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Art
 
The Visual Studies course is a prerequisite for all of the advanced art courses. Students are encouraged to enroll in this basic introductory course to enable them to take the more advanced courses later in their high school career. Students may receive a waiver of the Visual Studies requirement for entrance into advanced courses based on teacher recommendation and/or the submission of a portfolio of representative work.
 
 
 
Visual Studies  1602 
1 Credit  Grades: 9-12
This preliminary course is designed to introduce the student to the visual world and make them more aware of the great potential and importance of visual perception. Students will explore design, composition, and color, while emphasizing the elements of art in a variety of mediums. The course is oriented to form a sound basic introduction to studio art but also includes areas of art appreciation and criticism. A grade of C or better in this course or a portfolio approved waiver is recommended for entrance into all other art elective courses.
Expectation: Quality Producer
 
 
Studio Drawing  1639 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
This is an integral course selection for all serious art students. Good drawing skills are basic for any type of art work. This course explores drawing techniques in various media, with emphasis on line, texture, tone, shape, color, and composition. Art appreciation and criticism are also an important part of this course, as well as the study of good composition and design. Grading includes projects, critiques and written assessments.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Visual Studies
 
 
Studio Painting  1629 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
In this course students will study and apply a variety of painting techniques. Using watercolors and acrylic paints, they are encouraged to explore and experiment on projects ranging from landscapes to canvas paintings and mural designs. Students will also study paintings from art history and the contemporary art world. Grading includes projects, critiques, and written assessments.
Expectation: Civic Expectations
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Studio Drawing
 
 
Pottery  1619 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
In this studio course students learn basic clay hand-building and glazing techniques in preparation for learning more advanced methods of clay construction. In the second half of the course students develop these techniques through more complex assignments. Craftsmanship, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized in the development of a variety of finished clay projects. Grading includes preliminary drawings, clay work, critiques and written assessments.
Expectation: Quality Producer
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Visual Studies
 
 
Advanced Pottery   1620
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Advanced Pottery is a studio course that builds on skills and methods learned in Pottery class. Students in this course further develop their skills in hand-building construction, sculpture, advanced glazing and decorating techniques. They also learn more about cultures and artists noted for their work in clay. Emphasis is on providing students opportunities to utilize and expand on clay skills learned in Pottery to create more in-depth and personal work. Grading includes preliminary drawings, clay work, critiques and written assessments.
Expectation: Self-Directed Learner
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Pottery
 
 
Photography  1625 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
This course is designed specifically for photographers. Five areas of instruction will be emphasized: Composition, History of Photography, how cameras work, traditional dark-room functions, and how to use a digital dark-room with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. At the beginning of the course, students will learn the History of Photography and learn to shoot black & white film with analog cameras. Subsequently, they will be introduced to digital photography and postproduction with Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop. Students are encouraged to have the use of an adjustable SLR camera since most of their photos are taken outside of class (a limited number of school cameras are available for use).
Expectation: Quality Producer
Prerequisite: Visual Studies
 
 
Advanced Studio Art  1637 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Advanced Studio Art is an upper-level course designed for the student who wishes to further develop skills and techniques that were introduced in previous drawing and painting courses. This is a desirable course for any student wishing to develop a portfolio for college. It is expected for any student intending to enroll in Advanced Placement Art to successfully complete this course. Students will be continually encouraged to expand their creative ideas as well as their technical potential. The course will approach drawing and painting utilizing various techniques and materials.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion Drawing and Paint-ing with grades of C or better
 
 
AP Studio Art (Honors/AP) 
1636 
 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
The AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and who wish to apply for college credit upon completion of the course. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios to the College Board for evaluation at the end of the school year. AP Studio Art candidates pre-pare the Quality, Breadth, and Concentration sections of their portfolios through organized AP instruction. Therefore, it is advisable for a student to take two semesters of Studio Art (Portfolio in the fall semester and AP in the spring semester) in order to complete all the required work.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Studio Art or Teacher Recommendation