Art Department Courses

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Rather than printing and handing the syllabus out, the pages below have been linked to so one can read and know about the plans for the courses. Please know that the plans may (and often do) change. Click on the COURSE NAME to read about the class plans and the expectations.

  • Art Foundations
    • Artists will know about looking at the world through the eyes of an artist and build a variety of art making skills while increasing their ability to express themselves through their artwork. Artists in this class will build foundational skills in a variety of media using the elements and principles of art and design. Students will experiment with a large variety of art making media and techniques.
    • Required Materials:Sketchbook , personal set of drawing pencils (class set in the box in the center of each table), Eraser. 
  • Drawing
    • Artists will develop their observation and accuracy skills as they progress through a variety of classroom assignments: still life, perspective, portraiture, figure, and landscapes. A wide range of drawing media will be used: graphite, charcoal, India ink, pastel, oil pastels and colored pencils. Students will develop compositional understanding by applying the elements and principles of design to their drawings. A variety of artists will be studied as students discover how they are relevant in art history and to the individual student’s work.
    • Required Materials:Spiral Bound Sketchbook, Personal set of Drawing Pencils, Erasers – kneaded, vinyl, and pink. Set of tools can be purchased through NASCO.
  • Painting
    • Artists in this class will build foundation skills and work towards mastery through watercolors and acrylic paints while also working to develop skills in a variety of other mixed media using the elements and principles of art and design. Artists will experiment with a large variety of art making media and techniques.
    • Required Materials: Spiral Bound Sketchbook
    • Set of Watercolor Brushes (Nasco: 3100368: NASCO Pro-formance Camel Hair High School Level (Set of 5) or better)
    • Set of Acrylic Brushes (Nasco: Pro-Formance Flats: 2, 4 or 6, 8 or 10, 12; and Rounds: 2 or 4, 6 or 8, 10 or 12).
      • We have a few available in the department for purchase. One can also go to NASCO for additional packets also.
    • Water containers – jelly jars, salsa jars, peanut butter containers… things that you can put water in and call your own.
    • Painting Palette: GOOD EXAMPLE: Sterilite Large Clip Storage Box: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-Large-Clip-Storage-Box-14-X11-X3-25-Clear/25463609
    • 6 pack of rectangle kitchen sponges
    • Description of Brushed HERE.
  • Advanced Painting
  • Artists in this class will build foundation skills and work towards mastery through acrylic, oil, and encaustic paints while also working to develop skills in a variety of other mixed media using the elements and principles of art and design. Artists will experiment with a large variety of art making media and techniques.
    • Required Materials: Spiral Bound Sketchbook
    • Set of Watercolor Brushes (Nasco: 3100368: NASCO Pro-formance Camel Hair High School Level (Set of 5) or better)
    • Set of Acrylic Brushes (Nasco: Pro-Formance Flats: 2, 4 or 6, 8 or 10, 12; and Rounds: 2 or 4, 6 or 8, 10 or 12).
      • We have a few available in the department for purchase. One can also go to NASCO for additional packets also.
    • Water containers – jelly jars, salsa jars, peanut butter containers… things that you can put water in and call your own.
    • Painting Palette: GOOD EXAMPLE: Sterilite Large Clip Storage Box: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-Large-Clip-Storage-Box-14-X11-X3-25-Clear/25463609
    • 6 pack of rectangle kitchen sponges
    • Description of Brushed HERE.
  • Introduction to Digital Art and Photography
    • Artists will know about looking at the world through the eyes of a digital artist and build a variety of art making skills while increasing their ability to express themselves and create real world product and applied arts. Artists in this class will build foundation skills and work towards mastery through a variety of digital and traditional media all while using the elements and principles of art and design. Students will experiment with a large variety of traditional and digital art making media and techniques.
    • Required Materials: Sketchbook, Pencils, Colored Pencils or Art Markers.
  • Advanced Digital Art and Photography
    • Artists will know about looking at the world through the eyes of a digital artist and build a variety of art making skills while increasing their ability to express themselves and create real world product and applied arts. Artists in this class will build upon their already developed digital art and photography skills and work towards mastery through a variety of digital and traditional media all while using the elements and principles of art and design. Artists will experiment with a large variety of traditional and digital art making media and techniques.
    • Required Materials: Sketchbook, Pencils, Colored Pencils or Art Markers.
  • AP Art History
    • This is NOT linked to anything but know that it will be someday!

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