Visual Art Course Information Sheets

  • 2018-19: Digital Photography

    Course Description: Digital Photo students will be required to understand intermediate & advanced technical skills of digital photography. Students’ will learning how to create interesting and captivating photographs by learning the elements of composition and how to create a visually successful photograph. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art and principal of design as well as the successful completion within a photographic frame and composition. Students will be expected to think critically & creatively to enhance their skills of visual literacy.

    Students will be introduced to the technical, conceptual and creative skills necessary to make digital based photographs. Students will explore photography as an art form and as a communication tool by critically looking at their work and the work of others. The course emphasizes technical skills, use of photography knowledge, creative development, and analysis of aesthetic images. Some project ideas include Surrealism, Documentary, & Altered Landscape. Students will also be working with a DSLR camera and in Adobe Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop to edit and enhance their photos. Students will learn to work on Mac and PC computers to edit, scan and print images using the digital format.

    Upon completion of the course students will have advance knowledge of camera operations, traditional and digital techniques, alternative processes in photography, the history of photography and contemporary photography. In addition, to their growth in their creativity and visual literacy.

    The course will take a thematic approach in regards to skills, ideas, and subject matters. There will be lectures, demonstrations, discussions, slide presentations, studio work, student group work, and individual oral and written critiques/presentations. Group discussions of projects will enable students to articulate concepts using art vocabulary.

    Students MUST come to class daily for the sole purpose of improving and advancing their photography skills and to be able to have access to studio work time in the darkroom and on the school provided laptops when creating in Adobe Photoshop.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce a color digital print, understanding of DSLR cameras, understanding the digital image, demonstrate creativity, intermediate & advanced photography skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use photography and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Analyze artworks.

    4. Work in studio style classroom sessions.

    5. Do oral and written critiques.

    6. Do research projects in photo history.

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  • 2018-19: Drawing I

    Coursde Description: Drawing I introduces students to the fundamentals of drawing. The course will cover various drawing skills, elements of art, principles of design, and art history relevant to each project. The course emphasizes technical skills, use of drawing knowledge, creative development, and analysis of aesthetic images. Some project ideas include still-life studies, portraits, landscapes, and human figures in both realistic and abstract manner.

    The course will take a thematic approach in regards to skills, ideas, and subject matters. There will be lectures, demonstrations, discussions, slide presentations, studio work, student group work, and individual oral and written critiques/presentations. Group discussions of projects will enable students to articulate concepts using art vocabulary.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce drawings which demonstrate creativity, drawing skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use drawing and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Analyze artworks.

    4. Work in studio style classroom sessions.

    5. Do oral and written critiques.

    6. Do research projects in art history involving drawing. 

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  • 2018-19: Drawing II

    Course Description: Drawing II will concentrate on creative interpretation of themes, advanced drawing techniques, and a variety of media. The course emphasizes individual expression and development in diverse subjects, concepts, and interpretation/analysis of ideas and aesthetics images. Through investigating different styles and techniques, students will create refined, meaningful drawings that demonstrate technical mastery and creative growth. The course will cover various drawing media, elements of art, principles of design, and art history relevant to each project. Some project ideas include still-life studies, figures, formal drawings concentrating on art elements and principles of design, mixed media drawings, abstraction, expressive landscapes, emotional drawings, and surrealism.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce drawings which demonstrate creativity, advanced drawing skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use drawing and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Do refined analysis of artworks.

    4. Develop personal growth, style, and maturity in creating art works.

    5. Use studio style classroom sessions effectively and productively.

    6. Do research projects in art history.

    7. Write artist statements.

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  • 2018-19: Drawing III

    Course Description: Drawing III is designed to prepare students for Studio Art A.P. This course will emphasize development of personal style and verve, creative interpretation of ideas, and technical mastery. Students will learn to put together organized and cohesive portfolios that could be used for AP Studio Art. Students will also learn to write refined and sophisticated artists’ statements. The course will cover various drawing media, elements of art, principles of design, and art history relevant to each project.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce drawings which demonstrate creativity, advanced drawing skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use drawings and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Do refined analysis of artworks.

    4. Develop personal growth, style, and maturity in creating artworks.

    5. Use studio style classroom sessions effectively and productively.

    6. Do research projects on various issues.

    7. To produce cohesive portfolios using themes and ideas.

    8. Write refined artist statements.

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  • 2018-19: Painting I

    Course Description: Painting I introduces students to the fundamentals of painting and mixed media. The course will cover various painting skills, elements of art, principles of design, and art history relevant to each project. The course emphasizes technical skills, use of painting and mixed media knowledge, creative development, and analysis of aesthetic images. Some project ideas include 3D forms still life (learning value, form and lighting), Chuck Close color theory project (learning the fundamentals of color theory through the technique of famous artist Chuck Close), watercolor landscape (learning watercolor techniques and atmospheric perspective), and the surrealist perspective painting (learning the history and style of surrealism and the accurate use of 1pt and 2pt perspective).

    The course will take a thematic approach in regards to skills, ideas, and subject matters. There will be lectures, demonstrations, discussions, slide presentations, studio work, student group work, and individual oral and written critiques/presentations. Group discussions of projects will enable students to articulate concepts using art vocabulary.

    Students MUST come to class daily for the sole purpose of improving their painting skills and to be able to have access to studio work time in the classroom to work on their painting projects and assignments.

    Students will create original works inspired by them self, their peers, and their environment. Students will learn to use techniques taken from history ranging from aboriginal to contemporary. At the end of the year, Students will have a full portfolio of original works, and overview of the medium’s history, and a working repertoire of vocabulary and working techniques.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce paintings which demonstrate creativity, painting & mixed media skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use painting and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Analyze artworks.

    4. Work in studio style classroom sessions.

    5. Do oral and written critiques.

    6. Do research projects in art history involving painting.

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  • 2018-19: Photography I

    Course Description: Photo I students will be required to understand the basic technical skills of digital and film based photography. Students’ will learning how to create interesting and captivating photographs by learning the elements of composition and how to create a visually successful photograph. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art and principal of design as well as successful completion within a photographic frame and composition.

    Students will be introduced to the technical, conceptual and creative skills necessary to make digital and film based photographs. Students will explore photography as an art form and as a communication tool by critically looking at their work and the work of others. The course emphasizes technical skills, use of photography knowledge, creative development, and analysis of aesthetic images. Some project ideas include depth of field (learning how to control the use of the aperture), movement and motion (learning how to control the use of the shutter speed), and lighting (student will learn to understand the importance of light in regards to direction and intensity in photography).

    Upon completion of the course students will have the basic knowledge of camera operations, traditional and digital techniques, the history of photography and contemporary photography.

    The course will take a thematic approach in regards to skills, ideas, and subject matters. There will be lectures, demonstrations, discussions, slide presentations, studio work, student group work, and individual oral and written critiques/presentations. Group discussions of projects will enable students to articulate concepts using art vocabulary.

    Students MUST come to class daily for the sole purpose of improving their photography skills and to be able to have access to studio work time in the darkroom and on the school provided laptops when creating in Adobe Photoshop.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce a black and white darkroom and a color digital print which demonstrate creativity, basic photography skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use photography and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Analyze artworks.

    4. Work in studio style classroom sessions.

    5. Do oral and written critiques.

    6. Do research projects in photo history.

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  • 2018-19: Photography II

    Course Description: Photo II students will be required to understand intermediate & advanced technical skills of digital and film based photography. Students’ will learning how to create interesting and captivating photographs by learning the elements of composition and how to create a visually successful photograph. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art and principal of design as well as the successful completion within a photographic frame and composition. Students will be expected to think critically & creatively to enhance their skills of visual literacy.

    Students will be introduced to the technical, conceptual and creative skills necessary to make digital and film based photographs. Students will explore photography as an art form and as a communication tool by critically looking at their work and the work of others. The course emphasizes technical skills, use of photography knowledge, creative development, and analysis of aesthetic images. Some project ideas include pinhole photography, night photography, and text and image in photography. Students will also be working with 35mm, medium and large format film, medium and large format cameras as well as plastic cameras. Photo II students will also be exposed to alternative processes in photography such as Cyanotypes and Van Dyke prints.

    Upon completion of the course students will have advance knowledge of camera operations, traditional and digital techniques, alternative processes in photography, the history of photography and contemporary photography. In addition, to their growth in their creativity and visual literacy.

    The course will take a thematic approach in regards to skills, ideas, and subject matters. There will be lectures, demonstrations, discussions, slide presentations, studio work, student group work, and individual oral and written critiques/presentations. Group discussions of projects will enable students to articulate concepts using art vocabulary.

    Students MUST come to class daily for the sole purpose of improving and advancing their photography skills and to be able to have access to studio work time in the darkroom and on the school provided laptops when creating in Adobe Photoshop.

    By end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Produce a black and white darkroom, a color digital print, alternative processes in photography, understanding of 35mm, 120 & 4x5 film, medium format and large format cameras, demonstrate creativity, intermediate & advanced photography skills, art concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    2. Use photography and visual analysis to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    3. Analyze artworks.

    4. Work in studio style classroom sessions.

    5. Do oral and written critiques.

    6. Do research projects in photo history.

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  • 2018-19: Studio Art (AP)

    Course Description: The course will focus on investigation and development of A.P. 2-D Design or A.P. Drawing Portfolio elements—quality, breadth, and concentration. Students will learn and utilize a variety of design concepts, approaches, aesthetic and formal theories, artistic styles, and media. Students will work with a variety of techniques to create first year collegelevel quality art works. Students will also learn problem-solving skills, decision making skills, and art criticism.

    By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Complete quality, breadth, and concentration requirements of A.P. 2-D Design or Drawing Portfolio.

    2. Demonstrate creativity, college-level art skills, concepts, art elements, and principles of design.

    3. Do refined analysis of artworks.

    4. Engage in evaluation process in which student participate in oral, written, and group critiques.

    5. Develop personal growth, style, and maturity in creating art works.

    6. Do independent research and investigation to promote ideations for individual art works as well as cohesive concentration element of the portfolio.

    7. Use studio style classroom sessions effectively and productively.

    8. Do research projects.

    9. Write artist statements.

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