Fine Arts


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Middle School Rotation Art

(quarter long class offered each year)

This quarter long class is designed to give a sampling of as many different art mediums as time allows. Through a variety of different projects, students will discover the potentiality and limitations of each medium with a priority placed on the process instead of the outcome. Students will be encouraged to express themselves through  image. They will learn basic techniques in drawing, and painting, as well as being introduced to basic elements and principles of art.  The aim is to posses the ability to apply these components into their own creations. Students will receive instruction on what being creative means and how to develop a process of creativity.


Middle School Studio Art

(Elective class offered second semester each year)

This course introduces students to the foundations of art techniques, artistic styles and art media.  Through a series of projects, students will have the opportunity to create accomplished works of art. Each project will begin with a problem which they must solve visually. Students will keep a sketchbook documenting their progress of creating including notes, sketches, and brainstorming concepts.  To aid in solving the visual problem students will view influential works of art throughout history and analyze how other artist solved similar problems.  In-class demonstrations and disecting of the principles and theories of art will further promote their inspiration. Students will self-examine completed works in an effort to foster a sense of accomplishment and commitment to high standards of art production.


Middle School Graphic Art

(elective class offered first semester each year)

This course exposes students to using computers as a design tool. Students will learn to use industry leading software to create digital works of art, this along with an understanding of basic elements and principles of design will give students the means to create effective images. Students will discover how a digital platform allows infinate possibilities for creating. A broadened awareness of how art and design saturates our culture will be developed by looking at many examples that are all around us. Through a series of projects students will get experience in computer illustration, image manipulation, advertising art, and identity branding.


High School Studio Art

( class offered First Semester each year)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of studio art. Students will be encouraged to explore media and think, talk, and write about art. They will build foundational skills and begin their own portfolio. Using a variety of art medium, students will learn how to apply different elements and principles of the visual arts to their own works. Through both viewing and creating, art students are exposed to techniques, concepts, and processes essential for interpreting and creating art. The question facing each student throughout this semester long class is “why do I visually like what I like?” Students are pushed to be able to explain why they are inspired by different styles and works of art so that they can use these components in their own creations. Culture’s impact on art, and art’s impact on culture will also be a focus as students learn how to critique their own and others works of art. The overall goal of this class is to gain a deeper appreciation for art as a whole and enjoy the process of creating.


High School Graphic Art

(Class offered second semester every other year)

The overall focus of this course is to motivate students to think of communication as a problem that must be solved visually. An emphasis is placed on developing a personal process that is used to create marks and images that effectively communicate a message. A focus is placed on understanding the “ingredients” of good art and design. Through class discussions and viewing example students will possess the ability to break down an image and understand it by it’s elements rather than just it’s whole. Through in-class projects students will use those same ingredients to build images that effectively communicate an intended message. Students will become competent in the relevant software essential to graphic design.  By the conclusion of this course each student will posess a portfolio displaying examples of photo manipulation, identy branding, computer illustration, logo design, and advertising art.


High School Photography

(class offered second semester every other year)

The purpose of this course is to teach students the fundamentals of digital photography. This class will cover how to use cameras, including how a camera works and how and when to use a camera’s settings and functions. Students will also learn about composition, lighting, editing programs, and how to edit a photograph correctly. Students will see examples throughout the class of what makes a photograph excellent. They will have opportunities to shoot pictures inside and outside as they experiment with lighting and subject matter. They will also see demonstrations of how to properly edit a photograph, and have time to work on this in class. This class will help students learn to use a camera and lighting, take and edit a photos correctly, and what the qualities of a good photograph are.