Visual and Performing Arts

 

Advanced Ceramics (one semester)

Advanced Ceramics is for students to further the study and design possibilities of clay in a unique and individual way. Units covered will range from building construction and throwing on the wheel. Well thought out forms, designs, and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore glazing and decoration techniques in depth. Advanced ceramics students must be self-motivated and quality conscience individuals. You must have passed Ceramics I with a grade of B or higher with the consent of the instructor in order to enroll in this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Advanced Drawing (one semester)

Units taught will cover a variety of compositions along with the principals of design. Advanced Drawing further explores technique, observational skills, and personal style development. Individual style and create problem solving skills will be developed. Assignments will have themes and/or guidelines but students will work more independently, naturally developing personal interests and style. Mediums used will vary from pencil to pen and ink, charcoal, pastels and chalk. Local and global current and political events will be imbedded within lessons to enhance work and meaning. You must have passed Drawing I with a grade of B or higher, or show a drawing portfolio of previous artwork with the consent of the instructor in order to enroll in this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Advanced Painting (one semester)

Units taught will cover a variety of compositions along with the principals of design while further exploring technique, observational skills and personal style development. Individual style and creative problem solving skills will be developed. Assignments will have themes and/or guidelines but students will work more independently, naturally developing personal interests and style. Mediums used will vary from watercolors, acrylics, pen, ink, and oil paints. Historical and contemporary artists will be explored along with local and global current and political events to enhance student knowledge and approach to create works of art. You must have passed Painting I with a grade of B or higher, or show a painting portfolio of previous artwork with the consent of the instructor in order to enroll in this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Advanced Placement Studio Art

In this year-long course portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art offers different exam portfolio programs, Drawing Portfolio, 2-D Design Portfolio, 3-D Design Portfolio that are designed to help increate students’ possibility to receive college create and a placement for their work. Students have the option of submitting one of three different portfolios each based upon different skills mastered and concepts addressed in college-level foundation courses. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. Assignments will have themes and/or guidelines but students will work more independently, naturally developing personal interest and style in the first semester. Second semester student’s work independently, developing their concentration to finalize their portfolios. The course involves significantly more time and commitment than most high school art courses and is intended for students seriously committed to the study of art. You must have passed at least one advanced art class with a grade of B or higher, or show an art portfolio of previous artwork with the consent of the instructor in order to enroll in this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

American Music (one semester)

American Music focuses on roots and folk music of the United States. Beginning with the European based folk music that developed in the Appalachian Mountains and tracing the development of how that music merged with folk music of other cultures, especially African American culture music that is uniquely American. Units taught will cover the use of folk music, Appalachian music, and influence of African American slavery and the styles of American music that developed afterward. A greater appreciation of American Music will be gained through reading, writing, and listening assignments. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Art History (fall semester only)

This semester long course focuses on the artistic movements and developments throughout human history. Different visual artistic styles will be examined from the Ancient Period, the Classical Era, the Middle Ages, the Modern artistic styles. Students will gain an understanding of how art changes over space and time, and how art has been influenced by economic, political, and cultural factors. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Book Arts (one semester)

Books Arts will introduce students to the art of book making as they create a variety of book structures. Units will cover basics of book construction; Coptic binding, pamphlet stitch, accordion fold, flag book, book alterations, and felting. Book layouts, pacing, narrative will also be discussed along with revising of written language, enhancing English writing skills. Book Arts integrates a variety of mediums, such as printmaking, photography, paper marbling, drawing and painting to enhance creativity. Group and individual critiques will take place throughout the semester. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Ceramics I (one semester)

Ceramics I is for students who have an interest in working with clay creating both functional and sculptural pieces, using a variety of techniques. Units taught will introduce students to hand building construction techniques including pinch, coil, and slab as well as throwing cylinders, bowls, and plates on the wheel. Students will learn the aesthetics of ceramics through studio art management, developing an artistic vocabulary, types of glazing and techniques, and through the use of the Elements and Principles of Design. Well thought out forms, designs and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Drawing I (one semester)

Drawing students will develop their observation and accuracy skills as they progress through a variety of projects and classroom assignments. Units cover the elements of art, line, value, color, form, space, texture, and shape. A wide range of drawing media will be used: such as graphite, charcoal, India ink, pastel, oil pastel, and color pencils. Students will develop compositional understanding by applying techniques learned in class. Local and global current and political events will be imbedded within lessons to enhance work and meaning. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

Guitar I (one semester)

Units taught will give the student a firm foundation in basic musicianship as well as an introduction the Guitar. Students will demonstrate understanding of the material through written test and proficiency quizzes. Students will learn first position chords, basic notation, various playing techniques, and music appreciation. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Painting I (one semester)

Units taught will focus on the elements of art and basic principles of color theory while exploring different techniques, styles, and media in painting. Students will have the chance to create with watercolor, tempera, and acrylics as well as a variety of tools, brushes, and painting surfaces. Local and global current and political events will be embedded within lessons to enhance work and meaning. Students will also learn from history and various styles of painting the place of painting in the art world. There are no prerequisites to take this course. This course is part of the Visual Arts Diploma Program.

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