The art curriculum at the High School offers a variety of activities through its various courses. Course work is designed to meet the individual interests, talents and abilities of students. Whether the student is a craftsman, fine artist, or a person who simply enjoys art, there is a program of study to meet his/her interest. Students are encouraged to develop according to their talents and abilities but all students taking art courses will find their creative problem solving skills challenged and their sense of personal identity encouraged.
The classes which I teach are as follows:
ADVANCED CRAFTS: Advanced Crafts is intended for the development of a quality portfolio that will demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of three-dimensional media. Students will look to the work of artists from the Romantic to the present day for inspiration, with a particular focus on contemporary crafts. Students will be expected to maintain an art journal/sketchbook; written assignments and reflections upon works created will be used to reinforce concepts addressed in class. All students enrolled are required to participate in the annual art exhibit. Prerequisites: Introduction to Crafts or permission from the Instructor.
AP STUDIO ART: The focus of this course is the completion of the studio portfolio with the advanced art student developing a personal concentration, or theme, which will result in the production of individual works of art. The work from all previous art classes, in addition to this group of concentration pieces, will become the student’s AP Studio Portfolio exam. Outside assignments, written work, and participation in the annual art exhibit are required. Students may choose to take the AP exam at the student’s expense. Prerequisite(s): Advanced Drawing & Painting or Advanced Crafts or permission from the Instructor.AP ART HISTORY: This course is a survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the ancient world through the history of art into the 20th century. It is intended for students with a deep interest in the field of the arts, humanities, or history. It requires a high degree of academic commitment, as it parallels the content recommended by the College Board in preparation for the AP Art History exam. Students can expect to improve note-taking and writing skills through class activities as well as an in-depth research project. Students may choose to take the AP exam at the student’s expense. Prerequisite(s): Advanced Drawing & Painting, or Advanced Craft, or American Studies, or Global Studies or permission from the Instructor.GLOBAL STUDIES: Global Studies is the honors course for grade 11 and includes the subjects of art, English, social studies and music. The cultures of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe will be explored from a primarily non-Western standpoint. An emphasis will be placed on contemporary issues facing these regions and their impact across the world today. The course includes art, literature, music and theater, all areas in which human values and individual expressiveness are celebrated. The course is scheduled as a double period.
MULTICULTURAL ARTS: This year-long course will examine the idea of “culture”. We will examine the traditions and values of different cultures and how the artwork from those cultures reflects those ideas. This will lead to comparisons to our own culture and projects will be a blend of global ideas and a student’s own personal culture. A variety of media will be used and both 2-D and 3-D art work will be created along with group work and oral presentations of researched material.
ART ELECTIVE: EXPLORING SCULPTURE: Students will focus upon creating three-dimensional works to better understand the possibilities and limitations of the media of clay, plaster, wood, and metals as well as paper and fibers. Students can expect to improve problem solving skills, and learn more about both the elements and the principles of art as we create a variety of sculptural works. All students enrolled are required to participate in the annual art exhibit.