Visual Arts-Beginning is an introductory studio art course for students with limited art experiences. This course is aligned to the Essential Standards visual arts curriculum at the beginning level and features the foundational study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, art vocabulary, use and care of art tools and equipment, art criticism, art history and safety in the art room. Visual Arts-Beginning explores various art media, processes, procedures, aesthetic theories and historical developments.
Visual Arts-Intermediate is a studio course aligned to the Essential Standards visual arts curriculum at the intermediate level. Various art processes, techniques, procedures, and theories are presented in a problem-solving context allowing for independent choices and personal solutions. Students use a larger variety of tools, media, and processes and learn to select the most appropriate for finding innovative artistic solutions. Students begin developing their personal artistic style while adhering to basic design principles. Students use art vocabulary to analyze and evaluate the composition of works of art. Students gain knowledge and understanding of past and present art forms, through the study of a variety of artists, artworks, cultures and historical periods.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a beginning level art course, or Instructor Recommendation with submission of Placement Portfolio
Visual Arts-Proficient is an honors level studio course that provides a more in-depth approach to the study of art processes and techniques, aesthetic issues, art criticism, art appreciation and art history. Students create art by analyzing the relationship between media, processes, and results. Students use art vocabulary to analyze and evaluate compositions, understand the relationship between personal expression and design and recognize historical and contemporary art styles, themes and genres. Students form artistic goals, develop appropriate work habits, and consider art careers. Knowledge of the arts in relation to culture, history, other disciplines, and careers is promoted through visual, verbal, and written means. Art history, criticism, and aesthetics are studied in conjunction with selected artworks leading to the development of a personal philosophy of art. Students create and maintain portfolios to document personal choices and growth as artists. Essential materials are supplied. Students may be asked to supply special project materials.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of an intermediate level art course or Instructor Recommendation with submission of Placement Portfolio
Visual Arts-Advanced is an advanced level honors course promoting an in-depth knowledge of art processes, media, styles, history and aesthetics. Student efforts are based on further developing personal expression and styles, applied design, analysis of compositional components and contemporary themes. Students use specialized art tools, processes and media appropriately, safely and effectively. Assignments may focus on artistic analysis and critique through reading and writing assignments, independent research, and art appreciation activities. Students create and maintain portfolios to document personal choices and growth as artists for evaluation. Students take part in planning and installing an exhibition of their work. Essential materials are supplied. Students may supply special project materials.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a proficient level art course or Instructor Recommendation with submission of Placement Portfolio
AP STUDIO ART (Drawing (9-12) AP; 2D-Design (9-12) AP; Studio Art: 3-D Design (9-12)
The AP Studio Art program offers three choices of Advanced Placement level portfolios: Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design in order to provide students with learning experiences equivalent to introductory college level courses. According to the Advanced Placement College Board National Guidelines, students are to develop and submit for evaluation one portfolio of artwork in their chosen concentration which reflects the artistic quality, concentration and breadth of an intense examination of the elements and principles in their artwork. Student work should reflect artistic quality, concentration and breadth in a selected concentration of either Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design. Students are required to furnish some special project materials. Students create and maintain portfolios to document personal choices and growth as artists. At the completion of this course, students are expected to submit digital and physical portfolios of their work for evaluation.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of an Intermediate level art course or Instructor Recommendation with submission of Placement Portfolio