Fine Arts Department

Below are the detailed descriptions of the fine arts courses being offered for the 2021-2022. Refer to the curriculum map see which courses are available for each class (freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors).

979 Art Appreciation
0.5 credit

Students will be exposed to Art History as a starting point for learning to evaluate and interpret works of art. This class will cover different artistic periods and artists’ styles, plus learning a vocabulary appropriate for discussing art appreciation.

958 Art I
0.5 credit

Art I is a beginning level art course designed to introduce students to a variety of art media and techniques while developing an understanding and appreciation for art. Basic drawing skills and techniques will be learned with an emphasis on developing spatial illusion and perspective. Color theory as it applies to painting and printmaking will be introduced. Art criticism and relevant art history will be covered while exploring how the elements and principles are used to create good composition. Students are required to complete weekly sketchbook assignments and do an oral presentation on a famous artist of their choice. Class size is limited to 20 students. A $25 supply fee is required.

961 Art II
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958) or Department Approval

Art II is an intermediate level art class. Students enrolled in this course must have working knowledge and understanding of drawing techniques: creating values, casting shadows and highlights, basic skills in one and two-point perspective, positive and negative space and principal concepts of color theory. This course is purely two-dimensional art. Students will work with colored pencils, chalk, and learn basic watercolor techniques and experiment with acrylic painting. Art criticism and related art history will be covered. Students will continue to do weekly sketchbook assignments and complete a final painting “in the style” of a famous artist. Class size is limited to 20 students. A $25 supply fee is required.


962 Art III
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art II (961) and Department Approval Art III is an intermediate to advanced level art class.

Students enrolled in this course will expand their knowledge and application of drawing techniques utilizing charcoal, cont’e, chalk, and oil pastels. Painting techniques include watercolors and acrylic painting. Students are encouraged to be creative in choosing subjects for their work, while exploring their knowledge of material and processes. Students will also work from the human form. Students will be required to do weekly sketchbook assignments and will be creating “show quality” art pieces for exhibit in local student art competitions. Class size is limited to 16 students. A $25 supply fee is required.


963 AP Art
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Two semesters of art and presentation of current portfolio and Department Approval.

Advanced Placement Art is a year long, intensive independent study course, only for the students who are planning on being an Art major in college. Students must be at an advanced high school level of artwork/photography and must have had a minimum of two semesters of art/photography prior to acceptance into the class. Students will be expected to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week creating artwork/photography, devoting extra time outside school hours to work on projects. Twenty to thirty pieces of college level work will be produced over eight months. In lieu of an A.P. test, students prepare a three-part portfolio for presentation to the A.P. College Board for review. Depending on the portfolio’s final score and the college or university where the student is accepted, it is possible to be waived out of beginning level college art/photography courses. Students must be able to work independently. Class size is limited to 8 students. A $60 per semester supply fee is required. AP Testing fee is separate.


951 Drawing I
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958) or Department Approval.

Student learning experiences will include: perspective, creating and effective composition, using a variety of traditional drawing media and techniques. Drawings will include still life, portrait and mixed media drawing from direct observation. The class will be designed to give both beginning and experienced students the opportunity to develop or enhance their drawing ability. The course sequence will be five three-week learning experiences beginning with perspective, linear drawing styles and techniques, still life drawing, portrait drawing, mixed media and the incorporation of eight drawing media over the semester for various drawing experiences: pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, ball point pen, charcoal, pastel brush and ink, and watercolor. A $25 supply fee is required.


952 Painting I
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Drawing I (951) or Department Approval.

Student learning experiences will include: watercolor, acrylic and oil pastel painting with instruction in a variety of painting techniques utilizing these media. The class will be designed to give both beginning and experienced students opportunities to develop and/or enhance their painting skills, exposure to and application of contemporary and traditional painting styles and the use of specific media techniques and personal expression. A $40 supply fee is required.


956 Photography I
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I and Sophomore or higher-grade level.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fascinating world of black and white “art” photography. Students will learn about the history of photography and how to use a single lens reflex adjustable camera. Assignments will enhance student learning beginning with composition, singling out artistic elements such as line, shape, texture, patterns, and perspective. Photographic skills such as stop-action, use of depth of field, and landscapes will also be explored. Negative development and darkroom techniques will be learned, resulting in the final presentation of a student-produced portfolio/notebook. Due to the size of the darkroom, the class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students. A $70 supply fee is required. It is recommended that students supply their own 35mm SLR camera. A limited number of cameras are available for rental through the Art Department.


964 Photography II
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Photography I (956) and Department Approval.

Photography II is an intermediate level photography class. Students will explore the creative side of black and white photography, using a variety of darkroom techniques to enhance and/or correct images, build on their basic knowledge of making flawless photographs suitable for framing and exhibits at art shows and will encounter the fascinating world of high-contrast photography. Projects include manipulation of negatives and prints, portraiture, single subject isolation, imaginative shots, color tinting and hand coloring black & white prints. Photography notebooks must be maintained as a body of evidence as successful completion of class requirements. Due to the size of the darkroom, the class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students. A $70 supply fee is required. It is recommended that students supply their own 35mm SLR camera. A limited number of cameras are available for rental through the Art Department.


955 3-D Art

0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958).

Students who like sculpture and/or ceramics should take this course. Students will learn to appreciate constructive art forms including wire sculpture, additive and subtractive sculpture, and working clay. Sculpture media includes, but is not limited to, altered books and electrical wire, plaster of Paris, wood and even some found material construction. Clay work will include tiles and basic clay techniques. Design of shape and form will be covered with historical examples and applications. A $45 supply fee is required.


966 Ceramics I
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Art I (958) or Department Approval.

Student learning experiences will include: creating hand built 3-dimensional functional and artistic creations using 3 major hand building techniques – pinch pot, slab and coil. The semester will be divided into three four-week units of study incorporating each hand building technique. Time must be incorporated to include drying and kiln firing student works and additional time provided for completion of individual projects. A $40 supply fee
is required.


968 Ceramics II
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Ceramics I (966).

Ceramics II is an intermediate level class that will utilize more advanced projects, concepts and techniques introduced in Ceramics I. Students will work with more complex hand built ceramic techniques in pitch pot, slab, coil and ceramic sculpture. Specific decorating techniques and applications will be explored for functional and decorative ceramic projects. Students will also be given extender opportunities to develop wheel throwing experience and advance techniques for throwing more functional and complex forms to include, lidded and combination forms using hand built or sculpted forms. Ceramics II students will be expected to assist in loading and firing the kiln, gain practical skill in applying specific glazing techniques – for aesthetic effects, and maintaining the work environment to include organization and monitoring glazes and creating glaze tiles. Additional opportunities (time and weather permitting) include specific ceramic firing techniques and options to create, glaze and finish functional and decorative ceramics works. Class size is limited to 8 students. A $45 supply fee is required.