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Course Catalog – Art

Art Fundamentals

Credit: .33

Grades Offered: 7th

Weight: 1.0


State Standards based for 7th grade and using the elements of design in art. This class is a basic introductory art course which will provide students with a wide variety of experiences in drawing, painting and other 2 & 3D media; it will introduce them to the elements and principles of art and art history. The media will include pencil, charcoal, water color, markers, scratchboard, clay and/or polymer clay and crayons although not limited to. Artwork will include but not limited to, architecture, cartooning, perspective, color, design, and drawing by description, and clay. The students will keep an art history folder used for the final exam. The students will master the ruler and compass. *Students in art class will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the school year.

Ceramics, Metals, and Sculptures I

 

Credit: .5

Grades Offered: 11th and 12th

Weight: 1.0


State Standards for the Visual Arts, include elements and principles of design. In this intermediate course, the students will be exposed to a variety of “sculptural” techniques including but not limited to carving of Styrofoam, building of wood, wire and plaster sculptures. The students will build 3 dimensional forms selecting a master artist as their motivation. The students will be able to identify all the attributes and life of the artist. Incorporated within the “metals” portion of the course students will be taught the use and safety of traditional hand tools such as jewelers saw, dermal tools, with application of filing, cutting, piercing, chasing and repousse’, basic soldering and etching techniques. The students will be able to identify tools and their usage, use safety practices with tools, proper attitudes toward work and clean-up procedures, creating rings, pendants, and pins. The students will be introduced to history of metals and sculpture and a variety of “master artists”. The students will find the meaning of jewelry. Within “ceramics” the goal of this course is to introduce students to the possibilities of clay. The students will learn the basic characteristics and makeup of clay in order to complete successful clay projects. The students will understand the chemical makeup of clay and glazes, the firing process, building techniques such as pinch, coil slab, molding techniques, wheel throw pots, various decorating techniques, and different clay bodies. The students will be introduced to history and cultural use of ceramics and different historical constructions.

Ceramics, Metals, and Sculptures II

Credit: .5

Grades Offered: 10th – 12th

Weight: 1.0


State Standards for the Visual Arts and elements and principles of design will be explored, with a 3 dimensional focus. Students will apply the knowledge from the CSM course. This course will include the CSM course information, processes, safety expectations and procedures, along with working with glass enameling on copper. The students will also mix ceramic glaze formulas and further explore historical clay techniques, such as slip trailing, printing on clay, and graffito imagery. Post projects include making ceramic fountains and mobiles. The students will be aware of local artist working in these sculptural medias.

Ceramics, Metals, and Sculptures III

Credit: .5

Grades Offered: 12th

Weight: 1.0


State Standards for the Visual Arts and elements and principles of design will be explored, with a 3 dimensional focus. Students will apply the knowledge from the CSM course. This course will include the CSM course information, processes, safety expectations and procedures, along with working with glass enameling on copper, bead making(in glass and other media), and stained glass. The students will also mix ceramic glaze formulas and further explore historical clay techniques, such as slip trailing, printing on clay, and graffito imagery. The students will be aware of local artist working in these sculptural medias. The CMSIII student will have a chance to explore their interest in this area of study.

2D Art I

Credit: .5

Grades Offered: 10th – 12th

Weight: 1.0


State standards based. This class is an intermediate art studio course, in which a variety of drawing, printmaking, and painting will be taught. The materials will be but not limited to, pastels, conte crayon, pencils, charcoal, stippling, pen and ink, scratch board, contrasto, block printing, mono printing, various types of paint, ceramic tiles and glazes also being explored is the mediums of watercolor, and acrylic mediums. 2D1 will be emphasizing technique in drawing and painting medium exploration. The students will be taught the care of tools, mixing paints/color =, masking techniques and an emphasis on the elements/principles of design. Works of art will show-abstract, realistic, and interpretative art styles. The students will participate in the local News Item and VFW Patriotic art contests. The students will master and be able to stretch and prime a canvas and be able to measure and cut a mat. *Students in the elective art classes will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the school year. *Students will participate in the end of the year art show.

2D Art II

Credit: .5

Grades Offered: 10th – 12th

Weight: 1.0


Working with a combination of independent projects and structured assignments, students will expand on the fundamentals they learned in 2D Art I. Some of the media is as follows but is not limited to: drawing, pen & ink, watercolor/acrylic/oil painting, pastels, ceramic tiles, block printing, etching printing, sandblasting, palette knife painting, scratchboard, silk dye painting, cut canvas art, flex art projects, and local contests (i.e. News Item Calendar Header, VFW Patriotic Art). Students will explore a variety of art materials and techniques while improving their drawing and painting skills. After exploring different techniques, students are encouraged to develop their own style and focus on the projects they would like to accomplish in a specified media field. *Students in the elective art classes will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the year

Arts and Crafts I

Credit: .17

Grades Offered: 9th

Weight: 1.0


State standards based, research and cultural emphasis. This course is a media and historical project based class. It includes but not excluding other media and subject matter, tempera, acrylic painting, clay, clocks, tiles, leather, PA Dutch Hex signs, charcoal, pastel, and optical art. Students will explore a variety of artistic movements that are based on history and inventions. *Students in art class will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the school year. *Students will participate in the end of the year art show.

Arts and Crafts II

Credit: .17

Grades Offered: 10th – 12th

Weight: 1.0


State standards based, research and cultural emphasis. This course builds off of 9th grade Arts and Crafts. It includes but not excluding other media and subject matter, clay and polymer clay, dream catchers, mobiles, wind chimes, tiles, leather, wood burning, metal embossing, plaster/foam sculptures, paper marbling, sand blasting, sewing, string art, latch hook work, tie dye, fabric stamping and dying, acrylic painting and bleach dying. *Students in the elective art classes will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the school year. *Students will participate in the end of the year art show.

Arts and Crafts III

Credit: .17

Grades Offered: 10th – 12th

Weight: 1.0


State Standards based, research and cultural emphasis. This course builds off of Arts and Crafts 1 and 2. It includes but not excluding other media and subject matter, rag rugs, small loom weaving, soap making, candle pouring, basketry, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, whirligigs, wood carving/chipping, leather belts, dye work, moccasin making, hat making, lamps and stained glass. *Students in the elective art classes will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the school year. *Students will participate in the end of the year art show.

Fibers and Printmaking

Credit: .17

Grades Offered: 9th

Weight: 1.0


State Standards for the Visual Arts and elements of design. An art studio course where a variety of printmaking and fiber experiences and processes will be explored. The printmaking processes explored could include but not limited to block and/or screen. Fibers instruction will include but not limited to ceramic and/or reed basket construction. Within this class the students will have a wide variety of tools, techniques and history all associated with printmaking and fibers. Along with basic techniques students will be involved in discovering the cultural and historical applications of printmaking and fibers arts. Students will have knowledge of master artists and artworks.

Art Studio 12

Credit: 1

Grades Offered: 12th

Weight: 1.0


Students in this class have an advanced interest in art and are investigating possible careers in art. Emphasis will be on the production of 2D and 3D portfolio pieces and experimentation in a range of media, clay, glass fusing, drawing, painting, design, sculpture, ceramic, basketry, wood, candles, tile work, silk marbling, paper marbling, sandblasting, VFWPatriotic art & News Item Header contests and flex projects. The students will work in a studio like setting, working on a set number of required pieces of art and also working on their own self-interested area(s) of art. Students going onto a college or art school will have a chance to make a portfolio for presentation. *Student in the elective art classes will help with the prom. *Students in all classes will participate in various public art contests throughout the school year. *Students will participate in the end of the year art show.

Fibers and Printmaking II

Credit: 1

Grades Offered: 10th – 12th

Weight: 1.0


Standards for the Visual Arts and elements and principals of design will be explored. Fibers processes explored but not limited to historical fiber processes, bead weaving techniques, dying(batik), 4 harness weaving and basketry. Within printmaking they will explore silkscreen, etching and intaglio prints. Within this class the students will have a wide variety of tools, techniques and history all associated with printmaking fibers. Along with basic techniques students will be involved in discovering the cultural and historical applications of printmaking and fiber arts. Students will have knowledge of master artists such as Durer, Holbein, Hokuskai, Picasso, Stella, Oldenburg and will be exposed to local artists and printmakers.