Art

ART 7

An art course incorporating interdisciplinary units of learning through historical arts and crafts. Included are units on Native Americans, colonial times, and a unit on famous artists.

STUDIO IN ART

1 Credit

This is a foundation art course that is a year-long introduction to the nature, function and techniques of the visual arts from the past to the present. It attempts to help students to see, feel, think, express their thoughts and feelings, make choices, and evaluate through a wide variety of studio experiences. Texts are too many and varied to list, as no one text is used. Books available in the library and art room are used for reference and student notes, hand outs, and dittos are taken from many sources. These are reinforced with filmstrips, tapes, slides, prints and field trips when possible.

Evaluation is based on student work, objectives of student assignments and by testing of notes given for the course dealing with various media. Also a determination is made of whether the student has developed his own style, interpretation and appreciation of the arts.

CRAFTS

1 Credit

Crafts is a course open to all students and is especially useful for students who want to enjoy art but feel that they lack the talent to handle a more advanced art course. It is designed to teach the fundamentals of two and three-dimensional design, encourage creativity, and build an understanding and appreciation of various crafts and materials.

Texts are too many to list as no one text is used. Books available in the art room and the library are supplemented with magazine articles on various crafts. Student notes are taken from all of these sources. Evaluation is based upon completion of various craft assignments and the proper usage of materials and mediums. Testing of students is based upon notes given for each craft or medium pursued.

CERAMICS

½ Credit

This class is designed for students who are interested in working with clay. The course covers many approaches to the use of clay and encourages students to explore the methods of greatest interest and value to them. Texts are varied and too many to list, as no one text is used. Books available in the library and art room are used for reference. Student notes are taken from many sources. Evaluation is based on student work, objectives of student assignments, use of tools and materials needed for each activity and testing based on notes given for each method.

SCULPTURE

½ Credit

Sculpture is an advanced course designed to develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the esthetic principles and skills involved in working on a 3-dimensional basis. Students solve given assignments on the nature of the mediums potentials and limitations. Texts are varied and too many to list, as no one text is used. Books available in the library and art room are used for reference. Students notes are taken from many sources. Evaluation is based on student work, objectives of student assignments, use of tools and materials needed for each activity and testing based on notes given for each medium.

GRAPHICS

1 Credit

Printmaking is concerned with the art of using lines, solid masses, tones and textures in such a manner that many proofs may be produced or pulled from an original. The course covers a variety of processes and materials for exploration. Texts are too many to list. No one text is used, as many in the art room and library are used as reference. Students notes are taken from many sources. Evaluation is based on student work, objectives of student assignments, use of tools and materials needed for each activity and testing based on notes given for each medium.

DRAWING AND PAINTING I

1 Credit

The beginning of the course is devoted to a foundation of experiences in drawing and painting. The remainder of the course is devoted to varying experiences and techniques of working in a variety of mediums – developing the student’s awareness of each medium and it’s potential. Texts are too may and varied to list, as no one text is used. Books available in the library and art room used for reference, student notes, hand outs and dittos are taken from many sources. These are reinforced with filmstrips, tapes, slides, prints and field trips when possible. Evaluation is based upon student work and the objectives put forth when assignments are given including use of medium, exploration of its potential and limitations, growth of the student work and testing of notes given for each medium pursued and related art history.

ART APPRECIATION

1 Credit

(suggested grade 10, 11, 12)

This course is a survey of western visual arts, (mostly paintings, sculptures, and architecture) from primitive man through our time period. Students would learn about various cultures that have affected and influenced western civilization. Some of the major topics would include such things as: Neolithic, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Germanic, Christian, Byzantine, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, and the modern movements up until the present day.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

½ Credit

Digital Photography is a half-year course that introduces students to the history of photography from the pinhole to the digital camera. Students will learn how a digital camera operates and gain knowledge of image manipulation. Students will create folders, download, edit and print their photographs using Adobe Photoshop. This software program will introduce students to creative use of techniques that include layering, color correction, filters (paint, lighting, text, etc.). Students will also learn about composition and how it relates to photography. Photo concentrations will be on landscapes, portraits, still life, architectural structures, candid shots, abstract photomontage and a photo essay (at least five photos).

Students will be responsible for readings and end of chapter activities from their text book, “Focus on Photography.” Supplemental readings will be from current photo magazines. A research paper on a famous photographer will be required.

Internet Digital Photography web sites will be used so students can download their photos for professional prints, electronic slide show photo albums and be able to create personal mouse pads, mugs, T-Shirts, calendars, and a ten-page photo album of their work. Students will also gain knowledge of matting and framing two of their best prints. Evaluation is based upon completion of weekly photo assignments and written text material. Testing is based upon textbook material, supplemental notes and software knowledge.