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ART TRACK 1

Art I

Art II

Art III

Art IV

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Commercial Art

AP Art History

Independent Study in Art

AP Studio Art Drawing

AP Studio Art 2-D Design

AP Studio Art 3-D DesignAP Art History

Advanced Placement Studio Art AP Art History

ART TRACK 2

Crafts I

Crafts II

Crafts III

Crafts IV

Audio Visual Broadcasting I/II

Independent Study in Art

AP Studio Art

Audio Visual Broadcasting I/II

Advanced Placement Studio Art

Audio Visual Broadcasting I/II

ART TRACK 3

Photography I

Photography II

2 semesters of art, preferably 2-D

Independent Study in Art

Advanced Placement Studio Art

Note: Students enrolled in AP courses will be required to participate in additional activities outside of normal classroom time.

introduction

Art works are some of the highest achievements of civilization. In school, students learn the different expressions of the art and how to interpret visual images. Because the arts are both universal and culturally specific, they are powerful means of increasing international and intercultural awareness. Through the art, student gain a greater understanding of their own cultural heritage, as well as a sense of the larger community.

Students will be able to know the language of the arts. The visual use of sensory elements and principles to create art work. Students will learn to understand the similarities, distinctions and connections in and among the arts.

Students will create works of art and thereby understand the technical aspects of producing an artwork. Students will use both the traditional and modern processes to create artwork.

Students will understand the role of the arts in civilizations past and present. Students will learn how art has impacted everyday life. They will also analyze how art functions in history and in everyday life.

The Benefits of the Art Program

Students experience learning using a hands-on philosophy.
Learning is more holistic in the art classroom, using a variety of skills, including mathematics and reading.
Students gain valuable real life experience through the creation of work of art.
Students learn and experience different cultures though artwork.
Students experience fulfillment and satisfaction with a tangible finished product.
Students explore career opportunities.
Students can earn college credits while still in high school.
A student’s education becomes more complete with an education in the arts.
Students gain a deeper self-awareness.
Art creates an emotional outlet for the student.
Students learn how to think critically, creatively and use evaluation skills.
Students get real life experience in problem-solving techniques.
Students enjoy the personal satisfaction of creating works of art.

ILLINOIS STATE GOALS FOR ART:

STATE GOAL 25: Know the language of the arts.

STATE GOAL 26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced.

STATE GOAL 27: Understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.

Course Number: P10
Course Title: Art I/2 Dimensional
Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the basic elements and techniques of art, design, composition and drawing. The student is offered the opportunity to work creatively in a variety of two-dimensional mediums including an introduction to electronic media. The student learns to express and understand the basic terminology and application of mediums in the visual arts.

Course Number: P11
Course Title: Art II/ 2-Dimensional
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Art I

This course is intended to appeal to the serious two-dimensional art student and is both complex and difficult in its structure and projects assigned. The curriculum of this course is designed to challenge art students and give them the opportunity to enhance their creative skills while introducing them to the computer as an art tool. A variety of techniques and mediums will be introduced. Each assignment given will demand a counter part project executed on the computer. Library and/or Internet research will be required for selected projects. This class requires both a sincere interest and high level of individual performance on the part of the Art II student.

Course Number: P12/13
Course Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art Drawing
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Art I, II, III, IV, Independent Study in Art
Students may present a portfolio showing equivalent competence in these art areas for instructor recommendation to enroll in this class.

This is a course requiring serious commitment on the part of the student to demonstrate proficiency in drawing issues and media. Light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation and illustration of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of media. These media may include: painting, printmaking, color pencil, ink, and mixed media as well as abstract, observational, and inventive works. Works of photography and digital media may not be submitted for this class. Students enrolling in this class are required to prepare and submit artwork for portfolio evaluation in the A/P Studio Art Portfolio Exam. Students will work equally inside the classroom studio and independently outside of the classroom to produce the artworks, slides and thesis necessary for the rigorous A/P Portfolio. In addition, the course requires exhibition and related exhibition materials in a student show. Students will investigate all three components of the AP Studio Art portfolio – Quality, Concentration and Breadth. Twenty-four studio art pieces are required for this class and slides to document the work for the AP Portfolio Exam. The students must pay fees for the slides, the AP Portfolio Exam fee, and selected art supplies.

Course Number: P14
Course Title: Art III / 2-Dimensional Art
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Art II

This course is intended for the intermediate level art student. It is designed to challenge the student and give him/her an opportunity to enhance drawing and painting skills, tap into the student’s creativity and expose the student to a variety of techniques and media. The elements of art and principles of good design are emphasized in the development of the artworks. Students will draw and paint from life studies well as from a variety of other resources. Value exercises will lead to formal drawings and color sketches will develop into formal paintings. Students will critique their own work as well as that of their peers. It is expected that many of the artworks created in this course will be used for post-high school planning via the creation of an art portfolio.

Course Number: P15
Course Title: Art IV / 2-Dimensional Art
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Art III / 2-Dimensional Art

This course is intended for the serious intermediate level art student and is a continuation of Art III / 2-Dimensional Art. It is designed to challenge the art student and enhance drawing and painting skills. Units of study and topics for research will give the student an opportunity to expand on the skills learned in the Art III class. Students will continue to develop drawing and painting skills by using life studies and will also paint form their own compositions. These may be developed via the student’s own photographs or from sketches developed during the class sessions. Historical research and units in contemporary art technology will further enhance the student’s artistic skills. Self-critique and peer-critique are important components of the class. It is anticipated that the artworks created in this class will be used in the student’s art portfolio for post-high school planning and scholarship application.

Course Number: P24/25
Course Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art 2-D Design
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Art I, II, III, IV, Independent Study in Art
Students may present a portfolio showing equivalent competence in these art areas for instructor recommendation to enroll in this class.

Advanced Placement Studio Art 2-D Design is a course requiring serious commitment on the part of the student to demonstrate proficiency in 2-D design using a variety of art forms. These could include, but are not limited to: graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting and printmaking. Students enrolling in this class are required to prepare and submit artwork for portfolio evaluation in the A/P Studio Art Portfolio Exam. Students will work equally inside the classroom studio and independently outside of the classroom to produce the artworks, slides and thesis necessary for the rigorous A/P Portfolio. In addition, the course requires exhibition and related exhibition materials in a student show. Students will investigate all three components of the AP Studio Art portfolio – Quality, Concentration and Breadth. Twenty-four studio art pieces are required for this class and slides to document the work for the AP Portfolio Exam. The students must pay fees for the slides, the AP Portfolio Exam fee, and selected art supplies.

Course Number: P26/27
Course Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art 3-D Design
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Crafts I, II, III, IV, Independent Study in Art
Students may present a portfolio showing equivalent competence in these art areas for instructor recommendation to enroll in this class.

Advanced Placement Studio Art 3-D Design is a course requiring serious commitment on the part of the student to demonstrate proficiency in sculptural issues in depth and space. These may include mass, volume, form, plane, light and texture. The projects and concepts may be created through additive, subtractive, and fabrication processes. The approaches to 3-D sculptural design may include traditional sculpture, ceramics, 3-D fiber arts, metal work, mixed media and assemblage. Students enrolling in this class are required to prepare and submit artwork for portfolio evaluation in the A/P Studio Art Portfolio Exam. Students will work equally inside the classroom studio and independently outside of the classroom to produce the artworks, slides and thesis necessary for the rigorous A/P Portfolio. In addition, the course requires exhibition and related exhibition materials in a student show. Students will investigate all three components of the AP Studio Art portfolio – Quality, Concentration and Breadth. Twenty-four studio art pieces are required for this class and slides to document the work for the AP Portfolio Exam. The students must pay fees for the slides, the AP Portfolio Exam fee, and selected art supplies.

Course Number: P34/35
Course Title: Commercial Art, Illustration and Graphic Design
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Art I, II

During this course, students will be required to use a variety of materials and media to complete the following types of projects: letter design, product and brand design, product advertising, fashion design, cartooning, poster design, layout, graphic novels, book illustration, brochure design, magazine design, and t-shirt design. Other concepts and topics that will be covered include color theory, layout, 2D visual effects, and ethical guidelines to using, selling, and marketing visual images. Upon completion of this course, students will have both a visual and digital portfolio that will showcase strongly.

Course Number: P41
Course Title: Photography I
Prerequisite: None

The fundamental course in Photography is exploratory in nature and provides the opportunity for students to begin to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for the photographic arts. Students will learn the functions of the camera settings, black and white film development and printing techniques. In addition, the students will become aware of the criteria for evaluating photographs and how to achieve a measure of self-expression in the photographic media. Students enrolled in Photography I must have a functional 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera with the capability for manual setting and will be required to purchase film and paper for the class.

Course Number: P42
Course Title: Photography II
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Photography I

Photography II is designed to appeal to the student who may be interested in photography as a lifetime avocation. Students will become more sensitive to viewing photographic techniques as an art intrinsic unto itself. Students will use black and white film, hand coloring and other experimental techniques to create their own artistic images. During the semester students will have the opportunity to work with digital imaging and the Photoshop program. The instructor expects a high level of personal interest and performance from students in this elective course. Students enrolled in Photography II must have a functional 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera with the capability for manual setting and will be required to purchase film and paper for the class.

Course Number: P51
Course Title: Crafts I/3-Dimensional Art
Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course that provides students with the opportunity to begin to develop skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes in the visual arts. Basic elements and techniques of design, composition and structure are emphasized. The student will learn the proper use of tools and techniques. Products may include wood, clay metal, paper and other mediums. Students learn to express themselves in basic structure, function and application of craft production.

Course Number: P52
Course Title: Crafts II/3-Dimensional Art
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Crafts I

This course allows for the further studies of the basic elements and techniques of design, composition and structure. It is three-dimensional in nature, as the student continues to construct in paper, wood, clay, metal and other mediums. Overlapping units give students the opportunity to understand how the elements and principles of art work together to create three-dimensional projects. Additional focus will include historical research with an introduction to contemporary technology.

Course Number: P53
Course Title: Crafts III / 3-Dimensional Art
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Crafts II

Students will explore the methods of working with various metals and a variety of other media in the construction of jewelry. Techniques of soldering, casting, and cutting will be further developed. Students will explore hand-building, wheel-thrown and other techniques in clay construction. Other media and concepts will also be introduced to the students in this class and may include: fibers, paper construction, creation of artistic books, wood or wire sculpture, and plaster casting. The elements of art and principles of good design will be emphasized in the artworks produced in this class. Students will critique their own work as well as that of their peers. It is expected that many of the artworks created in this course will be used for post-high school planning via the creation of an art portfolio.

Course Number: P54
Course Title: Crafts IV / 3-Dimensional Art
Prerequisite: Credit earned in Crafts III / 3-Dimensional Art

This course is a continuation of the Crafts III / 3-Dimensional Art class. The student is expected to exhibit a level of proficiency in both ceramics and metalworking techniques. Intermediate and advanced techniques in both metals and jewelry are reviewed and further explored. Students will continue to develop skills learned in alternate media during the Crafts III course. It is expected that the student will place an emphasis independent work and artistic research and development for new concepts for artworks. Self-assessment and peer assessment are integral parts of the personal growth aspect of this course. It is anticipated that the artworks created in this class will be used in the student’s art portfolio for post-high school planning and scholarship application.

Course Number: P80/81
Course Title: AP Art History
Prerequisite: Sophomore or Junior Status, Teacher Recommendation, Intro to World Civilizations or World History and Literature

This one-year long course will help students develop a critical knowledge and understanding of Pre-Historic Art Movements and Major Artists that worked and impacted the world up until the Middle Ages. Students will also focus on Art from the Middle Ages leading up until the 21st Century. Key questions and topics addressed will include Western Art Movements, The Meanings and Purposes of Art, and The Role and Impact that Art has had on society.

Course Number: P98
Course Title: Independent Study in Art Semester I
Course Number: P99
Course Title: Independent Study in Art Semester II
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval and/or credit earned in 3 semesters of Art

Students who wish to do Independent Study must make an application to the designated instructor in the art department to sponsor and approve the course of study. Students will generate a proposal for a series of independent artworks (a minimum of six or recommendation of the individual and instructor with a student contractual signature) that will culminate in a body of work that reflects a personal concentration or theme with a broad range of artistic ideas and mediums. It is expected that students engaged in the Independent Study in Art class will use both studio time and personal time to complete the required number of artworks for this class. This class may also be used to produce several of the 24 artworks required for the AP Studio Art portfolio. Students interested in Photography must contact the course instructor for further information and requirements.

Course Number: P110/111
Course Title: Audio Visual Broadcasting I/II
Prerequisite: Counselor approval for semester I and Audio/ Video Broadcasting I for Semester II. Students may be required to work additional hours after school at the teacher’s discretion.

This course is a basic introduction to the equipment and techniques of video production. Students gain basic knowledge and experience with hands-on assignments involving video cameras, video and audio editing, writing and special effects. This course involves every aspect of production a professional quality video including planning, filming and editing. This class presents a hands-on experience that prepares students for a life-long career in video production. Practical applications include broadcasting of school and district news. Second semester will extend students’ understanding of audio/ video production through studying of advanced techniques such as claymation, advanced special effects, and green screen. This class presents a hands-on experience that prepares students for a life-long career in video production. Practical applications include broadcasts of school and district events such as sports events and video news releases.


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