Introduction to Art
This course introduces students to the elements of art and principles of design through a variety of projects designed to give students a better understanding of the language and practice of visual arts. Concepts introduced - along with applied projects - will help prepare students for 2D Design I, 3D Design I, and Digital Photography.
Prerequisite: None (Light-Homework Course; Semester Course)
This studio course offers students an opportunity to begin to explore a variety of two-dimensional media and techniques. Course content will focus on the development of images drawn from observation, imagination, and memory. Students will use a variety of media which may include, but are not limited to: graphite, pastel, charcoal, conte crayon, printmaking, India ink, and watercolor.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art or permission of department. (
Semester Course) A sketchbook is required.
This studio course builds on two-dimensional media and techniques explored in 2D Design I. The elements and principles of art will be practiced at an intermediate level through acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and oil. The development of a painting style will be introduced with emphasis on constructing personal visual statements that communicate feelings and ideas.
Prerequisite: 2D Design I or teacher recommendation and permission of department. (
Semester Course) A sketchbook is required.
This studio course is a continuation of 2D Design II with emphasis on advanced skill acquisition and manipulation of media. As students begin to explore different styles of drawing, painting, and collage, they are encouraged to further develop a sense of personal style and direction. This course is designed to expand the student’s skill set in two-dimensional design, as well as to help students who are interested in pursuing AP Art to develop the breadth portion of their portfolio.
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of department. (
Full-Year Course) A sketchbook is required.
Digital Photography I
This course will instruct students in fundamental concepts and techniques of photography including aesthetics and design concept, introduction to the digital SLR camera, and essential Photoshop skills. Interpretation and evaluation through critiques and a brief history of photography are explored. Owning a digital camera is recommended but not required. Students will have access to a digital SLR camera.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (Full-Homework Course, Semester Course) Recommended Equipment: Digital SLR camera
Digital Photography II
Students continue to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography, with an emphasis on more personalized applications of concepts and creative techniques. Mastery of elements of art and design as they apply to photography will be emphasized. Students will learn about advanced studio equipment, advanced techniques in Photoshop, and how to apply their individual creativity and skills to photography. Owning a digital camera is recommended, but not required. Students will have access to a digital SLR camera.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art and Digital Photography I (Full-Homework Course; Semester Course) Recommended Equipment: Digital SLR camera
This course begins an exploration of three-dimensional design. Using additive and subtractive sculpture methods, students will apply the elements of art and principles of design to their artwork using a variety of materials, techniques, and processes including, but not limited to: clay, plaster, wire, and wood. The structural integrity of the work and the student’s willingness to experiment and explore will be emphasized
Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (Light-Homework Course; Semester Course)
This course is designed for students who want to further their development in three-dimensional processes. Students will examine advanced forms of three dimensional design that involve casting, carving, and constructing using plaster, clay, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Special emphasis will be placed on sculpting with clay, and its properties as a sculptural medium. Techniques in hand molding and use of the potter’s wheel will be taught. The structural integrity of the work and the students’ willingness to experiment and explore will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: 3D Design I (Light-Homework Course, Semester Course)
This course offers an in-depth study of three-dimensional art-making, including additive, subtractive and modeling processes, with an emphasis on mastering the pottery wheel and hand building techniques. It also provides in-depth work with clay and clay building techniques beyond that of 3D Art I & II, with a particular emphasis on wheel throwing and glaze effects. Students will work more independently on developing their personal style and aesthetic by building a portfolio of work and developing their own projects through recommendations and assistance from the 3DIII instructor. Art history, criticism, and aesthetics will be incorporated throughout this course.
Prerequisite: 3D Design II (Light-Homework Course; Semester Course)
AP Studio Art
The AP program in Studio Art is intended for highly-motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. Advanced Placement work involves significantly more commitment and accomplishment than the typical high school visual arts course. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination. Instead, students submit portfolios of 25-35 works of art for evaluation. Students may choose to develop a portfolio of drawing/painting or two-dimensional design. Weekly homework/sketchbook assignments will be given, and there are expectations to finish one major project every 1-2 weeks. A first-semester exam period with the instructor is scheduled to provide time for reflection, critique, and assessment.
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and permission of department. (Advanced Placement Homework Course; Full-Year Course)