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    VISUAL ARTS COURSES
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    Course Descriptions for Visual Arts 2018-2019
     
    Visual Arts-9th Grade Course Offerings

    Foundation Design 2D/3D/Graphic Design 8308 
     
    Students will take 12 weeks of 2D Design, 3D Design and Ceramics. Design combines in-depth foundation studies using elements and principles of design with skills and techniques as applied to the construct of stand-alone artistic compositions. These pieces are seen as “problems” that need a compositional solution. Finished work can be used in AP 2D/3D Portfolios as well as springboards for new, more developed pieces. Ceramics is offered as a 12 week rotation for the introduction to the studio, vocabulary, safety, and basic techniques.

    Foundation Drawing 8329

    Students will develop observational drawing skills, learn appropriate visual arts vocabulary, explore a variety of techniques, experiment with composition and format, critique their work and the work of others, and express art ideas both orally and in writing. Students will create a 20-piece portfolio and begin a short series. Students focus on developing in-depth art concentrations through contemporary ideas specific to drawing, various drawing techniques, media, surfaces, compositional tools, styles, and aesthetics. Students begin to develop personal style and evaluate their own work more critically.

    Intro to Studios 8292

    This class is a 6 week rotation. Students are introduced to five studios: Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Jewelry. Each six weeks is dedicated to the introduction of studio vocabulary, safety, and basic techniques. The final six weeks, students revisit a studio for further exploration. 

    Course Options for 10th Grade Visual Arts Students


    Foundation Design: 2D 8335 

    Design combines in-depth foundation studies using elements and principles of design with skills and techniques as applied to the construct of stand-alone artistic compositions. These pieces are seen as “problems” that need a compositional solution. Finished work can be used in AP 2D/3D Portfolios as well as springboards for new, more developed pieces.

    Foundation Design: 3D 8347

    Design combines in-depth foundation studies using elements and principles of design with skills and techniques as applied to the construct of stand-alone artistic compositions. These pieces are seen as “problems” that need a compositional solution. Finished work can be used in AP 2D/3D Portfolios as well as springboards for new, more developed pieces. At this level students will learn foundation welding skills.

    Foundation Drawing 8353

    Students will develop advanced observational drawing skills, learn appropriate visual arts vocabulary, explore a variety of techniques, experiment with composition and format, critique their work and the work of others, and express art ideas both orally and in writing. Students will create a 20-piece portfolio and begin a short series. Students focus on developing in-depth art concentrations through contemporary ideas specific to drawing, various drawing techniques, media, surfaces, compositional tools, styles, and aesthetics. Students begin to develop personal style and evaluate their own work more critically.

    Photography 8543

    In the fall students will focus on the use of a manual film camera, film processing, and traditional darkroom printing. In the spring, the emphasis will be on alternative processes and developing a narrative in photography.

    Jewelry 8384

    Students will practice mastery of traditional metalsmithing techniques, including stone setting in the Fall semester. They explore positive/negative space, personal adornment, function, experimental shapes, and individual techniques. Unconventional materials mixed with traditional metal techniques will be explored in the spring. Materials may include resin, fabric, wood, metal clay and glass.

    Printmaking 8377

    In the fall, students will practice intaglio and relief processes including drypoint, etching, woodcut, and linocut. In the spring, emphasis will be on layering colors with monotypes, chine-collé, stencils, and photographic screen printing.

    Painting 8380

    This course is a development of painting skills techniques and practices through a set of assignments designed to experience proficiency with the medium of painting. Exploration of ideas and issues on which to base paintings are documented by maintaining an in-class sketchbook.

    Ceramics 8389

    Students focus on functional uses of ceramic works in the Fall as they master methods of wheel throwing and handbuilding. Surface treatments of their works will explore color and texture through glazing and colored slips. In the spring the emphasis will be on sculptural forms and installation works as we experiment with alternative firings such as crystalline or raku.

      
    Course Options for 11th Grade Visual Arts Students

    AP Drawing 8206

    The aim of this AP® Studio Art Portfolio course is to provide students with the opportunity to show mastery of drawing. Mastery of drawing can be demonstrated through a wide range of approaches and media. At the end of this year long course students will submit 24 works that investigate all three aspects of the portfolio that include quality, concentration and breadth. The portfolio may include work that students have done over the year (or longer), in class, and outside of class.

    AP 2D Design 8282

    The 2-D Design portfolio addresses two-dimensional design issues and involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students' portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions.

    AP 3D Design 8238

    The 3-D Design portfolio involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art as they relate to the integration of depth, space, volume, and surface, either actual or virtual. Students' portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions. Media and processes could include sculpture, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics, and 3D fiber arts. Work will be divided into two sections of the portfolio including a student lead sustained investigation or concentration and teacher lead assignments.

    Sculpture 8374

    Students will explore the elements and principles of design to create more complex pieces in wood, wire, metal, plaster, wax, clay and found object. Students are expected to expand on a design problem, create a maquette, and create the final work out of the material of choice. Students are expected to create 3 finished works per semester. New techniques will include surface embellishment including patinas for metal and slips and engobes for clay works, as well as idea exploration not limited to but including abstraction and thematic exploration.

    Photography 8543

    In the fall students will focus on the use of a manual film camera, film processing, and traditional darkroom printing. In the spring, the emphasis will be on alternative processes and developing a narrative in photography.

    Jewelry 8384

    Students will practice mastery of traditional metalsmithing techniques, including stone setting in the Fall semester. Unconventional materials mixed with traditional metal techniques will be explored in the spring. Materials may include resin, fabric, wood, metal clay and glass.

    Printmaking 8377

    In the fall, students will practice intaglio and relief processes including drypoint, etching, woodcut, and linocut. In the spring, emphasis will be on layering colors with monotypes, chine-collé, stencils, and photographic screen printing.

    Painting 8380

    Advanced painting continues skill development, techniques, and practices introduced in level II. In addition, the focus for this level is on personal imagery and the development of a thematic body of work. Development of painting skills, techniques and practices is accomplished through a set of assignments designed to encourage proficiency with the medium of painting. Exploration of ideas and issues on which to base paintings are documented by maintaining an in-class sketchbook. The instructor and the student maintain an open dialogue regarding the development of series work.

    Ceramics 8389

    Students focus on functional uses of ceramic works in the Fall as they master methods of wheel throwing and handbuilding. Surface treatments of their works will explore color and texture through glazing and colored slips. In the spring the emphasis will be on sculptural forms and installation works as we experiment with alternative firings such as crystalline or raku. Students will learn to load and fire kilns, mix clay and formulate glazes.

    Life Drawing 8386

    This course will provide direction to the student in the area of life drawing. Students will learn basic anatomy and will begin to develop an understanding of the way a figure inhabits space, and will be able to successfully reproduce this space in two dimensions. The outstanding goal of the course is to learn academic, realistic representation of the figure. Therefore emphasis will be on accurately rendering the figure on the page in proper proportion. However, good compositions are imperative, and conceptual matters will be taken into consideration, as well. Students will work up to developing your own personal style within the confines of academic observational art.

    Digital Photography 8332

    This course focuses on digital camera operations, Adobe Photoshop, lighting, and studio portraiture. Students will create personal work as well as commercial work.

    Fashion Design 8542

    This course is ideal for students interested in the fashion business and design quality. Students will gain knowledge about everything from haute couture to budget clothing. Students will learn that design is about performing research, knowledge of fabric, coordinating color/texture, and monitoring quality and fit. Sewing Machine, notions, and fabric (as needed) are required materials for the class.


    Course Options for 12th Grade Visual Arts Students

    Internship 7228/30

    Career Preparation/VA Internship provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience that combines classroom instruction with paid business and industry employment experiences and supports strong partnerships among school, business, and community stakeholders. The practicum is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences occur in a paid or unpaid arrangement and in a variety of instructional settings.

    Senior Artist Residency 8536/8539

    Seniors will utilize an on campus studio space to create an original body of work under the direction of a teaching artist or artist resident. Students are expected to collaborate with peers to produce a culminating event such as a gallery exhibit or time based artwork. AP Drawing 8206

    The aim of this AP® Studio Art Portfolio course is to provide students with the opportunity to show mastery of drawing. Mastery of drawing can be demonstrated through a wide range of approaches and media. At the end of this year long course students will submit 24 works that investigate all three aspects of the portfolio that include quality, concentration and breadth. The portfolio may include work that students have done over the year (or longer), in class, and outside of class.

    AP 2D Design 8282

    The 2-D Design portfolio addresses two-dimensional design issues and involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students' portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions.

    AP 3D Design 8238

    The 3-D Design portfolio involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art as they relate to the integration of depth, space, volume, and surface, either actual or virtual. Students' portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions. Media and processes could include sculpture, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics, and 3D fiber arts. Work will be divided into two sections of the portfolio including a student lead sustained investigation or concentration and teacher lead assignments.

    AP Art History 8209

    This introductory college level course provides the student with an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and present from a variety of cultures. Art History also emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art. This class requires a high degree of commitment to academic work in order to meet college standards.

    Photography 8543

    In the fall students will focus on the use of a manual film camera, film processing, and traditional darkroom printing. In the spring, the emphasis will be on alternative processes and developing a narrative in photography.

    Sculpture 8374

    Building on their prior experience, students are expected to work on a series of independent works showing a style and voice. Media may include metal, clay, wood, plaster, wax, mixed media, and found object.

    Jewelry 8383

    Students will practice mastery of traditional metalsmithing techniques, including stone setting in the Fall semester. Unconventional materials mixed with traditional metal techniques will be explored in the spring. Materials may include resin, fabric, wood, metal clay and glass. Areas of concentration will be selected by collaboration between student and teacher. Students begin to develop personal style and evaluate their work more critically.

    Printmaking 8377

    In the fall, students will practice intaglio and relief processes including drypoint, etching, woodcut, and linocut. In the spring, emphasis will be on layering colors with monotypes, chine-collé, stencils, and photographic screen printing.

    Painting 8380

    Advanced painting continues skill development, techniques, and practices introduced in level II. In addition, the focus for this level is on personal imagery and the development of a thematic body of work. Development of painting skills, techniques and practices is accomplished through a set of assignments designed to encourage proficiency with the medium of painting. Exploration of ideas and issues on which to base paintings are documented by maintaining an in-class sketchbook.

    Ceramics 8389

    Students focus on functional uses of ceramic works in the Fall as they master methods of wheel throwing and handbuilding. Surface treatments of their works will explore color and texture through glazing and colored slips. In the spring the emphasis will be on sculptural forms and installation works as we experiment with alternative firings such as crystalline or raku. Students will learn to load and fire kilns, mix clay and formulate glazes.

    Life Drawing 8386

    This course will provide direction to the student in the area of life drawing. Students will learn basic anatomy and will begin to develop an understanding of the way a figure inhabits space, and will be able to successfully reproduce this space in two dimensions. The outstanding goal of the course is to learn academic, realistic representation of the figure. Therefore emphasis will be on accurately rendering the figure on the page in proper proportion. However, good compositions are imperative, and conceptual matters will be taken into consideration, as well. Students will work up to developing your own personal style within the confines of academic observational art.

    Digital Photography 8332

    In the fall students will focus on the use of a manual film camera, film processing, and traditional darkroom printing. In the spring, the emphasis will be on alternative processes and developing a narrative in photography.

    Fashion Design 8542

    This course is ideal for students interested in the fashion business and design quality. Students will gain knowledge about everything from haute couture to budget clothing. Students will learn that design is about performing research, knowledge of fabric, coordinating color/texture, and monitoring quality and fit. Sewing Machine, notions, and fabric (as needed) are required materials for the class.