VISUAL ARTS

The Visual Arts curriculum provides a sequential and meaningful focus on skills and concepts while emphasizing art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. Instruction and student learning are driven by the National Core Arts Standards ( 2015) and corresponding anchor standards of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting. These standards foster development of Visual Arts literacy, inquiry skills, 21st century and life skills.

A quality education in the Visual Arts will provide students with the means to:

  • Value art as an important realm of human activity, and a lifelong source of insight and understanding
  • Offer self-reflective opportunities focusing on expression and development of personal style
  • Provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills through collaborative work
  • Improve perceptual skills and strengthen knowledge base
  • Enhance critical and creative thinking abilities as well as problem solving skills
  • Develop visual literacy skills
  • Broaden career opportunities and possible application
  • Foster development of 21st century skills

Course offerings provide guided learning experiences with two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms and concepts. A variety of subject matter, materials, tools and production techniques are explored. The courses encourage students to make connections with other disciplines through class discussions, assignments, research, readings, lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

Grades 9-12: Grades 10-12: Grades 11-12:

Full Year Courses

  • Ceramics I
  • Drawing I
  • Painting I
  • 3D Studio Art I

Semester Courses

  • Design in Everyday Life: A Personal Perspective - Conard Only
    (can be combined with A Global Perspective to make a full-year course)
  • Design in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective - Conard Only 
    (can be combined with A Personal Perspective to make a full-year course)

Full Year Courses

  • Ceramics II
  • Drawing II
  • Painting II
  • 3D Studio Art II

Full Year Courses

  • Visual Arts Concepts - Hall Only
  • 3D Studio Art II
  • AP Studio Art (grade 11 at teacher discretion)

3D Studio Art 1

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course serves as an introduction or a continuation of use of three dimensional art materials. It is a continuation of the development of skills, concepts and technique for students who have previously taken Ceramics I- II and/or Sculpture I-II. Advanced Ceramics ( Ceramics II) and Advanced Sculpture (Sculpture II) students may also take this course to explore more independent work. For those students without experience in using 3D materials this course may serve as an introduction to 3D Studio Art.

Emphasis will be on planning and use of craftsmanship to address the creative process in making three dimensional art. Students will create sculpture using materials such as plaster, wood, wire, clay, found objects and varieties of paper and students may explore techniques such as carving, modeling, assemblage and hand building.

This class is available to students who have completed Ceramics I-II or Sculpture I-II or those who have not taken either.

3D Studio Art II

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Sculpture I or 3D Studio Art I

This course continues the development of skills, concepts and techniques learned in Sculpture I or 3D Studio Art I. The student who enrolls will be interested in further exploration of use of 3D materials to create sculpture and to explore a more independent level of work.

Students will continue to foster skills of planning and use of craftsmanship to address the creative process in making three dimensional art. Students will create sculpture using materials such as plaster, wood, wire, clay, found objects and varieties of paper, to name a few. Students may explore such techniques as carving, modeling, assemblage and hand building using a wide variety of materials to create sculpture, relief sculpture and kinetic art.

Advanced Placement in Studio Art

1 Credit
Grade 12, (grade 11 at teacher discretion)
Prerequisite: A minimum B average in 2 credits of Art or teacher permission

This is a college-level experience emphasizing an area of studio art in depth. This advanced course provides an extended opportunity for advanced art students to develop a portfolio of original artwork for college admission, and to pursue possible work in a chosen area of concentration. Specific class assignments are individualized for maximum effectiveness. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history will be addressed. The Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative education endeavor of the College Board. The Educational Testing Service provides its operational services. Participation in the Advanced Placement exam is an expectation of this course.

Ceramics I

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course will introduce students to clay as an artistic medium. Clay will be used both for sculptural and functional purposes. Specific projects will allow creative problem-solving while students explore various hand building and wheel throwing skills and both traditional and experimental finishing techniques. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history information will be addressed.

Ceramics II

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Ceramics I 

This course continues the development of skills, concepts and techniques learned in Ceramics I. A greater emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and wheel throwing as well as individual expression, while creating sculptural and functional ceramics. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history information will be addressed.

Design in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective - Conard Only

Semester 2
.5 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

These courses will engage students in examining the world around them to make connections between everyday life and the design of objects used on a daily basis. The principles and elements of design will provide a foundation for the course. In semester one, students will explore everyday objects and art through a personal lens with possible topics to include fashion/accessory design, logos, jewelry, textile and product/package design. In the second semester, students will explore everyday objects and art through a global lens with possible topics to include architecture, landscape design, product/package design and interior design. Students may enroll in one or both semesters of the course.

Design in Everyday Life: A Personal Perspective - Conard Only

Semester 1
.5 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

These courses will engage students in examining the world around them to make connections between everyday life and the design of objects used on a daily basis. The principles and elements of design will provide a foundation for the course. In semester one, students will explore everyday objects and art through a personal lens with possible topics to include fashion/accessory design, logos, jewelry, textile and product/package design. In the second semester, students will explore everyday objects and art through a global lens with possible topics to include architecture, landscape design, product/package design and interior design. Students may enroll in one or both semesters of the course.

Drawing I

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Drawing is a basic process for creating visual images. It is a fundamental form of visual communication. In this course, students will develop their approaches to drawing from life and from their imagination. A full range of drawing activities, such as quick sketching to in-depth studies, will be covered. Various media and drawing techniques will be used to create a wide range of visual qualities and expressive content. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history information will be addressed.

Drawing II

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Drawing I 

This course continues the development of skills, concepts and techniques learned in Drawing I. Concentrated work with specific media, techniques and experimental approaches will be the focus of instruction. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history information will be addressed. In addition, students will work toward the development and enhancement of a personal drawing style.

Painting I

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to acquaint students with the knowledge and understanding of how to express visual ideas through the various painting media such as oil paint, watercolor and acrylic. Students will be provided many opportunities to solve visual problems related to composition, subject matter and technique. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history information will be addressed.

Painting II

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Painting I 

This course continues the development of skills, concepts and techniques developed in Painting I. Concentrated work with advanced approaches to composition, subject matter and techniques will be the focus of instruction. In addition, students will work toward the development and enhancement of personal painting style. Throughout the course, criticism and relevant art history information will be addressed.

Visual Arts Concepts - Hall Only

1 Credit 
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: minimum B average of 1 credit of Art or teacher recommendation

This course is open to students in grades 11-12 who would like to take their visual arts knowledge and skills to a new level by working to help other students develop their artistic abilities and creative skills through a variety of visual art experiences. Class participation involves working one-on-one or in small groups with other students, and activities will be used to help students develop relationships and an appreciation for student differences. Class size is limited to 10 students.