The Art Department
Art Education Course Selections
TWO DIMENSIONAL STUDIO ART COURSES
8745 DRAWING AND PAINTING 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
9745 DRAWING AND PAINTING 0.5 Credit Grades 11-12
This course is designed for those students who have an interest in learning basic drawing and painting skills and techniques. A variety of media such as: pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylics, and pastels will be explored.
8709 DRAMA DESIGN 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
This course is for the student with an interest in theatrical production. Through collaboration with the drama club, students will design playbills and props to be used in drama club productions. Other areas to be explored include mask making, puppetry, movie poster design, and building a model stage.
8747 INTRODUCTORY STUDIO ART 1.0 Credit Grades 9-10
9747 INTRODUCTORY STUDIO ART 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course is designed for students who have an interest in art. Students will gain a solid foundation in the basic elements of art such as: composition, design, and art history. Students will also explore a variety of media such as: graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, pastels, tempera, watercolor, and acrylic paint.
8749 INTERMEDIATE STUDIO ART 1.0 Credit Grade 10
9749 INTERMEDIATE STUDIO ART 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12 (prerequisite: at least 80% in Introductory Studio Art)
This course will build upon the foundations of Introductory Studio Art. It will focus more on art principles, composition, art history, and each student’s developing style while concentrating on techniques and experiences with various media.
9753 ADVANCED STUDIO ART 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
(prerequisite: Intermediate Studio Art or teacher recommendation)
This course is specifically designed for the student who seriously intends to continue art studies beyond high school. It will require intensive efforts in several distinct disciplines such as drawing, design, and painting, focusing on that which is most needed for each individual student’s post-secondary portfolio. Advanced Studio Art is for students who have shown ability and are motivated for a more thorough study in the visual arts.
9750 AP STUDIO ART 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
(prerequisites: Advanced Studio Art and/or teacher recommendation)
The Advanced Placement Studio Art Program enables the highly motivated student to do college level work in studio art while still in high school. The program is intended only for students seriously committed to studying art. Each student/candidate is expected to submit an extensive portfolio of artwork that can qualify for an evaluation by the College Entrance Examination Board of Princeton, New Jersey.
9751 PAINTING 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course is an in depth exploration of painting media such as watercolors, tempera, and acrylics. Students study artwork of local artists as well as master painters. There are no prerequisites, however students should feel confident about their ability to draw. Students may elect to take this course each year.
THREE DIMENSIONAL ART COURSES
8703 JEWELRY AND SMALL METALS 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
This course develops students’ awareness of design history and its application in jewelry and in the making of small metal objects. Students will choose from a variety of metals and other materials to explore multiple approaches to create unique designs. This course is designed for students who are interested in detail and technical craftsmanship.
8715 INTRODUCTORY CERAMICS 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
Students will explore ceramic and sculpture forms using hand-building techniques, such as pinch, coil, and slab, supplemented by an introduction to the potter’s wheel. A variety of glaze and surface decorations will be used. Emphasis is placed upon original design and craftsmanship.
8717 ADVANCED CERAMICS 0.5 Credit Grades 10-12
(prerequisite: at least 85% in Introductory Ceramics)
Students will continue the exploration of ceramic construction and decorative processes that were introduced in the introductory ceramics course. Further emphasis will be placed upon creative solutions to both functional and sculptural objects. Students should have the desire and strive to develop their technical expertise.
8757 THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 1.0 Credit Grades 9-10
9757 THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course concentrates on various construction techniques in a wide variety of mediums to create both craft and sculptural objects. The histories and cultural aspects of both fields will be embedded within the project making process. Students should have an interest in and a desire to create original, crafted works of art. Students may elect to take this course each year.
GRAPHIC DESIGN ART COURSES
8711 DRAWING AND GRAPHICS 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
This course concentrates on the study of graphic design; ways to communicate visually through a combination of words, shapes and images. Techniques in lettering, illustration, layout and design will be explored. Your interest in drawing, creativity, and craftsmanship will be developed to produce original compositions.
8719 PRINT MAKING 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
This course is an introduction to a variety of processes used to reproduce an original design. Students will experiment with techniques as simple as a monoprint to the more advanced silk-screening and relief printing methods. Emphasis is placed upon original designs and an interest in developing a quality finished product.
9758 CALLIGRAPHY 0.5 Credit Grades 11-12
Students explore the exciting diversity of handwritten letters. Each student will develop the skills and knowledge to appreciate and enjoy lettering as an artistic expression. Students will learn a variety of lettering styles while utilizing several ink media and writing tools ranging from felt tipped pens to feather quills.
8701 APPLIED COMPUTER GRAPHICS 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
This course concentrates on the computer as a tool for art. It will focus on advertising styles, illustration, animation and photo manipulation. Drawing, creativity and craftsmanship are strongly emphasized.
9755 GRAPHIC DESIGN 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
Students will explore the field of visual communications through the use of traditional drawing skills and computers. Emphasis will be placed on developing a personal style using design elements, craftsmanship, and creativity.