Visual Arts - Course Descriptions

AR100 Drawing I

 

Drawing is the foundation course for all artistic areas. This course is designed for students who are interested in improving their drawing skills. Projects that focus on the recognition of spatial relationships, perspective and value are part of the course curriculum. Various drawing techniques such as linear perspective, crosshatching and modeling are introduced. Students begin by working in a variety of black and white media and move into the use of color media in the second quarter. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

It is required that students take this course prior to taking Painting.

 

Students who may be interested in studying art or design at the college level should take Drawing I in their sophomore year in order to take full advantage of the visual arts curriculum.

 

Prerequisite: Fine Arts

 


Continuous Contour Still-life

Pencil Shading & Linear Perspective

Pencil Portrait

Pastel Landscape

 

 

AR102 Design I

 

Visual literacy is the ability to understand, create, and use visual images. This foundation course focuses on the development of visual literacy through an understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design. A variety of media (pencil, marker, paint, and cut paper) and techniques (form construction and printmaking) will be utilized in the execution of class assignments. Various aspects of design and their impact on daily life and culture will be discussed. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Prerequisite: Fine Arts

 


Line Design

Pattern with Initials Motif

Collage with Relief Print

Digitally Created Logo

 

 

AR104 Painting

 

In Painting students will utilize both acrylic paint and watercolor, exploring the unique characteristics of each medium. The color wheel, color schemes and color theory will also be introduced. Various painting techniques will be utilized in the execution of class projects. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Prerequisite: Fine Arts and Drawing I

 


Acrylic Cityscape

Landscape in an Impressionistic Style

Watercolor and Marker

Mixed-media Acrylic

 

 

AR106 Ceramics I

 

This course introduces students to the art medium of clay. A variety of handbuilding methods will be explored as students work through the process of ceramic production. Additionally, students will research the pottery of various cultures and current trends in the ceramic arts. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Prerequisite: Fine Arts

 


Figurine

Textured Ceramic Tile

Cylinder Vessel

Coil Pot

 

   

 

AR206 Ceramics II

 

Students continue to explore and develop a variety of handbuilding techniques. Combining other media with ceramic pieces and increased experimentation with surface treatments will be part of the course curriculum.

 

Students will continue to research examples of historic, cultural and contemporary ceramic pieces. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Prerequisite: Ceramics I

 


Clay and Mixed-media Vessel

Contemporary Canopic Jar

Ceramic Chess Set

Slab Built Vessel

 

 

AR400 Independent Study in Art

 

This is a senior level course for students with a strong interest in the Visual Arts. Students will work independently in any or all of the areas of drawing, painting, ceramics, and design. Students will be given a variety of project ideas for consideration, or they may choose to develop projects of their own. Course objectives include continued development of artistic skills, experimentation with a variety of media, and application of creative expression in the execution of projects. This course is also designed to help students prepare a portfolio for college acceptance and scholarship consideration.

 

Students taking this course are not required to take AP Studio Art; however, it is a prerequisite if a student is planning to take AP Studio Art.

 

Prerequisite: Drawing I and either Design I, Ceramics I, or Painting I

 


Oil Pastel Landscape

Mixed-media

Marker & Watercolor

Mixed-media

 

 

AR402 AP Studio Art

 

This is a senior level course for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and who wish to complete and submit a portfolio for AP credit in Studio Art. The program demands a significant commitment from students including the completion of artwork during the summer between the junior and senior year. Additionally, students will be required to take Independent Study in Art in the first semester prior to taking AP Studio Art. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Students choose from one of the three portfolio offerings: Drawing, 2-DDesign or 3-DDesign. Each portfolio require submissions in three distinct areas; concentration, quality and breadth. The submitted portfolios are reviewed by college, university, and secondary school art instructors using rigorous standards. This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit and/or advance placement while still in high school.

 

Prerequisite: Independent Study in Art in Sem. 1 and departmental signature

 


Acrylic Painting
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Self-portrait in Colored Pencil

Digital Image


Oil Painting

 

 

 ACP AR410 Design II

 

This course is a continuation of Design I. Students will further develop their visual literacy using a variety of materials in both two and three-dimensional applications. Some elements of Graphic Design will be introduced using the Adobe CS3 suite of applications that include Photoshop®, InDesign® and Illustrator®. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Prerequisite: Design I

 

Enhanced Digital Photo

 

Architectural Model

 

Accordion Book

 

Collage with Type

 

 

ACP AR420 Drawing II

 

The Drawing II course is a continuation of Drawing I in which students continue to practice and improve drawing skills. Greater emphasis will be placed on drawing from direct observation. Effective compositional arrangement and personal expression will also be incorporated into the drawing experience. A variety of both black and white and color media will be used in the execution of projects. Weekly sketchbook assignments are a course requirement.

 

Students interested in developing a portfolio are encouraged to take this class.

 

Prerequisite: Drawing I

 

Pastel Still-life

     

Cubist Style Drawing with Collage

 

 

“Handscape” in Colored Pencil

 

 

Enlarged Self-portrait in Graphite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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