The art courses being offered are skill-specific so that the student can further explore where their interest lies. The courses are offered in levels so that the students will have the knowledge they need in order to advance.
FUNDAMENTALS OF ART – GRADE 9
This course is a marking period course offered to all freshmen. Students will be introduced to a variety of art skills while experimenting with different media. The course will explore the history of art and prepare students for additional art courses.
FUNDAMENTALS OF ART - GRADE 10
This course is a requirement for all sophomore students. The basic knowledge and foundation of the art world will be covered. Fundamentals of Art will explore the elements of art and principles of design. Art history will be linked to present art topics and the exploration of the art world. This course will provide each student with the opportunity to observe in a unique perspective and possibly spark an interest in continuing their study of Art.
SEMESTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING OR PAINTING
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art
During the first semester, the Art department will offer Introduction to Drawing. This course will introduce a variety of drawing methods. It will also define and practice the skill of drawing from observation and unique reproductions. The Art department will also offer an Introduction to Painting. This course will explore beginner methods of painting. Different media, such as acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media will be explored.
SEMESTER 2: INTERMEDIATE DRAWING OR INTERMEDIATE PAINTING
Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing or Introduction to Painting
The Intermediate Drawing will further explore the students’ interest in specific methods of drawing and will advance their drawing skills. Gesture, still-life, contour, and drawing from the form will all be explored. The Intermediate Painting course will allow for students to advance in skills as well. The level of difficulty of subject matter will increase along with the skills needed to complete a project. The student will be defining their personal style and creativity in their approach to assignments.
ADVANCED DRAWING, ADVANCED PAINTING, OR PORTFOLIO ART
Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing or Painting
ADVANCED DRAWING OR PAINTING
Advanced Drawing and Painting will be the last course offered to students in this specific skill level. Students wishing to take this course will work uniquely and creatively. They will be doing advanced assignments while working more independently and creatively. This course will employ every student to create an art portfolio.
The course will be directed towards students who would like to major in art in college. Every student will be required to create a portfolio that is worthy of college evaluation. This course is designed for seniors who have the ability to think creatively and the ability to make critical decisions about their artwork. This course will encourage students’ individual ideas and foster them to become independent thinkers who can significantly contribute to the intense art world that surrounds them.
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