishing techniques, and use that knowledge to
    individually develop projects. The pieces created during this course will fulfill
    portfolio requirements at higher level learning institutions.

    Fine Arts III-Honors
    Grades 11, 12
    Fine Arts III is designed for the student who is interested in expanding their
    knowledge in the following areas: commercial art, crafts, drawing, painting, print
    making, sculpture and preparation of a portfolio. An emphasis will be placed
    on further developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Fine Arts III
    students are required to complete homework/sketchbook assignments on
    a weekly basis and should be prepared to spend 3 to 4 hours on artwork
    outside of class.

    Advanced Photography II
    Grades 11, 12
    This course is for juniors and seniors only. Advanced Photography students
    will explore photographic practices beyond the image to experience the ways in
    which processes can vary for developing and presenting a print. Students will
    learn to control the look of the final print, thereby enabling them to understand how
    the aesthetic and technical choices they make affect emotional content and make
    ideas visible. Issues and topics that relate the photographer and their images to
    other media will be central to this course. Advanced Photography students are
    required to complete a minimum of one hour of research outside of class. Students
    who enroll in this course are encouraged to purchase their own 35mm Single Lens
    Reflex Camera.

    Advanced Digital Art and Photography II
    Grades 11, 12
    It is highly recommended that students interested in this course take Fine
    Arts I or Drawing and Digital Art and Photography prior to taking Advanced
    Digital Art and Photography.
    This course is designed to build upon the skills developed in the Digital Art and
    Photography course. Students can expect to further develop their knowledge
    about, and use of Manual/Digital SLR Cameras, film/print processing techniques
    and manual/digital manipulation skills. Students signing up for this course should
    anticipate a more rigorous workload and deadline schedule, as well as, more
    outside-of-class assignments and research.

    Advanced Sculpture Studio II-Honors
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Advanced Sculpture Studio builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in Sculpture
    Studio. Students will be assigned problems and then select the most appropriate
    solution. The project must demonstrate their understanding and level of competency
    in sculpture. Students will work cooperatively and individually to create works that
    are expressive, well crafted and meet project criteria. Time management is very
    beneficial.

    Fine Arts IV-Honors
    Grade 11, 12
    Fine Arts IV is designed for those students who possess a sincere focus on
    pursuing a career in the Arts. It combines and expands upon the concepts and
    skills developed in prior Fine Arts courses and focuses on the areas of problem
    solving and graphic design. The artwork created during this course will help to
    fulfill portfolio requirements at higher level learning institutions. Fine Arts IV
    students are required to complete homework/sketchbooks assignments on
    a weekly basis and should be prepared to spend 3 to 4 hours on artwork
    outside of class.

    Digital Art and Photography III-Honors
    Grades 11 & 12
    This course is designed to build upon the skills developed in Digital Art and
    Photography I & II. Students are expected to have an advanced knowledge of
    Photoshop, and use that knowledge to individually develop projects. Throughout
    this semester long course, students will develop a portfolio that showcases
    their chosen concentration and their incorporation of a variety of art, digital and
    photography media.

    Photography III-Honors
    Grades 11 & 12
    This course is designed to build upon the skills developed in Photography I & II.
    Students are expected to have an advanced knowledge of SLR Cameras and
    Darkroom Techniques, and use that knowledge to individually develop projects.
    Throughout this semester long course, students will develop a portfolio that
    showcases their chosen concentration and their incorporation of a variety of art
    and photography media.