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The curriculum of the art department is available for all students. These courses are designed to enable students to learn more about themselves and their abilities so they can succeed in school and in life. These classes will help prepare the serious art student as well as enhance the skills of all students.

Course Offerings

Studio in Art

Studio in Art is required as a student’s first experience. The student will work in two or three dimensions in a great variety of media, which may include drawing, watercolor, tempera, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, charcoals, pastels, pen and ink, or lettering. Processes, techniques, and fundamentals of design are learned largely through students’ involvement in substantial and exciting projects. Art appreciation, art criticism, aesthetics, and art history are integrated into the program and correlated within the art projects.
Credit: 1
Grades: 9,10,11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Exam/Project
Prerequisite: None
*Course is a prerequisite for all other art courses.
*Meets art/music requirement for graduation.

Drawing and Painting

This course enables students to study figure, still life, and landscape drawing and painting. This course prepares students for teaching, illustrating, designing, and other art-related careers.
Credit: 1
Grades: 10,11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Project/Self-Assessment
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

Ceramics 1

This will be an introduction to ceramics. Students will begin to explore the processes, techniques, equipment and tools used when working with clay. They will be taught the basic skills of hand building such as pinching, coiling and slab construction, as well as an introduction to throwing on the wheel. Students will also learn the basic techniques for glazing and other surface treatments used in the ceramic arts.
Credit: .5
Grades: 10,11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Exam
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

Sculpture 1

This course will be an introduction to sculpture. Projects will be created on a small scale using a variety of media. We will look at different styles of sculpture throughout art history. Students will explore the three-dimensional relationship of volume, mass, form and light.
Credit: .5 Grades: 10,11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Exam
Prerequisite: Studio in Art

Graphic Arts

In this course, students will be introduced to the elements and principles of basic graphic design. Students will learn about the design world we live in from creation to production and the steps between. Students will create a variety of projects including logos, posters, mailers, ads and brochures. Through the study of typography, design problem-solving, and design concepts, students will discover how to creatively and competently design using technology used in the field today. Students will work with Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop on Mac computers to create basic design projects as well as many professional work samples. A thumb drive is required.
Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Studio Art, and Drawing and Painting OR Sculpture/Ceramics
Lab Fee: $10 (Ink and Paper)

Advanced Studio 3D: Ceramics II

This course will expand on the knowledge and experience gained in Ceramics I. Students will learn more advanced techniques in hand building, throwing on the potter’s wheel, and glazing. They will learn to use a combination of different techniques of building to create their pieces. Students in this class will also take a more active role in the daily job of keeping a ceramics studio running. Many projects will allow the self-motivated and independent art student to develop their own artistic voice when creating solutions to creative problem solving assignments.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Project
Prerequisite: Studio in Art, Ceramics 1

Advanced Studio 3D : Sculpture II

This course will expand on the knowledge and experience gained in Sculpture I. A variety of media and technique choices will be available to the students as they explore the application of more complex design problems in both relief and sculpture in the round. Many projects will allow the self-motivated and independent art student to develop their own artistic voice when creating solutions to creative problem solving assignments.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Project
Prerequisite: Studio in Art, Sculpture 1

Advanced Studio: Drawing and Painting

This course is designed for the student who needs an art portfolio for college. The course covers composition, elements and principles of design, and color theory. Personal expression and drawing from observation will be stressed.
Credit: 1
Grades: 11,12
Lab Fee: $10
Final: Exhibit/Portfolio
Prerequisite: Studio in Art, Drawing and Painting
*College Credit: 3 CHS credits through SCCC

Digital Photography

In this course, students will learn the basic principles of photography including exposure, framing, perspective, and proportion. Students will complete units based on landscape, portraiture, still life, and abstract photography. Adobe Photoshop and InDesign will be the prominent programs used in this course. A digital camera is required for this course.
Credit: .5
Grades: 11,12
Lab fee: $10
Final: Project
Prerequisite: Studio Art, and Drawing and Painting OR Sculpture/Ceramics

Independent Study Art

This course is designed for the student who is interested in pursuing their artwork in a deeper, more advanced or sophisticated level of study. Focus will
be made by the individual and their specific direction. Students must be independent and self–motivated to be successful in this course.
Credit: .5 or 1
Grades: 12
Lab fee: $10
Final: Project
Prerequisite: Studio in Art, Drawing and Painting and Advanced Studio 3D: Sculpture or Ceramics or Advanced Studio: Drawing and Painting
* Need to complete application and receive permission from instructor.