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Seventh Grade Art

Students will learn about the history of Western Art. We will begin with Stone Age Art and will finish with the Art of the Modern Era. They will also be presented with appropriate artists of each period studied and a hands on assignment reflecting that period of art.

Eighth Grade Art

Students will be studying cultural areas from history and the present. Areas include Japanese Art, European Art, Russian Art, Scandinavia, Native America, and others. We will be creating artwork in the style and method (as closely as possible) to the original cultural artwork.

Two Dimensional Design

The emphasis in this course will be placed on the Elements and Principles of Art and Design in 2D format. Artists will be presented along with career opportunities in the field. A variety of media will be used from pencil, pen, marker, paint, and printmaking.

Three Dimensional Design

Prerequisite: 2D Design

The empahsis in this course will be placed on the Elements and Principles of Design in a 3D fromat. Artists will be presented along with career opportunities in the 3D-design field. A variety of media will be used from multi-media, plaster, cut paper, paper mache, and clay. 2D and 3D design will be prerequisites for other areas of the curriculum.

Drawing I 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: 2D and 3D Design

This course is for those who want to learn to use drawing penicls (3H, HB, 6B). Students will learn to render, (drawing photographically real) proportion, measure, and compose subject matter. Most of the time will be spent using pencil in varying techniques. There will be some use of charcoal, white pastel, and pen and ink. Artists will be introduced and Basic Perspective will be reviewed.

Drawing II 

(One Semester, Grades 11-12)

Prerequisite: Drawing I and II

This course will focus on developing a personal style using the figure and advanced perspective as subject matter. A variety of media will be used in both black and white and color. Architecture and Fashion Design will be presented as an individual area of interest. Artists and careers and a research paper will also be included.

Painting I 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: 2D adn 3D Design

Students will learn the differences between watercolor, acrylic, and tempera paint. They will be taught basic skills in each area and review Color Theory. Subject material will be from life or photo references. Color harmonies will be emphasized, brush care learned, watercolor paper and canvas stretching will be taught. Artists and career opportunities will be presented.

Painting II 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: Painting I

Students will continue work in watercolor, acrylic, and tempera. Oil paint will be presented. More techniques in each area of painting will be taught such as palette knife painting. A self-portrait will be a requirement of Painting II. Artists and opportunities will be discussed.

Painting III 

(One Semester, Grades 11-12)

Prerequisite: Painting I and II

Students will choose one area of painting media to explore in depth. Subject matter will be varied and painting style should begin to emerge. A particular artist's style will be used in several paintings. A research paper on a favorite artist will be required.

Ceramics I 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: 2D and 3D Design

Basic hand-building techniques will be taught in the making of clay containers. Simple glazing techniques will be taught and vocabulary learned. Craftsmanship will be heavily emphasized. Loading and unloading the kiln will be taught. The history of pottery will be presented and careers will be discussed.

Ceramics II 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: Ceramics I

Combinations of hand-building techniques will be required in this course encouraging creativity with the clay. Experiments in glazing techniques will be taught, slips used, adn under-glazing taught. Current uses for ceramic will be discussed, along with career opportunities.

Ceramics III 

( One Semester, Grades 11-12)

Prerequisite: Ceramics I and II

The potter's wheel will be the main emphasis in this course. Thrown pieces in conjunction with large hand-built pieces will be learned. Staining the clay and using a wax resist will be experienced. A set of exact bowls will be required along with a research paper on an area of ceramics.

Sculpture I 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: 2D and 3D Design

Sculpture that is functional will be emphasis in this course. From Product Design, clay money banks, to pinatas will be created. The media will range from clay to wire. The main areas of sculpture in our society will be learned and artists and career opporunities will be presented.

Sculpture II 

(One Semester, Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: Sculpture I

The figure and and things related along with animal sculpture will be the emphasis in this second sculpture course. Wire, sculpture, pop art sculpture, mixed media, and clay, among others, will be used. Fantasy and humor will be approached as part of their creative process. Sculptors of the present and past will be discussed and career opportunities will also be addressed.

Sculpture III 

(One Semester, Grades 11-12)

Prerequisite: Sculpture I and II

Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism will be explored along with artists such as Henry Morre, Alexander Clader, and Pable Picasso. Installations and Post Moderrism will be researched and discussed. A particular style of sculpture will emerge and students will focus on one or two media. A research paper on a modern sculptor will be done and presented to the class.