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Course Title:    AP 2-D Studio Art

Course Length: One Year (10 credits), meets requirement “F” for CSU/UC

Grade Level:     10th - 12th

Prerequisite:    Studio Art 1 with a “B” or better or portfolio review

The AP 2-D Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. AP Studio Art sets a national standard for performance in the visual arts that contributes to the significant role the arts play in academic environments. This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement while still in high school.

 

Course Title:    Ceramics and Sculpture

Course Length: One Year (10 credits), meets requirement “F” for CSU/UC

Grade Level:     9th  – 12th

Prerequisite:    Survey of the Arts recommended

This course is an introduction to a variety of three-dimensional art using clay as the primary medium. A range of construction techniques will be covered in addition to producing both functional and sculptural ceramic work. Students will explore historical and contemporary work as well as traditional and alternative methods of producing wares.

 

Course Title:    Drawing I (Taught with Painting I in year-long format)

Course Length: One Semester (5 credits)

Grade Level:     10th  – 12th

Prerequisite:    Fundamentals of Art recommended

This course is an introduction and application of the most basic of all visual art forms. In order to create and explore artistic expression, you must learn the fundamentals. Students will study the basic techniques of line drawing, shading, proportions, and perspective as they pertain to portraiture, still life, landscapes, and figurative drawing.

 

 

Course Title:    Drawing II (Taught with Painting II in year-long format)

Course Length: One Semester (5 credits)

Grade Level:     10th  – 12th

Prerequisite:    Completion of Drawing I with a C grade or higher                                    

In this class students will expand upon techniques learned in Drawing I. Students will explore line drawing, shading, and perspective as they pertain to portraiture, still life, landscape, and figure drawing.  Students will explore different mediums in drawing including pencil, charcoal, and ink.  An emphasis will be placed on composition. Art preparation for display and competitive exhibit will be encouraged

 

Course Title:    Fundamentals of Art

Course Length: One Year (10 credits), meets requirement “F” for CSU/UC

Grade Level:     9th – 12th (9th grade requirement, new incoming 10th – 12th may select this class.)

Prerequisite:    None

This is a UC approved, standards-based course that fulfills the fine arts graduation requirement while providing a foundation for the students who wish to pursue art in depth.  This course introduces the elements of art, the principles of design, and the relationship of the visual arts to daily living. The course is designed to explore fundamental art process, teach basic art skills and survey historical art concepts.  A combination of the four components of art education will be addressed; production, criticism, history and aesthetics. Students will use creative problem solving and critical thinking to produce various projects. Projects are designed to develop self-awareness, self-motivation, self-expression and self-esteem.

 

Course Title:    Mixed Media Arts

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level:     9th  – 12th

Prerequisite:    None

Extend your creativity beyond the boundaries of traditional media. Explore contemporary mixed media techniques and alternative art processes such as: collage, assemblage, artists’ books, deconstructed visual books, photo-based work, stenciling, xerography, work with found and recycled objects, appropriated imagery, alternative drawing and printmaking, incorporating text with imagery, and wax resist. Through hands-on explorations, students will be guided toward new discoveries broadening their artistic vision and developing their own unique mode of visual expression to create original artworks like never before. Color theory, composition, and design will also be covered with demonstrations, critiques and individualized instruction. Course not offered for 15-16 school year.

 

Course Title:    Painting I (Taught with Drawing I in year-long format)

Course Length: One Semester (5 credits)

Grade Level:     10th – 12th

Prerequisite:    Fundamentals of Art recommended

This course is an introduction to handling materials, mixing paint, color theory, tonal values, light and shadow, and studio practices.  This course will be evaluated on still life projects, class exercises, class critiques, and projects.

 

Course Title:    Painting II (Taught with Drawing II in year-long format)

Course Length: One Semester (5 credits)

Grade Level:     10th – 12th

Prerequisite:    Painting I recommended

This is an intermediate level painting and design class. Students will explore the elements and principals of design and complete both individual compositions and collaborative projects. Painting techniques in tempera, acrylic, and water-based medial will be explored. Historic and contemporary art styles will be studied and applied to original artworks. Students will be encouraged to find their own personal vision through painted media.

 

Course Title:    Studio Art 1

Course Length: One Year (10 credits)

Grade Level:     10th grade (new incoming 11th – 12th may select this class.)

Prerequisite:    Fundamentals of Art with a “C” or better

This course allows the study of visual art to continue across a variety of mediums: drawing, painting, 3-dimensional art forms, and mixed media. Studio will study the major movements of art across history and cultures through the practice of their own art as well as research.