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Course Descriptions

The art department offers courses that help students develop a portfolio for college and offers the opportunity to explore visual thinking and discover a new way to see the world. Students can follow a sequence from Foundation through Advanced Art and possibly AP Studio Art, or explore ceramics, photo and digital media. Below are our course listings.

713 - Art Foundations –1/2 year
This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting. The techniques and skills developed in Art Foundations provides the foundation necessary for successful participation in Studio 1. This course can be used towards a State Regents sequence in art. 1/2 unit of credit- Prerequisite - 9th grade or 10th grade.Juniors or Seniors can take Studio 1 without taking Art Foundations

721 - Studio Art 1
This course offers students the opportunity to begin a comprehensive art sequence. Basic principles of composition, color, and two and three-dimensional design will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to work in a broad variety of media. Students will begin to create their portfolio in this class. Discussion of art both past and present included. This course can be used towards a State Regents Sequence.1 unit of credit - Prerequisite-10, 11, 12 grade student or have completed one year of 8th grade
Art Foundations or by special permission of the Art Department

722 - Studio Art 2
This course is designed for students who have completed a full year of Studio Art I. An advanced application and utilization of the concepts covered in Studio in Art I will be stressed. The emphasis of the course will be individual growth and problem solving. Students will be expected to complete at least four portfolio quality pieces. This course can be used towards a State Regents Sequence.1 unit of credit Prerequisite-Studio Art I

765 – Digital Darkroom – ½ year
This course will be an introduction to the world of digital imaging aesthetics and techniques. Students will explore photo manipulation using digital cameras, imaging software, such as Photoshop and the Macintosh computer. They will create photomontages and digital graphics using a variety of resources and learn photo retouching, photo restoring and black and white photo color tinting techniques. General Mac platform topics like printing, scanning and file sharing, as well as basic elements of color theory, design and composition will also be covered. ½ unit of credit - No Prerequisite. Can count for Art or Computer credit. Can be repeated for credit.

7__ – Digital Darkroom 2 – ½ year
This course is a continuation of digital darkroom and would create a sequence in photography. As students become more confident in the medium, the class would provide students a place to work on more open-ended photography projects such as landscape, portraiture and still life. Students pursuing a photography or design portfolio for the Advanced Placement program can work on their individual portfolios in this class. ½ unit of credit - Prerequisite Digital Darkroom. Can count for Art or Computer credit.

767 - Advanced Photography
This course is concerned with advanced photography and design. Creating a range of well-balanced images that will prepare students with a 2-D design/photography portfolio that might be used for college entrance. Admission to this course is dependent on the successful completion of Digital Darkroom I and Digital Darkroom II - Prerequisite Digital Darkroom I & II or Portfolio review and permission for juniors wishing to take the class that have not completed the sequence.

767 - Advanced Photography
This course is being offered to advanced photography/design students who have the necessary prerequisite and have been recommended by the department. Successful completion of the course requires independent work outside of class, and access to a camera. All students must submit a portfolio of 24 successful pieces at the end of the senior year to be evaluated by the College Board. 1 unit of credit - Prerequisite Digital Darkroom I&II, Advanced Photography. Portfolio review and permission

729 - Graphic Design –1/2 year
Graphic Design teaches ways to design for communication. Students will learn the ways that commercial artists problem solve with words and pictures. Projects will include advertising design, CD cover design and public interest posters. Adobe Photoshop will be used in this course.1/2 unit of credit - Prerequisite Digital Darkroom or Studio I
Can count for Art or Computer credit. Can be repeated for credit.

741 - Ceramics –1/2 year
An introductory course covering a wide range of ceramic pottery and/or ceramic sculpture. Individual development is encouraged and a wide variety of methods will be explored including glazing and other finishing techniques. 1/2 unit of credit - No Prerequisite. Can be repeated for credit.

743 - Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture –1/2 year
This course is designed for the student who has completed one semester of basic ceramics and would like to explore more advanced projects in pottery and sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on self-exploration and creative expression. Students will have the opportunity to work on the potter’s wheel. 1/2 unit of credit - Prerequisite - 1 full year Ceramics

744 - Creative Crafts –1/2 year
This is a semester class designed to meet the needs of students interested in exploring a variety of materials and media. Students will be exposed to the work of artisans and contemporary craft artists. Projects such as sculpture and jewelry making will offer more opportunities than our studio classes to work in three dimensions rather than drawing and painting exclusively. This class could be an alternative to taking ceramics a second time, or be an excellent sequence before or after our ceramics class. ½ unit of credit – No Prerequisite

726 - Advanced Art
This course is concerned with advanced drawing and painting. Creating a well-balanced group of images will be the goal of this class. This course is designed to help students prepare a portfolio of art that might be used for college entrance. Admission to this course is dependent on the successful completion of Studio I and Studio II. This course can be used towards a State Regents Sequence.
1 unit of credit - Prerequisite Studio Art I & II

730 - A. P. Studio in Art for Grade 12
This course is being offered to advanced art students who have completed the necessary prerequisite and have been recommended by the department. Successful completion of the course requires independent work outside of class as well as arranged time in school to work with the art advisor/instructor. All students must submit a portfolio of 24 successful pieces at the end of the senior year to be evaluated by the College Board. 1 unit of credit - Prerequisite Studio I & II, Advanced Art. Portfolio review and permission

724 - Advanced Portfolio Development
This course is for seniors who are ready to work on a series of more demanding studio art assignments. Students will work on developing their creativity as well as their personal artistic style. The class will give students the opportunity to focus on techniques they enjoyed in their previous studio classes, such as; printmaking, painting or collage, over an extended period of time. 1 unit of credit - Prerequisite Advanced Art

790 - Advanced Placement Art History
This class is a survey of painting, sculpture and architecture from the ancient world to the present. Students will begin to understand the meaning of works of art and architecture. They will develop their skills of observation and criticism. Students will learn to connect the visual arts to its time and place. 1 unit of credit - Prerequisite 10th, 11th & 12th grade students.

Students can earn an Advanced Regents diloma can be completing one of the following two sequences. All of the studio classes are full year.

SEQUENCE I

Art Foundations (South Middle)

Studio I

Studio II

Advanced Art and one of the following three choices:

A.P. Studio Art

Advanced Portfolio Development

Two ½ year studio art classes

SEQUENCE II

Art Foundations (one semester, South High)

Studio I

Studio II

Advanced Art and one semester of any of the following courses:

Graphic Design

Digital Darkroom

Ceramics

Creative Crafts

Architectural Drawing

   
 

 

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