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Studio in Art I      Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 9-12                              Credits: ½
Prerequisite: None
This foundation course is an introduction to the study of artworks, artists and art periods. Students will explore the elements and principles of design, different media and various techniques that can be used in the creation of art.

Studio in Art 2     Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 9-12                             Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1
Students will learn about the principals of design and how they apply to works of art including their own. The study of artworks, artists and art periods will be continued as well as the exploration of different media and techniques.

Drawing & Painting I      Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                                     Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1 & 2
Students will explore specific techniques of various media used in drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylic paint will be used.

Drawing & Painting 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                                       Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting 1
Students will explore conceptual ideas creating works of art in black and white, color and mixed media. Developing individual skills in drawing and painting will continue.

Visual Design I       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                             Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1&2
This course offers an introduction to design in the area of communication. Students will learn the basics of design and apply problem-solving skills in areas such as logo design, layout, advertising, product and display design as well as computer graphics.

Visual Design 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                             Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Visual Design I
Exploration of design will continue with the use of computers, digital cameras and video equipment. Students will use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker and IMovie. Video projects will include creating storyboards, filming and editing processes.

Sculpture I        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                        Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1 & 2
A course which explores the fundamentals of three-dimensional works of art. Various techniques, processes and materials will be explored with a focus on form and content. Students will study different sculptors and learn about modeling, carving and casting.

Sculpture 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                        Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Sculpture I
A continuation and exploration of three-dimensional works of art. Students will learn various methods for using clay, including hand building and wheel throwing.

Advanced Studio 1 & 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                    Credits: ½ each semester
Prerequisite: Two years of studio classes and instructor’s permission (request form)
A course designed for students who wish to pursue advanced level art. This course is also recommended for students planning to take Senior Studio. Students must be able to work independently and have a strong commitment to personal growth. Each student is required to create an individual semester plan, approved by the instructor, which includes personal goals and a specific area of study.

Senior Studio 1 & 2        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                   Credit ½ each semester
Prerequisite: Two years of studio classes and instructor’s permission; Senior Studio 1
This course is designed for students who seriously plan to pursue art related careers and need to complete a portfolio for admission to college. Students must be able to work independently and have a strong commitment to personal growth.

Each student is required to create an individual semester plan, approved by the instructor, which includes a specific area of study and personal goals. Students will concentrate on individual expression and completion of a quality portfolio. Each student will show their work in a senior exhibit and present a written artist statement.

Photography 1 & 2         Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                Credits: ½ each semester
Prerequisite: Two years of Art Classes, including Visual Design                                                                       
This course will cover an introduction to the basics of both traditional Black and White and Digital Photography. The darkroom experience will include processing film and developing black and white prints using 35mm manual cameras. The digital portion of the course will cover scanning and use of Adobe Photoshop computer software.