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High School Visual Arts

Visual arts is an expression of a student's thoughts and feelings. These courses allow the student a hands-on method of capturing a moment through artistic interpretation.  

Two-Dimensional Animation
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Art I.
This class is for those students that want to turn their still images into moving, breathing creations. Programs such as Adobe Flash will be used to teach many different animation techniques from simple moving graphics to animating cartoons and voice. 

Three-Dimensional Modeling

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Art I.
This class explores the use of sculpting and 3D modeling tools to create digital sculptures. The students will develop skills in Google Sketch-Up and Blender to create digital models for presentations, animations, concept art, and architecture.  
 

Art I

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Art I is for students without previous high school visual arts experience. It includes a general overview of art concepts and some art history, as well as a variety of studio experiences.

Students will also spend a great deal of time learning human proportions and drawing techniques.

Art II

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Art I.
Art II provides the opportunity for students to experience a deeper exploration of traditional media and experimentation of new media. Students will also learn to talk and write about their own art and the art of others through critiques and studying historically important works.

Art III Honors

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Art II.
Art III delves deeper into the study of art as an expressive tool throughout history. Students will explore historical art styles and how they reflect and affect their respective societies. The purpose of art will also be questioned and the students will write their own philosophies on what they believe art to be and how it fits into their lives.

Art IV Honors

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Art III or Digital Art II.
Art IV provides an opportunity for serious art students to create works of art on a much larger scale. It also provides the opportunity for the creation of a portfolio that will be helpful when applying for future opportunities in the field of art. Art IV provides more freedom in the selection of mediums and subject matter.

Digital Photography I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Digital Photography I emphasizes visualization and composition skills, as well as the technical aspects of photography. Students practice taking photographs and improving them in Photoshop. Group critiques enable them to think and talk about photography with an eye to improving their own work. Outstanding photographs will be displayed and entered in competitions.

Digital Photography II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Photography I.
A continuation and extension of Digital Photography I, Digital Photography II enables students to concentrate on expression and to explore photography concepts in more depth. Digital Photography II explores the advanced techniques of Adobe Photoshop.

Digital Photography III Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Photography I & II.
Students in their third year of Digital Photography choose an area of specialization and spend a semester creating a portfolio that demonstrates mastery and growth in that subject or technique.  Completion of two different semester-long inquiries prepares students to tackle the Advanced Placement  2D Design Portfolio.

Digital Photography IV Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Photography I,II & III.
The student and teacher work out an individualized program of exploration and discovery in photography. A portfolio of work suitable for application to a university or art school photography program will be completed.

Digital Art I

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash, along with Corel Painter are used to explore graphic design and expressive content for a digital world. Students will explore how their art fits into a digital world and create works of art for the web and for live shows.

Digital Art II

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Digital Art I. 
Digital Art II gives students much more freedom to explore different digital media of their choice. Students will also study graphic design and digital painting more in depth.

AP® Studio Art

1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Application required.
Students must submit an application and be approved by the teacher. For highly motivated students with at least two years of high school Art, AP® Studio Art offers the opportunity to earn college credit. By completing twenty-four high quality pieces, students advance to new levels of technical proficiency and expressive strength. Portfolios are graded by the College Board in a digital submission format. Students are responsible for the AP® Exam fee which is determined annually by the College Board.

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