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The high school art course of study will explore the elements and principles of design, the techniques used in producing artwork, and the process of creative problem solving. State content standards will be addressed including the study of Art History. Skills and concepts essential to artistic development will be presented sequentially.

Courses
Art I
AR104
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This is a basic visual art course focusing on studio art production, developing technical skills in drawing, painting, and design. Visual journals will be kept and course content reading will be included.
Art II
AR204
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Art I (AR104)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course further develops studio skills in drawing, painting, and design learned in Art I. Illustration and cartooning will be introduced. Visual journals will be kept and course content reading will be included.
Art III Drawing & Painting / CCP
AR404
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Art II (AR204)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course provides a rigorous study of drawing and painting techniques. Serious minded art students will develop technical skills in a variety of drawing and painting media. Visual journals will be kept and course content reading will be included. This course may be taken more than once. this is advised for students wishing to take AP Drawing
Crafts & Ceramics I
AR114
Credits:
Grades: 9 10 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
This is a basic visual art course exploring 2D & 3D design media. Technical skills will be developed in Ceramics and sculpture, as well as fiber and other applied arts. Visual journals will be kept and course content reading will be included.
Sculpture & Ceramics II
AR224
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Crafts & Ceramics I (AR114)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Students will develop technical skills in Sculpture and Ceramics. There is an emphasis on clay techniques, and there will be opportunity to work on the potter's wheel. Visual journals will be kept and course content reading will be included. This may be taken more than once and is advised for students wishing to take AP 3D Design
AP Studio Art Drawing
AR511
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: A/B in Art III (AR404) and department recommendation
Notes: Summer work is required.
Course Description:
This is an advanced placement course with emphasis on creating a Drawing Portfolio", using a variant of techniques and media. Related artists will be studied. Assessment is based on AP requirements. A portfolio must be submitted and receive a passing score to earn the weighted grade and possible college credit."
Art Photo I
AR302
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Fee: $30
Prerequisites: None
Notes: Students must provide their own digital camera or Smartphone to complete digital photography assignments.
Course Description:
This course includes the study of photographic techniques, the history of photography, and art criticism writing. Students will build a pinhole camera, make photograms, and be provided a single-use 35mm film camera to learn the basics of black and white film processing.
Art Photo II
AR303
Credits:
Grades: 10 11 12
Fee: $30
Prerequisites: Art Photo I (AR302)
Notes: Students must provide their own film camera (point-and-shoot or SLR) and digital camera/Smartphone for photography assignments.
Course Description:
This course builds on Level 1 by including the study of intermediate techniques, manual camera controls, and alternative photographic processes. Students will research notable artists in photography and begin to concentrate on more independent work.
Art Photo III / CCP
AR305
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Fee: $30
Prerequisites: Art Photo II (AR303)
Notes: $30 lab fee for this course.
Course Description:
This advanced yearlong course builds on Levels 1 & 2. Students will complete a minimum of six quality film projects with a SLR film camera in an intensive, fast-paced setting. SLR's will be available for loan if needed. Emphasis will be on developing an independent portfolio of work, including artist statement and supporting research paper. Outstanding technical detail, artistic content, and presentation will be essential to student success.
AP Studio Art 3D Design
AR521
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Sculpture & Ceramics II (AR224)
Notes: Summer work is required.
Course Description:
This is an advanced placement course with emphasis on development of a 3D Design Portfolio", using a variety of 3D media. Technical skills will be developed in sculpture, ceramics and other media. Related artists will also be studied. Assessment is based on AP requirements. A portfolio must be submitted and receive a passing score to earn the weighted grade and possible college credit."
IB Art SL & HL - YR 1 & 2
AR610 AR710
Credits: 1,1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: None
Notes: Students taking the IB Diploma program will take the course number indicated with a D"."
Course Description:
IB Visual Art is a holistic approach to the study of art that includes research, critical analysis, exploration of traditional and contemporary art making processes and context, curatorial practice, and exhibition. IB Visual Art is a two year course for SL and HL. The course is divided into three main areas, Comparative Study" or art, which includes interpreting function and purpose of art, evaluating culture and context of art, and comparing/contrasting art through subject specific written documentation, and visual diagrams (20% of assessment). "Process Portfolio" which includes evidence of sustained experimentation and manipulation of a range of skills, techniques and processes of a required number of art making forms, to communicate ideas and intentions both in visual and written forms (40% of assessment). "Exhibition & Curatorial Rationale" will have students present an exhibition of resolved artworks with accompanying exhibition texts. The body of work should demonstrate technical, conceptual art making a nd curatorial competence (40% of assessment). Students do not need to be part of the IB Diploma program to take this course."