Art - (Visual Arts)

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    027000 - DESIGN ARTS
    Grades: 9-12         
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: None

    Design Arts provides students an opportunity to develop projects based on the knowledge, understanding, and application of the elements of art and principles of design.  Students will experience the creative problem solving process, learn technical skills in a variety of media and learn to verbally evaluate their work and the work of others.

    027100 - DRAWING
    Grades: 9-12         
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: None

    Students will be taught how to use line, shape, value, and compositional strategies to create drawings from observation. A variety of subjects will be covered, some of which might be still life, portraits, figure drawings, landscapes, and interiors. A variety of materials will be used.

    027120 - DRAWING 2
    Grades: 9-12         
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Drawing

    This course is for the student who loves to draw and wishes to pursue in-depth work with new and familiar techniques and materials. Color theory may be studied and used. Original ideas will be expressed through classroom assignments.

    027200 - CERAMICS
    Grades: 9-12          
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Design Arts, Digital Design, Drawing, or Instructor Approval

    Instruction is offered in the materials, techniques, equipment, and vocabulary of ceramic art, including pottery and other forms. Hand- built and wheel-thrown forms may both be taught. Emphasis will be on skill development and craftsmanship using clay as a medium of expression.
    (Advanced Credit or Dual Credit Option)

    027220 - CERAMICS 2
    Grades: 10-12      
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ceramics

    Students will further improve and refine their skills on the potter's wheel. They will undertake more complex hand-building projects and will learn and become responsible for the mechanics of a ceramic studio such as mixing glazes, stacking and firing kilns, recycling clay, and maintaining equipment.
    (Advanced Credit or Dual Credit Option)

    027240 - SCULPTURE
    Grades: 9-12        
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Digital Design, Drawing, Ceramics or Instructor Approval

    A study of art in the third dimension offers the student a selection from the following approaches: carving, modeling, casting, and assemblage. A variety of materials such as clay, stone, wood, wax and metals are used. Special emphasis is placed on the manipulation of the relationship of mass and space. Safe practices in the care and use of tools are stressed.
    (Advanced Credit or Dual Credit Option)

    027300 - PHOTOGRAPHY
    Grades: 10-12      
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Design Arts, Digital Design or Drawing

    Students can learn to produce good photographs. Instruction includes operation and use of a single-lens reflex camera, black and white film processing, and darkroom enlarging procedures. While the development of technical skill is necessary, the application of artistic concepts is essential in the production of photography as an art form. Students may be asked to purchase consumable supplies for this course.

    027320 - PHOTOGRAPHY 2
    Grades: 10-12      
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Photography

    Work in Photography 2 will continue to build on the basic concepts and skills learned in Photography. Students will have an opportunity to experiment and work in-depth with a single-lens reflex camera and digital cameras. Advanced darkroom procedures will be extended and creative, open-ended assignments will be utilized. Students may be asked to purchase consumable supplies for this course.

    027330 - PHOTOGRAPHY 3
    Grades: 11-12       
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Photography and Photography 2 or Teacher Recommendation

    The purpose of this course is to provide highly motivated and proficient students an opportunity to continue their course work in photography. Students will concentrate on perfecting their skills in 35mm manual photography. Mastery and exploration of current image taking, developing and darkroom techniques are expected.  The exploration of historical and traditional print making methods will be combined with various contemporary approaches and techniques to enhance the students' knowledge base. The use of some medium format and digital cameras will also provide alternative image-taking opportunities. Students may be asked to purchase consumable supplies for this course.

    029831 & 029832 - AP 2D ART & DESIGN
    Grades:  11-12
    1 Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Photo 1 & 2, or Digital Design 1 & 2 and one additional art class

    This class is structured as a college course, intended for highly motivated students committed to a serious study of 2D Design concepts in the studio setting. This year long course will enable students to work towards building a portfolio that will be assessed by the College Board in AP 2D Design. The course will require a higher level of proficiency and significantly more time than other high school art courses. A variety of artistic media can be explored in this class including but not limited to photography, printmaking, painting, digital design, illustration and mixed media processes. The quality of work should have substantial quality, breadth and concentration. Performance in previous studio courses will be criterion for placement in the class. A weighted grade is given.

    029841 & 029842 - AP 3D Art & Design
    Grades 10-12        
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Sculpture and Ceramics 2

    Work in this course will continue to develop the skills and concepts learned in Sculpture and Ceramics 2. Students will undertake more in-depth assignments that will add to their portfolio while allowing creative development and personal expression.

    027500 - PAINTING
    Grades: 9-12        
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Drawing

    In this course one can learn to paint using the techniques and materials that could include: acrylics, oils, pastels, opaque and transparent watercolors. Emphasis is placed on developing color schemes and compositional skills necessary for effective personal expression.  Students may register through University of Missouri - St. Louis to receive Painting college credit.

    027810 - DIGITAL DESIGN
    Grades: 9-12         
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: None

    Digital Design will explore elements and principles of art through computer imagery. Students will use drawing, digital photography, scanning and manipulation of images and text to understand graphic design.  Photoshop and Illustrator software will be used to create complex and diverse images that may be incorporated into an art portfolio.

    027820 - DIGITAL DESIGN 2
    Grades: 10-12         
    ½ Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Digital Design

    Digital Design 2 will build upon skills developed in Digital Design. Students will continue to problem solve more complex and challenging graphic visual ideas and will use more sophisticated Photoshop and Illustrator techniques.  Projects may be incorporated into an art portfolio.

    029781 & 029782 (Year-long) - AP DRAWING
    Grades: 11-12
    1 Fine Arts credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

    AP Drawing is structured like a college course. Its purpose is to enable those enrolled to work toward building a portfolio for assessment by the College Board in AP Drawing. This course is intended for highly motivated students committed to a serious study of drawing. AP Drawing involves a higher level of proficiency and significantly more time than other high school art courses. Performance in other drawing courses will be the criterion for placement in this class. The quality of the work should reflect first-year college-level standards. A weighted grade is given.