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High School Art Course Descriptions

Studio in Art

Studio in Art is designed to provide a foundation for advanced courses and satisfies the CULTURAL ART GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. Emphasis is placed on understanding the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as a basis for composition. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes and materials such as drawing, painting, printmaking, two & three-dimensional design, and digital art. Student artwork will reflect aesthetics & cultural and historical contexts. Willingness to get involved in the creative process is a more important requirement than the student’s talent or previous experience. A lab fee is required.
PREREQUISITE: none

Studio in Photography & Media Arts

In this art course, students will learn how to use a 35mm film camera, digital camera, as well as the basics of Adobe Photoshop. Students have the opportunity to develop their own black and white film, and enlarge their own photographs. Topics include: basic and experimental darkroom techniques, digital manipulation and how to incorporate traditional art media. Students will also study significant photographers in history. All of the camera techniques learned in this course can be applied to the most advanced digital cameras. Cameras are available for student use. NOTE: This course SATISFIES THE CULTURAL ART GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. A lab fee is required.
PREREQUISITE: none

Advanced Studio in Photography

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to learn advanced techniques in photography. Students will build upon skills learned in the introductory photography course. Topics may include: documentary photography (photojournalism), studio photography (portrait lighting techniques), how to build strong compositions, operation of a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, and advanced Photoshop techniques. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal vision and style. Students have the opportunity to submit work to competitions throughout the year. A lab fee is required. PREREQUISITE: Studio in Photography & Media Arts

Studio in Drawing & Painting

A second year course that provides an opportunity for students to expand on the drawing and painting concepts introduced in Studio in Art. Emphasis is placed on experiences with design principles, drawing techniques and painting skills leading to the development of abilities that are necessary for advanced art courses. Students are given more in depth problems to solve creatively while becoming more adept through a broad exposure to various media. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

Advanced Studio in Drawing & Painting

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. A lab fee is required.
PREREQUISITE Studio in Art, Studio in Drawing and Painting

Studio in Sculpture & Ceramics

This upper-level art course offers an opportunity for students who wish to create three-dimensional art.  Students will explore the element of form using a variety of materials such as clay, plaster, wood, and metals. Students will also learn the methods of working with clay such as coiling, slab building, and throwing on the wheel. Final products will be displayed around the school and community. Students are encouraged to explore individual styles while producing a diverse body of three-dimensional work. A lab fee is required.
PREREQUISITE : Studio in Art

Graphic Design

This course (previously titled Design for the Graphic Artist) introduces students to the principles of graphic design and visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on the design-process using methods, strategies, and techniques to create original student artwork. Students will apply their knowledge of the elements and principles of design in order to strengthen their ability to visually communicate ideas. We will explore a range of design techniques using various art materials and software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will analyze, critique artworks and learn about the origins of graphic design in the history of art. Students will be exposed to a variety of disciplines within the Graphic Design field, which include but are not limited to logo design, poster design, typography, packaging design, and illustration.
PREREQUISITE: Studio In Art and/or Studio in Photography & Media Arts

Art Portfolio

In this course (previously titled Visual Presentations), advanced students will focus on portfolio development as they continue to develop skills in producing high quality works of art. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements. A wide range of materials and processes will be further explored, and students will have the opportunity to focus on a chosen subject or medium. The course is intended for advanced students creating a portfolio, but not taking the AP exam. A lab fee is required.
PREREQUISITE: Junior/Senior level course - consultation with and permission of instructor, based on coursework student has completed and future plans.

AP Studio in Art

This course is offered to the advanced art student in the senior year.  It is the equivalent to a one-semester college course in art, and culminates in the CEEB (College Entrance Examinations Board) Advanced Placement Examination. Depending on student's performance on this exam and on college's  policies, advance placement college credit may be received.  An additional College Board processing fee is required from applicants.  A well-presented portfolio and slides of student work are required for submission. A lab fee is required plus the fee for the AP exam and materials for submission.
PREREQUISITE: Studio in Art, Studio in Drawing & Painting and one other basic or advanced art course relating to the student's interests and talents.