COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

All Art courses are now one semester long to allow greater flexibility in scheduling.

751  |   INTRO TO STUDIO ART

This foundation course is designed to introduce students to the visual arts, including the following areas of study:

Fine Art (Drawing and Painting)

Two-Dimensional Design (Commercial Art, Basic Illustration, Typography)

Three Dimensional Design (Sculpture, Book Arts)

Students in this course are introduced to the basic elements and principles of design, color theory, and the design process through drawing, painting and other mediums. Students learn the concepts common to all the visual arts including line, shape, value, texture, color, space, and form.


752  |   3-D DESIGN

Prerequisite: Intro to Studio Art

Students will further their study in three dimensional visual art by exploring structures from a variety of materials, including but not limited to paper, cardboard, wire, wood, and possibly clay.  Students will explore relief sculpture, sculpture in the round, as well as hanging forms, and navigate the engineering challenges that are associated with them.


758  |   ADVANCED 3-D DESIGN

Prerequisite: 3-D Design

Advanced projects in 3-D Art and Design.  Students will continue to experiment with a variety of mediums such as paper, cardboard, wire, wood, and possibly clay. Design topics of discovery include architecture, fine art, furniture, and product design.


753  |   2-D ART AND DESIGN

Prerequisite: Intro To Studio Art

Students will explore the world of two-dimensional art from two approaches: fine art and commercial art.  In our fine art section, we will continue to fine tune drawing and painting skills, and understand the techniques required to create the illusion of form on a two-dimensional plane.  In the commercial section, we will explore basic illustration, typography and graphic design.


756  |   ADVANCED 2-D DESIGN

Prerequisite: 2-D Art and Design

Further exploration into 2-D Design that encompass and build upon visual communication concepts, including graphic design, typography, basic illustration and book-making. Students who sign up for this class have developed a basic tool chest of techniques and are beginning to develop a self-driven desire to create works of art by choice.  Both traditional and digital media will be explored.


755  |   ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING

Prerequisite: 2-D Art and Design

Continued exploration in the rich tradition of drawing and painting.  Potential topics include still-life, perspective drawing and shading techniques.   Students who sign up for this class have developed a basic tool chest of techniques and are beginning to develop a self-driven desire to create works of art by choice. We will explore a variety of media from pencil to acrylic and/or watercolor paint.


750  |   STUDIO ART INDEPENDENT STUDY

Prerequisite: Three courses of Studio Art Courses AND teacher recommendation

This course is a directed independent study in Studio Art.  Students who sign up for this course will be self-motivated, with an intrinsic interest  in Visual Arts.  Students are working on specific mutually agreed-upon project (s), including portfolio pieces.  Students will complete individual contracts with the instructor at the beginning of each quarter and check in weekly to monitor progress.  This course can be repeated if appropriate.


769  |   PHOTOGRAPHY I

Assignments include: portraits; animals; landscape; action; perspective; lighting; still life; architecture; photojournalism. Most assignments will be shot using an iPad. This course includes the exploration of iPad editing applications for photography and the creation of a digital photo blog, complete with written components.


770  |   PHOTOGRAPHY  II

Prerequisite: Photography I

In this course, students will demonstrate understanding about advanced photographic techniques, processes, and approaches while refining their ability to see and think visually. Some of the technical processes to be covered include: advanced printing and photo editing. Students will further develop visual skills through daily and weekly photo assignments, including the creation of a digital photo blog complete with supplemental writing.  Assignments relating to documentary, fine art, and commercial applied photography will be completed. Students will begin to develop a portfolio of original photographs.


773  |   PHOTOGRAPHY INDEPENDENT STUDY

Prerequisites: Photo II AND teacher recommendation

This course is a directed independent study in Photography.  Students who sign up for this course will be self-motivated, with an intrinsic interest  in Visual Arts.  Students are working on specific mutually agreed-upon project (s), including portfolio pieces.  Students will complete individual contracts with the instructor at the beginning of each quarter and check in weekly to monitor progress.  This course can be repeated if appropriate.

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