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Fine Arts: Visual Arts

  • Non-Approved NCAA Courses
  • Grades 10, 11 & 12
    • Art I
    • Graphic Design
    • Introduction to Crafts
    • Art II
    • Advanced Art
    • Ceramics I
    • Introduction to Video Production & Film Making
    • Jewelry Design
    • Photography I
    • Photography II
    • Pottery I
    • Pottery II

Art I (707)    1/2 credit Unified Art

This introductory course helps students to develop their own visual language. Art 1 encompasses a wide variety of experiences, including elements and principles of art, art history, and exposure to a wide variety of media.  The goal is for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of art.

What will you Learn?

  • Use a range of tools, including technology, to solve problems.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Student can incorporate multiple and clearly articulated influences in their artwork.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques, sketchbook assignments,
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Art II (708)    1/2 credit Unified Art

This course is for students who want an opportunity to advance to a higher level of understanding and skill development in the two-dimensional and three-dimensional areas.  Art II builds upon knowledge learned in Art I with a stronger emphasis placed on technical aspects of art creation (i.e. composition and perspective), expressing ideas through a variety of styles and methods, and participating in class critiques.

What will you Learn?

  • Students can balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
  • Students can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions, and history may influence personal responses to art.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques, sketchbook assignments,
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Advanced Art (727A)    1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or higher in Art II or permission from instructor.

Advanced Art is an intensive course for students who are serious about their growth and experience in art.  This offering is for students who (but not limited to): students who want to develop a portfolio of their artwork for applying to college, and/or students who want to focus on a specific idea and/or medium.  This is a personalized course, therefore, students will work with the teacher on developing projects, setting goals, completing weekly research assignments, and self-assessing work.  There will be a final portfolio evaluation at the end of the semester.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
  • Student can incorporate multiple and clearly articulated influences in my artwork.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques. Weekly goal setting (with weekly reflections and conference with teacher).
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), final portfolio review, Final Art Show

Introduction to Crafts (712)    1/2 credit Unified Art

This course introduces students to a variety of professional quality, functional artwork through experiencing a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials and methods.  Students are encouraged to develop their own personal creativity and craftsmanship with hands-on projects.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Student can incorporate multiple and clearly articulated influences in my artwork.
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions and history may influence personal responses to art.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques, sketchbook drawings,
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Pottery I (723A)    1/2 credit Unified Art

Learn the basics of the potter’s wheel, such as centering, opening, pulling, shaping and trimming vessels such as bowls, mugs and covered jars.  Students assist in loading and unloading the kiln and complete all of their projects with glaze. Learn through step-by-step instructions and demonstrations.  Individual creativity and development are encouraged through the creation of functional and decorative projects.

What will you Learn?

  • Students can balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Students can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions, and history may influence personal responses to art.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques, sketchbook assignments,
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Pottery II (726A)    1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or higher in Pottery I

This is an intensive course for students who are serious about their continued growth and experiences on the potter’s wheel.  This class is a continuation of Pottery I and reviews basic information about clay, wheel throwing, glazes and kiln technology and expands on these skills and techniques. This course will focus on the student’s aesthetic and technical development in the creation of larger and more complex wheel-thrown functional pieces.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can analyze, select and curate artifacts and/or artworks for presentation and preservation.
  • Student can incorporate multiple and clearly articulated influences in my artwork.
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions and history may influence personal responses to art.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques. Sketchbook assignments.
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Graphic Design (710)     1/2 credit Unified Art

This class is a comprehensive introduction to software based graphic design.  Successful advertising and design has become instrumental in today’s multi-media based economy.  Students learn how to brand products/companies including layout and image manipulation, and complete a diverse range of projects

What will you Learn?

  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions and history may influence personal responses to art.
  • Student can create works of art that show understanding of concepts and ideas in other disciplines

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class project presentations, project planning and conferences, critiques, habits of work, collaborative work/ designer client protocols.
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show.

Intro to Movie Making – Video Production (724A)     1/2 credit  Unified Art

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior or Senior status

Video is everywhere and quickly becoming one of the most important media vehicles of our time. Students in this class will learn camera operating skills, sound capture, as well as video software editing.  Students will produce numerous diversely themed projects, with an emphasis on collaboration with other students / multiple production roles in projects.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions and history may influence personal responses to art.
  • Student can create works of art that show understanding of concepts and ideas in other disciplines

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class project presentations, project planning and conferences, habits of work, collaborative work scenarios
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show.

Jewelry Design (725A)     1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Intro to Crafts

This course introduces students to various processes of jewelry making. Students will be exploring materials such as wire, fibers, glass, clay and metal to create their designs.  Students will create earrings, chains, pendants, bracelets and rings from a variety of techniques and materials.  Historical and contemporary processes will be explored with an emphasis on design and craftsmanship.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can analyze, select and curate artifacts and/or artworks for presentation and preservation.
  • Student can analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
  • Student can incorporate multiple and clearly articulated influences in my artwork.
  • Student can describe how knowledge of culture, traditions and history may influence personal responses to art.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques. Sketchbook Assignments,
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Ceramics I (716)    1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Crafts or permission of instructor

This course is an in depth exploration into clay, using various hand building techniques- pinch, slab and coil.  Time is devoted to terminology, techniques, tools, and surface treatments, such as glazes and underglazes. All students cooperate in clay recycling as well as loading and unloading the kiln.  Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and incorporate their own vision into each of their projects.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can interpret and evaluate an artwork or collection of artwork supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Student can incorporate multiple and clearly articulated influences in my artwork.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques. Weekly goal setting (with weekly reflections and conference with teacher).
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show

Photography I (720)     1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior or Senior status

This comprehensive introduction to the photographic medium includes both the building of technical skills as well as finding one’s creative voice in visual art.  After students learn camera use, editing, and printing, class projects exhibit the unique and relevant vision that every student has as observers of the human experience.  Students are also continually introduced to past and present artists as they begin to develop their own personal style and vision.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion, project planning and conferences, critiques, habits of work
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show.

Photography II (721)     1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or higher in Photography I

This continuation of Photography I enables students to further develop their personal vision in photography within a project based learning environment.  After having mastered the important foundation processes in Photo I, this class enables a student greater freedom to explore and create their own voice through advanced technical skills, collage, mixed media, and alternative processes. Students will also learn the critical skills needed to build a portfolio of multiple visual art pieces within personalized project design.

What will you Learn?

  • Student can use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • Student can apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.
  • Student can analyze, select and critique personal artwork for a collection or portfolio presentation, including articulated statements of purpose and intent.
  • Student can interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Student can interpret and evaluate an artwork or collection of artwork supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion, project planning and conferences, critiques, habits of work
  • Artist statements, students reflections, class projects (assessed via Visual Art Learning Scale), Final Art Show.

Media Studies (44)    1 credit: 1 English credit or 1/2 Unified Art Credit and 1/2 English

  • Prerequisite(s): Senior status, or Juniors with instructor permission                                

From Plato to Picasso, from Shakespeare to Spielberg, great thinkers and artists skillfully combine images and words so we can make meaning in this world. Study topics you’re interested in and prepare to work with a variety of media, combining visual and language arts. This course is designed to be an active investigation into the human experience!

What will you Learn?

By combining visual and language arts and studying topics of interest, students will:

  • Create and publish digital stories in print and online
  • Conduct research projects to answer relevant questions
  • Learn how ethnography relates to digital storytelling

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion, weekly portfolio entries, responses to media, and homework assignments
  • Independent projects, oral presentations, public exhibits