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Course Descriptions

Grading Policy

Grading Policy

  • 10%     Homework/Class Preparation
  • 20%     Classwork/Participation
  • 20%     Quizzes, Tests, Projects, Presentations
  • 50%     Culminating Evaluations: Mid-term and Final Exams, Exhibitions, Juries, Performances
    • End of unit
    • End of marking period
    • End of semester

Sample Visual Course Sequence

Grade 9

  • Principles of Drawing
  • Design 2D / 3D
  • Digital Imaging
  • Freshman Seminar

Grade 10

  • Ceramics 1
  • Design 2D / 3D
  • Life Drawing
  • Painting 1
  • Photo 1
  • Video Production

Grade 11

  • Ceramics 2
  • Life Drawing
  • Painting 1, 2
  • Photo 2
  • Video Production

Below Courses require teacher recommendation:

  • Art Production: Exhibitions
  • Art Production: Portfolio Preparation
  • AP Studio Art 2D: Photo
  • AP Studio Art 3D
  • AP Studio Art Drawing

Grade 12

  • Ceramics 2
  • Painting 2
  • Photo 2
  • Video Production

Below Courses require teacher recommendation:

  • Art Production: Exhibitions
  • Art Production: Portfolio Preparation
  • AP Studio Art 2D: Photo
  • AP Studio Art 3D
  • AP Studio Art Drawing

Visual Course Offerings

Design 2D

Design 2D is an intermediate level course that emphasizes the elements of art and the principles of design through hands-on and digital projects. This course explores the history of design from many world cultures as well as contemporary 2D and graphic design. Design 2D works in conjunction the AP Studio Art 2D Design.

Digital Imaging

A foundation level course that introduces fundamental skills and knowledge for students to become savvy and informed media creators. This course emphasizes digital fluency through projects that focus on a variety of digital media. Units include media and digital literacy, image manipulation, introduction to principles of design, photography, file management, and introduction to copyright/originality issues.

Ceramics 1

A foundation level course in which students learn the three hand-building methods, the basics of the throwing wheel, and glazing. Students are introduced to the principles of 3D Design and sculpture, along with art criticism, history, cultural context, and the aesthetics that accompany the tradition of ceramics.

Ceramics 2

An intermediate course that builds upon the concepts and skills learned in Ceramics 1. Students explore in-depth hand building techniques, such as working with colored slip techniques and carving plaster. This course prepares students for AP Studio Art, and includes an ongoing study of the history of ceramics and the cultural and contemporary uses of this art form.

Life Drawing

An intermediate course that continues to develop skills of observational drawing focusing on the human form, the environment, perspective, and light. This class prepares students for AP Studio Art-Drawing. Students create artworks with a variety of themes and concepts from classical art history to contemporary.

Painting 1

A beginning level course to develop skills and artistic expression using a variety of water based media.  Students  create observational, abstract and non-objective artworks through responses to a variety of prompts: still-life, landscape, portraits, photographic, and conceptual. Students are introduced to historical themes and contemporary ideas in painting. This class is supplements the AP Studio Art-Drawing and AP Studio Art- 2D Design courses with portfolio building projects. Student painting sketchpads will supplement classroom instruction with independent painting assignments.

Painting 2

An intermediate level course to expand students' technical and conceptual painting skills from observation, research and imagination with increasing complexity of concept/content. Students learn to critique their own work and that of their peers. This class supplements the AP Studio Art-Drawing and AP Studio Art- 2D Design courses with portfolio building projects. Student painting sketchpads supplement classroom instruction with independent painting assignments.

Photo 1

An intermediate level course in digital photography emphasizing both creative and technical skills. Emphasis is placed on the elements and principles of design (composition, perspective, depth of field), camera operation, and image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. Students study works by significant historic and contemporary photographers.

Photo 2

An advanced level course focusing on the creative and technical understanding of both film-based and digital photography. Students learn digital and traditional darkroom editing and printing processes. Students experiment with the relationship between audio and image in a number of short multimedia projects. Students study works by significant historic and contemporary photographers. This class provides students with an opportunity to create works for AP 2D Design.

Principles of Drawing

A beginning level course that develops fundamental drawing and composition skills. Students use a variety of media to create observational, abstract and non-objective artworks through interpretive responses to still-life, landscape, portraits, photographic resource and conceptual project prompts. Student sketchbooks supplement classroom instruction with independent drawing assignments.

Video Production

A foundation level course that introduces fundamental skills and knowledge for conscientious, critical and technically proficient video and film making. Students will learn the trades involved with video and film production, exploring a variety of technical roles in the process of creating narrative and documentary short films. Units include video and film history, literacy and language, story development, storyboarding, production, cinematography, editing, audio recording and mixing.

The following courses require teacher recommendation:

Art Production: Exhibitions

A college-level course for students who have an interest in learning the art of creating and mounting a gallery show. Students learn how to work in collaboration to organize, design, and install exhibitions—large and small. Students also work with peer artists, teachers, administrators and media consultants to prepare for gallery receptions and openings.

Art Production: Portfolio Preparation

A college-level course in which students develop a portfolio of work for college and scholarship applications. Students work independently in this class, guided by supervising teacher feedback and support.

AP Studio Art 2D

A college-level design class using a variety of 2D media: photography, digital arts, illustration/drawing, and abstract or decorative painting. Students develop a portfolio of 24 works—of which 12 images investigate a strong underlying visual theme in 2-D design and 12 images explore a variety of concepts and approaches to 2-D design. Students submit their portfolio to the College Board in the spring.

AP Studio Art 3D

A college-level course in which students develop a digital portfolio demonstrating understanding of sculptural issues and 3D design principles related to the integration of depth and space, volume, and surface. Students submit their portfolio to the College Board in the spring.

AP Studio Art Drawing

A college-level course focusing on the development of a unique creative approach in various wet and dry drawing media, which may including observational and figurative painting. Students develop a portfolio of 24 works—of which 12 images investigate a strong underlying visual theme in drawing and 12 images explore a variety of concepts and approaches. Students submit their portfolio to the College Board in the spring.