Advanced Art – This class is for students who want to improve their artistic abilities and discover new ones. All projects focus on the elements of art, the principles of design, and creativity. Advanced Art students are required to keep a sketchbook and are encouraged to keep a portfolio of their work.
AP Art (2-D, 3-D, and Drawing) – The AP Studio Art portfolio courses are designed for students in grade 12 who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. It is an AP course and therefore considered a core class. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art program consists of three portfolios: 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing. These courses correspond to the most common college foundation courses. To enroll in AP Studio Art, students must already have an established and well-developed portfolio consisting of work done in previous art classes as well as work done independently.
Art Journals- Students will use the art journal format to share their thoughts and feelings through a combination of visual art and text. Student’s will be working on a variety of topics/themes throughout the year and will investigate and experiment with a wide variety of media and techniques. This is a hands-on art-making course. Attendance is very important.
Ceramics I – All work is based on hand-building techniques: pinch, coil, and slab, with the exception of a small introduction to the wheel. Projects are designed to give the students direction, but enable them to interpret themes/techniques in their own way. This is a great class for students who like to work with their hands and don’t mind making a mess.
Ceramics II is open to all students who have completed Ceramics I. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel. Types of pieces/topics include cylinders, pitchers, bowls, plates, platters, throwing off the hump, teapot sets, and throwing in sections. Ceramics II students are required to keep a sketchbook and create slides or a portfolio of their work.
Independent Studio Art is based on teacher recommendation for talent, work ethic, and behavior. This course is completely student centered. It is designed to provide the opportunity for students to focus on their interest and passions – allowing them to explore particular disciplines or styles in depth and develop high quality art which may be submitted for AP credit.
Portfolio Studio Art is open to all students who have completed Ceramics I or Advanced Art. Students are accepted into the class based on teacher recommendation for talent, work ethic, and behavior. Students will complete a variety of assignments that will challenge them as artists and will encourage them to experiment with new media and techniques.