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Art

"Belief in your creative capacity lies at the heart of innovation."

David Kelley
Partner at IDEO
Creator of the d.school at Stanford University

The visual arts are part of the basics. They communicate forcefully and directly. Students who learn the symbolic structure of the visual arts can respond to and symbolize their experiences in ways that are not dependent on the coding and decoding of verbal language. These skills are especially important in the American culture where information is transmitted both visually and verbally. Experiences in the visual arts lead to the formation of enduring attitudes, values, and satisfying accomplishments.

Staff Directory

Dee, Clare x53102 Department Lead, 3D Design 1, 2, 3 & 4
Cripe, Tyler x50103 Art 2, 3, 4, AP
Kwong, Edmond x55103 Photography, Multimedia Design, Yearbook
Schiltz, Katie x2540 Ceramics 1, 2, 3 & 4

Courses

Art 1

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f

This is an introductory course that provides the student an opportunity to explore the elements of design such as line, shape, color, form, value and texture through the use of various media including drawing, painting printing making and collage. Basic visual literacy and visual communication skills will be instructed. A basic survey of art history will be covered

Art 2

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in Art 1.

This is an intermediary art course. Further refinement of drawing and painting skills will be the primary focus, but various art making practices and new media may be introduced such as pastel painting, colored pencil, mixed media, scratchboard, and mask painting. Visual literacy and visual communication skills will be further developed. Historical and contemporary topics will be evident in student work and /or through class discussion.

Art 3

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10 UC/CSU
Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in Art 2.
This is an advanced level course focused around a specialized area of art and / or around the exploration of a variety of media and techniques. In addition, Students will be directed in developing their own creative voice and work for a portfolio. Advanced visual literacy and visual communication skills will be further developed. Historical and contemporary topics will be evident in student work and /or through class discussion.

Art 4

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in Art 3.

This is an advanced course that is focused on creative problem solving and visual communication. Students in this course will explore and refine a field(s) of concentration such as drawing or painting or appropriate media and work in depth toward the development of a portfolio that may be used for entrance into an art school or for career oriented purposes. Students who enroll should be capable of self-direction and independent study. Historical and contemporary topics will be evident in student work and/or through class discussion. This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to build their art-making skill sets through hands-on practice, critiques and the study of the history and purpose of visual art.

Photography

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f

This is an introductory art course where students will learn to use the Elements and Principles of Art and Design such as line, space, value, texture, balance, and contrast to create a well-composed photograph. Basic camera operation will be covered. Experiences working with traditional photographic methods such as film may be explored as well as digital-based images or a combination of the two. A basic history of photography will also be covered.

Ceramics 1

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f

This is an introductory art course centered on developing hand-building techniques such as pinch, slab and coil. Introductory work on the potter’s wheel may be explored. Techniques in underglazing, inlay and carving will be explored. In addition, a variety of glazing techniques will be demonstrated.

Ceramics 2

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in Ceramics 1.

The student will design and produce a variety of forms that utilize hand-building methods and wheel-throwing techniques. Advanced surface decoration will be explored such as inlay, texture and stamping,

Ceramics 3

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in Ceramics 2.

The student will continue refinement in basic hand-building and potter’s wheel techniques. Exploration in decorating methods and self-directed projects will be developed.

Ceramics 4

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in Ceramics 3.

The student will work with a developing style and strive for a specific direction such as hand building, wheel, sculpture or a combination thereof. More emphasis will be placed on creative solutions, advanced decorating methods that may include glaze application, glaze calculations, glaze mixing and firing techniques

3D Design 1

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f

This is a basic design course for students primarily interested in three-dimensional materials. Design for both aesthetic and functional objects is emphasized. Whether the objects are utilitarian or aesthetic, a regard for quality of workmanship and design is stressed. Not only do students explore a variety of media such as clay, leather, wood, metal, enamels, etc., they also gain an appreciation for handcrafted articles as they reflect our past and present culture.

3D Design 2

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in 3-D Design 1.

Students will further their knowledge and appreciation of design with more depth and complexity, as well as increase their skills in handling materials and tools. Various new media are introduced and experimentation and individualized instruction are encouraged. The skills learned are useful for future employment in an art-oriented occupation, for communicating ideas and preparing for further education.

3D Design 3

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in 3-D Design 2.

For the advanced design student who has professional or vocational goals in a particular area. The student will develop a high level of skill in a specific medium. The student will be encouraged to make contact with professional people in their specific fields and research techniques in the medium, culminating with a brief report. Specific projects will result from a student/teacher conference that will outline the projects to be completed each semester.

3D Design 4

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: C or better in 3-D Design 3.

This course is for the advanced student of three dimensional art who has professional or vocational goals in a particular area. The student will develop a high level of skill in a specific medium, research techniques in the medium and be encouraged to make contact with professionals in the area, culminating with a brief report. The projects to be completed each semester will be outlined in a student/teacher conference.

AP Studio Art: Drawing or AP Studio Art: 2D

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10
UC/CSU Requirement: f
Recommended: B or better in Art 2, or evaluation of student portfolio.

This course is designed for the student who is seriously interested in art as a potential college major or career. The curriculum will include the development of a portfolio that may be used for college admission and submitted to the College Board for the AP Examination. Students will be required to complete homework assignments outside of class and to maintain a sketchbook.

High School Graduation & College Entrance Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements

Art is an elective under Fine Arts. A student must earn 10 credits in two out of three selective elective areas (Fine Arts, World Languages and Applied Academics). For example, if a student earns 10 credits in an art course (Fine Arts) he/she would still need 10 credits from either World Languages or Applied Academics to satisfy the graduation requirement.

UC Eligibility

f. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required. A student must earn 10 credits and a grade of "C" or higher in a single, yearlong approved VPA course.