My Classes
Art Foundations: Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking
Credit: .50
 (1 Semester)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: None
 Note: A portfolio of work must be submitted to move directly to the next level. This course is designed to develop drawing, painting, and printmaking skills. The fundamentals of observational drawing are emphasized as students learn about the elements (line, shape/form, color, texture/pattern, space) and principles (balance, rhythm, unity, contrast, emphasis) of design and how they relate to each other in a composition. In addition, students will read and write about works created by master and contemporary artists of various cultures. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Art Foundations: Sculpture, Ceramics, and Jewelry
  Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: None
 Note: A portfolio of work must be submitted to move directly to the next level. This course will emphasize the importance of the artist’s sketchbook as a tool. Three-dimensional design (spatial relationships, texture, and movement) is covered. Techniques and construction methods are explored in varied media such as clay, wood, plaster, metal, and paper. In addition, students will read and write about works created by master and contemporary artists of various cultures. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Drawing and Painting  
Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: Art Foundations: Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking
Note: Incoming freshmen can complete a portfolio process to fulfill prerequisite.
 In this course, the technical skill of drawing and painting is emphasized. Students will create original two dimensional drawings and paintings working from observation. They will develop works of art which include portraits, landscapes, and still life. Through art making, students will build on previous knowledge of art history, master and contemporary artists, aesthetics, and art criticism. Students will explore how reading, writing, and discussion can enhance their understanding of artwork. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Advanced Drawing and Painting 
 Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting
 This is a one semester course that will further develop drawing and painting skills. Advanced portraiture, still life and landscapes will be addressed using a variety of mediums and techniques. Through art making, students build on previous knowledge of art history, master and contemporary artists, aesthetics, and art criticism. Students will work on development of a portfolio, with an emphasis in representational work, along with advanced and conceptual techniques. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Printmaking and Mixed Media
 Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: Art Foundations: Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking
 This one semester course will emphasize various printmaking techniques. Students will learn printmaking processes involving a variety of materials. Mixed media projects will combine more than one two-dimensional technique to develop a work of art. In addition, students will read and write about master and contemporary artists in the field of printmaking. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Advanced Printmaking and Mixed Media
Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: Printmaking and Mixed Media
 In this course, students will continue to build on previous printmaking skills. Advanced techniques such as reduction, Intaglio, lithography and serigraphy are featured. A portfolio of work is developed using prints and mixed media works of art. Students will read and write about printmaking and artists in this field. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


 Sculpture and Ceramics 
 Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Art Foundations: Sculpture, Ceramics, and Jewelry
 This is a one semester course that will emphasize sculpture and ceramics with a variety of mediums and sculpting techniques. Basic hand building methods such as pinch, coil, and hard slab construction are featured. Finishing techniques that include glazing and painting will be introduced. Students will read and write about master and contemporary sculptors. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Advanced Sculpture and Ceramics
 Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Sculpture and Ceramics
 This is a one semester course that will build on previously obtained knowledge of ceramics and sculpture techniques. In addition to hand built forms, the techniques used with a pottery wheel are introduced. Additional firing techniques such as Raku, sawdust, and kiln firing are utilized. A portfolio is developed in this class. Students will explore how reflection through reading, writing, and discussion enhances their understanding of sculpture.


Jewelry and Mixed Media
 Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: Art Foundations: Sculpture, Ceramics and Jewelry
 This is a one semester course that focuses on creating wearable art. Jewelry making techniques such as wire forming, forging, and soldering are utilized. Students will use resin, plastic, clay, glass, and beads to create objects of adornment. Students will read and write about master and contemporary jewelry designers. A sketchbook is needed for this class.


Advanced Jewelry and Mixed Media 
 Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisite: Jewelry and Mixed Media
 This is a one semester course that will build on jewelry making skills. Advanced techniques include casting; stone setting, forging, and soldering are used to create wearable art pieces. Materials such as non-precious metals, glass, plastic, clay and stones are used to create jewelry. A portfolio will be developed in this class. Students will read and write about contemporary and master jewelry makers. A sketchbook is needed for this class. 


Global Art and Culture
Credit: .50 (1 Semester)
 Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
 This semester course provides students with an understanding of global art and culture. There is a focus on making cultural crafts using a variety of techniques such as brush painting, mask making, and beading. This class also addresses how art is valued and interpreted by various cultures throughout the world. Students will read, analyze, and write about the artistic culture (art, theater, dance, and music) of Asia, Africa, Australia, Native- America, and Mexico. This class is not a prerequisite for other art classes.


Independent Art Study

(8480) (Semester 1) (8490) (Semester 2)
 Credit: .50
 Grades: 12
 Prerequisite: Recommendation from Art instructor.
 This course is for art students who have taken all other art courses and are working on building their portfolio for college review. In this course, students are required to keep a journal for researching other artists and a sketchbook to develop preliminary drawings for portfolio work. Most colleges and art schools are looking for original and realistic work as well as a variety of mediums. The portfolio will demonstrate the range of abilities and must include 15-20 pieces of artwork by the end of the semester. You must have consent of the art instructor to take this course.