ART 1: is a foundation course designed to develop student skills in drawing, painting and sculpture. Students will explore different mediums for their projects, study different artists and their styles and engage in critiques of their work learning to make aesthetic judgments. Originality is greatly encouraged. The Elements and of Art and the Principles of Design comprise the focus of the learning throughout the year. Students do weekly work in a drawing journal through out the year. This very effective tool chronicles a sequence of development and archiving ideas. We have a Fine Arts festival in May and other optional Art Shows. The year begins with drawing and shading, watercolor and clay, critiquing, perspective, color and masks, portrait and landscape, and ends with the mirror tile project.
ART II: is a course designed to follow Art 1 and further develop student skills in drawing, painting and sculpture. Students will develop their thinking and reasoning strategies for making aesthetic choices. Students will creatively and knowledgably apply the Elements and Principles of Design to their artworks. Again, as in Art 1, students will explore different mediums for their projects, study different artists and their styles. Together we engage in critiques of artwork learning to make aesthetic judgments. Students are required to keep a journal during the year, primarily used to record ideas, work out rough drafts for projects, notes and reflections. We have a Fine Arts festival in May and other optional Art Shows. Mediums include graphite, scratchboard, colored pencil, acrylic paint, collage, pastel, watercolor, and clay. Some titles of projects include Shades of Imagination, Pulse and Rhythms, Whimsical Sandwich, Celebrity Portrait, Fresh off the Press, and Music to my Soul.
AP Studio Art: is a college level course designed to express the student's "voice" in their artwork. This is the year the student's work really evolves into mastery. Students will be engaged in ideation, advanced composition and technique, and critiques. Students will produce artworks for a portfolio consisting of 24 artworks. Students will produce 12 Breadth pieces that explore proficiency in medium and subject matter. Students will also produce 12 Concentration pieces that develop and explore a central idea. These will be photographed digitally and uploaded to the College Board site the first week of May. In addition, 5 artworks (selected from the 24 or additional works) are sent that same week to the AP Central in a portfolio. Students will continue to keep a drawing journal. Preparation and some work for this course begins the summer prior to the class. Students will receive college credit by scoring a 3 or better.