ART I

Art I is the foundation for all art classes with the exception of Introduction to Ceramics.  Art I or instructor permission is required for all year long visual arts classes. Art I focuses on the fundamentals and history of visual arts. Students are introduced to drawing, color theory, painting, design and sculpture, with a goal of providing ample opportunities to recognize and develop creativity as a life-long adventure.

After Art I students may take Art II, Photography or Ceramics I. Art II offers units in two-point perspective, portraiture, watercolor, and others.  Art II is the springboard to the more advanced concepts and techniques students face in drawing and Painting and advanced portfolio preparation.  Art III focuses on the more advanced and serious art student who wants to continue art on the next level. Their understanding of the medium and what technique best suits their style is enhanced and molded during this year of art exploration. Students find their own style and artistic voice which builds confidence and self reliance. Recently added are the AP courses: 2D & 3D Studio Art. These courses are for the student who wants to study art on a collegiate level and possibly pursue as a career.

ART II

This is the second course in the visual arts sequence. This course is designed for the students interested in further developing art and design skills. Whether the student will pursue an art career or continue as a hobby, they will feel confident in their abilities and understand how to truly express themselves artistically. Exploration of famous contemporary and historical artist’s work will be viewed. Classroom critiques of student work will help create a level of higher learning and confidence in abilities. Students will continue to use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design as they apply them to drawing, painting, and printmaking. Included in the course are units in two-point perspective, drawing from observation and imagination, portrait and figure drawing, watercolor painting and printmaking. Homework is given to reinforce studio work and Art History material. This course will isolate more of the technical aspect of drawing but inclusive with the technical aspect will be the visual discovery as well. One museum visit is required each semester. This course will satisfy the graduation requirement.

ART III

This is the third course in the visual arts sequence. This course explores and integrates the various areas of drawing and painting with the elements of art and the principles of design. Continued exploration of famous contemporary and historical artists will be viewed. Examples of professional artists’ style will critiqued as well as the students, post each project. Students will confidently know their style and medium in which they create to the pinnacle of their abilities. Students will address mixed media, painting & drawing, design, and some computer graphics on the two-dimensional level. On the three dimensional level students will explore assemblage and converting a two dimensional painting to a three dimensional surface. Increased emphasis is placed on art criticism, journaling, sketchbooks and art history.