Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts Courses 2015-16

Beginning Art

This class is open to all students wishing an introduction to the concepts and techniques of creating visual art. It provides a solid basis for further development and study. This course builds skills in art production, develops knowledge of art history, creates sensitivity toward art criticism, and cultivates aesthetic appreciation. Students develop individual tastes, insights, and attitudes about art and its reflection of society as producers and consumers of art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080601


Studio Art

This course is designed for those students with an interest in further study of visual art beyond Beginning Art. Students develop technical skill in various media as well as creative problem solving skills. Projects emphasize the use of 2-D and 3-D design in the making of expressive artworks. Prerequisite: Beginning Art, portfolio review, or teacher recommendation. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080605


Painting

This course is an introduction to the material and subject matter of painting at an advanced level. Students study and practice the application of opaque and transparent painting media, including acrylics and watercolors. Emphasis is directed toward technical quality, color theory, composition, paint handling, construction, and personal expression. Areas of historical study stress the emergence of the modern era in art and the work of 20th century artists. Although not necessary, students are encouraged to take this course prior to Advanced Fine Arts or AP Studio Art. Prerequisite: Studio Art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080616



Drawing

This course provides students with an advanced, in-depth study of drawing. Utilizing a range of techniques, both traditional and unconventional media are introduced. Observational drawing is emphasized, as well as additional development in perspective and compositional elements, while incorporating student-centered choices for subject matter. The history of art is examined and assessed as it pertains to trends and movements in the drawing field. This course is highly recommended for students considering Advanced Fine Arts or AP Studio Art. Prerequisite: Studio Art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080617



Ceramics

This course is an introduction into 3-D work focused in the ceramic (clay) medium. Students use clay to construct functional and sculptural objects, with the predominant focus on hand building and with some work on the pottery wheel. Along with building techniques, students learn about firing and surface treatments, including textures and glazes. Students also learn about the historical and the current use of the ceramic medium through the course of ceramic works throughout history. Prerequisite: Studio Art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080614



Printmaking

Students work with printmaking processes such as linoleum block printing, intaglio printing, screen printing, and stenciling. By studying the history of printmaking, students learn about the role of print as a tool of expression. Prerequisite: Studio Art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080615



Advanced Screen Printing

This course is for students interested in advanced knowledge and experience with screen printing. Students use handmade and computer generated imagery to print on paper and textiles. Emphasis is directed toward multicolor registration and technical quality. During the semester students will spend three days in New York City visiting artist studios, museums and galleries. *This course will meet Tuesday and Wednesday after school from 4 to 6 p.m. instead of during the normal school day. The class is limited to 10 students. The course fee pays for all supplies and costs associated with the New York City trip. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. Fee: $675 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080620



Advanced Fine Arts

This class is a two-semester course for the advanced art student interested in further study in art. It follows the syllabus of the Advanced Placement (AP) College Board Studio Art: Drawing course. Students complete 12 paintings and drawings that demonstrate their breadth in terms of technical skill. This course is a requirement for AP Studio Art. Students registering for this course must attend a pre-class meeting for their summer assignments. Prerequisites: Studio Art and a portfolio review. Painting and/or Drawing are recommended. Fee: $40 per semester.

 Two Semesters                                   Credit: 1 Unit                                   Course No: 080607



AP Studio Art: Drawing

This course follows the syllabus of the Advanced Placement (AP) College Board Studio Art: Drawing course. Students complete 12 paintings and drawings that demonstrate their ability to show a concentration within a theme, in addition to the 12 breadth pieces completed in Advanced Fine Arts. At the course termination, students are encouraged to turn in a portfolio to be reviewed by the College Board. Students registering for this course must attend a pre-class meeting for their summer assignments. Prerequisites: Advanced Fine Arts and a portfolio review. (Painting and/or Drawing recommended.) Fee: $40 per semester.

Two Semesters                                   Credit: 1 Unit                                   Course No: 080610



Digital Imaging

Digital Imaging is for students interested in learning how to use digital media as a mode of communication and expression. The history of photography and design is studied and assessed in terms of techniques and trends, as well as the impact on contemporary culture. Students use programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Projects are guided, although subject matter and project concepts are often developed by students. Prerequisite: Studio Art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080609



Digital Photography

This course is for students interested in exploring fine art photography. Students learn about manual camera functions, compositional techniques, image adjustment and manipulation in Photoshop and the history of photography. Throughout the semester students will maintain a personal blog on which they will display completed projects. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging. Access to a digital camera. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080621



Video Production

In this course students learn to write, film, direct, edit, and act in their own video productions. The history of film is used to teach foundational concepts and develop an appreciation for master works. Each day students produce daily video announcements for the school. Prerequisite: Studio Art. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080622



Advanced Video Production

This course is for students interested in advanced knowledge and experience with videography. An emphasis is placed on digital portfolio development through the creation of sophisticated videos. Students create personal and community-based projects. Each day students produce daily video announcements for the school. Prerequisite: Video Production. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080623



Graphic Design

Students use the Adobe Creative Suite to learn design skills that allow them to manipulate digital images in creating complex graphics suitable for print or web. The lessons are centered on the fundamentals of graphic design, typography and illustration. The combination of text and images to create dynamic, colorful and eye-catching publications is at the core of each project. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                    Course No: 100810



Game Design

Game Design is an introduction to the concepts and techniques of creating video games. Students use programs such as GameSalad, Photoshop and Illustrator to create games for mobile devices and computers. This course builds skill in character design and interactive gaming. The history of video games is assessed in terms of graphics, trends and interactivity. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 100811



Website Development

Website Development is an introductory course designed for students to experience the fundamentals of website planning, design and publishing. Students use Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop to design and create user-friendly websites that include graphics, tables and various multimedia resources. Students examine the impact different image formats, typography and color have on the design of a web site. The emphasis of the course is placed on designing easy-to-navigate, user-friendly websites. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 100802



Advanced Website Development

Students will be complete their study of web design using cascading style sheets and implementing advanced web development skills. Students will then be required to create their own websites using HTML and XHTML code. An emphasis will be placed on individual work and creativity in design. Many professional websites will be analyzed as a basis for this work. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Website Development. Fee: $40 per semester.

One Semester                                   Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 100803



Fine Arts Mentorship

Students enroll in this Educational Option to earn credit through attending performances, exhibits, etc. or by working with a mentor on an arts-related project. Students study and write about what they have learned. All arrangements must be made with the mentor. A maximum of ½ credit may be earned each semester.

Independent Study                                  Credit: ¼ Unit                                   Course No: 080611
Independent Study                                  Credit: ½ Unit                                   Course No: 080612