Art Courses

Intro to Art History

In this course, students will develop a basic vocabulary for describing visual art, an understanding of the
functions of imagery, and explore the role art has played throughout Western and Non-Western history and contemporary trends. The focus of this course is describing, exploring, and participating in the creative process in order to better understand the role of art in history. This course is recommended for students considering careers in architecture, art education, art history, ceramics, fashion design, interior architecture, interior design, landscape design, or studio art or future enrollment in the AP Art History course.

Art Inquiry and Expression

Students will choose and synthesize a variety of media for their personal aesthetic expression as they explore recent artistic movements and themes including: appropriation, identity politics, and relational aesthetics. This course surveys a broad range of media from painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and social practice. Emphasis will be given to the viewing, responding and creative processes within an intermedia context.

Any art materials that you are curious about – here is your safe chance to explore them (inquiry)! Whether traditional  ( pastels, oil paint, watercolor, clay) or more contemporary ( glass, metal, spray paint) we will do our best to offer/help you find them for your personal expression! You will develop your artistic voice in creating your own “aesthetic” – (sense of beauty), while understanding the contributions of many recognized artists related to your choices! You will plan a path of exploration – testing range and limits of materials – what will/ won’t this material do in feeding your voice? Do you have an insistent voice, feeling, statement that you wish to make – let’s do it here, and find a material to do it with, in a safe, and welcoming venue!

*AP  Art History

In this course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from the ancient world to the present and from a variety of cultures. They learn view and analyze works of art within their historical context, and to articulate what they see or experience in a meaningful way. A meaningful way to experience works of art is learning to frame an understanding that relates how and why works of art communicate visual meaning. Completion of the AP exam is an expectation for all AP courses.

Beginning Throwing

This course is an introductory level study of the medium of thrown pottery and requires no previous art experience. This course is recommended for students considering careers in art education, or studio art. Completion of this course does not fulfill the pre-requisite for advanced level art courses.

Intermediate Throwing

This course is an in-depth exploration of the medium of thrown pottery. Students will develop new skills in all aspects of the glazing and firing process. This course is recommended for students considering careers in art education and studio art. Completion of this course does not fulfill the prerequisite for other advanced level art courses.

Advanced Throwing

This course is an in-depth, advanced exploration of the medium of thrown pottery. Students will develop new skills in all aspects of the glazing and firing process. This course is recommended for students considering careers in art education and studio art. Completion of this course does not fulfill the prerequisite for other advanced level art courses.

 

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