Arts - Visual

  • Introduction to Art 01001
    This course is for students that are interested in pursuing a major or career in Visual Arts. The introductory art course explores a variety of hands on projects based on the elements and principles of design. These projects may include drawing, painting, and other two-dimensional or three-dimensional projects. Interspersed throughout the class will be discussions on art history and creative problem solving. Introduction to Art is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class. **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Ceramics 1 01010
    Ceramics 1: This is an introductory clay class designed to cover the basics of the nature and property of clay. Students build basic skills in hand construction, and decorating that may include coils, slabs, and pinching with an emphasis on craftsmanship. Students experience the creative process from the conception of the idea through its construction. **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    COURSE NOTE: Ceramics 1 is a is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in ceramics.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Drawing and Painting 1 01110

    Drawing and Painting 1: This course will form an introduction to drawing and painting and present a thorough guide for the beginner through the use of line, texture, value color shape and space. Media in drawing includes use of pencil, pen and ink, pastels and charcoal. Painting focuses on composition in oil, pastels, watercolor, acrylic and tempera. Students will interpret through observation, various landscapes and still life subjects. Aesthetics in art history will be introduced including critiques of professional and student work. **Pathway: Arts & Communication

    COURSE NOTE: Drawing and Painting 1 is a is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in drawing and painting.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Graphic Design 1 01210
    Graphic Design 1: This course is the illustration of language and image for two-dimensional designs for both advertising, and fine art projects. Students will be required to solve numerous two-dimensional design problems using the software Photoshop, Cameras and Scanners with a variety of media, materials and equipment. Examples and aesthetic discussion will be interspersed with production and evaluation. The Graphic Design courses are taught on the computer. Graphics 1 is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in graphics. **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    COURSE NOTE: Graphic Design 1 is a is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in graphic design.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Jewelry 1 01310
    Jewelry 1: This is an introductory metals class designed to build basic skills in design, tools, cutting and shaping, surface techniques, connections, and settings. Students will experience the creative process from idea through the finished product. Critique and aesthetic discussion will be interspersed with production and evaluation.  **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    COURSE NOTE: Jewelry 1 is a is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in jewelry.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Digital Photography 1 01410
    Digital Photography 1: This course teaches communication through a two-dimensional visual image. Students will be required to solve numerous visual communication problems using a digital camera, digital software lighting equipment and printers. Students will learn about the software Photoshop, digital information, the camera and the lighting studio. Examples and aesthetic discussion will be interspersed with production and evaluation. **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    COURSE NOTE: Digital Photography 1 is a is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in digital photography.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10-12

    Ceramics 2, 3 & 4 01020

    Ceramics 2: This course is an intermediate class that is a continuation that includes complex hand building projects, sculpture, surface design, and glaze exploration. Students will solve design problems creatively based on their individual project interpretation. Wheel throwing may also be an option for highly skilled and motivated students.

    Ceramics 3: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry, Ceramics 3 will include a deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. The methods of learning are based on problem solving, skill development and extensive practice of pottery production. Students will explore personal ideas in clay. Consideration of design and construction problems and alternate glaze surfaces may be explored. Students may work on the wheel with an emphasis on skill and craftsmanship. Students build a growing sophistication in the execution of ceramic knowledge and the history of art as a means for individual expression applied to the individual student's course of study.

    Ceramics 4: This course is an advanced study in the area of ceramics. Students build on their knowledge and skills to develop a more personal body of work toward a portfolio. Student will demonstrate more commitment and personal investment in the ceramic medium.  

    **Pathway: Arts & Communication

    COURSE NOTE: Ceramics 2, 3, and 4 are each a 1/2 credit, one-semester classes.  Successful completion of Ceramics 1 for Ceramics 2, successful completion of Ceramics 2 for Ceramics 3, successful completion of Ceramics 3 for Ceramics 4.  Multiple retakes per year.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 9-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01010 - Ceramics 1

    Drawing and Painting 2, 3 & 4 01120

    Drawing and Painting 2: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry, Drawing/Painting 2 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the execution of drawing and painting, knowledge of the history of art as a means for individual expression applied to the individual student's course of study. Student growth will be fostered by differentiation of media, subject and theme to build upon what the student learned in Drawing/Painting 1.

    Drawing and Painting 3: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry, Drawing/Painting 3 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the execution of drawing and painting, knowledge of the history of art as a means for individual expression applied to the individual student's course of study. Student growth will be fostered by differentiation of media, subject and theme to build upon what the student learned in Drawing/Painting 2.

    Drawing and Painting 4: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry, Drawing/Painting 4 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the execution of drawing and painting, knowledge of the history of art as a means for individual expression applied to the individual student's course of study. Student growth will be fostered by differentiation of media, subject and theme to build upon what the student learned in Drawing/Painting 3. 

    **Pathway: Arts & Communication

    COURSE NOTE: Drawing and Painting 2, 3, and 4 are each a 1/2 credit, one-semester classes.  Successful completion of Drawing & Painting 1 for Drawing & Painting 2, successful completion of Painting 2 for Drawing & Painting 3, successful completion of Drawing & Painting 3 for Drawing & Painting 4.  Multiple retakes per year.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 9-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01110 - Drawing and Painting 1

    Graphic Design 2, 3, & 4 01220

    Graphics 2: This course is the illustration of language and image for two-dimensional and three-dimensional design products for advertising, product design and fine art projects. Students will be required to solve numerous two-dimensional design problems using the software Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash. Also, cameras and scanners will be used for information impute of a variety of mediums and materials. Students will make an interactive Flash project during this course. Examples and aesthetic discussion will be interspersed with production and evaluation. The Graphic Design courses are taught on the computer. Graphics 2 is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the intermediate class for continuing courses in graphics.

    Graphics 3: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry, Graphics 3 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term in graphics builds a growing sophistication in the execution of graphic design, knowledge of the history of art as a means for individual expression applied to the individual student's course of study. Students will be introduced to Web site design via the software Dreamweaver in Graphics 3 in addition to continued growth with the software Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash. The Graphic Design courses are taught on the computer and Graphics 3 is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is an advanced class for continuing courses in graphics.

    Graphics 4: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry, Graphics 4 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term in graphics builds a growing sophistication in the execution of graphic design, knowledge of the history of art as a means for individual expression applied to the individual student's course of study. Students will be creating a fully functional Website design via the software of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and Dreamweaver along with additional advanced graphic design applications. The Graphic Design courses are taught on the computer and Graphics 4 is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is an advanced class for continuing courses in graphics. 

    **Pathway: Arts & Communication

    COURSE NOTE: Graphic Design 2, 3, and 4 are each a 1/2 credit, one-semester classes. Successful completion of Graphics 1 for Graphics 2, successful completion of Graphics 2 for Graphics 3, and successful completion of Graphics 3 for Graphics 4.  Multiple retakes per year.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 9-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01210 - Graphic Design 1

    Jewelry 2, 3 & 4 01320

    Jewelry 2: This is a continuation of the Jewelry 1 process. Students will combine the basic skills learned in Jewelry 1 for the creation and production of new projects. Students in Jewelry 2 will also learn advanced forming techniques used in the manipulation and finishing of various metals. Students will solve advanced design problems creatively leading to a critique and aesthetic discussion, which will be interspersed with production and evaluation.

    Jewelry 3: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry. Jewelry 3 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Students build a growing sophistication in the execution of jewelry and metal production and knowledge in contemporary trends as a means for individual expression applied to the individual course of study.

    Jewelry 4: This course is an advanced study in the area of jewelry and metals. Students will build on their knowledge and skills to develop a more personal body of work toward a portfolio which demonstrates a more personal style in jewelry production.

    **Pathway: Arts & Communication

    COURSE NOTE: Jewelry Design 2, 3, and 4 are each a 1/2 credit, one-semester classes. Successful completion of Jewelry 1 for Jewelry 2, successful completion of Jewelry 2 for Jewelry 3, successful completion of Jewelry 3 for Jewelry 4.  Multiple retakes per year.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 9-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01310 - Jewelry 1

    Digital Photography 2, 3 & 4 01420

    Digital Photography 2: This course teaches communication through a two-dimensional visual image. Students will be required to solve numerous visual communication problems using a digital camera, digital software lighting equipment and printers. Students will learn about visual communication over a series of images, the lighting studio and alternative photographic techniques. Students will be required to keep a photographic journal. Examples and aesthetic discussion will be interspersed with production and evaluation. Digital Photography 2 is the introductory class to the world of digital images.

    Digital Photography 3: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry. Photography 3 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the execution of digital photography and knowledge in contemporary trends as a means for individual expression applied to the individual course of study. Photography 3 focuses on conceptual fine art issues relating to the field of photography including a portfolio of eight images about a singular theme.

    Digital Photography 4: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry. Photography 4 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the execution of digital photography and knowledge in contemporary trends as a means for individual expression applied to the individual course of study. Photography 4 focuses on professional studio techniques including but not limited to, magazine advertisement, senior portrait and modeling for both people and objects. 

    **Pathway: Arts & Communication

     
    COURSE NOTE: Digital Photography 2, 3, and 4 are each a 1/2 credit, one-semester classes. Successful completion of Digital Photography 1 for Digital Photography 2, successful completion of Digital Photography 2 for Digital Photography 3 and successful completion of Digital Photography 3 for Digital Photography 4. Multiple retakes per year.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 10-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01410 - Digital Photography 1

    Studio 1 01510
    This course will explore advanced studio problems. Serious art students work in the art studio using a variety of media leading to a finished portfolio enabling the student to apply for post-secondary art instruction. This will be under the supervision of the Art Department staff. **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    COURSE NOTE: Studio 1 is a is a 1/2 credit, one-semester class and is the introductory class for continuing courses in Studio.  01110 - Drawing/Painting 1, plus one additional art course in a sequence, or instructor permission.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 11-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01110 - Drawing and Painting 1

    Studio 2, 3 & 4 01520

    Studio 2: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry. Studio 2 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the pursuit of all aspects of being a professional artist. Student growth will be fostered by differentiation of media, subject and theme to build upon what the student learned in Studio 1.

    Studio 3: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry. Studio 3 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the pursuit of all aspects of being a professional artist. Student growth will be fostered by differentiation of media, subject and theme to build upon what the student learned in Studio 2.

    Studio 4: Anticipating that students will continue in this mode of inquiry. Studio 4 will include deeper and more extensive exploration in this discipline. Each term builds a growing sophistication in the pursuit of all aspects of being a professional artist. Student growth will be fostered by differentiation of media, subject and theme to build upon what the student learned in Studio 3. 

    **Pathway: Arts & Communication

    COURSE NOTE: Studio Art 2, 3, and 4 are each a 1/2 credit, one-semester classes. Successful completion of Studio 2 for Studio 3, successful completion of Studio 3 for Studio 4.  Multiple retakes per year.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 11-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01510 - Studio 1

    Advanced Placement 2-D Art and Design - PENDING BOARD APPROVAL 01526A

    Develop skills in a two-dimensional medium such as graphic design, photography, collage, printmaking, and other principles of 2-D design.  Create artwork that reflects ideas and skills of what has been learned. EXTENSIVE WORK OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM IS REQUIRED. The student should also be prepared to complete assigned course work over the summer preceding the course.

    Skills Learned:

    • Investigating the materials, processes, and ideas that artists and designers use
    • Interpreting works of art and design
    • Practicing, experimenting, and revising as you create your own work
    • Communicating your ideas about works of art and design
    COURSE NOTE: Two Art classes in sequence in any medium or approval by instructor through a portfolio review. We highly recommend a conference with the instructor before course selection
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11-12
    PREREQUISITE: 01001 - Introduction to Art or 01010 - Ceramics 1 or 01020 - Ceramics 2, 3 & 4 or 01110 - Drawing and Painting 1 or 01120 - Drawing and Painting 2, 3 & 4 or 01210 - Graphic Design 1 or 01220 - Graphic Design 2, 3, & 4 or 01310 - Jewelry 1 or 01320 - Jewelry 2, 3 & 4 or 01410 - Digital Photography 1 or 01420 - Digital Photography 2, 3 & 4 or 01510 - Studio 1 or 01520 - Studio 2, 3 & 4
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 01526B - Advanced Placement 2D Art and Design

    Advanced Placement 2-D Art and Design - PENDING BOARD APPROVAL 01525B
    The AP Studio Art course is designed for talented, hard working student/artists who are very serious about a future in a visual art related field. This course aims to prepare the student to meet the requirements of the portfolio for evaluation by the AP College Board. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam, instead, students submit a portfolio for evaluation by the AP College Board. This score may be accepted for credit at colleges, universities and schools of art. In this course the student is expected to perform at a sophisticated level. This class will emphasize high quality work with product orientation rather than a process-experimentation approach. EXTENSIVE WORK OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM IS REQUIRED. The student should also be prepared to complete assigned course work over the summer preceding the course. This is a two semester course, full year class. Successful completion of AP testing/portfolio review can lead to college credit. This course is pending board approval.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 01526A - Advanced Placement 2-D Art and Design

    IBDP Visual Arts A, B, C, D 19830A/B/C/D-IB

    This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade. This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

    The visual arts syllabus demonstrates a clear distinction between the course at SL and at HL, with additional assessment requirements at HL that allow for breadth and greater depth in the teaching and learning. The assessment tasks require HL students to reflect on how their own work has been influenced by exposure to other artists and for them to experiment in greater depth with additional art-making media, techniques and forms. HL students are encouraged to produce a larger body of resolved works and to demonstrate a deeper consideration of how their resolved works communicate with a potential viewer.

    For final assessment, all students will create a digital portfolio of their studio work and strongest IWB pages, and will write a Candidate Statement (a short critical analysis of their work) discussing their ideas, process, and the journey undertaken during the course.  HL students will also participate in an IB Student Art Exhibition, and record a Candidate Interview.

    IB Visual Arts Curriculum

    COURSE NOTE: Intro to Art; Drawing & Painting are strongly recommended but not required. This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade. Each semester builds upon the previous semester in content and skills. This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the Diploma Programme are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the Diploma Programme. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB.  An optional final exam is available for college credit in the spring of senior year.

    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: International Baccalaureate GRADE: 11-12
    COREQUISITES: Grade 11 takes 19830A/B - IBDP Visual Arts.  Grade 12 takes 19830C/D-IB - IBDP Visual Arts.