• ART – VISUAL ARTS
    Fine Arts Credit (1 Full Credit Required)

    The Art Department offers a comprehensive variety of courses, which are designed to enhance
    the individual artistic abilities of all students. The process of communication is based largely on
    the written word and vision. Visual communication cannot effectively take place unless one has
    learned the language of visual art. In our ever-changing world, it is imperative to learn creative
    problem solving. The following courses are designed to help students develop this ability.

     

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    No prerequisite
      WHAT'S NEXT…
    Design Arts or Drawing required
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    DESIGN ARTS

     
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    DIGITAL DESIGN
    PAINTING
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    AP 2D ART AND DESIGN
    ADVANCED 3D STUDIO



    ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES (AP)  - 
    11th & 12th GRADES ONLY

    AP DRAWING – this course may be taken twice – 4 semesters total
    Students are required to complete the following prerequisites :  Drawing I, Drawing II, & any other art course (Painting Recommended)

    AP 2D ART AND DESIGN
    Students are required to complete the following prerequisites : Photography I & II OR Digital Design I & II, AND any other art course.

    *** Both studio classes require 3 art classes prior to AP or Teacher Approval


     

    027000
    Design Arts
    Infinite Campus Name: DESIGN ARTS
    Grade(s): 09 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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
    Infinite Campus Name: DRAWING
    Grade(s): 09 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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
    Infinite Campus Name: DRAWING 2
    Grade(s): 09 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Drawing
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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 
    Infinite Campus Name: CERAMICS
    Grade(s): 09 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Design Arts, Drawing, or permission of the instructor 
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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.
    027220
    Ceramics 2
    Infinite Campus Name: CERAMICS 2
    Grade(s): 10 - 12 
    Prerequisite:   Ceramics (grade of A or B recommended) 
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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.
    027250
    Advanced 3D Studies
    Infinite Campus Name: ADV 3D STD
    Grade(s): 10 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Sculpture, Ceramics 2
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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.
    027300
    Photography
    Infinite Campus Name: PHOTO
    Grade(s): 10 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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 will be asked to purchase consumable supplies for this course.
    027320
    Photography 2
    Infinite Campus Name: PHOTO 2
    Grade(s): 10 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Photography
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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.
    027500
    Painting
    Infinite Campus Name: PAINTING
    Grade(s): 09 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Drawing
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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.)
    027520
    Painting 2
    Infinite Campus Name: PAINTING 2
    Grade(s): 10 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Painting, or permission of instructor. (grade of A or B recommended)
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    In Painting 2, students will continue to use and expand the skills learned in Painting. They may initiate direction for study with emphasis on unique visual statements.
    027810
    Digital Design
    Infinite Campus Name: DIGITAL DES
    Grade(s): 09 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Drawing or Design Arts
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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. This course can be taken for three college hours of credit through UMSL.
    027820
    Digital Design 2
    Infinite Campus Name: DIGITAL DES2
    Grade(s): 10 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Digital Design
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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
    AP Drawing
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP DRAWING
    Grade(s): 11 - 12 
    Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Drawing I, Drawing II, & any other art course (Painting Recommended)
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    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.
    029831/029832
    AP 2D Art and Design
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP 2D ART AND DESIGN
    Grade(s): 11 - 12 
    Prerequisite:  Photo I &  II, or Digital Design I & II and 1 additional art class
    1/2 Fine Arts credit each semester 

    AP 2D Design class is structured like 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 toward 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 the work should have substantial quality, breadth, and concentration.  Performance in previous studio courses will be the criterion for placement in the class. A weighted grade is given.