Visual Arts and Clubs
The goal of the visual art department is to create an educational environment that inspires, encourages, and praises personal expression, and to provide opportunities and experiences that validate creative living, and life long learning.
We are all creative! Art education should identify and develop this intrinsic artistic talent in everyone. The very process, discipline and commitment in making art enhance confidence and self-esteem. It is known that the study of the arts creates “habits of mind” that transfer to a wide range of disciplines from science and math to reading and language studies.
The curriculum develops an aesthetic appreciation of nature, an awareness of, and a positive attitude toward, all people and cultures, and the ability to recognize the arts as our valuable cultural heritage.
Visual Art Teachers
8120 BASIC DESIGN/DRAWING 1 - Full Year
This course introduces the student to the basic elements of design and drawing. During the first (semester), students investigate line, value, shape, texture, color and composition. The principles of art are introduced through projects in composition, design and critiques. The study of specific artists and periods in art history will illustrate the basic concepts that are learned. During the second semester, the course investigates methods of drawing and composition, emphasizing right-hemisphere approaches to drawing, originality and creativity. Students draw from life and photographed visual resources. Contour, perspective, gesture and expressionist drawing are some areas that are explored along with a review of the elements and principles of design. Experience in charcoal, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and many other media are featured. Supplemental art history will accompany art projects. No previous art experience necessary.
8124 ART AND CULTURE OF THE WORLD - Full Year
This course will introduce students to a variety of world cultures. Exploring other cultures will give the students the opportunity to consider a wide range of human values, beliefs and concerns as expressed through art. Students will experience many cultural forms of expression first hand in the art studio. The course will introduce them to basic design and a visual vocabulary. These are tools with which they will analyze, critique, and interpret what they see in written, oral and studio projects. Participation in a variety of expressions is integral to this class, and facilitates the goal of respect for, understanding of, and insight into another culture. No previous art experience necessary.
8126 GRAPHIC ARTS - Full Year
This course will explore the field of graphic arts. Students will cover both the elements of art (color, line, texture, shape, form and space) and the principles of art (balance, emphasis, harmony, variety, gradation, movement, rhythm and proportion). The principles and elements of art are the foundations used in establishing knowledge, confidence and understanding of all art fields. Student projects will cover art fundamentals, color theory, still life compositions using basic digital photography, digital video and sound, and web page design. This course will teach the necessary skills of computer operations and terminology to allow the students to use their artistic abilities, with the aid of the computer, in both the educational and business worlds. No previous art experience necessary.
8221 DRAWING AND COMPOSITION 2 - Semester
This course continues the study of drawing methods in both wet and dry media. Emphasis is placed on the act of really seeing and drawing as opposed to preconceived concepts of reality. Imaginative creative drawing styles are explored, encouraging students to develop the ability to express themselves visually using fantasy as well as realism. Projects include portraits, figure drawing, landscape, as well as review of perspective drawing. Art history will focus on particular artists and movements illustrating drawing concepts and building visual vocabulary.
8223 3-D DESIGN: CERAMICS 1 - Semester
This course explores design in three dimensions with emphasis on form, space and concept. The projects in this class focus on the use of modeling/manipulation, additive, subtractive, and substitution sculpting techniques. Study of culture and the historical and contemporary creation of three-dimensional art will be accomplished through projects, classroom discussion and lectures.
8233 3-D DESIGN: CERAMICS 2 - Semester
This ceramics class will enable the student to learn advanced techniques used in creating vessels and sculpture on the potters’ wheel. Through the use of clay, subject matter, symbols, meaningful images and visual expressions students will learn to express their ideas and to evaluate the merits of their efforts. Students will exhibit competence in visual, aural, oral and written form. They will develop and apply effective critical thinking and speaking skills. Students will understand and evaluate influences of literature, cultural traditions, and other art forms in crafting a global visual art heritage. They will learn to deeply experience and to critically evaluate the development of art as a worldwide expression of life issues. During lectures, students will be exposed to visual presentations using PowerPoint, slides, videotapes, and related websites.
8222 PAINTING 1 - Semester
This course reinforces the foundation of visual art: the elements and principles of design and visual vocabulary. Students explore painting techniques and processes in watercolor, tempera, collage, pastel and experimental mixed media. Relationships between communication of ideas and styles throughout art history, (i.e., symbolic, social, and cultural content), is integrated into the experience. Written critiques develop students’ ability to correlate, describe, analyze, interpret and judge art based on their own personal experience and work, and that of their peers. The course challenges students to think creatively, critically, and develops confidence in visual problem solving and communication.
8332 PAINTING 2 - Semester
This course further explores the elements and principles of design and visual vocabulary, composition, and painting as a unique form of communication. Students explore painting techniques and processes in watercolor, tempera, collage, pastel and experimental mixed media with emphasis on figurative, natural, abstract and nonobjective subject matter. Relationships between communication of ideas and styles throughout art history, (i.e symbolic, social, and cultural content), is integrated into the experience. Students correlate, describe, analyze, interpret and judge based on their experience and products, and that of their peers. The course synthesizes previous knowledge and challenges students to think creatively, and critically, and develops confidence in visual problem solving and communication.
8226 ADVANCED GRAPHIC ARTS - Semester
This course will enable students who have taken Graphic Arts to explore further the field of multimedia publications. Students who have studied both the elements of art and the principles of design will combine this knowledge for use in advanced projects. This will be a project driven course with advanced student projects covering photography composition using digital photography, video and sound, used in both full video and stop animation short stories, and/or advanced webpage design using Flash. This course will allow the students to expand their artistic abilities, with the aid of the computer.
8220 ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Semester
This course will enable students who have taken Graphic Arts to explore further the field of digital photography as a compositional medium. The class will focus on the principles of photography and the basic concepts of image enhancement using Adobe Photoshop; those being visualizing, capturing, enhancing and output. This course is designed to familiarize students with photographic equipment as well as to develop their aesthetic sense and artistic techniques.
8229 PRINTMAKING 1 - Semester
This course explores major printmaking methods: monotype, dry point, collograph, linoleum and stencil prints. Activities include carving wood blocks, cutting, collage, and painting as part of the printmaking process. Graphic terms and techniques are studied and an understanding and appreciation of the great printmakers of the past both in Eastern and Western culture are fostered. Inventiveness and personal expression are encouraged. The course will appeal to students who enjoy crafts as well as painting.
8081 TECHNICAL DRAWING 1 - Semester
This is primarily a technical drawing class, which utilizes basic drafting equipment and emphasizes its proper use. Architectural drawings will be emphasized. A single level family dwelling will be drawn which will include a floor plan, interior/exterior elevations, a plot plan and a perspective rendering. Students will frame a three-dimensional balsa wood house. Other objects will be drawn using techniques of orthographic and auxiliary projections.
8082 TECHNICAL DRAWING 2 - Semester
This course is provided for students who show a high proficiency in Technical Drawing I. It is primarily a continuance of the architectural drawings completed in Technical Drawing 1. The students will be introduced to the "3-D CAD" (Computer Aided Drafting) system. The class will concentrate on each student constructing their own house plans, which will include a floor plan, plot plan, and elevation drawings by using the Computer Aided Drafting equipment.