Visual Arts

Open to: High schooler 

About: Visual Arts I

Beginning Art is designed to reinforce and build on knowledge and skills developed at the elementary and middle school levels. It is the foundation level for art study throughout high school. Students will have experience in producing two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. This course emphasizes the study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, art criticism, art history, and safety in the art room. The approach to art experiences during this time is experimental in terms of materials. Students are provided a strong foundation in design, drawing, and vocabulary in a teacher-structured environment. Problem-solving and decision-making are emphasized throughout Beginning Art.
Visual Arts II 
Intermediate Art builds on the student’s technical skills and foundation of knowledge in Beginning Art. The study of the elements of art and principles of design, color theory, vocabulary, and art history continues in Art II in a less teacher-directed situation. Various art processes, procedures, and theories are presented in problem-solving, allowing for independent choices and unique solutions to problems. The approach to art experiences is less experimental and based more on informed decisions. Student research of art and artists is a significant source for gaining knowledge and understanding of past and present art forms. A greater flexible and fluent use of the elements of art and principles of design, color, theory, and vocabulary is stressed in Intermediate Art.
Visual Arts III
Proficient Art builds on the skills for Intermediate Art with a more in-depth approach to the study of art processes and techniques, aesthetic issues, art criticism, and art history. Students at this level will receive Honors credit for this class. Teachers help students form goals, become familiar with careers, and develop the work habits of professionals. Knowledge of the arts in relation to cultural history, other disciplines, and careers with be promoted through visual, verbal, and written means. Art history, criticism, and aesthetics will be studied in conjunction with selected artworks and will lead to the development of personal philosophy of art personal style, direction, and its intended purpose.

Meets Thursdays at 2:45-3:45pm in the art room.

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