This course is a full year 1 credit
A comprehensive foundation course. Through the use of various art medias, students experience a wide variety of art projects in the area of design, graphics, painting and drawing. They also work with clay, plaster, fibers, and metals in the related areas of sculpture and crafts. The introduction of major art movements enables students to have a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design as well as a knowledge and appreciation of art.
This course is a half year 1/2 credit
Students will create illusions through drawing using perspective, values and other techniques to represent the 3D world on a 2D surface. Media such as pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastels, color pencils, and ink will be used. Landscapes, portraits, still life, figure drawing, contour line, perspective, grid and free hand will be explored. Elements and Principles of Design will be understood and incorporated into all artwork, and utilized for making comments during critique. Students will be introduced to the historical and cultural influences of drawing. Vocabulary that includes drawing tools, materials, media, and styles will be understood.
This course will provide the advanced student/artist with a curriculum that challenges, enhances, and stimulates their drawing skills and techniques. Working with the knowledge of the elements and principles of design each student will create a number of compositions within the discipline. The student will demonstrate a better understanding of different mediums, and surfaces through their drawings. There will be an emphasis on art history, careers, and art criticism throughout the entire curriculum.
This course will enable students to enhance their painting skills through deeper understanding of techniques and characteristics of watercolor and acrylic paint so they can represent a 3D world on a 2D surface. Brush painting, pallet knife, and mixed media will be explored. Various painting surfaces and skills such as stretching and preparing a canvas, stretching watercolor paper, and equipment care will be mastered. Students will be introduced to the historical and cultural and styles of painting. Students will keep an art pad and folder for painting ideas, notes, sketches, photos and handouts. Students will work from photos, landscapes and still life’s. Principles and Elements of Design will be used in order to create paintings with compositional integrity.
The course will provide the advanced student/artist with a curriculum that challenges, enhances, and stimulates their drawing skills and techniques. Working with the knowledge of the elements and principles of design each student will create a number of compositions within the painting discipline. The students will be exposed to a variety of painting media, such as acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. The use of different surfaces and formats will allow the student to develop a deeper and more conceptual level of skills.
Offered alternate years
Learn how to create jewelry using wire, metal, cord, and beads and enamel glass on metal. Learn basic techniques of cutting, forming, soldering metal into beautiful jewelry! Wire wrap, soldering a bezel and setting a stone, and so much more will occur! Design and make jewelry for yourself or a friend! Supplies are provided!
TEXTILES & FIBERS
Prerequisite: Studio Art
Paint with hot wax and dyes, create sculptures with mixed media, alter books, make hand made paper, design original creations using various textiles and fibers and mixed media, Batik, Silk Painting, tie dye and so much more.
A hands-on course emphasizing design and structure with the medium of clay. Students will work with earthen and stoneware clay, discovering the characteristics of each, hand building, slab construction, and wheel throwing techniques will be utilized. Glazing and firing procedures and styles will also be covered.
This exploratory course offers opportunities for self-expression in three-dimensional design. Clay, paper, wood, plaster, fibers, and mixed media will be among the media used. Students will become familiar with a variety of sculptures and their history.
This course deals with basic techniques in printmaking including both subtractive and additive methods. Students will design compositions using multi-color linocuts, woodcuts, collagraphs and mono prints.