Visual Arts Courses


Visual Arts Courses 2012-13


Fine Arts 10

This course is a required arts appreciation class involving various forms of visual art. Through hands on experiences, students study the rudimentary components of visual art in conjunction with art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. The course is framed around the impact of modern and contemporary periods in relation to the development of the arts.
Note: Beginning Art, Band or Choir may be substituted for this requirement as approved by the department.

Fee: $35 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080602

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: 1⁄2 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: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080605

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 social change.
Prerequisite: Studio Art.

Fee: $35 per semester.
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 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 multi-color registration and technical quality. At the end of 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 4pm-6pm instead of during the normal school day. The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students. The course fee pays for all supplies and costs associated with the New York City trip.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

Fee: $650 per semester.
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080620

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: $35 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080614

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 highly encouraged to take this course prior to Advanced Fine Arts or AP Studio Art.
Prerequisite: Studio Art

Fee: $45 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 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 more 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 any student considering further study in Advanced Fine Arts or AP Studio Art.
Prerequisite: Studio Art.

Fee: $40 per semester.
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080617

Advanced Fine Arts

This class is a two-semester course for the advanced art student interested in further study in art. Individual portfolio development is stressed, as well as fine-tuning art skills. Current trends in art and the artist in the community are focused on. This course is an excellent precursor to 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 recommended.)

Fee: $45 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. The student completes 29 paintings and drawings that demonstrate the quality of their work, their breadth in terms of technical skill, and their ability to show concentration within a theme. At the course termination, students turn in portfolios to be reviewed by the College Board.
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 recommended.)

Fee: $45 per semester.
Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: H080610

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 cinematography 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 Apple iMovie. Projects are guided, although subject matter and project concepts are often developed by students. Prerequisite: Studio Art or Fine Arts 10.

Fee: $30 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 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 person blog on which they will display completed projects.
Prerequisite: Digital Imaging.

Fee: $30 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 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. Students also produce daily video announcements for the school.
Prerequisite: Digital Imaging.

Fee: $30 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 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: $30 per semester
One Semester Credit: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080623

Fine Arts Mentorship

Students enroll in this Educational Option to earn credit through attending performances, exhibits, etc. or by working with a mentor while preparing the school play or musical. Students study and write about what they have learned. Further arrangements must be made with the teacher. A maximum of 1⁄2 credit may be earned each semester.

Independent Study Credit: 1⁄4 Unit Course No: 080611
Independent Study Credit: 1⁄2 Unit Course No: 080612



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