Visual Arts

Courses and studio experiences involve the student, individually and in small groups, with problem-solving, discipline, and skill development through various media.

While art courses may generally be elected by any student in any curriculum, the art curriculum does prepare the individual for a professional career in art. It offers a broad art education that provides a basis for entrance into a college or art school. It also provides experiences necessary for employment in art or art-related fields.

Grades 9-12

This course is designed as an introduction to working creatively with moving images as a communication tool. Students complete several short and long-term projects that utilize both 3-D and 2-D traditional animation techniques. Projects are thematic in nature and deal with personal, social, and environmental issues. Drawing is an emphasis during this course and computer technology is incorporated as a major component of the animation process.

Grades 9-12

This is the introductory course to the visual arts program. Students must take this course prior to electing any other course offerings in the Art Department. The activities are intended to provide exposure to a number of studio concepts and experiences pursued in the visual arts program. Observational skill building, spatial analysis and composition development are emphasized using a variety of media and processes within the framework of aesthetic, historical, and critical understanding.

Grades 9-12

This course explores the areas of drawing, printmaking, and painting. A range of subject matter such as still life, portraiture, landscape, and nature are explored through a wide variety of techniques and media. Observational drawing continues to be an emphasis in this course.

Grades 10-12

This course explores in greater depth media covered in Art I and Art II. Concentration is placed on student-directed subject matter and the development of a portfolio. Historical and contemporary referencing and exploration of more varied media are designed to foster students’ personal visions.

Grades 11-12

The student gains an understanding and knowledge in architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students are evaluated through written essays, research projects and papers, and objective tests. Art History Advanced Placement is designed to prepare the student for taking the Advanced Placement test in art history.


This course develops basic hand building, wheel throwing, and sculpture skills. Instruction is given in the elements of visual expression such as line, shape/form, space, texture, color, and value as it applies to 3-D design. An introduction to mold-making, glazing, staining, and firing with emphasis on developing and analyzing the creative process occurs.

Grades 9-12

This course introduces the computer as a design tool. Original drawings, painting, and digital imagery are imported and manipulated to develop individual ideas and concepts. The course includes basic computer functions, equipment, language, programs, and activities related to the use of the computer as an expressive medium.

Grades 11-12

This advanced course addresses several areas in the study of art. Development of a portfolio reflecting drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history is a requirement of the course. Students are expected to generate their own subject matter and demonstrate creative and analytical thinking.

Grades 9-12

Students experience a variety of mediums and techniques while they explore printmaking, bookmaking, sculpture, portraiture, papermaking, painting, computer generated and typography. These techniques will encourage students to develop visual images for use in a variety of mediums and contexts. This course explores and examines art and art forms with hands on creation and encourages students to infuse these projects with personal meaning. At the conclusion of this course, students will have completed a variety of projects that incorporate visual imagery, as well as provide a strong basis for utilizing various mediums for other projects throughout their academic and artistic endeavors.

Grades 9-12

This course is designed to provide instruction in a variety of basic sculpture techniques. Through the use of materials, clay, plaster, wood, wire, and Styrofoam, students learn basic mold-making, modeling, carving, assembling, and joining techniques. Students receive exposure to contemporary and historical practices in sculpture.

Grades 10-12

This advanced course continues to enhance the skills and processes learned in Three Dimensional Design I or Ceramics. Rubber mold-making, resins, and fiberglass are explored, as well as indoor and outdoor sculpture. Creative growth and problem-solving is encouraged in the development of ideas and projects.

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