VISIT

The Visual and Performing Arts and the Humanities


Theater, music, dance and the visual arts challenge and enhance experience and provide enrichment.  Experiential learning in the arts can be accomplished by acting, singing, dancing, by playing a musical instrument, sculpting or painting.  Participation in creative activity encourages imaginative thinking and fosters self-confidence. Studies of the Humanities are invaluable for learning and understanding the intellectual history of mankind and the heart of our own and other cultures.



This primarily studio-oriented art program emphasizes visual literacy, technical skills, and creative problem solving. Freshmen can start the program with our foundation course, Design. In this program, students will be able to develop proficiency in the subject and in various media through class projects and exercises, outside assignments, critiques and preparing work for exhibition. Discussion of art historical topics and famous artworks is incorporated into all art courses. Students will be encouraged to maintain and revise a portfolio of their most successful work.


The following is a list of art courses offered at each grade level. Descriptions are below.

Advanced Photography (CP I) - Grade 12

Fashion Design I (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Fashion Design II (CP I) - Grades 11, 12

Graphic Design (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Web Design (CP I) – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Digital Arts (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Digital Publishing (CP I) – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Introduction to Architecture (CP I) - Grades 10, 11, 12

Portfolio/Advanced Art (Honors) – Grades 11, 12

Advanced Placement Studio Art (AP) – Grade 12

Independent Study (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

Art Course Descriptions


501 (CP I) Design

Grades 9, 10, 11.12

Prerequisite - None

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full year course


Design is the best entry point to all our studio art courses. It focuses on using the elements and principles of art (line, shape, color, texture, value, form, space, contrast, emphasis, balance, variety, movement, harmony, proportion, repetition and rhythm) to create interesting and effective imagery. Students will explore a variety of art materials and a range of techniques and approaches. They will communicate their ideas visually. Students will develop their technical skills, their sense of good design, and color theory. Projects will include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media, with emphasis on critical thinking, craftsmanship, and presentation of artwork. Students are required to keep a personal sketchbook. Critical thinking, creativity, craftsmanship, personal effort, and sketchbook/homework assignments are all included in the grading process. Successful students will meet the criteria given for each assignment, be prepared to question and critique their own work, and approach each art process with an open mind and a positive attitude. Targeted Student Expectations



503 (CP I) Drawing and Painting I

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite – Design or Instructor’s Permission

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full Year Course


This course is open to students of any and all drawing and painting skills. A wide variety of drawing and painting materials will be used, including but not limited to charcoal, conte, graphite, watercolors, tempera and acrylic paints. Drawings from life and observation, as well as imaginative and expressive works of art, will be created. Art history, art vocabulary and a range of 2-D studio techniques will be covered. Targeted Student



505 (CP I) Drawing and Painting II

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite - Drawing and Painting I or Instructor’s Permission

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full year course


Students in this course will expand their skills in drawing and painting. This advanced class allows students the opportunity to select from a variety of themes and create various two–dimensional works based on the selected theme. Options include still life, expression, imagination, abstraction and non-objective work. This course allows for individual self-expression. Critiques and art exhibitions will be an integral part of the course. Students will complete the year with a portfolio based on the theme of their choosing.



507 (CP I) Drawing and Painting III

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite - Drawing and Painting II or Instructor’s Permission

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full year course


This course involves studying advanced topics in drawing and painting.



509 (CP I) Ceramics I

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite - Design or Instructor’s Permission

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full year course


Ceramics is art created with clay. Students in this course will learn the basic techniques of handbuilding, wheelworking and glazing. They will explore traditional and contemporary approaches in ceramic sculpture and vessel-making (pottery).



511 (CP I) Ceramics II

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite - Ceramics I

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full year course


In this course the student may elect to explore hand-building, wheel-work, or a combination of the two. Problems/projects include: designing a set of an item, ceramic sculpture, assembled thrown pieces, covered bowls, reliefs with glass, slip trailing, and press molds.



513 (CP I) Ceramics III

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite - Ceramics II

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full year course


This course involves studying advanced topics in ceramics.



515 (CP I) Sculpture

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite – Design or Instructor’s Permission

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full year course


This course involves students in constructing, carving, modeling, casting, and assembling. Emphasis will be placed on personal, highly individualized work in paper, wood, clay, soft materials, plaster and metals. Art historical topics will be used for reference and inspiration.



521 (CP I) Photography

Grades 10, 11, 12

Full year course

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Prerequisite – None


Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of black and white photography, including the darkroom development of photographic film and paper as well as digital photography. Emphasis is on developing the students’ ability to select, from everyday surroundings, interesting and meaningful compositions. Students will examine both the aesthetic and technical aspects of the photographic process through several method-based assignments. The uses of metering, lighting, composition, and mechanical aspects of the camera will be reviewed during class to give students a basic understanding of the art of photography. We will explore traditional formats of photography and get to know the mechanics of the 35mm film camera. In addition, we will briefly investigate more “alternative” methods of photography, such as the pinhole camera. Students are expected to purchase (at minimal cost) some course supplies, and they are encouraged to provide their own 35mm SLR camera if possible. Supplies and a limited number of cameras are available for students’ use should the expense create a hardship.



523 (CP I) Creative Photography

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite – Photography I (B or better)

5 per/wk - 21⁄2 credits

1st Semester Course


This is an advanced study of photography that focuses on photography as an art form. Students will explore the ideas of solarization, negative alteration, double exposure, and sandwiching negatives. We will explore formats other than the 35mm SLR with tools like the lens-less camera and the plastic camera. In addition we will explore more alternative photographic processes such as the Polaroid transfer, Polaroid lift, Xerox transfer, Cyanotype (blue print) and Van Dyke (brown print) processes, and liquid light emulsion. Students will build upon their prior knowledge of photography and expand their photographic vocabulary. Students are expected to purchase some course supplies, and they are strongly encouraged to provide their own manual 35mm SLR camera.



525 (CP I) Photo Portfolio

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite—Photography I (B or better)

5 per/wk—2 1/2 credits

2nd semester course


This course is an advanced study of photography that focuses on the building and creation of a photographic portfolio. This class provides a more intense study of photography that is designed for students who want to concentrate their artistic efforts at a more advanced level. We will explore more sophisticated technical issues—such as pushing and pulling film—and learn how to control the idea of light within the camera. We will focus on “the print” and learn more complex darkroom techniques, such as fiber-based printing and archival toning practices. Much of this class will be seminar-based, with a focus on constructive feedback and implementing personal and visual communication. Students will design and create a final portfolio of photographs, using any style or format they choose, that conveys their idea and reinforces their personal artist statement. Although it is not required, students enrolling in this course are encouraged to enroll in Creative Photography for semester 1. Students are expected to purchase some course supplies, and they are strongly encouraged to provide their own manual 35mm SLR camera.



527 (CP I) Advanced Photography

Grades 12

Prerequisite—Photography I (B or better)

5 per/wk—5 credits

Full Year


Advanced Photography is designed for those students who are considering photography as a profession or planning to attend an art college. This course focuses on students’ independent photographic work. We will explore and build upon the lessons learned in both Creative Photography and Photo Portfolio and create new work with a deeper understanding of photography. This class will follow the seminar-based teaching from Photo Portfolio with regular personal and group critiques to redirect and help focus the body of work. Students will be also be responsible for exhibiting their artwork throughout the school and in the school gallery.



530 (CP I) Fashion Design I

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full Year Course


This course introduces students to the creative process of fashion design. Students will begin with sketching and figure drawing and will move to layout, fabric research, and clothing construction. They will develop two-dimensional ideas on paper into real three-dimensional articles. Color theory, fabric research and the use of non-traditional materials will be covered. Study of the history of fashion design will accompany lessons throughout the course. A variety of articles and clothing styles will be designed, including but not limited to: men’s, women’s, and teenage designs and accessories. Students will use a variety of art materials including pencils, markers, watercolors and acrylic paint. Adobe Illustrator will be introduced to facilitate digital illustrations. Students will be expected to purchase fabrics or materials at a minimal cost.



531( CP I ) Fashion Design II

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Fashion Design

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full Year Course


In this course, students work independently to explore advanced sewing and construction techniques. Students will study historical fashions to create their own designs. Croquis drawing will be further explored. Fashion merchandising and careers in the fashion field will be studied. Students will be expected to purchase fabrics or materials at a minimal cost.



533 (CP I) Graphic Design

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite – Design

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full year course


Graphic Design is art that combines images, words, and ideas to communicate messages to an audience. This is an applied arts class that often simulates working for a client. Students will focus on creative problem solving skills as well as sophisticated technical skills. Topics of study include an investigation of typography, the principles of design, and the basic tools and techniques of desktop publishing. The Macintosh computer will be used as a tool in approaching assignments such as: flyer and poster design, package design, and advertising design. Advanced projects may include book jacket design, magazine design, image design for corporate identity, and super graphics/mural-painting.



535 (CP I) Web Design

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite - None

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full Year Course


This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of Web Design, from planning page layouts to publishing a complete site on the Web. Students will primarily use Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver to design sites. Participants will learn fundamental design concepts, html code, web design standards, cascading style sheets, scripting and hands-on techniques for creating powerful, easy-to-use Web pages. Using real-world projects and engaging activities, participants will be able to plan, develop, publish and maintain their Web sites.



537 (CP I) Digital Arts

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite – None

5 per/wk- 5 credits

Full Year Course


Digital Arts is an introduction to the computer graphics software most commonly used by graphics professionals. Students will use the computer as a tool for artistic expression and for study of the principles of design. The class focuses on the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Peripherals such as digital cameras, drawing tablets and flatbed scanners will be used in the Apple lab. No prior computer experience is necessary.



539 (CP I) Digital Publishing

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full Year Course


Working in teams, students will use the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) to design digital and print publications for the school and community. Students work collaboratively to pre-plan, design and publish documents that incorporate text, typography and graphics. Potential projects include work for the yearbook, the school musical, program covers and brochures. The learning in this class ties in with that of Graphic Design, but it is not necessary to have taken that course.



541 (CP I) Introduction to Architecture

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite – Design

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full Year Course


Architects, interior designers and landscape architects are responsible for the creation of the spaces that we use every day. The environment and physical space that surround us affect how we function on a daily basis. Students will gain knowledge of these art fields through in-depth study that will include readings, videos, and guest speakers. Knowledge of these fields will be applied to authentic learning experiences through the creation of sketches, architectural drafting, elevations, model building and computer aided design. Students planning a career in these fields will build portfolios of their work.



543 (Honors) Portfolio/Advanced Art

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite – B average in two full year art courses

5 per/wk – 5 credits

Full year course


Portfolio/Advanced Art is designed for those students who want to concentrate their artistic efforts at a more advanced level and/or intend to further their education at an art school, college, or university. Students work in all areas of art with an emphasis on drawing, painting, two- and three-dimensional design, art history, and aesthetics. Through a variety of challenging experiences, students are encouraged to look at themselves and the world around them with their eyes, hands, minds, and hearts. They are also given opportunities to concentrate in a particular medium, art style, and/or subject matter. They will be engaged in written reflection and group critiques. Students are provided information about art careers and schools through videos, slide presentations, representatives from art schools, and participation in Portfolio Day. Students are required to prepare a portfolio of their best work for presentation to schools and will be responsible for exhibiting art work through student organized exhibits including the annual spring show. Students in this class must be willing to put in the extra time and effort to produce the high quality work expected in an honors-level art course. This course will may be offered as a Dual Credit course with a cooperating college. Any student that meets the specific requirements will have the option to seek college credit.



545 (AP) Advanced Placement Studio Art

Grade 12

Prerequisite - Portfolio, or permission of department head

5 per/wk - 5 credits

Full Year


This Advanced Placement Studio Art course is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the creation and study of art. Using guidelines established by the Advanced Placement College Board, students must prepare a portfolio of their best work to be submitted for discussion and evaluation at the end of the school year. Students will work in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, including a 20-piece concentration that focuses on a theme of personal interest to each student. To be successful in this course many of the art projects must be done outside of class. Students must have their portfolio reviewed and the approval of the department head to enroll in AP Studio Art. Students in this course are expected to submit the Advanced Placement Portfolio for college credit and/or advanced placement.



595 (CP I) Independent Study I

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite – studio course and permission of Dept. Head

5 per/wk - 21⁄2 credits

Semester Course


This course features in-depth contractual study arranged with a specific instructor.

Art Courses

Design (CP I) – Grades 9, 10,11,12

Drawing & Painting I (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Drawing and Painting II (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

Drawing and Painting III (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

Ceramics I (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Ceramics II (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

Ceramics III (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

Sculpture (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Photography (CP I) – Grades 10, 11, 12

Creative Photography (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

Photo Portfolio (CP I) – Grades 11, 12

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