• Art 

    Note: Art I must be successfully completed before taking any other art course.

    Electives

    Art I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    The focus of Art I will be exploring how the artist uses the elements and principles of design to creating balanced compositions and visually intriguing artworks. Through a series of exercises and a variety of materials, students will explore how they and artists in history have influenced how we view and respond to works of art. Art I is intended to prepare students with the essential visual vocabulary to succeed in other 2-D and 3-D course offerings.

    Drawing I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    Drawing I is an introductory class exploring a variety of techniques and materials, stressing observation and rendering the observed subject accurately. Exploration will include technique, contour, and gesture drawing, shading 3-D forms, proportion and measuring, 2 and 3 point perspective, and portrait proportions. Media exploration will include pencil, ink, soft pastel, conte, and watercolor.

    Drawing II - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Drawing I
    Drawing II will focus on the techniques as well as process of drawing as an art form. Emphasis will be put on the process artists use to develop ideas behind the work of art and interpreting the world through drawing. Students will study drawing through group discussion, self-evaluations, and individual/group critiques. Students will have extensive sketchbook assignments, home drawings and formal studio drawings that will demand intensive participation and personal initiative on the part of the student.

    Digital Images and Photography I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    Students in Digital Images and Photography will Use digital cameras, flatbed scanners and Adobe Photoshop to produce digital works of art. Students will learn about digital cameras and how they work, how to identify interesting subjects to photograph and how to create visually dynamic photographs by incorporating basic photographic compositional techniques. Students will learn how to get the most from their point-and shoot digital cameras and will have opportunities to learn about and use digital SLR cameras. Students will use Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate digital images and to create digital drawings and digital paintings. Image production will be infused with software applications, design studies, idea development, art history and creativity.

    Digital Images and Photography II - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Digital Images and Photography I
    Digital Images and Photography II offers students advanced level opportunities to enhance and expand upon the skills learned in Digital Images and Photography I. The course will emphasize the use of digital SLR cameras, their settings and functions, and ways a photographer can manipulate these settings and functions to achieve desired results. This course offers the student opportunities to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of advanced digital editing techniques used by photographers. These will be learned in Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and web 2.0 tools. During the production process, the student will create multiple photographic images based on composition, design, theme or subject matter. A reflective digital portfolio of works created in this course will include personal artist’s statements, explanations of process and techniques, and written critiques of the works submitted.

    Graphic Design - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    Graphic Design is a class for students who are interested in art that relates to advertising and communication. Students will learn to use Adobe Illustrator to create graphic designs that communicate a message and influence a target audience. Students will learn the basic elements of graphic design and how to apply these elements and techniques when creating compositions that involve multiple sources of information. Students will design icons, posters, advertisements, logo identities, cd packaging, and create digital illustrations. Graphic Design is good compliment to the Digital Images and Photography and a recommended course for students interested in studying advertising and or graphic design in college.

    Jewelry I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    Students in Jewelry I will be introduced to the design and creation of jewelry as an art form. In this class, students will begin to build a foundation of knowledge associated with basic jewelry construction. Students will learn the fundamentals of using basic tools and techniques to create sculptural objects as well as different forms of functional and non functional jewelry. Students will work with alternative materials, learn to solder, create surface texture on metal, and create a bezel setting for a semi-precious stone.

    Jewelry II - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Jewelry I
    This course deals with advanced jewelry techniques in the areas of enameling, lost wax casting, titanium anodizing, etching, wire work and the use of alternative materials and cold connections. Students in this class will work at an accelerated pace and be expected to apply acquired knowledge and skills learned in Jewelry I to the projects in Jewelry II. Students will be encouraged to be independent in the creative process of design and develop original solutions to specific design challenges resulting in functional and nonfunctional forms of jewelry.

    Painting I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    This course is taught to develop painting and compositional skills through practicing a variety of art historical styles. The course focuses on the use of acrylic paints on a variety of surfaces. A historical background will be integrated into the study of painting styles and techniques – through exploring formal ways of looking at and critiquing painting.

    Painting II - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Painting I
    This course is designed for students interested in expanding on the skills and concepts examined in Painting I. Course will include painting to create illusion of 3-d form and depth, impact of the use of brush work and color juxtaposition, collage and assemblage, landscape painting with both acrylic and watercolor, and compositional concerns. The examination of contemporary trends in painting will be included.

    Photography I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    This class is This class is an introduction to the use of the adjustable 35mm cameras, black/white film developing, and use of the darkroom to print black and white photos. Formal compositional concerns are stressed as well as producing a good print. Students will be expected to take pictures outside of school time.

    Photography II - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Photography I
    Photography II is intended to increase students’ understanding and skills in the area of black and white film photography. Students will explore creative and experimental photographic techniques, such as photo collage, toning, and motion and timed exposures. They will continue to practice mastery of photo composition and the understanding of the camera and darkroom procedures. Students will be expected to take all pictures outside of school time and off school grounds. Students can receive dual credit with DMACC by successfully completing this course. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course ART 184 Principles of Photography.

    Pottery I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    Students in Pottery I will be introduced to basic hand-building clay techniques used to create functional and sculptural pieces of art. These techniques will be explored through the production of pinch pot vessels and bowls, relief tiles, coil containers and slab containers. A variety of surfaces and firing techniques will be explored including pit-fire, raku and mid-fire oxidation glazes and oxides. Clay production will be infused with design studies, idea development (research, drawing, model making), art criticism and art history.

    Pottery II - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Pottery I
    Students in Pottery II will become proficient using hand-building clay techniques used to create functional and sculptural pieces of art; students will also become proficient using a variety of surfaces and firing techniques including pit-fire, raku and mid-fire oxidation glazes and oxides. Students will be introduced to basic wheel throwing techniques used to create cylinders, bowls, jars and platters. Clay production will be infused with design studies, idea development (research, drawing, model making), art criticism and art history.

    Sculpture - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Art I
    This course begins with the study of 3-D design as it relates to sculptural form and space. A variety of materials and techniques will be explored such as constructing, modeling, carving, and assemblage.