Visual Art

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[wptabs type=”accordion” mode=”horizontal”] [wptabtitle]Art 1: Design[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Course #: FA103SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course is a study of the visual arts, with focus on the Elements of Art (line, shape, texture, value, color, space, and form) and how they are used to create art. An understanding of these concepts aids the creator in whatever kind of art he/she pursues. By exploring the art from different cultures, such as Africa, Middle East, Native American, and Asia/Australia, students will learn how design concepts work and participate in creating art with a unique heritage. Possible media areas include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and contemporary crafts. This course will allow students to develop an awareness and appreciation of art from different cultures as well as build personal creative and technical art skills.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Art 2: Drawing and Painting[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Course #: FA115SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Art 1: Design, $10 fee

This course is a study of drawing and painting, with emphasis on drawing. Concentration will be on the realistic rendering of forms and composing pictures. Drawing instruction focuses on contour drawing, perspective, value shading, and color drawing. Painting will have similar rendering goals and include color theory and painting techniques as well. In addition to studio projects, students will examine and discuss art from different cultures and history to develop an awareness and appreciation for technique, style, influences, and expression. Possible media areas may include pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paint. While there are some set focuses on subject and media, each time this course is offered, projects will vary allowing students to repeat the course to further their skills and experiences.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Art 3: Drawing and Painting[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Course #: FA100SFA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Art 2: Drawing and Painting (B or better grade)

This course is for students who wish to further develop their drawing, painting, and design skills. Art 3 students have successfully completed the previous sequential course work, and will apply their knowledge to more complex forms of drawing and painting. Students will also develop their appreciation for the arts by viewing art and artists from the past and present. While there are some set focuses for project concepts and techniques, students will also have the ability to create projects of their own interest. Great emphasis will be placed on making quality work that is well planned and executed. This course is designed to help students prepare their art portfolio and provides preparation for the upper level 11th & 12th grade AP Course.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Ceramics 1[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Course#: FA135SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Art 1:Design

This course will give students the experience working with clay to produce hand built and wheel thrown ceramic works. Students will learn hand building and wheel throwing construction techniques, proper clay preparation and storage, understand the properties and stages of clay, and understand firing and glazing clay works.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Ceramics 2[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Course#: FA136SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Art 1:Design

This course will give students the experience working with clay to produce hand built and wheel thrown ceramic works. Students will learn hand building and wheel throwing construction techniques, proper clay preparation and storage, understand the properties and stages of clay, and understand firing and glazing clay works.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Ceramics 3[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Course#: FA136SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Ceramics 2 (B or better grade)

This course is for students who wish to further their study of Ceramics, building on their skill and creativity. Ceramics 3 students have successfully completed the previous sequential course work, and will apply their knowledge to more complex forms of Ceramics. While there are some set focuses for projects and techniques, students will have the ability to create projects of their own interest. Great emphasis will be placed on making quality work that is well planned and executed. Advanced projects may include lidded jars, sets of like items, pitchers, sculpture, advanced finishing techniques and decorative surface development.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Digital Photography[/wptabtitle]   [wptabcontent]

Course#: FA216SSA

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course is a study of the field photography, with focus on its history, technique, composition and finishing. Using a digital camera and graphics software such as Photoshop, students will learn basic camera operation, composition design, photo editing, and methods for downloading, editing, transferring, and printing digital images. This course will allow students to develop an awareness and appreciation for historical and contemporary photography as well as its many roles in society. Through producing images, students will build creative and technical skills to communicate ideas. For this course, students should provide their own digital camera, with substantial memory and zoom capabilities.

[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]AP Studio Art A, B & C[/wptabtitle]   [wptabcontent]

Course#: FA180ASAA, FA180ASAB, FA 180ASAC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisite: Completion of 2 or more high school art courses with a B or better and serious interest in the practical experience of art.

AP Studio Art is a course designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students create a portfolio of work over time that is submitted to the College Board for evaluation. The AP program is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to secondary school students. The program consists of three types of portfolios; 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing, which correspond to the most common college foundation courses. Students choose the type of portfolio most interesting to them. With each, students produce approximately 24 works of art that fit into three categories: Breadth, Concentration and Quality. Students work in a wide variety of media, technique, style and subjects to create their portfolio. Students investigate art to develop creative thinking, knowledge, problem solving and technical skill.
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