Art

The art department offers a variety of courses designed to introduce students to the basic principles in art and to accommodate those students who would like to become proficient in specific areas. 2D Design is a prerequisite for Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Mixed Media. 3D Design is a prerequisite for Hand Building, Wheel throwing, Advanced ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking and Mixed Media. Photography classes have no prerequisites.

2D Design, ½ Credit, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How do artists use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to communicate visual ideas in two dimensions?

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the elements of art and principles of design with an emphasis on the two dimensional surface. Projects will explore different drawing, painting, mixed media and printmaking techniques and use a variety of art materials.

Course Competencies:

1. Process

A. Students will demonstrate the ability to design a solution for a given problem within a specific art form by:

  1. Coming up with an idea by brainstorming, looking at work of other artists, and/or source material
  2. Creating multiple drafts and thumbnail sketches

B. Students will be able to visually communicate an idea by:

  1. Completing multiple self, peer, and teacher critiques. These can be both written and verbal
  2. Having the draft(s) support the words used in the critique(s)

C. Students will display a creative and unique approach, as well as risk taking, within the project by:

  1. Their choice(s) of techniques to be used
  2. Their choice(s) made for possible alterations to the medium or composition

2. Performance

A. Students will demonstrate the proper use/understanding of medium, tools and techniques by:

  1. Responding to and using course specific vocabulary.
  2. Applying a course described/defined technique.

3. Presentation

A. Students will present a finished project that has quality craftsmanship such as:

  1. Having purposeful marks/actions
  2. Having decisions made with intention
  3. Paying attention to detail
  4. Consideration of the standards(norms) for medium

B. Students will display pride and ownership of their piece through:

  1. Personalization of the final product
  2. Demonstration of work ethic

C. Students will demonstrate the ability to speak coherently about their work and the work of others by:

  1. Using course specific vocabulary
  2. Participating in group critiques
  3. Explaining how and why product was created
  4. Speaking constructively about own and others work

3-D Design, ½ Credit, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How will you as a student be able to take what is in your mind and make it a three dimensional form using pencils, clay, paints, various papers, glue, wire, aluminum cans, plaster and other odd/useful materials, in such a way that we as an observer could see and understand your idea?

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the elements and principles of design with the final emphasis on three dimensional works of art. Projects will include sculpting, carving, painting, mixed media sculpture and ceramics. Critiques will be held regularly.

Course Competencies:

1. Process

A. Students will demonstrate the ability to design a solution for a given problem within a specific art form by:

  1. Coming up with an idea by brainstorming, looking at work of other artists, and/or source material
  2. Creating multiple drafts and thumbnail sketches

B. Students will be able to visually communicate an idea by:

  1. Completing multiple self, peer, and teacher critiques. These can be both written and verbal
  2. Having the draft(s) support the words used in the critique(s)

C. Students will display a creative and unique approach, as well as risk taking, within the project by:

  1. Their choice(s) of techniques to be used
  2. Their choice(s) made for possible alterations to the medium or composition

2. Performance

A. Students will demonstrate the proper use/understanding of medium, tools and techniques by:

  1. Responding to and using course specific vocabulary.
  2. Applying a course described/defined technique.

3. Presentation

A. Students will present a finished project that has quality craftsmanship such as:

  1. Having purposeful marks/actions
  2. Having decisions made with intention
  3. Paying attention to detail
  4. Consideration of the standards(norms) for medium

B. Students will display pride and ownership of their piece through:

  1. Personalization of the final product
  2. Demonstration of work ethic

C. Students will demonstrate the ability to speak coherently about their work and the work of others by:

  1. Using course specific vocabulary
  2. Participating in group critiques
  3. Explaining how and why product was created
  4. Speaking constructively about own and others' work

Introduction to Drawing Running Start½ Credit, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How do artists use drawing to become better at perceiving the lines, value, shapes and forms of an object and to communicate ideas?

Running Start Course 4 college credits

Recommended: Grade of C or better in 2D Design. This course is an introduction to drawing from observation. We will cover several "tools for seeing" or ways of translating the 3-Dimensional world onto our 2-Dimensional page. We will work on ways to overcome our preconceived ideas of what something looks like and to truly see it. Tools to be covered are sighting and measuring, negative space, summarizing value and 1-point perspective. This class will work primarily in black in white and from observation of still lives, the landscape and figure. Drawing as a mode of self-expression will also be explored throughout the course. This course may be taken for Running Start Credit through LRCC (titled Introduction to Drawing).

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

B. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Painting I & II, ½ Credit, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How does basic knowledge of paint media, tools, techniques, and processes provide a foundation for painted artwork and why is it essential to have an understanding of the elements and principles of art in order to create a painted artwork?

Recommended: Grade of B or better in 2DArt, Grade of B or better in Painting I in order to go into Painting II. In this course students will put color theory into practice while exploring a variety of painting media including tempera, oil, and acrylic. Students will build upon their ability to observe and compose while exploring a variety subjects. Students taking Painting II will be working on advanced projects under direction of the instructor building upon the skills developed in Painting I.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Drawing II, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How do artists use their drawing skills to communicate ideas?

Recommended: Grade of B or better in Drawing I. In this course students will continue to explore and build upon the techniques learned in Drawing I. Emphasis will be placed on projects that allow students to explore the concept of narrative in their art while continuing to develop and build upon skills learned in 2D Art and Drawing I.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Hand Building, ½ Credit, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

Through the traditional process of hand building in clay, the process used by our ancestors, and through the influence of modern culture, how will you the student be able to make a simple traditional form become a form that speaks of art today?

Recommended: Grade of C or better in 3D Design. This course will expose students to various methods of hand building with clay including coil, pinch and slab. Students will learn about various finishes and glazes, as well as creating surface textures and detail. Work will include both functional and non-functional pieces. Critiques will be held regularly.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Wheel Throwing I & II, ½ Credit, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

Through working on the wheel how will you the student demonstrate art's purpose in this world, as in how will you the artist explain the value of the debate "form vs Function"

Recommended: Grade of a B or better in 3-D Design/A or better in Wheel Throwing I

Wheel Throwing I is a class in which you will be learning to throw on the wheel. You will learn the basics of throwing, including centering and throwing cylinders, trimming while throwing bowls and handle pulling for your thrown mugs. Once your basic skills are developed, you will progress to larger forms including lidded containers and pouring vessels. Students in Wheel Throwing II will be working on advanced individual projects under direction of the instructor. Projects will be heavily focused on Form, Function, and Design. Works in progress and finished pieces will be used for discussion and critique.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Sculpture ½ Credit, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

Through the process of creating a three dimensional form how will you the student demonstrate critical and creative thinking in such a way that the observer will understand what you are trying to express, and what your artistic interpretation of a given subject may be?

Recommended: Grade of a B or better in 3-D Design. This course will introduce students to 3 dimensional projects in a variety of media. Methods will include exploring both additive and subtractive sculpture, carving, modeling and assembling. Critiques will be held regularly.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Advanced Ceramics, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How will you as a student create a purposeful form, using slips, creating textures, and focusing on surface design, explore the relationship of form to function, and transformations of space, all the while demonstrating your own personal artistic goals?

Recommended: Grade of a B or better in Hand Building or Wheel Throwing.

This course is a follow up to Hand Building or Wheel Throwing. Students will focus on personal style and a development of skills for both Hand Building and Wheel Throwing. Students will investigate purposeful form and various alteration techniques. Projects are designed to explore the relationship of form to functions, building processes to materials, and transformations of space. Students will be learning about advanced slip application, texture, and surface design. They will also develop a vocabulary specific to the medium and be aware of the safety issues involved in working with ceramic materials, techniques, and tools.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry & Intermediate Level Classes plus:

A. Students will independently carry out teacher instruction

B. Students will set personal artistic goals

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry & Intermediate Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate advances/skillful handling of materials/techniques by:

  1. Combining previously learned mediums/techniques
  2. Producing portfolio(s) that combine all previously learned skills in a cohesive body

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry & Intermediate Level Classes plus:

A. Students will draw connections between their own work and social and historical contexts by written and/or verbal explanation.

B. Students will present work that demonstrates a professional level of accomplishment by creating work that is marketable and would be presentable in a gallery setting.

C. Students will create a portfolio and exhibit their work.


Graphic Design, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

This class will explore design, fonts, and color theory. Student will use drawing skills, photographic imagery, and technology such as Photoshop and the I Pad Pro to create artwork. This artwork in this class will be driven to have real life application. We will be looking at how products are designed, marketing campaigns, and imagery manipulation. Student need to complete 2-D design, or General/Artistic photography to gain entry.

Course Competencies:

1. Process

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to design a solution for a given problem within a specific art form
  2. Students will be able to visually communicate an idea.
  3. Students will display a creative & unique approach, as well as risk taking, within the project.

2. Performance

  1. Students will demonstrate the proper use/understanding of medium, tools and techniques.

3. Presentation

  1. Students will present a finished project that has quality craftsmanship.
  2. Students will display pride and ownership of their piece though:
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to speak coherently about their work and the work of others.

Printmaking, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How is a specific printmaking process related to the visual elements of a print and how do you (as an artist) decide which printing process to use for a given visual problem?

This course runs every other year. It will be offered in 2020-21.

Recommended: Grade of B or better in a previous high school level 2D art class. A variety of printmaking techniques will be introduced including block printing, intaglio, etching, monoprint and screen printing. Students are encouraged to pursue individual direction in style and subject matter.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Mixed Media, ½ Credit, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How will you problem solve and combine different art materials to create new and vibrant artwork?

This course runs every other year. It is being offered in 2019-2020.

Recommended: Grade of B or better in a previous high school level art class. Mixed Media means combining different art materials to create artwork (as opposed to working with a single material). In this course we will explore, combine and experiment with a variety of media including collage, paint, sculpture, found objects, printmaking and digital processes. Projects may include but are not limited to wearable recycled art, artist books, screen printed posters/shirts, mosaic collage portraits, paintings over found/photographic images, assemblage boxes, paper sculpture, and digital art exploration. Art history and critiques will be integrated into the class.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Jewelry I/II, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How do jewelry artists use materials, tools, and techniques to express their ideas?

Recommended: Grade of B or better in a previous high school level art class. This course will explore basic jewelry making techniques. Students will learn to work with metal wire, sheet metal, simple stone setting, how to use hand tools, how to solder and design jewelry. Projects will include the fabrication of rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants. Students will also learn how to take a project from a sketch to a final piece. The class will keep a design journal; learn about past and contemporary artists, and how to critique fine jewelry. Patience and attention to detail are extremely important.

Course Competencies:

1. Process

A. Students will demonstrate the ability to design a solution for a given problem within a

specific art form by:

  1. Coming up with an idea by brainstorming, looking at work of other artists, and/or source material
  2. Creating multiple drafts and thumbnail sketches

B. Students will be able to visually communicate an idea by:

  1. Completing multiple self, peer, and teacher critiques. These can be both written and verbal
  2. Having the draft(s) support the words used in the critique(s)

C. Students will display a creative and unique approach, as well as risk taking, within the project by:

  1. Their choice(s) of techniques to be used
  2. Their choice(s) made for possible alterations to the medium or composition

2. Performance

A. Students will demonstrate the proper use/understanding of medium, tools and techniques by:

  1. Responding to and using course specific vocabulary.
  2. Applying a course described/defined technique.

3. Presentation

A. Students will present a finished project that has quality craftsmanship such as:

  1. Having purposeful marks/actions
  2. Having decisions made with intention
  3. Paying attention to detail
  4. Consideration of the standards(norms) for medium

B. Students will display pride and ownership of their piece through:

  1. Personalization of the final product
  2. Demonstration of work ethic

C. Students will demonstrate the ability to speak coherently about their work and the work of others by:

  1. Using course specific vocabulary
  2. Participating in group critiques
  3. Explaining how and why product was created
  4. Speaking constructively about own and others work

Photography, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How will you as a student use the elements of the camera, design, and Photoshop software to create art and learn how to manipulate images?

This course teaches students how to capture an image in digital format. In General Digital Photography students will learn the functions of digital cameras and how to edit pictures on Adobe Photoshop Elements. Students will learn how to acquire pictures, make adjustments, use the tool icons, layering, selections, the use of filters and more. Students will learn to take pictures using an understanding of photographic composition. The department has several digital cameras the students may share.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. a) Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing Including various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Artistic Photography, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How will you as a student using cameras and Photoshop, paying attention to the fundamentals of design (lighting, composition, software, camera components) be able to demonstrate your own artistic photographic language?

The goal of Artistic Digital Photography I is to investigate the use of photography as a means of artistic expression. We will learn the fundamentals of digital photography along with Adobe Photoshop Elements. Students will learn different techniques and skills with regard to photo manipulation. Emphasis will be on learning what makes a photograph get your attention and what you can do to make it more interesting. The department has several digital cameras the students may share. General Digital Photography is a prerequisite for taking Artistic Digital Photography I. Artistic Digital Photography I may be repeated as Artistic Digital Photography II if a student wishes to pursue a more advanced, independent track.

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills by:

  1. Choosing material (medium, techniques, material, etc) that supports a theme.
  2. Choosing a subject according to an intentional message/purpose.

B. Students will demonstrate an awareness that their art has a purpose by:

  1. Considering their audience
  2. Providing justification within an artist statement

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will explore a variety of materials by:

  1. Using various tools and mediums

B. Students will be able to demonstrate certain aesthetic results by:

  1. Including "materials covered" in their artist's statement
  2. Using various elements and principles of design
  3. Utilizing various technical approaches

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry Level Classes plus:

A. Students will be able to speak articulately in a variety of modes about the creative development of the piece by:

  1. Discussing the technical process used
  2. Discussing the decision making process

Studio Art, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How do you use your skill and technique an artist to build a body of artwork that relates to a central theme?

Recommended: A minimum of three intermediate art courses and a portfolio review. This course is recommended for the highly motivated student seriously interested in the study of art. The curriculum coincides with that of the College Board. Students will focus on the concentration component of the AP art portfolio. Classic as well as experimental media will be explored. Assessment will be based on mastery of concepts, composition, materials and techniques; imagination, interpretation; a sense of focus, style and personal direction. Sketchbooks/journals are required and critiques will be held on a regular basis. A significant amount of out of class work is expected. Students will be given the opportunity to have their artwork critiqued by representatives from various art colleges. At the conclusion of this class, each student will prepare an electronic portfolio that will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor and members of the class

Course Competencies:

1. Process: All skills covered in Entry & Intermediate Level Classes plus:

A. Students will independently carry out teacher instruction

B. Students will set personal artistic goals

2. Performance: All skills covered in Entry & Intermediate Level Classes plus:

A. Students will demonstrate advances/skillful handling of materials/techniques by:

  1. Combining previously learned mediums/techniques
  2. Producing portfolio(s) that combine all previously learned skills in a cohesive body

3. Presentation: All skills covered in Entry & Intermediate Level Classes plus:

A. Students will draw connections between their own work and social and historical contexts by written and/or verbal explanation

B. Students will present work that demonstrates a professional level of accomplishment by creating work that is marketable and would be presentable in a gallery setting

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