Visual Arts

For additional information, contact Mrs. Quinn or Mr. Schauer.

Course Offerings
Drawing 1 - CP
Grades 9-12
Students are introduced to new drawing skills; they will also improve and supplement existing drawing skills. They will practice techniques that reinforce the elements and principles of design using a variety of drawing media. Historical art periods, artists, and styles will be incorporated into the studio projects. The students will begin sorting and building portfolios of their work.

Drawing 2 - CP
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Drawing 1
Advanced drawing students who exhibit initiative and creativity will improve drawing skills and develop originality through both actual and conceptual subject matter using a variety of drawing media. Historical art periods, artists, and styles will be incorporated into the studio projects. Portfolio building will be continued.

Painting 1 - CP
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Drawing 1
Beginning painting students will learn basic painting techniques and explore color theory using tempera, watercolor, and acrylics. Historical art periods, artists, and styles will be incorporated into the studio projects.

Painting 2 - CP
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Drawing 1 and Painting 1
Advanced painting students who exhibit initiative and creativity will sharpen painting skills by working with the more complex subject matter and advanced color theory. Historical periods, artists, and styles will be incorporated into projects. Experimentation and portfolio building are emphasized. 

Ceramics 1 - CP
Grades 9-12
This course is an introductory studio art course in the area of three-dimensional design of ceramics. Students will not only be introduced to the properties of clay but will study ceramic history, develop a ceramics vocabulary, and will produce work using techniques such as slab, coil, and pinch. In addition, they will study sculpting and glazing techniques, thus producing numerous clay projects.

Ceramics 2 - CP
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1
This course is designed to provide students with more advanced techniques in Ceramics such as thrown and altered forms, slip casting, glaze chemistry, alternative firing processes, and advanced hand-building. Students will continue to develop their skills and knowledge in the history of ceramic arts, art aesthetics, and art criticism.

3-D Design/Sculpture - CP
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Ceramics 1
Students will explore three dimensions in a variety of materials. Historical art periods, artists, and styles will be incorporated into the studio projects. Sculpting techniques based on historical styles and artists will be practiced.

Portfolio Art - H
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Three prior art courses, teacher recommendation, portfolio review
This honors art course is designed for 4th level advanced art students and prospective Advanced Placement Studio Art students. Students will build a portfolio of excellent artwork to be presented for a scholarship, college entrance, and for Advanced Placement studio art. Focus areas will be research, critique, developing artistic style, advancing proficiency with a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional media, art display, and competition.

Studio Art - AP (2-D Design, Drawing, or 3-D Design)
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: AP Portfolio Art - H should be taken the semester prior to AP Studio Art

Visual Arts 
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