Visual Arts Department


Chairperson: Mr. Robert Magee

The major goals of the Visual Arts Department are to apply art principles and elements to two- and three-dimensional visual problems, to manipulate basic art media and techniques, to identify major periods in art history, to use drawing to arrive at solutions of visual problems, and to produce original artwork.


Some of our instructional units include: The Art Elements, The Art Principles, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing and Ideation, Art History, Contemporary Art, Aesthetic Evaluation, Careers in Art, Utilitarian and Nonutilitarian Objects, Media: Fiber, Paper, Metal, Clay, Plastic, etc., Adornment, Visual Poetry, Haiku Poetry, Caligraphy and Contemporary Graphic Design, and Pictographic Alphabets.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Placement Art History
Advanced Placement Studio Art-Design Studio
Calligraphy AB
Design
Design Crafts Senior High AB
Drawing
Introduction to Art

Advanced Placement Art History

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the rich tradition of western and non-European art and to assist the students in understanding and appreciating key examples of architecture, sculpture and painting as historical documents. The major focus is on works of art and artists who have shaped the major movements of Western art. The information is presented chronologically and students are made aware of corresponding historical and cultural developments. This course also develops skills necessary for recognizing and critically evaluating, and comparing major works.

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Advanced Placement Studio Art-Drawing Portfolio

Advanced Placement Studio Art - Drawing Portfolio is designed for students who are seriously interested in the study of art. Previous training in art is a benefit but not a prerequisite as long as the student is highly motivated and demonstates some technical skill in handling various art media. Students should be aware that this course requires a significant amount of time outside the regular school schedule. This is not a course designed for a student with a causal interest in art. The instructor will work closely with each individual student in developing a portfolio for submission to the AP examinners.

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Calligraphy AB

(Annual Course--Grades 9-12. No prerequisite)
Course Description:
This course serves as an introduction to the history and meaning of human marks. The student will explore the concepts and complexities of visual, verbal, and written forms while acquiring basic skills in calligraphy.
Representative Objectives:
In accordance with his or her ability and capacities, the student grows in ability to: -Develop knowledge of the slow evolution of written language from pictorial symbols to complex alphabets.
Application of Basic Skills:
The student will use:
Performance Skills:
The student will:
Instructional Units:
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Design

The main goal of this course is to develop the students' awareness of the presence of design in all aspects of our envirornment and to help them recognize that design is the basic structure of art. Study and experimentation with various elements of design: line, shape, color, form, value, texture, and space helps students recognize that these elements are the fundemental tools of the artists and designer. Students learn how to organize these various elements by following the general guidelines or principles of design: balance, unity, contrast, pattern, emphasis, movement and rhythum. Major emphasis is placed on learning how to combine both the elements and principles of design to achieve a maximum visual effect. In addition to actual design production, this course helps students to develop critical and analytical skills through examination of works by professional artists and graphic designers.

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Design Crafts Senior High AB

(Annual Course--Grades 10-12. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art or Design)
Course Description:
The major emphasis of this course is to develop aesthetic appreciation and knowledge of the diverse forms and media used to meet the utilitarian needs of all societies. The student will explore three-dimensional processes using various materials in traditional and nontraditional constructive techniques. These techniques can produce functional articles as well as purely decorative products.
Representative Objectives:
In accordance with his or her ability and capacities, the student grows in ability to:
Application of Basic Skills
The student will use:
Performance Skills:
The student will:
Instructional Units:
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Drawing

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the art of drawing by focusing on the mastery of traditional skills as a basis for self expression. Students are taught basic design concepts and how to implement them in their art work. The various catagories of drawing such as observational, expressive, and experimental are explored using various media and techniques. Numerous illustrations of graphic images are presented in the class to illustrate the variety of techniques that artists have utilized to create effective drawings.

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Introduction to Art

(Semester Course--Grades 9-12. No prerequisite)
Course Description:
The major emphasis of this course is to provide a foundation of visual arts concepts and to explore these concepts intellectually and experientially. Emphasis is on (1) cultivation and development of the process of making art, (2) the art elements, and (3) the art principles. The course serves as a prerequisite for all advanced art courses.
Representative Objectives:
In accordance with his or her ability and capacities, the student grows in ability to:
Application of Basic Skills:
The student will use:
Performance Skills:
The student will:
Instructional Units:
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