Intro​ ​to​ ​Visual​ ​Art:

In​ ​this​ ​course​ ​students​ ​will​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​the​ ​7​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​art:​ ​line,​ ​shape,​ ​color, value,​ ​form​ ​,​ ​texture​ ​and​ ​space.​ ​They​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assigned​ ​to​ ​make​ ​various​ ​artworks​ ​in which​ ​they​ ​show​ ​their​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​these​ ​elements.​ ​The​ ​artworks​ ​will​ ​show​ ​a variety​ ​of​ ​2D​ ​and​ ​3D​ ​techniques,​ ​materials​ ​and​ ​tools,​ ​such​ ​as:​ ​dry​ ​materials (pencil,​ ​charcoal,​ ​color​ ​pencil,​ ​oil​ ​and​ ​soft​ ​pastels),​ ​wet​ ​tools​ ​(paint,​ ​watercolor, ink,​ ​block​ ​print),​ ​collage​ ​techniques,​ ​ceramics,​ ​wood,​ ​paper​ ​maché​ ​and​ ​fabric.


 STEAM stands for the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. In this course, students will work with all these subjects and more. They will be working on projects in which they will learn skills from all these subjects to excel in problem-solving, innovative, and creative thinking.

These are exactly the skills you’ll need in your future job, which probably does not yet exist. Most projects that you will be working on will involve present-day, world problems like climate change, food production, transportation, and housing. But the most important take away will be communication of ideas and innovations. Are you that student who is curious, creative, and concerned about your future? If you are, then this is the course for you!

Visual​ ​Art​ ​2D:

Prerequisite:​ ​Intro​ ​to​ ​Visual​ ​Art

In​ ​this​ ​course​ ​students​ ​will​ ​further​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​7​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​art.​ ​They​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to make​ ​a​ ​good​ ​2D​ ​composition​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Design:​ ​balance,​ ​contrast, emphasis,​ ​movement,​ ​rhythm,​ ​pattern​ ​and​ ​unity/variety.​ ​They​ ​will​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​2D techniques​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Intro​ ​course​ ​further​ ​and​ ​explore​ ​new​ ​2D​ ​techniques,​ ​such​ ​as photography,​ ​video​ ​and​ ​digital​ ​art. Students​ ​also​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​various​ ​2D​ ​artists​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​art.

Visual​ ​Art​ ​3D:

Prerequisite:​ ​Intro​ ​to​ ​Visual​ ​Art

In​ ​this​ ​course​ ​students​ ​will​ ​further​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​7​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​art.​ ​They​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to make​ ​a​ ​good​ ​3D​ ​composition​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Design:​ ​balance,​ ​contrast, emphasis,​ ​movement,​ ​rhythm,​ ​pattern​ ​and​ ​unity/variety.​ ​They​ ​will​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​3D techniques​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Intro​ ​course​ ​further​ ​and​ ​explore​ ​new​ ​3D​ ​techniques,​ ​such​ ​as ceramics,​ ​metals​ ​(jewelry​ ​making)​ ​and​ ​foundry. Students​ ​also​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​various​ ​3D​ ​artists​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​art.

Beginning​ ​Ceramics:

Prerequisite:​ ​Intro​ ​to​ ​Visual​ ​Art

In​ ​this​ ​course​ ​students​ ​will​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​ceramic​ ​techniques​ ​such​ ​as: pottery​ ​making​ ​(hand-built​ ​and​ ​throwing),​ ​sculpturing​ ​with​ ​clay​ ​(additive​ ​and subtractive​ ​techniques)​ ​glazing​ ​and​ ​casting​ ​techniques.​ ​While​ ​learning​ ​these techniques​ ​students​ ​need​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​and​ ​show​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​art​ ​and the​ ​principles​ ​of​ ​design. Students​ ​also​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​various​ ​ceramic​ ​artists​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​art.

Advanced​ ​Ceramics:

Prerequisites:​ ​Intro​ ​to​ ​Visual​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Beginning​ ​Ceramics/or​ ​Visual​ ​Art​ ​2D​ ​or​ ​3D

In​ ​this​ ​course​ ​students​ ​explore​ ​more​ ​advanced​ ​ceramic​ ​techniques​ ​and​ ​they​ ​focus on​ ​two​ ​​ ​ceramic​ ​techniques​ ​of​ ​their​ ​choice.​ ​While​ ​mastering​ ​these​ ​techniques​ ​they need​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​the​ ​principles​ ​of​ ​design​ ​and​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​explain​ ​their choices. Students​ ​also​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​various​ ​ceramic​ ​artists​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​art. 

AP​ ​Art/Advanced​ ​Art:

Prerequisites:​ ​Intro​ ​to​ ​Visual​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Beginning​ ​Ceramics/or​ ​Visual​ ​Art​ ​2D​ ​or​ ​3D

The​ ​AP/Advanced​ Art ​portfolio​ ​demonstrates​ ​a​ ​student’s​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​Breadth (variety),​ ​Depth​ ​(also​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​​ ​“Concentration”),​ ​and​ ​Quality,​ ​in​ ​3​ ​distinct bodies​ ​of​ ​work.​ ​High​ ​scores​ ​may​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​college​ ​credit.​ ​This​ ​course​ ​enables students​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​cohesive​ ​body​ ​of​ ​work​ ​by​ ​investigating​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​underlying visual​ ​idea​ ​in​ ​2D​ ​or​ ​3D​ ​design​ ​that​ ​grows​ ​out​ ​of​ ​their own ​coherent​ ​plan​ ​of​ ​action​ ​or investigation.​ ​Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​solve​ ​problems​ ​creatively​ ​by​ ​using​ ​their knowledge​ ​of​ ​elements​ ​and​ ​principles​ ​of​ ​design​ ​in​ ​this​ ​course.​ ​Students​ ​will​ ​use​ ​a range​ ​of​ ​conceptual​ ​approaches​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​technical​ ​skills​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​media​ ​and they​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​exhibit​ ​familiarity​ ​with​ ​traditional​ ​and​ ​contemporary​ ​approaches to​ ​art.