Fine Arts Department

The creative process is a significant enriching and fulfilling part of life and is important in the general education of all students.  Accordingly, the art department provides a dimension to the curriculum that helps students develop their innate creative skills by encouraging them to visually express their feelings and perceptions of the world around them.  This is done in an environment that advocates observation, inquiry, thought, sharing, imagination, and support for one another.  Encouraging the development of the student’s own creative skills and respect for the work of others will lead to a greater appreciation of the arts for a lifetime.

Introductory Art

722 INTRODUCTORY ART • REQUIRED SEMESTER COURSE

This course is required of sophomores. The aim of Introductory Art is to develop drawing and painting skills as well as to teach students the language of visual arts. We will discuss the elements and principles of art and apply them in our work. Accompanying art projects will be done in the areas of drawing, painting, and design and will reflect the information discussed in class. Students may place directly into Intermediate Art by ways of a portfolio review with the instructor before enrollment period.

Intermediate Art

730 INTERMEDIATE ART • ELECTIVE SEMESTER COURSE

The Intermediate Art class will give the student the opportunity to further develop those skills acquired in the Introductory Art class. Emphasis will be placed on both the refinement of techniques and exploration into new media and styles.

Studio Art

40 STUDIO ART

This junior/senior course provides the student with the time to explore a wide variety of media and techniques. Class time will be spent on more involved, fast-paced, and time-consuming projects than previously attempted and sequential drawing exercises will be completed as homework assignments. Emphasis will be placed on assembling a substantial body of works which could be used as a portfolio by those wishing to further their art interests in college.
Department approval is required.

Graphic Design

753 GRAPHIC DESIGN • ELECTIVE SEMESTER COURSE

This course will explore the world of graphic design through
projects done by hand and on the computer. Students will work using the basic elements and principles of design and the concepts of typography, layout, and composition will be addressed. Creative problem-solving skills will be used to develop graphic design products for fictional clients.

Advanced Placement Studio Art Drawing

743 ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART DRAWING – (COLLEGE PREP LEVEL ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

This AP Studio Art Drawing class for Junior/Senior is corresponding to the most common college foundation course. It is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to secondary school students. The AP Studio Art Drawing portfolio is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art students create a large portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined and applied over the course of the year (or years) to produce visual compositions. Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.
Department approval and successful completion of Studio Art is required. Special cases will be decided through portfolio review with the instructor.