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Visual Arts

Visual Art Courses:

  • Exploring Arts
    This yearlong course is intended to be an introduction to communication by drawing, working with black, white, and color using the Elements and Principles of Design. Searching and planning for ideas, styles, different drawing media (oil pastels, pastels, charcoal, graphite pencil, chalk and paints) and different techniques. The students will explore the options of composition, the light and shadows, and analyzing and critiquing completed work. A paper is required on artist styles. (Prerequisite: None)
  • Drawing and Painting
    An introduction to drawing with an emphasis on various styles:contour drawing, gesture sketching, tonal rendering, cross hatching, and stippling. Students will be introduced to rendering still life, landscapes, portraiture and figure drawing. The mediums used are graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, and pen & ink. Beyond studio projects students will research artists and be responsible for independent gallery critiques. A final digital portfolio of work will be produced from Semester projects.
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting
    This course offers opportunities for the student-artist to further investigate observation and representation of form in space, figure drawing, and technical interpretation. This course further explores the medium of drawing and challenges the student to expand his creativity in form, idea, concept, materials and techniques. Mediums to be used: charcoal, pastel, colored pencils, and conte crayon. [One Semester] (Prerequisite: Minimum “B” in Drawing)
  • Ceramics
    Ceramics provides all students with an opportunity for creative expression and cognitive development in a nonverbal way. Students will learn about the history of ceramics and will create sculptural and functional pieces. Students will critique their work and plan out elaborate projects. Students will fully participate in every class and do their part in keeping a clean learning environment. Assessment is based on effort and improvement regardless of entry-level skills or personal aptitude. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in Exploring Art)
  • Animation
    This course will cover the history, theories, and creation process of 2D animation. All phases of production will be covered and will explore the art of storytelling and communicating artistic ideas through the use of traditional and computer animation techniques. (Prerequisite: None)

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