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    Introduction to Art
    Introduction to Art is designed to acquaint the students with the Elements and Principles of Art/Design. Students explore new ways of observing and thinking about art and their environment. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s original interpretation and the development of creativity in a variety of media, which include: paper, paint, pencil, and drawing materials as they relate to two and three dimensional design and life drawing. Opportunities for aesthetic growth, expression, and self-reflection will be offered. An historic overview of the progression of art styles is also covered. Assessment will include projects, rubrics, sketchbook work and quizzes.

    Art I
    This course explores characteristics of artists and creative people through the examination of themes that help students find their individual artistic voice. Art I is largely driven by student choice with a strong emphasis on experimentation of a wide range of mediums. This course is open to students of all skill levels and artistic abilities. Student success will be determined by consistent effort and openness to new ways of thinking. Creativity will be strongly encouraged throughout the coursework. Grading is based on rubric criteria, reflections in the form of writing samples and electronic message board as well as sketchbook activities and artistic journaling.

    Art II
    This course will emphasize greater skill development in a modified choice based setting. Art II will continue to explore themes that explore students’ viewpoint, opinions and artistic voice. Art II is designed for the student who is interested in further developing their skills and viewpoint as a more serious art student. Students will continue to examine master artists, reflect and make connections through their artwork and the artwork of others. Art II will also begin to lay the foundation for Advanced Placement Studio Art for those interested in receiving college credit in the senior year. Grading is based on rubric criteria, reflections in the form of writing samples and electronic message board as well as sketchbook activities and artistic journaling.

    Art III
    Art III is designed for advanced skill development with exploration of student driven concentration of a specific theme. The course is designed for creative students with a high level of independent motivation who would like to continue their art studies, but whose interests fall outside the scope of the Advanced Placement guidelines. Examples of concentration explorations may include fashion and textile design, jewelry, medical and scientific illustration, painting and drawing for enjoyment. Grading will be primarily based on projects and rubric criteria, however some research, reflection and journaling may be required depending on concentration and subject matter choice.

    Advanced Placement Studio Art
    The Advance Placement Studio Art course follows guidelines set forth by College Board and A.P. Central to allow students to work toward a portfolio that will be judged for potential college credit. There are three A.P. Studio Art courses which include Drawing, 2D Design and 3D Design. Students will be required to select one course and execute related artwork. All A.P. Studio Art courses focus on three central areas including breath, concentration and quality. All students registered for the A.P. Studio Art class must complete a portfolio and submit to A.P. Central in May (additional fees apply). A.P. Studio Art is designed for highly motivated students with an intrinsic drive to create sophisticated college level artwork. Students will be asked to work independently and in class to research and explore drawing and design problems. Summer work may be requested. Grading will be based solely on project rubrics and time management with strict project deadlines.

    A.P. Drawing focuses on all types of wet and dry mediums that make artful marks such as pastel, pen, color pencils, acrylic, watercolor, etc.

    A.P. 2D Design focuses on design elements and principles on a 2D surface. 2D Design portfolios may include drawings and designs with traditional studio materials as well as photography, digital illustrations and commercial art/graphic design artwork.

    A.P. 3D Design also explores design problems, however all work will be 3D in nature and includes more sculptural pieces.

    Digital Photography
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography and computer graphics using the Adobe Creative Suite. Students learn camera handling, composition, resolution, photo manipulation, color correction, lighting and composition related to digital photography. Students will examine bitmap graphics and manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop. This course will also examine vector graphics and drawings to create logos and designs using Adobe Illustrator. Students will bring their creative work together and examine layout design using Adobe InDesign. This course focuses on design aspects related to print and works as a strong compliment to the Web Design course. Portfolios will be developed and participation in the department art exhibit is required. Assessments will include project rubrics, reflections and electronic message board, outside photography and prints. Additional fees will include digital prints using either an inkjet printer (home) or commercial printer source (Shutterfly, CVS, Walgreens, etc.)